Bandai to open large Gunpla shop in Tokyo this summer

Mar 6, 2017

Bandai to open large Gunpla shop in Tokyo this summer

Toy and game maker Bandai Co. says it will open a shop specializing in Gunpla — the plastic models based on the popular “Gundam” anime franchise — in Tokyo’s Odaiba waterfront area this summer. The Gundam Base Tokyo shop will be the world’s largest ...

Tokyo bar actually model 'secret base' for Gundam fanatics

Dec 30, 2016

Tokyo bar actually model 'secret base' for Gundam fanatics

A small bar in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward is becoming popular with middle-aged men who like to make plastic models of characters from the “Mobile Suit Gundam” cartoon. “It’s like a secret base,” said Kentaro Nonaka, 36, a company worker who lives in adjacent Suginami ...

Gundam-shaped tofu to go on sale Friday

/ Aug 20, 2015

Gundam-shaped tofu to go on sale Friday

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Sagamiya Foods Co., known for producing Gundam robot-shaped tofu, will put the latest of its unusual tofu series on store shelves Friday. About two years after the last Gundam tofu hit the market, the Gunma Prefecture-based tofu-maker on Thursday unveiled its new tofu whose ...

Jan 23, 2014

Manga makers tie with U.S. studio

A producers’ group whose members include Yoshiyuki Tomino, director of the animated television series “Mobile Suit Gundam,” says it has teamed up with major U.S. special effects studio Legacy Effects LLC. The move is intended to promote works based on Japanese manga and anime ...

On the mechanics of <em>anime</em> illustration

Apr 25, 2013

On the mechanics of anime illustration

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The 1970s was an important decade for the development of Japanese pop-cultural icons. Kindergarten children back then would likely have been introduced to the characters Doraemon (1969), Anpanman (1973) and Hello Kitty (1974).