Tokyo‘s artificial island Odaiba is known as an entertainment center for young people. So it is not surprising that it became the home of the life-size Unicorn Gundam statue. In front of the modern DiverCity shopping center, you can see one of the most iconic characters from the Japanese anime and manga series Gundam.
The anime series was first shown on TV in 1979. And it was so successful that subsequently, a manga series, movie, and collectible models with a Gundam theme came out. The story is about a future where people live in space and use ‘mobile Gundam suits’ to fight with.
The life-size Unicorn Gundam is the newest addition to the franchise. It is an almost 20-meter high replica standing in front of Diver City in Odaiba. It is usually in its so-called resting ‘unicorn mode’, but a few times per day it goes into ‘destroy mode’ during which the antenna splits in 2 and starts to resemble a samurai helmet. This takes around 10 seconds. You can also enjoy a light and sound show at that time.
There is a small shop just behind the statue where you can buy snacks and Gundam-themed souvenirs. If you want to see a larger store with Gundam paraphernalia, you should head to the 7th floor of Diver City.
Daytime show: 4 times/day: At 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, the transformation of the Unicorn Gundam to Destroy takes place (approx. 1 min).
Nighttime show: 5 times/day: At 5.30 pm, 8 pm, 8.30 pm, 9 pm, and 9.30 pm