Tetsuya Komuro performing at Life-size Gundam

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 金曜日, 4月 20, 2012 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

The ceremony began at Tokyo’s Odaiba with Tohru Furuya (古谷徹), the voice actor of the first Gundam anime’s lead Amuro Ray, showcasing the life-size statue of the original RX-78-2 Gundam.

He noted the 18-meter-tall (about 59-feet-tall) Gundam was customized for Amuro with his personal insignia and magnetic coating on the joints.

Tetsuya Komuro (小室 哲哉 ), a keyboardist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music producer, is recognized as being the most successful producer in Japanese music history. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in pop throughout the 1990s.

Komuro then took the stage to perform a new number, created just for the occasion, as well as the “Beyond the Time” theme from 1988’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack film. (Komuro composed the film’s theme as part of the group TM Network.)

The opening ceremony revealed a new feature of the Gundam statue. Unlike when the statue first appeared on Odaiba and later down south in Shizuoka, the statue now has an “opening” cockpit. No one can enter the cockpit though; the cockpit “opens” to reveal an image of Amuro at the controls.

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