Sunrise’s official Gundam YouTube channel “Gundam Info” has begun streaming the docuseries It Moves? Gundam, Follow Your Dreams! with English, Korean, and Chinese(Taiwan, Simplified, Hong Kong) subtitle settings. Initially the series was only available for Sunrise’s Japanese-based “Gundam Channel”.
The program follows the history and progress of the “Gundam Global Project”, an ambitious project to realize the grand dream of creating a life size, 18m tall RX-78-2 Gundam that moves. With the tagline “Challenge the dream: When Gundam moves, the world moves.”, the project launched in 2014 but was stalled due to complications. In 2018, the project was revived for the Gundam 40th Anniversary.
The project is overseen by staff members from the realms of anime and film production to robotics and engineering. Masaki Kawahara, who’s helmed the creation of the three previous Gundam statues, serves as project manager.
The Gundam utilizes a steel frame with a carbon resin exterior, powered by electrical actuators, and relies on Asratec Corp’s “V-Sido” operating system to generate motion.
Upon completion the moving RX-78-2 Gundam will be erected at the Gundam Factory Yokohama in Yokohama Yamashita Pier for one year from October 1, 2020 to October 3, 2021. The Gundam Factory Yokohama will consist of two areas: the 25-meter Gundam Dock that will house and maintain the Gundam, and a two story building with shops and event space.