Gundam Actor Toru Furuya Throws Pitch at SoftBank Hawks Game

From July 1 to July 10, the life-sized RX-93ff Nu Gundam statue has been collaborating with the also Fukuoka-based Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks pro-baseball team for their annual “Hawks Festival”(Taka no Saiten).

For this collaboration, a “Hawks Festival 2022 Special Video” narrated by Toru Furuya, who famously portrays ace pilot Amuro Ray throughout the Gundam franchise, is projected on the wall of the Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport FUKUOKA facility. Furuya also appeared to throw the ceremonial pitch at the game between the SoftBank Hawks and the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, held on Saturday, July 9 at the Fukuoka PayPay Dome. The Gundam actor is seen wearing a SoftBank Hawks jersey with “Amuro” and “RX-93ff” as his uniform number on the back.

The Nu Gundam statue is also decorated with “Hawks Festival 2022” decals for the occasion. Similarly, the 1/12 scale statues of RX-93 Nu Gundam and MSN-04 Sazabi in GUNDAM SIDE-F of the facility are decorated in SoftBank Hawks garb. 

Gundam Park Fukuoka was announced September 2021 as a new Gundam-themed entertainment complex developed and managed by Bandai Namco Amusement Inc. and Bandai Spirits, based around the RX-93ff Nu Gundam statue at Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport FUKUOKA. The facility officially opened April 25, 2022.

Located on the fourth floor of Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport FUKUOKA in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Gundam Park Fukuoka is stated to be the birth of a new Gundam entertainment complex where information, merchandise, sports entertainment, and amusement of the Gundam series are gathered in one place.

The facility consists of three areas: Gundam Side-F— is an area that provides various Gundam information and goods, VS PARK with G— a sports facility where guests experience fun Japanese game show-esque activities, and namco— an area where guests can enjoy arcade and crane games.

Source: Gundam Info

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