An opening ceremony is being held for the life-sized Freedom Gundam statue in Shanghai, China. The event will be live streamed from Chinese streaming service bilibili at 6:00 PM (JST) May 28th.
A special anime video created by Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series director Mitsuo Fukuda will premiere during the live stream, along with music artist T.M.Revolution/Takanori Nishikawa appearing as a special guest. Takanori Nishikawa performed many of the theme songs for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, including its sequel SEED Destiny and will send a message of support from Japan with a live performance.
The statue is the first life-size Gundam statue to be built overseas, and is erected at Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Shanghai Jinqiao in China. The announcement of the statue’s construction was made July 2020 a part of an overseas expansion project. The ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam is the second mobile suit piloted by protagonist Kira Yamato in the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series.
The July 2021 issue of Kadokawa’s Gundam Ace teased that the publication’s September issue will announce a new project for the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series on July 26. The SEED series celebrates its 20th anniversary next year in 2022.
The 2002-2003 SEED series is directed by Mitsuo Fukuda and scripted by Chiaki Morosawa. Set in the Cosmic Era, the series follows the brutal war between the Earth-dwelling “Naturals” and the genetically modified “Coordinators” living in space colonies called PLANTS. Kira Yamato, secretly a Coordinator, and his friends are studying at the neutral Earth nation Orb Union and become entangled in the war from a surprise attack from the PLANT’s military force ZAFT, Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty. Through desperation, they join the Earth Alliance military to serve aboard the Archangel. Being a Coodinator of exceptional ability, Kira becomes the pilot of the experimental GAT-X105 Strike Gundam, charged with protecting the Archangel and her crew against the ZAFT forces.
Retaining much of its original staff, the 2004-2005 SEED Destiny series is set two years after the original Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, following a new character Shinn Asuka, a hotblooded soldier from ZAFT. As ZAFT enters into another war against the Naturals, the series focuses on new and various returning characters.
The SEED series has enjoyed an enduring popularity throughout the years with high television ratings, DVD and CD sales, along with a massive successful line of Gundam model kits.
Source: Gundam Info