Sunday, July 17, 2011

The life-size RX-78-2 Gundam is back in a commercial for Nissin Cup Noodles (???)

by Chris MaGee

Remember that life-size RX-78-2 Gundam that had everyone flocking to Odaiba back in 2009? (If your memory is a bit rusty check it out here.) Do you ever wonder, what did they do with it after it got taken down? I mean, it's not like someone can just chuck it in the backyard and use it as a garden gnome, right? For all of you who were a little curious as to the fate of the 59 foot tall steel and fiber glass recreation of the giant robot from Mitsuteru Yokoyama's "Mobile Suit Gundam" Anime News Network has the answer.

After its summer in Odaiba the giant Gundam went to Shizuoka City, the "model capital of Japan", where it stood until this past March. Now the Gundam is being featured in a commercial for Nissin Cup Noodles. You can check out the commercial, which premiered on Japanese TV this past week, below... but we wonder if in post-earthquake, post-tsunami Japan if "Boil Japan" isn't a rather unfortunate tag line. What do you think?

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