The BANDAI NAMCO Group’s Gundam Project (*1), in cooperation with local governments throughout Japan, has launched the “Gundam Manhole” project, which aims to install original Gundam-designed maintenance holes as an initiative to revitalize the country and express the bond between Gundam fans of all generations throughout Japan. The first project was launched in August. As the first step of the project, original maintenance holes with Gundam designs will be installed in Odawara City on August 1 (Sun).
■Overview of the “Gundam Manhole” Project The “Gundam Manhole” project is an initiative to install “Gundam Manholes,” maintenance hole covers with designs of characters and mobile suits from the “Mobile Suit Gundam” series, in various locations throughout Japan. By cooperating with local governments, we hope to revitalize the country and prove the bond between Gundam fans of all generations and Gundam. As the first step of the project, we donated two types of maintenance holes to Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, the birthplace of Mr. Yoshiyuki Tomino, the creator of Gundam, as the first step of the project after the development in Inagi City, Tokyo, and Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture.
We are also looking forward to receiving applications and inquiries from people in charge at local governments (municipalities and other government offices) who would like to consider setting up the second and subsequent rounds following the first round. For more information, please refer to the official website below. The “Gundam Manhole” Project OfficialHP： http://gundam40th.net/g-manhole/
■Odawara City Original “Gundam Manhole
The two types of maintenance holes donated to Odawara City are the popular mobile suits “Gundam” and “Char dedicated Zgok” from “Mobile Suit Gundam.” The background of the maintenance hole with the Gundam design is Odawara Castle. The background of the maintenance hole with the Char dedicated Zgok design is the Chochin Lighthouse in Odawara Fishing Port. These two types of maintenance holes were donated on Saturday, July 17, and Mr. Yoshiyuki Tomino attended the “Gundam Manhole Donation Commemoration Ceremony. From July 18 (Sun.) to July 31 (Sat.), Odawara City will host a special exhibition (*2) at the Odawara Castle tower. After that, the Gundam will be installed in the city from August 1 (Sun.), and various projects will be carried out along with it, such as the unveiling of the staircase art designed with the Gundam and Odawara Castle, which is part of the Odawara Castle visitor attraction project.
1: The “Gundam Project” is a project launched by the Bandai Namco Group in 2021 to evolve the IP axis strategy of the “Mobile Suit Gundam” series. 2: An admission fee to the castle tower is required for the special exhibition at Odawara Castle. 3: When viewing the maintenance hole covers, please follow the precautions of the local government. 3: When viewing the maintenance hole covers, please follow the precautions of the local government and do not disturb the neighbors. 4: The schedule and contents of each program are subject to change or cancellation without notice.