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Coming soon: The interior of the Gundam Front Tokyo theme park on the Odaiba waterfront is seen in this artist's conception. KYODO

Gundam park to open in Odaiba


A theme park featuring popular "anime" series "Mobile Suit Gundam" will open on April 19 in Tokyo's Odaiba district.

According to Bandai Co., the new theme park, named Gundam Front Tokyo, will have a huge dome-shaped screen showing images of Gundam, the venerated fighting robot in the popular series, and rare documents related to the series' production will be on display.

The theme park will be on the seventh floor of a new shopping complex, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, opening on April 19.

An 18-meter statue of Gundam will stand outside the complex. A second outlet of the popular Gundam Cafe, located in Akihabara, Tokyo, will also open on the second floor of the complex.

The statue of Gundam was first shown in Odaiba in 2009 and became popular among fans. It was also on display in Shizuoka in 2010 and 2011.

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