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Mitsuteru Yokoyama’s Tetsujin 28-gō (鉄人28号, Iron Man #28, usually known in the US as Gigantor) is set to be permanently immortalised in Kobe as a 18m life size statue, and is nearing completion.

The statue, which will have it’s final base at Wakamatsu Park, was planned to be finished in August, but has now been pushed back to the end of September, with its official unveiling is due in October.

It can be seen in more detail below:

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Unlike Bandai’s by now exceedingly famous RX-78 life size Gundam at Odaiba, the Tetsujin 28 is intended to commemorate the revitalision of Kobe, after the 1995 earthquake that nearly destroyed the city. As such, the statue’s main construction site is at Nagata Ward, the place hardest hit by the quake, though now fully recovered.

Costing some 135 million yen, it was also chosen as a memorial to Yokoyama-sensei himself, as a noted mangaka and one of Kobe’s most famous sons.

Partly funded by the city (who paid around 45M yen), the rest was garnered from sales of “Tetsujin Curry”. Unlike the Bandai’s Gundam, this statue cannot be moved, and so it will be a permanent feature.

Doubtless it is hoped that as a stimulus to tourism the Iron Man will more than recoup the investment…

Via the Kobe Shimbun.


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