Other anime and tokusatsu heroes can be seen on the sidewalk below.
With so many Japanese anime series set in Tokyo, fans might half expect to suddenly find themselves bumping into their favorite characters on the streets of the capital. But come on now, this is real life we’re talking about here, and-
Oh wait it turns out the is a street in Tokyo where heroes such as Dragon Ball’s Son Goku and Anpanman are hanging out on the sidewalk. There’s a reason for that, and that’s because it’s the sidewalk right outside the headquarters of BandaiJapan’s largest toy maker and otaku-oriented merchandiser, in Tokyo Asakusa piece.
▼ Good to see that Doraemon has returned from his near death experience at the bottom of the sea.
You will even find tokusatsu Icons Ultraman and Kamen Rider standing guard, ever vigilant as they keep tabs on a crisis that needs their attention.
As cool as the statues are, we have to admit that it’s a bit anticlimactic to see Ultraman on a human scale. After all, he fights life-size kaiju with his bare hands once a week, so really it should be much bigger. He should be….
Ah, that’s more like it. Although not a permanent part of the exterior, at this time the Bandai building features 1:1 scale artwork of the hero, as part of preparation for the release of Shin Ultramanthe latest theatrical installment in the franchise.
▼ There is a ShinUltraman display at ground level too.
ShinUltraman is produced by Hideaki Anno, who also directed evangelization and shin godzilla. Of these three titular stars, however, Ultraman’s unadulterated heroism makes him the most reassuring to see rendered on a grand scale.
We can probably expect the ultra-sized art to be at least up to ShinUltraman premieres in theaters on May 13, so we might grab an Ultraman Chicken Burger and go back to lunch with the big guy before then.
Bandai Headquarters Building / バンダイ本社ビル
Address: Tokyo-to, Taito-ku, Komagata 1-4-8
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