Anime Expo is a yearly event focusing on Japanese pop culture, spearheaded by anime and manga. It was back to being held as an offline event for the first time since 2019, so a crowd of anime fans made their way to the lively, packed venue.
The fanmeeting event AX Gundam VIP Event Summer 2022 was held on Sunday, July 3rd. It hosted talk panels about the Gundam anime, GUNPLA, and games and had a rich display of GUNPLA, figures, and video games.
This report will give you an overview of the AX Gundam VIP Event Summer 2022. The director of the Mobile Suit Gundam Live Action Movie also attended the event.
A large number of items, in particular GUNPLA and figures, were on display in the venue. There also were the newest playable demo for SD Gundam Battle Alliance and a corner where guests could play a retro videogame to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Gundam games. The guests took their time and enjoyed the displays.
There were also talk panels about three topics: GUNPLA, games, and anime.
The GUNPLA panel opened the event. The guest was the GUNPLA builder and cosplayer Mecha Maiden. The hosts introduced the newest GUNPLA, including the Mobile Suits that appear in Mobile Suit Gundam THE WITCH FROM MERCURY and the MGEX Strike Freedom Gundam, and she took them in her hands and reviewed them.
The GUNDAM EVOLUTION development team got on stage and talked about the basics of the game and their enthusiasm for it. They talked about how carefully the game was designed; for example, a former professional gamer specialized in FPS titles and other top players were involved in the development.
In the SD Gundam Battle Alliance part, the speakers started by explaining the basics of SD Gundam and went on to introduce the peculiarities of Battle Alliance. There was also a quiz where guests had to guess a Mobile Suit from its silhouette. A GUNPLA was awarded to the participant who correctly guessed the Gundam Astray Red Frame Kai, an MS newly added to the game.
They also announced the latest info about other titles, such as GUNDAM BREAKER MOBILE, SD Gundam G Generation Eternal, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2. The game panel ended amidst great excitement
They introduced the latest TV series, Mobile Suit Gundam THE WITCH FROM MERCURY, which also graced the outside walls of the Anime Expo 2022 venue, as well as the shows that are in the works now. The audience roared with joy at the announcement that the film Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island, currently a hit in Japan, will be shown in USA theaters this fall.
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