Giant Robots
The Core of Japanese Mecha Anime

2024 Sat February 10 〜 2024 Sun April 7

Closed: Mon. March 4,Mon. April 1

Sixty years have passed since the first giant robot animation, “Tetsujin28”, was broadcast. Animations featuring fiction robots (mecha anime) are now part of Japanese popular culture. Fictional ‘life-size’ robots, such as the ‘moving Gundam’ that appeared in Yokohama, exist in major Japanese cities and are now part of the everyday landscape.
From the pioneering robot animation of “Tetsujin28” (1963), followed by the huge success of “Mazinger Z” (1972), and under the influence of “Mobile Suit Gundam” (1979), which breathed new life into the robot animation trend, numerous macha anime series have been produced and fascinating robots have been designed up to the present day.
The evolution and expansion of these unique designs, which cannot be seen in animation from other countries, has fascinated fans with the ingenuity of the design and settings used to give visual ‘reality’ to the absurd robot of fantasy.
This exhibition examines the history of robot design and visual expression in mecha anime from “Tetsujin28” to recent years, with focus on the ‘machanism’ and ‘size’ of the settings that played an important role in creating ‘reality’. We hope that this will provide on opportunity to think together with the audience about ‘what is a giant robot.

Date2024 Sat. February 10 – Sun. April 7
Hours10:00 – 18:00
ClosedMon. March 4, Mon. April 1
Free Admission DaySun. February 18
Admission (tax included)Day ticket (Group of 20 persons or more) Adults: ¥1,300 (¥1,040)
University Students/High School students/Senior over 65: ¥1,100 (¥880)
Junior high school students and younger: Free
*Including the admission fee for Collection Gallery
*Entry is free for high school students residing in Yokosuka or students attending high school in Yokosuka.
*Free admission for persons with a disability pass and one accompanying caretaker.    
Planning and CoordinationKEISUKE Hirota, TARKUS “KOJI Igarashi”
Giants Robots Official Website(Japanese)
Tetsujin28, 1963 “Monochrome animation”
©Hikari Production/EIKEN
KATOH Naoyuki and MIYATAKE Kadutaka, Starship Troopers, 1977