The International Gundam Society
As part of Hiroshima Animation Biennale 2008, taking place August 7 through 26, the International Gundam Society will be held, presenting a socioeconomic view into the future using Mobile Suit Gundam as a thematic motif. The Society will examine the various issues a futuristic city would face as raised in Gundam, the continuing popularity of the series, and present a debate about the culture industry. Participants include Professor Shinya Hashizume, Dr. Etsuko Yamaguchi, and lecturer Mikio Sugiura.
Subjects to be touched on:
The feasibility of the Universal Century (the possibility of space emigration due to overpopulation)
Human conflict on Earth and in space (a historical look at elitism)
The social psychology of spacenoids (the emergence of the Newtype)
Love of the Earth and home (the praxiology of being away from one's hometown)
The Zeon revolution (concerning the perpetuity of fascism)
The politics of the technocrat (Earth Federation)
The possibility of reforming human consciousness in the battlefield
The international spread and economic effect of Gundam
400,000 people are expected to take part in the various Biennale events, the main program for which is the Robot Anime Expo.