Can you believe that the very first ever "Gundam" anime started airing 40 years ago, in 1979? The original "Mobile Suit Gundam" series revolutionized the “giant mecha” genre, and started off a series of enormously popular anime, films, models, video games, manga, and even novels. As such, it’s only fitting that the monumental anime’s 40th anniversary be celebrated.
It so happens that Coca Cola’s popular canned coffee brand, Georgia Emerald Mountain Blend, is also celebrating an anniversary: the vending machine coffee has been around for 25 years. So, then, why not commemorate both anniversaries with a special collaboration?
Starting on April 22, you’ll be able to find limited edition, "Mobile Suit Gundam"-designed, Emerald Mountain Blend coffee cans in vending machines across the country. There will be 25 different designs released over four stages throughout the summer, featuring 25 different mobile suits, fighters, and transport vehicles.
The release of the designs will follow the story of the anime. The mobile suits and machines will apparently debut in the same order as they did in the anime. For example, in Stage One, the six cans that will be released are Amuro’s Gundam, Char’s Zaku, the Zaku II, the Zaku I, the White Base suit carrier, and the Musai-class cruiser.
▼ The cans also vary in size, between 185-gram cans and 170-gram cans (the smaller cans will not be available in Okinawa).
Stages Two, Three, and Four will be released monthly starting in June, and each will feature six or seven more of the mobile suits, aircraft, transport vehicles, and technology that appear in the show, such as Haro (Stage Two), the MS-09B Dom (Stage Three), and the Acguy (Stage Four). Some of the designs may only be known to the most serious fans, but everyone will want to collect them all!
You can find these special cans anywhere in Japan, but within Tokyo you’ll also have the option of buying them from a special "Mobile Suit Gundam" vending machine, which will be located on the first floor of Shibuya Mark City (right next Shibuya Station) between April 29 and May 5. When you push the button to buy a can, Char or Amuro’s voice will shout out one of their slogans in Japanese, so it might be the most nostalgic vending machine experience you’ll ever have.
Each can you buy comes with a special code as well, so if you don’t want to keep old cans of coffee around, you can use the code to collect a digital card with the same, original design online. What’s more, if you buy four or more cans from one of the four stages, you could also enter to win one of 100 special posters featuring an original "Mobile Suit Gundam" sketch. Each stage has a different poster, so "Mobile Suit Gundam" fans will definitely want to sign up.
But hurry! The stock of each can in each vending machine will be filled only once, so once the cans are sold out, they’re gone! You’ll want to hit up your nearest machine soon after each stage is released if you want to collect them all.
Source, images: PR Times
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