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Japan's iconic giant Gundam fires its last shot in Tokyo

After nearly a decade, Japan bids sayonara to Tokyo's giant protector.

Giant Gundam robot statue, Odaiba, Daiba, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
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The iconic giant Gundam that has protected citizens in Tokyo, Japan since 2009 is officially no more.

After its last show on March 5, the 59-foot (18-meter) tall RX-78 Gundam replica was officially dismantled by contractors this week, reports RocketNews24. The giant was left standing in its "Last Shooting" pose from "Mobile Suit Gundam," a scene that has touched the hearts of many anime fans.

It's not just a sad day for Japan, as people around the world took to Twitter to express their grief:

But all is not lost, as the space will apparently be used to host a newer, bigger Gundam robot, the RX-0 Unicorn.

Meanwhile, if you didn't have the chance to take a photo of the Gundam before it fell, here it is in all its glory: