In a recent tweet celebrating the ongoing Sumer 2020 Tokyo Olympic games, the official BBC Sport account mistakenly stated that Tokyo’s iconic Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn statue depicts a Transformer rather than one of the Gundam franchise’s signature mecha.
On August 5th, the official BBC Sport Twitter account tweeted out a photo of Spanish Olympic sport climber Alberto Ginés López, who would go on to win the newly inaugurated Olympic sport’s first gold medal, scaling a climbing wall in front of the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn statue installed outside of the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza shopping mall in Odaiba, Tokyo.
Unfortunately, in their caption to the photo, BBC Sport misidentified the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam as a Cybertronian, writing “Just when you thought speed climbing was frightening enough, you now need to impress a Transformer too at #Tokyo2020! Eyes.”
Unsurprisingly, BBC Sport’s misidentification soon sparked a wave of lighthearted outcry among anime fans, many of whom responded to the unfortunate tweet with humorous critiques of the broadcaster’s lack of Gundam familiarity.
“I love it when I go visit the UK and I see that Times Square Clock,” jabbed Twitter user @TheNickocalypse. “I mean it doesn’t have a sparkly ball that drops during New Years, but ya’know: Same thing.”
@TheBirdOfHermes shared a ‘two soyjacks pointing’ meme of Neon Genesis Evangelion’s resident mecha fanboys, Kensuke Aida and Toji Suzuhara, pointing to the series’ signature Unit-01 and wrote, “Yooo look a transformer!!!”
“It’s only a Gundam if it comes from the Gundame region of France,” @Leeroybrownhu9 joked, making a reference to the distinguishing elements of real-world champagne. “Otherwise it’s just a sparkling Transformer.”
Eventually, BBC Sport recognized the error in their initial post and, later that same day, published a follow-up tweet featuring Japanese sport climbing Olympian Akiyo Noguchi in front of the same statue and responding to the discourse surrounding their misidentification, “We see what’s happened here…But who would win in an Olympic battle between a Gundam v Transformer?”
What do you make of BBC Sport’s misidentification of the Unicorn Gundam as a Transformer? Also, who do you think would win in a fight between a Gundam and a Transformer? Let us know your thoughts on social media or in the comments down below!