A 6.5-meter-tall (about 21-feet-tall) UFO Robo Grendizer inflatable statue was raised at an international trade fair in Baghdad. UFO Robot Grendizer aired on government-run television in the 1980s and became very popular in Iraq. A technician commented that there is no one in the country who does not know the anime.
Created by manga artist Go Nagai (Cutey Honey, Mazinger franchise) in 1975, the anime ran for 74 episodes and inspired three films.
Until now, there has not been a standalone Japanese pavilion at this fair in Baghdad in the 23 years since the 1989 Gulf War. About 1,500 companies are participating in the event this year, thanks to strong economic and security improvements in Iraq and the push to generate growth in the country’s markets.