Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino declared November 15 "Gundam Day" in New York at the opening ceremony of the Anime NYC convention. Tomino attended the convention as a guest in order to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the original Mobile Suit Gundam television anime.
The recognition certificate was signed by New York city council member Benjamin Kallos. Gundam Global Portal posted a photo of the certificate.
Tomino appeared at Anime NYC for panel discussions, autograph sessions, and special events. He was a part of large Gundam 40th Anniversary festivities at the convention, including the final U.S. contest for the 2019 Gunpla Builders World Cup, an annual international competition featuring Gunpla model builders from across the world.
Tomino created and directed the Mobile Suit Gundam anime in 1979. He made his debut at Osamu Tezuka's Mushi Production where he worked on the Astro Boy television anime. He also served as director on the Zeta Gundam, Gundam ZZ, Char's Counterattack, Gundam F91, Victory Gundam, Turn A Gundam, Muteki Kōjin Daitarn 3, Space Runaway Ideon, Aura Battler Dunbine and Gundam: Reconguista in G anime.
This year's Anime NYC was held at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan from November 15 to 17. Last year's event had 36,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 15 countries.