Gundam is a science fiction media franchise that was created in 1979. It became the television series that defined the real robot "mecha" anime genre. The popularity of the genre has endured—and, indeed, expanded—over the decades, and its influences are readily apparent in One Hour Photo (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2002). When the character of Sy Parrish, played by Williams, attempts to give an Evangelion Gundam action figure to Jakob Yorkin (played Dylan Smith), and the gift is politely declined, Parrish begins to spiral out of control, even taking to playing out themes in the Evangelion narrative. It has been suggested that the Gundam figures that appeared in the film were, in fact, a part of Williams' personal collection.