Beneath the armor, the Evangelion is actually a monster created from Adam, the first Angel. The armor binds the monster within and allows NERV to have control over it. Meanwhile, in the real world, where there is no beast to be bound with armor, there is the A.T. Field Darwing Hakobelude Light Eva Test Type Model that could save its user the pain of strained muscle and aching joints due to heavy lifting and exertion.
The A.T. Field Darwing Hakobelude Light Eva Test Type Model is actually a collab product that makes sense and has some remote relation to the franchise. The A.T. Field Darwing Hakobelude Light Eva Test Type Model is essentially the Darwing Hakobelude Light as produced by Okayama Prefecture-based medical supplies maker Daiya but in super cool EVA Unit-01 colors.
It is a wearable assist suit that is not powered, has no rigid frame, and is without pneumatic artificial muscles, hence the designation “Light”. Daiya said the assist suit supports the wearer as one much like an Evangelion fighting as one with the pilot. Though so, wearers should refrain from whining like Shinji Ikari. There. I said it again.
Anyways, the Darwing Hakobelude Light is a simple buckle-up harness with soft padding with a quick switch mode to switch from snug fit assist-on mode or the relax assist-off mode. The harness relies quite a bit on elastic nature rubber to assist in lifting when squatting position to standing. When bending forward or squatting, rubber on the back, armpits, and butts stretched, and the tension will later aid in the wearer standing up.
The Darwing Hakobelude Light is targeted at the construction/civil engineering sector, the agriculture industry as well as the nursing and the logistic/warehousing field. So, it is not quite for you and me even though everyday consumers are welcome to purchase it. That said, why would a company buy an Evangelion-theme Darwing Hakobelude Light for its workers? I have absolutely no idea.
Anyhoo, the A.T. Field Darwing Hakobelude Light Eva Test Type Model is available to buy in Japan for 82,500 yen (roughly US$595 today).
Images: Daiya [JP].