Remember how we said that super fans of Evangelion ought to be in Japan to enjoy all the Evangelion experience? Well, here’s another example of the EVA experience. This is time, it’s over at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, aka Toei Uzumasa Eigamura, an Edo period-themed theme park located in Kyoto.
However, given that Toei Kyoto Studio Park is more of a film set than anything else, this latest Evangelion experience is no thrill ride. It is a “life-sized” statue of the Evangelion Unit-01. Well, at least, half of it. OK, maybe less than half of it.
The statue over at Toei Kyoto Studio Park is not like the massive example spotted in Shanghai a couple of years ago; it’s only the upper torso of EVA Unit-01… emerging from a “pool of amber-colored LCL liquid.
While it may not be the entire mecha that you will be seeing, it is still imposing at 15 meters (about 49 feet) tall. So what can you do around this attraction? Oh, nothing much. Perhaps just standing on her palm for some photo opportunity?
Or perhaps, hop into the Entry Plug to experience how is it like to be inside an Evangelion unit? Unfortunately (or not), you won’t get to be immersed in LCL. You do, however, get to grab the controls (non-functioning, obviously) and also put yourself through a synchronization process to see how you synchronize with Unit-01.
And what is an attraction without some exclusive merch? For that, fans will be able to acquire pins and acrylic figure stands of the characters Evangelion, aptly in Edo period costumes. Toei Kyoto Studio Park Evangelion Statue is set to open on October 3.
However, there will be a special advance preview daily, planned for August 1-16. Thereafter, preview will happen on weekends and holidays through to September 27.
There’s a catch. Preview is not included in the park entrance fee. It will cost an additional 1,000 yen (around US$9.30). In return, you will also receive one of the three character exclusive pair pins that are not for sale. Plus, a print copy of you on Eva’s palm, presented in a commemorative “photo card”.
There’s another catch with the preview. There is a limited number of preview tickets available per day and they are only available from Lawson’s Ticket Service.
Images: Toei Kyoto Studio Park [JP].