First life-size Evangelion unit to debut at amusement park in Japan next week

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Fans of Japanese animation works may be able to touch the robot piloted by main character in popular Evangelion anime, as Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is set to present the world's first life-size Evangelion unit from the bust up on July 23.

The unit will be housed in a fresh pavilion called "Evangelion: World," where people will see how the Eva-01 unit reacts when Shinji Ikari, the main character, encounters it for the first time, officers with overseas sales department of Fujikyuko, owner of the amusement said Friday.

The replica stands about 9 meter high and 16 meters wide.

Other attractions of the pavilion include a life-size figure of another character Kaworu Nagisa, a video corner and a museum tracing the development of the popular series.

The construction of the pavilion follows the recent box office success of the movie releases of Evangelion since 2007, of which the 2009 one took about 4 billion yen (about 45.7 million U.S. dollars).

The anime series, "Neo Genesis Evangelion," focuses on the paramilitary institute Nerv's attempt to battle against monstrous beings named Angels through Evangelion units. The TV release of the anime series dates back to 1995.

The amusement park is situated near the foot of renowned Mount Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture. It has been known for its attractions such as roller coasters and ghost house.

Source: Xinhua


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