Life-Size Evas... Life-Sized Rei Changing into Plug Suit
From November 2 to 6 and November 11 to 13 the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Yamanashi Prefecture hosted a mass-participation game based on Neon Genesis Evangelion and the "Riaru Dasshutsu Game" (Real Escape Game) puzzle-solving television series. Australian anime distributor Madman got an upclose look at Unit 01’s bust as well as Unit 02’s Beast Mode head from the event.
"Aru Shito Karano Dasshutsu" (Escape from an Angel) took the roles of members of the anime's heroes, the NERV organization, who are trapped in a building by an invisible enemy Angel. To escape, they need to solved puzzles, including deciphering a mysterious melody and a code that appears on the screen of the MAGI supercomputer system.
There are lots of things to do and see at EVANGELION WORLD, from the moment you step in you’ll be greeted by a UNIT 01 scale model and a Lance of Longinus replica hanging from high above. Move into the next room and you’ll be able to pose as Gendo Ikari in a communication with the members of the SEELE committee. From here you can take a path that leads to a photo area where you pose with the NERV team hard at work on the plan of attack against Sahaquiel, as well as Asuka in the distance along with UNIT 02 after her introduction. Not to mention the live sized scaled statues of Mari and Kawrou in their plug suits.
As you move on, you’ll arrive in the shelter where UNIT 02 in Beast Mode has plunged and crashed into. One of the key scenes in EVANGELION 2.22, the site of the barely functioning Eva unit is quite amazing. Make sure you stick around as there is a light show that repeats every 10 or so minutes. After this you will be able to head into NERV HQ and walk through a perfect replica of the corridors, complete with an entry gate. You can actually have a personal NERV ID card made in the gift shop for you to use to gain access through the gate.
The corridors are also quite interesting as they house different scenes from the movie, including that scene between Kaji and Shinji, and also the extremely awkward moment between Asuka and Rei in the elevator. Moving on from here you will then be able to make your way to the 7th cage where UNIT 01 is housed. It’s quite surreal to be in the cage, with the head of Unit 01 just sitting there complete with a pool of “LCL” water for full effect. Much like Unit 02, there is a light and smoke show that you can watch every 10 or so minutes. Make sure to look up to see the screens and also have a look into Gendo’s window and wave hello.