Universal Studios Japan heats up with revamped, new 'Cool Japan' attractions
Japan Today -- Jan 16
It's a world of physical and virtual twirls, sudden drops, aggressive giants, roaring monsters and persistent zombies. It's a world of "kawaii" and pop, bubbling colors. It's a story of fighting spirits and game, anime and manga-inspired stories, wrapped up in a cutting-edge technology and J-pop fashion. Welcome to Universal Studios Japan (USJ)'s "Universal Cool Japan 2016."

The long-anticipated 164-day limited event, which brings together the best of Japanese manga, anime, games, and pop culture, launched officially on Friday as a revamped extension of last year's hugely popular attraction lineup. Adding a new cutting-edge technology and a brand new pop ride into virtual reality, the 2016 installment features five attractions: a renewed Evangelion, Monster Hunter, Attack on Titan and Resident Evil, and a brand new thrilling ride inspired by popular singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's kawaii pop world.

The Evangelion section of the event, titled "Evangelion The Real 4D: 2.0," features the franchise's first 4D movie with an exclusive story that allows guests to see the world through Evangelion's own eyes as he battles a powerful Angel. The story is fascinating, especially if you're a fan of the series, but what stands out the most are the chilling effects coming from every corner of the attraction's spare room. It's a multisensory experience, complete by splashing blood (read, water), bomb blasts, vibrations, shocks and other effects -- coming from under your seat.

The "Attack on Titan: The Real 2" also features a heated-up original movie and a unique storytelling experience, by making use of three-dimensional maneuvering that lets you fly the skies and hit the ground in between fighting a female Titan. The mysterious Wall Titan also makes a significance appearance near the attraction's entrance; watching over from a giant broken wall with a creepy, realistically exposed skin. Probably the currently best photo spot at the park.

"Monster Hunter: The Real" attraction, based on the new "Monster Hunter X" video game, pits guests against two giant roaring monsters in a surreal set of high-tech powerful effects on a par with Godzilla, Jurassic Park and the rest of the beast entourage. Also new this year is the chance to climb on a blade wyvern Dinovaldo for a great outdoor photo shoot (which may require some lining up).

News source: Japan Today
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