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Fly Me to the Life-Size EVA-01 Construction Project

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?Looks like Evangelion wants into the giant robot statue game — there’s going to be a life-size Eva Unit constructed at the base of Mount Fuji. Unfortunately… well, I’ll just let ANN tell it:

Japan’s Fuji-Q HighLand amusement park
has announced on Wednesday that it will open a new pavilion
called Evangelion:
World – Life-Size EVA-01 Construction Project” on July 23. The pavilion
will house the world’s first life-size recreation of the scene where
the Evangelion anime’s main character
Shinji Ikari encounters the Eva-01 unit for the first time. The
recreation will have a mockup of the Evangelion
unit from the bust up.

The pavilion will also have a life-size cockpit of an Evangelion unit (from where visitors can pay to have their
photos taken), a life-size figure of the character Kaworu Nagisa, a
video corner, a museum, a studio gallery for taking photographs, and a
shop. Fuji-Q HighLand’s website will present the first interim report of
the pavilion’s 150-million-yen (about US$1.6 million) construction on
May 26.

Actually, the plan is to build the entirety of Unit-01, but the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park figures the construction workers will only finish the shoulders up before they mentally break down, hide in the porta-potties crying for a few hours, then run away while muttering to themselves “I mustn’t run away.” I imagine that’s a pretty good guess.

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