I wrote about Fuji Q Highland Amusement Park and while it’s a popular location for those wanting to experience amusement park rides and theme-based attractions, for many people living outside of Japan, many flock to the location for Evangelion World.
For those who are into Japanese animation and big robots or those not familiar with Evangelion, Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shin Seiki Evangelion) was a popular Gainax and Tatsunoku Production anime (Japanese animation) TV series that aired back in 1995 and prior to the anime series was the released of the manga (Japanese comic books) series.
Evangelion has been made into films, video games, pachinko and despite the storyline being apocalyptic and depressing, many people loved the series because of its deep, complex storyline (especially it’s final episode which received suport and criticism), its popular characters and lately, the fact that the storyline has received changes for the animated films, it’s a series and storyline that have not died. Like pop artist Madonna, Neon Genesis Evangelion manages to stay relevant to different generations of audiences.
And as merchandising remains popular over 20-years since the manga/anime series debuted, it’s no surprise that Fuji Q Highland Amusement Park has an Evangelion-themed attraction known as Evangelion World and that people travel so far to go and see it.
Evangelion World features cardboard cutouts of the characters and artwork, some with benches, so you can take pictures alongside the characters.
There are peep holes, huge mecha versions models, life-sized models of characters, attraction areas with animated video and the entire attraction ends at the Evangelion store. It’s not really huge and if anything, Evangelion World is purely for the fans of the series. Those not familiar with Evangelion probably will not care about Evangelion World but for those who do, will no doubt enjoy it, especially the store area.
The cost to go into Evangelion World is only 800 yen and the use of a flash or floodlight for photography, use of a tripod or video is prohibited. Photography and video is only allowed in the museum and theater area.
I have a photo of the Floor Map and Rules here.
Overall, if you are a fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion and are planning to go to Japan…then Evangelion World at Fuji Q Highland Amusement Park is worth visiting!