Universal Cool Japan 2016

Five entertainment juggernauts at Universal Studios Japan

By Tom Roseveare   Jan 17, 2016 - 3 min read

Universal Cool Japan is back for 2016, revamped and better than ever, with five globally recognised entertainment brands helping relaunch this year's instalment that runs from January 15th until June 26th at Universal Studios Japan, Osaka.

Alongside the last year's returning franchise attractions of Evangelion, Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter and Biohazard (Resident Evil), none other than Universal Cool Japan 2016's special ambassador, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, will be leading the pack and helping showcase these Cool Japan entertainment brands from across the worlds of manga, anime, games, music and fashion on a whole new scale.

In a world first, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu launched a new, innovative attraction, the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu XR Ride, which promises to hurtle you through her cute and colourful 'kawaii' world in this wild 360° tour. Combining state-of-the-art virtual reality technology with traditional speed and gravity-defying theme park ride mechanics set to up-tempo Kyary-style pop music penned by Capsule's Yasutaka Nakata, be prepared for a full sensory overload.

Be part of the action as two new 4D attractions help bring you into the experience. Evangelion The Real 4D: 2.0 allows participants to take the controls of their own Evangelion Unit-04, enjoying an incredible, vertigo-inducing first-person perspective complete with heads-up display as they take on a supernatural Angel in epic battle. Designed alongside the series' mecha designer, Ikuto Yamashita, enjoy this truly authentic 4D multisensory story with wind, air/water blasts, rumbling and synchronised motion bringing viewers into the heart of the experience. Attack on Titan: The Real 2 promises a similar memorable 4D adventure and three-dimensional maneuvering as you take on a Titan in the heat of battle alongside your Survey Corps comrades.

Boasting a 98% satisfaction rate, last year's "Super Real Escape Game" is back and Resident Evil fans won't want to miss this new and improved sequel. Biohazard: The Escape 2 pits you against a zombie outbreak and Bio Organic Weapons as you and your team race against time to solve brain-teasing puzzles in an attempt to escape a compromised research facility run by the infamous Umbrella Corporation.

Completing the 2016 line-up, Monster Hunter: The Real recreates the world of last year's Nintendo 3DS game, Monster Hunter X, bringing to life the 'Black Flame King Rathalos' and 'Golden Thunder Prince Zinogre' monsters. Don't miss the photo opportunities either by riding the blade wyvern, Dinovaldo, outside the main attraction area.

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Katie Jackson 2 years ago
Sounds great! I haven't been to USJ since Halloween the year that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened, but Biohazard was awesome the first time through, so I would love to do the sequel! And maybe see Kyary! Or at least ride her ride.
Bonson Lam 2 years ago
Another great reason to visit Universal Studios!
Carol Akiyama 2 years ago
Thanks for the info. Just saw the kyari commercial and was curious! Great timing!!
Victoria Vlisides 2 years ago
A Kyary Pamyu Pamyu tour? awesome...
Elain Cham 2 years ago
Universal Studios just became my favourite theme park in Japan.
Jerome Lee 2 years ago
Have to agree with Elain on this...might just make a trip to Osaka to catch it!