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Anime Characters Are Taking Over USJ!

Theme Parks Anime One Piece Dragon Ball Manga Death Note Osaka

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) isn't new to the world of anime and manga. The park has teamed up with franchises including Attack on Titan and Evangelion in the past, but now, for the first time, it will feature not one but three anime franchises!

The Universal Jump Summer event, a collaborative effort with the Weekly Shonen Jump manga anthology, will feature three of the magazine’s biggest hits like the pirate tale, One Piece.

The action adventure anime series has been the basis of previous live-action performances at Universal Studios Japan, and is coming back again for a brand new show dubbed the One Piece Premier Show 2016.

Fans of psychological/supernatural thriller Death Note won’t want to miss "Death Note: The Escape," in which they join forces with the series’ detective, L, for what sounds like a themed version of the “escape games” that have become increasingly popular in Japan over the past few years.

Finally, Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D pits Dragon Ball's heroic Goku against the evil Frieza. The term “4-D” often gets used in Japan to describe movie or video attractions that also make use of atmospheric effects such as flashing lights, gusts of wind or sprays of water, all of which sound like they would make fine enhancements to the experience of watching the two martial artists pound on and/or fire energy blasts at each other.

The one flaw in this manga-rich ointment is that supplemental tickets will have to be purchased for admission to the One Piece and Death Note attractions (access to "Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D" is included with regular admission to the park). Pricing has yet to be announced, but even if it means shelling out a few more yen, we imagine plenty of fans will think it's money well-spent.

The Universal Jump Summer attractions open on July 1, 2016, and will be around until September 4, 2016.

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