Ube City in Yamaguchi Prefecture, the hometown of Hideaki Anno, has recently unveiled a 7.3-meter-long replica of the iconic “Spear of Longinus” from his anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. This exhibit is part of the city’s ongoing initiative, “Machiju Evangelion,” which translates to “Evangelion everywhere in town”.
The replica of the spear is exhibited at Tokiwa Park. It was created by Ube Steel Co., a local ironworking company, in a dark gray colour and not in its iconic red.
However, despite the absence of the spear’s original color during the day time, there’s a surprise in store for the fans who visit during the evening, as the giant spear will be bathed in a vivid red light.
Additionally, “Machiju Evangelion” initiative also feature other attractions such as a store and various exhibits at Yamaguchi Ube Airport, a gourmet fair featuring limited edition Evangelion character coasters and themed food items, and more.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Japanese mecha anime television series produced by Gainax, animated by Tatsunoko, and directed by Hideaki Anno. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996.
In 1997, Hideaki Anno and Gainax released the feature film The End of Evangelion, which serves as an alternate ending replacing the final two episodes. A series of four films, titled Rebuild of Evangelion, retelling the events of the series with different plot elements and a new ending, were released between 2007 and 2021.