Scan Yourself Into 'Evangelion' And Worry More About Angels Than Viruses

A Tokyo amusement park opened with a recreation of locations from the landmark anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, and park visitors can even have themselves 3D scanned to become residents of the scaled-down Tokyo-3.

Small Worlds Tokyo opened in June in the city's Ariake District, home to the city's international exhibition center and sports stadiums. Billed as the world's largest indoor miniature theme park, Small Worlds presents sprawling miniaturized versions of real-world and fictional locations, reproduced at 1:80 scale. Spread over more than 80,000 square feet, miniaturized locations include a scale reproduction of the Kansai International Airport, a composite "global village" and a recreation of locations from the 2003 TV series Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.

"You'll see the miniature world of tremendous scale," the website for Small Worlds describes. "As you watch the earnest people live their days in the beautifully miniature cities, your busy days may be slipping out of your mind. Wait a minute. The world you live in may be smaller and slighter than the miniature world."

But for anybody hoping to experience a far more dangerous future than what 2020 has so far offered, there's Small Worlds' Tokyo-3, which serves as the primary setting for Neon Genesis Evangelion. Based on how Tokyo-3 appears in Rebuild of Evangelion—a four movie retelling of the original series by original creator Anno Hideaki—the Small Worlds reproduction includes the city itself and the underground "Cage" from which the biomechanical Evas are launched in their fight against massive planet-invading entities known as Angels.

In the 1995 anime and the Rebuild series of movies, Tokyo-3 was built after Tokyo was destroyed by a nuclear bomb in the immediate aftermath of an event known as Second Impact, which reawakened a buried entity known as Adam, setting off a wave of tsunamis and natural disasters. Unlike the temporary capital of Tokyo-2, Tokyo-3 is meant to be a high tech fortress and staging area for battles against the Angels, with skyscrapers that can drop into a massive underground cavern known as the GeoFront.

But visitors to Small Worlds can do more than observe the futuristic Evangelion city from a kaiju's perspective—the miniaturized worlds also offer "residency rights." For 19,800 yen (approximately $185), Small Worlds visitors can have a 1:80 scale miniature of themselves placed in one of the park's environments.

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Eva Unit-01 prepares for launch in Small Worlds' miniaturized recreation of Tokyo-3. Small Worlds / Khara

Using a full-body 3D scanner, Small Worlds creates a miniature version of you, which will live in Tokyo-3 for a full year, with a 1:35 scale version of the figure for people to take home. Residency rights also doubles as a season pass, giving visitors a year of return visits with their miniature doppelgänger.

While spaces are limited, Small Worlds will also try and place your figure in the area of your choosing, which means residents can choose to be portrayed as a regular citizen somewhere in Tokyo-3, or dressed as an employee of NERV, the secretive organization that operates the underground base and deploys the Evas.

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A woman prepares to be scanned for miniaturization. Small Worlds

"Your visit will leave not only memories," Small Worlds advertises. "Think about the other self living in the small world."

Newsweek has reached out to Small Worlds Tokyo with additional questions about the Tokyo-3 residency program, but did not hear back by time of publication.