Photo/IllutrationA 3.3 meter-long replica of the "Lance of Longinus" (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Sendai is the place to be for Evangelion fans right now, where an exhibition devoted to replicas of bladed weapons featured in the popular anime series is taking place.

In addition to 26 modern-style swords and blades which were forged by traditional swordsmiths based on fictional weapons, “Evangelion and Japanese Swords” features figures, original drawings and many other anime-related items.

Works on display include a “naginata” long-handled spear called Natayanagi, designed by “Evangelion” mechanical designer Ikuto Yamashita, as well as the Lance of Longinus, Progressive Knife and other weapons from the anime series.

Visitors can also learn about the history and production processes of Japanese swords.

Hardcore fans are sure to be wowed by a 2-meter-tall statue of the Evangelion Unit-01 robot, life-size character figures, replicas of original anime illustrations used in the anime’s film series reboot, and many other rare items on show.

Taking pictures is allowed, except for some items including anime project proposals and original drawings.

An audio guide narrated by Kotono Mitsuishi, who voices Misato Katsuragi in the anime, is available. Evangelion Store Sendai offers about 500 related products. Video footage shows the production processes of the Natayanagi and the Lance of Longinus in one section.

The exhibition is held on the 9th floor of the E BeanS commercial complex near Sendai Station until May 7.

For opening hours, admission and other information, visit the official website at (http://www.mmt-tv.co.jp/event/evangelion-sword/index.html).

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