Due to Nagoya’s resemblance to the fictional future-city depicted in, the persistently popular, Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, it’s getting two Eva statues to welcome, and mildly intimidate, tourists.
The first statue, a recreation of the iconic EVA-01, stands six meters tall and actually already exists, it’s just being moved to Sasashima-raibu station’s Global Gate. A second, three-meter statue, will be placed at the Arrivals lobby of Chubu Centrair International Airport, which is a central hub for travel into and out of Japan. Both statues should be in place by early next year.
As the third largest urban area in Japan, Nagoya is considered, by some, to be a third capital. So, sort of like a third Tokyo… or a Tokyo-3… get it? No? Well, Tokyo-3 is the city in which most of Neon Genesis Evangelion takes place, so it all makes sense.
As if you even needed another reason to visit Japan.
If you have no idea why this is a thing, or just want to refresh your memory, the full series of Neon Genesis Evangelion is currently on Netflix, including the movies that change the ending so it (sort of) makes more sense.