Anime fans have good reason to visit Japan this Christmas just to see the “constellation” of Evangelion, Demon Slayer and Ultraman drone shows preparing to light up the island and the morning sky. evening in Yokohama.
Visitors to Sea Paradise Resort in Yokohama are in for a special treat, as the island resort, which also boasts one of Japan’s largest theme parks, will light up the sky with performances five-day drone show around Christmas in December. The light shows begin in the early evening and will feature fan-favorite anime franchises Neon Genesis Evangelion, Demon Slayer and Ultraman. Dubbed “STARDANCE”, the attraction will be held over Tokyo Bay, creating truly magical scenes and inspiring people to imagine what lies out there by uniting the “constellations” ” moving against the starry sky.
STARDANCE will deploy 1,000 drones equipped with LED lights in staged performances. The display lineup stretches up to 482 feet into the night sky, and although the event promotional video doesn’t give a glimpse of these displays, the show will likely feature recognizable characters and symbols. from the most prominent animated series. Each show will have three 15-minute parts dedicated to one anime series, along with a special Christmas-themed fourth show saved for December 24. STARDANCE runs on 23, 24, 29, December 30 and 31, with daily performances scheduled at 5 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The main appeal of Drone Visors
Drone shows have become a highlight of the event, staging unique extravaganzas from more traditional fireworks displays. Drones are also popular as a safer, more environmentally friendly alternative to fireworks, which create explosive beams of light but cannot form the same shape as shown in Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl LI performance. Drone shows have also been used in franchise promotions, such as the Avengers fireworks show at Disneyland Paris and in a stunt commercial for the film The Avengers. Flash hits theaters. One Piece fans were also treated to a live drone show in August as a preview of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the series.
Evangelion, Demon Slayer and Ultraman could have been chosen for the STARDANCE event as representatives of three generations of anime franchises. Ultraman first appeared in 1966’s Ultra Q and the television series of the same name, with the latest film adaptation Ultraman: Rising released on Netflix in 2024. Neon Genesis Evangelion also first aired as a television series. series from 1995 to 1996 but later developed into a series. depicted in video games, comics, and movies. Demon Slayer is a relatively new franchise, first published as a shōnen manga in 2016 and later adapted into a highly successful anime series.
STARDANCE tickets are available now on the event website for 4,300 Yen (about $29 USD).
Source: Sea Paradise official website