Tsuburaya Productions Launches ESPer Scope App To Track Ultraman Monsters in Japan
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
This past June, Tsuburaya Productions announced their new Ultraman KAIJU NO SUMIKA (かいじゅうのすみか) “Home of the Monsters” Project, which is set in a new world populated by the monsters and aliens from the Ultraman franchise. The first KAIJU NO SUMIKA live attraction will begin November 7, 2019 at Gallery AaMo in Tokyo Dome City. It will offer an interactive experience combining Tsuburaya’s special effects knowledge with the latest digital technology from Panasonic Corporation.
As a tie-in to the event, Tsuburaya has launched “ESPer Scope,” a free app that allows users in Japan to interact with the Ultra Monsters in artificial reality on their smartphones and devices. In ESPer Scope a portal has been opened in Tokyo Dome City that connects the Earth with the Home of the Monsters, resulting in kaiju appearing and strange phenomena occurring all across Japan. “E-S-P・I-T” (Extra Sensory Perception Investigative Team) — aka the ESPer Corps — has launched an investigation, and fans who download the app will be able to assist them on their missions.
ESPer Scope can be downloaded now to find monsters and acquire items. Fans who use the app at the KAIJU NO SUMIKA attraction will also receive an exclusive “miniature monster” that can be viewed in AR.
■ Experience-Based Attraction KAIJU NO SUMIKA (体感アトラクション かいじゅうのすみか, Taikan Atorakushon Kaijū no Sumika)
● Event Dates: Thursday, November 7, 2019 – Sunday, January 26, 2020
● Times: Weekdays 12:00-6:00pm (Last Admission 5:30pm); Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Admission 5:30pm)
● Location: Gallery AaMo, Tokyo Dome City (1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)
● Organizer: Kaiju no Sumika in Gallery AaMo Production Committee (Tsuburaya Productions, TBS, Lawson Entertainment)
● Official Website: m-78.jp/sumika
● Official Twitter: twitter.com/kaiju_mukumuku
Advance tickets will be sold Until Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Walk-up tickets are available Thursday, November 7, 2019 to Sunday, January 26, 2020. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free of charge.
Advance Ticket Adult (Junior High School Student and Older): ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
Advance Ticket Child (3 Years Old to Elementary School Student): ¥800 (Tax Included)
Advance Ticket Adult Pair: ¥3,100 (Tax Included)
Advance Ticket Parent-Child Pair: ¥2,400 (Tax Included)
Walk-up Ticket Adult: ¥1,900 (Tax Included)
Walk-up Ticket Child: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Walk-up Ticket Adult Pair: ¥3,500 (Tax Included)
Walk-up Ticket Parent-Child Pair: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
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About Tsuburaya Productions
Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has created dozens of heroes and other characters, including Ultraman, who have been loved from generation to generation. The base for the company was Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research, which was launched by the Japanese “Father of Special Effects” Eiji Tsuburaya. After showing his skill and making a name for himself working on many monster movies and special effects laden fantasy science films, in 1963 Tsuburaya incorporated Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research and established Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. in order to advance further research and development of special effects technologies and release visual works that could be enjoyed by a wider audience. The company has continued to maintain Eiji Tsuburaya’s policies even after his death.
2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding, and it continues its work to this day. Currently, the company carries out activities including production of works for television, original video works, and films for theatrical release; licensing of owned characters’ content; development of various products; event planning and live staged events that bring out the maximum appeal of its owned characters, and development of facilities that handle related items.