The whole point of of my vacation was to go to Universal Studios Japan (USJ) was to see the One Piece Premiere Summer event. Now the friend I was supposed to see in Japan was sick with the flu, so things got shifted and moved around. We ended up going on a Thursday, the one day the main stage show wasn’t showing, talk about a bummer. More on this i just a little bit.
This trip was my second time to USJ. My first time was in February of 2015. I took many photos and did everything the park had to offer at that time. This time, not much has changed, but there were a few new things that were added and changed to the park. Since I was alone for most of the trip, up until the end at least, I had a chance to check things out.
First, the Jurassic Park area had a new ride. When I went there years ago they only had a water boat ride. Riding that in February wasn’t the brightest idea. This time around, they had an aerial ride. It was pretty fun, for the most part. The only thing I didn’t like about the ride was the people that sat next to me. I know you are supposed to scream on rides, but they were obnoxious about it. I don’t know how to explain it.
Then I checked out the Harry Potter world. Last time I went, the butter beer was warm and delicious. This time, it was cold and just tasted like cream soda. However, I did buy the souvenir mug it came in. That was kind of worth it. They also had a new stage show. The show was students prepping and showing off their magic as they prepared for another year at Hogwarts. They even had an audience participation section where kids were called up to stage (with wands they bought/brought) to preform magic for the crowd.
One of the things that excited me was the Sailor Moon event they had going on. There was a cool shop with various merchandise, even though all of it was SUPER EXPENSIVE. There was also a cool 4D event movie. That was pretty cool, for the most part. It starts with me (the audience) getting captured by the villain of the day and Usagi getting imprisoned. Right before our energy was to be stolen, we are rescued by the other Sailor Soldiers. Depending on where you are seating, one of the girls will fly over to you and ask if you are okay. The love of my life, Sailor Mars, saved my life. That was the greatest day of my life. When I am on my death bed, I will tell my kids about how being saved by Sailor Mars was the best thing that ever happened to me, not their birth. HA HA
Anyways, the girls free Usagi and she transforms into Sailor Moon with an awesome transformation sequence that can be found on YouTube. I might link it here later. I am not too sure yet. Then she and the girls fight and win. Or so it would seem. The villain transforms into a new powerful form. It is about to attack but Sailor Moon and the audience is saved by Tuxedo Mask. The monster attacks and Tuxedo Mask protects us with his body. Afterwards, he falls and lies on the ground, kinda forgotten for a while. Not important because he comes to and helps out later. He doesn’t lie on the ground forgotten like Uryu in the live action Bleach movie.
So, this is the part I had problems with. It turned into a marketing/product placement video. Sailor Moon can only save us, defeat the villain, and save the day ONLY if she uses her new and most powerful weapon: The Universal (Studios) Moon Rod. So if people have bought it, they can hold it up and turn on its lights when Sailor Moon does and make a world saving combo attack. Overall, the 4D movie was fun to watch, just not the end part. When the movie ends, the Sailor Soldiers and Tuxedo Mask places the audience back at USJ and say to have a fun day at the park. Eh, not the worst thing I ever experienced. Still, worth checking out.
So those were the highlights of the non One Piece part of my visit. Now comes the rest.
Like I mentioned, the whole point of going to USJ this time around was for the One Piece Premiere summer. Other than the merchandise shop, and countless kiosks, there were four key events: A stage show, which I was unable to participate in, a water show, a pirate versus marines water gun fight, which didn’t appeal to me, and Sanji’s Pirates Restaurant. I only went to two of these events, so that is what I will write about.
he water stage show was interesting. I only saw the last half of it. Actually, it is kind of funny. I just stumbled upon it and I didn’t see it advertised on the website. The basis of the show was…….. is a good question. My Japanese isn’t good and I was far away to hear anything clearly. The actors didn’t talk themselves, they just mouthed what the pre-recorded Japanese Voice Actors said. The show was basically the Strawhat Pirates fighting the Marines. There was quite a lot of water being thrown around, and I did get soaked. I even have it on video. It was fun, but I think it made me kind of sick. Also, I loved how they put make up on the muscles to high light how ripped all the actors are. Kind of made me feel ashamed of my body. Although, I will work on it in my path to ninja series.
The main event was Sanji’s Pirates Restaurant. It was fine dinning and a show. For the meal, we were severed a 3 course meal, appetizer, main course, and dessert, where Sanji will come and “bless the food” in a matter of speaking. For the appetizer, there was a salad and a white sauce off to the side. If you are a girl, like my friend is, he would quickly draw a heart. However, if you are a boy, like me, he were scratch out the sauce. There not a better way to describe it. There was no blessing during the main course due to the show. The dessert was a mousse-like thing. It had half a candy heart on top. The girls got the other half added by Sanji. Us boys got Sanji pulling out the heart piece and throwing it on the plate in disgust. It was pretty cool.
The show part was interesting as well, even if I didn’t understand it at first. It start with Bartolomeo gushing over Sanji’s cooking. Sanji was prepping a wedding cake for some reason. Like I keep saying, my Japanese ability is pretty substandard. Then Buggy and Cabaji coming to steal the cake. Sanji tells them it’s a wedding cake and there needs to be a wedding. So Buggy kidnaps a girl from the audience (during out showing it was my friend) as an excuse to get the cake. Luffy and Zoro (who entered from the back of the restaurant as a play off of his poor sense of direction) show up to save the day. There is a stage fight and the Strawhats end up winning. It was pretty interesting to watch considering we didn’t know there was going to be a show.
verall, it was a good day. I can’t wait until the next time I can go back to USJ!