Perfect Your Dragon Ball Fighting Moves at the Tokyo Skytree
posted on by Kim Morrissy
In the lead up to the release of the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film, the series is having a collaboration at the Tokyo Skytree. Visitors can relive their favorite moments from Dragon Ball, watch Goku battle against Frieza on a giant round theater, and get a sneak peak at production materials from the upcoming film.
It's no Korin Tower with its peak above the clouds, but the Tokyo Skytree is still the perfect place to brush up on your martial arts training. You'll find most of the Dragon Ball content on the Tembo Galleria, the highest level of the Tokyo Skytree accessible to the public, 450 meters above the ground.
In order to access the Tembo Galleria, you need to pay for a separate ticket on top of entry into the Skytree. After you buy the ticket on the 350 floor, you take a separate elevator up, which is temporarily decked out with Dragon Ball characters.
After getting off the elevator, you'll see statues of Goku and Broly facing off against each other. You may find yourself wondering, "How can I reach their level?" But fear not, you'll be learning all about the abilities Goku and his friends picked up as they were training to become the strongest in the universe.
As you walk up the corridor to the Sorakara Point, the very highest point in the Tembo Galleria, you'll pass by an exhibit that shows off all of the major abilities depicted throughout the Dragon Ball series. The explanations of the abilities are written in both English and Japanese, making it very accessible even for foreign visitors.
You'll also pass through several photo spots. You can stand on Nimbus, Goku's faithful flying cloud, and look out at the city below. You can also stand next to Vegeta and charge up your powers.
Just past Vegeta is a fork in the road. To the right is a shop filled with exclusive Dragon Ball merchandise. Going left takes you further up the Skytree, and into another corridor showing posters of all 19 Dragon Ball films released up to this point.
On the other wall, you'll find character designs and other setting materials for Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
Soon after that is the Sorakara Point. Here, visitors can adopt Goku's clothing and hairstyle with the help of augmented reality (AR) technology. You'll even be able to see yourself performing special attacks, just like Goku does. Put your fighting skills to the test!
The next area showcases figurines of the characters against familiar backdrops from the series. You can get a little preview of Goku and Vegeta's fight against Broly.
Near the end of the exhibit, you'll find key animation frames from throughout the series, plus a wall that recounts the history of Dragon Ball in a super abridged form. (This wall doesn't have English text, unfortunately.)
If you look out the window, you may see Saiyan space pods falling from the sky. The time may soon come for you to test your mettle! If you don't think you can handle a Saiyan invasion by yourself, you can always look for the Dragon Balls, which are hidden throughout the Tembo Galleria.
Outside of the Tembo Galleria, there are still some things for fans to do. During the evening, a short video depicting a battle between Goku and Frieza will play on the Skytree Round Theater on the 350 floor. The video is shown with English subtitles.
There's also a cafe selling Dragon Ball-themed drinks on the 340 floor. I got Frieza's Death Ball, and destroyed it utterly by pouring soda water onto it. Here's the before and after shot.
I'm not going to lie, defeating Frieza in one move made me feel powerful. It was definitely worth it coming to the Tokyo Skytree to train!
The "Skytree Super" event started on November 1 and will run until January 7. Dragon Ball Super: Broly will open in Japanese theaters on December 14. For more information about the cafe menu items and shop, check out the Tokyo Skytree website.