If you fight evil by daylight and win love by moonlight or get into fights with humanoid aliens, it seems the Dragon Balls have just granted your wish—Toei’s new museum opening in Tokyo is an otherworldly haven for anyone obsessed with anime.
The Toei Animation Museum will immortalize the iconic anime studio that brought manga like Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Pretty Cure, Galaxy Express 999, and Mazinger Z to your TV screen. Founded in 1948 by Kenzō Masaoka and Zenjirō Yamamoto, Toei popularized the Magical Girl (think Sailor Senshi) and Super Robot (think enormous fighting mechas) genres that had fans wanting to pilot huge hunks of metal or use moon prism power for, well, whatever.
Everything is animated in the Toei museum. High-tech as the futuristic worlds where mechas roam the planet or space trains speed to the edge of the cosmos, its interactive features and exhibits allow you to see anime history in motion. Touch any anime title on an enormous monitor for in-depth information, and experience the exhibition space where original drawings and animation cells from each series are on display. Interactive features even let you see some scenes in motion.
There will be a special Pretty Cure exhibit that will celebrate the grand opening with the magical girls who have been saving Earth from the forces of evil since 2004. It actually involves a ball pit, dolls, and cardboard cutouts of every candy-colored warrior ever to appear in the show’s 700-plus episodes. Just wait until you see all the limited-edition merch in the gift shop.
Outside, the magic comes alive with a blackboard you can draw on with rainbow chalk and a fountain on which the company’s mascot, Pero, from their 1969 adaptation of Puss in Boots. The museum’s website hints that something might go on around there every hour. You’ll probably have to book a flight to Japan to find out about that.
The Toei museum has been in preview mode, but officially opens July 28. Follow these maps if you happen to be in Tokyo.