Hello, everyone! It’s Ayumi from MANGA.TOKYO. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen), the Winter 2017 sequel to the popular anime, is doing a collaboration with Kyoto Tower! I’m sure the keyword ‘Kyoto Tower’ which was mentioned many times in the anime has piqued quite a few persons’ interest.
Did you know that I live in Kyoto? As a local otaku enthusiast, I was very interested. So, I went to check it out. What kind of collaboration was waiting for me? Let’s go! ^^
To Kyoto Tower!
Kyoto Tower is a 131m-tall landmark which towers over the city. It is in front of the Karasuma Central Gates at Kyoto Station.
Those of you who have taken a trip to Kyoto will have definitely seen it at least once! It’s also the world’s tallest building without a steel frame. Inside, there are many fun and convenient establishments that can’t be seen from the outside, such as an observation room and a bath house.
This collaboration was decided because the anime’s main character, Rin Okumura, mentions that he wants to go there.
It was originally intended to last until 26 March 2017, but due to the raving reviews, it has been extended to 9 April 2017. So if you have plans to travel to Kyoto, you should definitely check it out!
To get to the tower, go straight after you exit the Karasuma Central Gates at Kyoto Station. It is visible from there so I don’t think you would get lost, but if you do, ask someone nearby.
If you enter the Kyoto Tower building from the west entrance, there is an elevator and observatory tickets with Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc designs. The ticket vending machine also displays English.
In this elevator, go to the 11th floor, hand over your observatory ticket and use the exclusive elevator to go to the observatory. In the elevator that connects the 11th floor to the observatory, Rin is in charge of the announcement when going up and Yukio is charge of announcements when going down! The announcements are in Japanese, but it is a very exciting experience for all the fans!
Announcements from THAT character!? An unbroken view of Kyoto from the observatory
During the collaboration, original narrations by characters from Blue Exorcist are played approximately every fifteen minutes. The cast changes weekly so no matter how many times you come, you won’t get sick of it! I am a fan of Renzou Shima, so I went back later to hear him. [laugh] The fact that I was able to hear new lines they don’t say in the anime, here in Kyoto… I want to bow before the producers of the event and thank them.
And finally to the observation room! A sweeping view of Kyoto!!!
Or so I thought, but it was cloudy on the day I took the pictures. I’m really very sorry. [laugh] On Kyoto Tower’s official website, there is a panorama shot of the view from the observatory. Of course, it was taken on a sunny day.
Kyoto Tower’s official website
On a clear day, you When an editor visited on a later date, along with a sweeping view of Kyoto, you could see all the way to Osaka’s tallest building, Abeno Harukas. In Kyoto, the construction of tall buildings is prohibited by law, so being able to look down on the city from an elevated position is an amazing experience.
Inside the observatory, there are touch panels which provide information about the well-known places, shrines and temples which can be seen from the Tower.
The screens switches between 3 patters for afternoon, evening, and night. The service is also provided in English so feel free to use it!
On the opposite side of the view of Kyoto, there is the Tawawa-chan Shrine. That’s right, the Tawawa-chan mascot that Rin wanted is enshrined. There are fortunes written in English and ema (wooden plaques on which you can write your wishes) on sale. You can try pulling your fortune and give an offering to the shrine by writing your wish on the ema.
After descending one flight of stairs from the top floor, there is an area with tables and chairs where you can relax and enjoy the scenery. On the opposite side, you can see the script used for the recording, duplicates of the original pictures, and character goods on display.
Photography was not allowed so I don’t have any pictures, but they were very valuable documents. Be sure to check them out.
Looking out at the night scenery next to the display panels and original image exhibition
While listening to Yukio’s announcement as I descended in the elevator, I headed for the 11th floor. As soon as you leave the elevator, there is a souvenir corner. This is the only place where you can buy Blue Exorcist and Kyoto Tower collaboration goods.
Details on the Blue Exorcist goods (Japanese only) → http://www.ao-ex.com/kyototower/
There were many Tawawa-chan goods! Rin would have been so happy. The cameraman and I found ourselves buying them a lot of them [laugh]
After we enjoyed the souvenirs, we finally headed for the original image exhibition and panel display zone
The place was full of unique documents and images that were used in the anime. They are very hard to come across. Near the window, there were several display panels and on the opposite side, precious original images were also on display.
Photography of the original images was prohibited so please visit Kyoto Tower to enjoy them!
Being displayed along with the original images was…
A high quality figure of Yukio! It was recreated right down to the last detail. To fans, it is an item to die for.
Advanced order sales were already finished so I rested my hopes on a resale.
You can recreate the manga!? Tawawa-chan photo spot
Could this be… that scene from Vol. 9..!! After you’ve finished looking at the displays, you come to Tawawa-chan’s photo spot!! Those who’ve read the manga should understand… Yes, it is that scene from Vol. 9. You could round up six of your friends and recreate the original!
By the way, the actor who plays Rin Okumura in the stage play of Blue Exorcist, Ryo Kitamura, came to hang out at this corner in his private time.
The collaboration menu was too fashionable
To be honest, the thing I was most excited about was the Blue Exorcist collaboration in the sky lounge, -KUU-, on the third floor of Kyoto Tower!
It seems there are many people who confuse it with the fourth and fifth floors, so if you aren’t sure, please ask one of the staff members for directions.
At the entrance, you are greeted by Rin, Yukio, and Suguro.
It is a beautiful lounge with jazz playing in the background. I got a little frightened, wondering if you can really eat the collaboration menu here.
Themed drink ‘Rin Okumura’ (¥700)
Wow, so fashionable
For the first shot, I was only able to respond with vocabulary unbecoming of a reporter. Has there ever been a themed drink with such an adult feel? It was very innovative. It was a lemon squash inspired by Satan’s blue flames. The mouth of the cup was coated with sugar. It was a drink that one would find in a hotel’s bar lounge. Yes. It was extremely delicious.
Blue Crepe (¥1000)
A crepe with blue whipped cream, a rice flour dumpling sprinkled with cocoa, fruit, and ice cream with blue syrup. Berry sauce was mixed with the blue syrup and left a very beautiful impression. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc had many sad parts, so it seems like the bitterness of the cocoa sprinkled on the dumpling symbolized that. They captured every last detail of the atmosphere in Blue Exorcist. I reminisced over the plot as I ate and almost cried.
You can choose how much blue syrup you would like! It has a mild taste, just like Rin’s flames!
There is a never-ending list of collaboration menu items that I would like to introduce. Depending on the day you visit, available items may differ, so please check the home page for details. (Japanese only)
’Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc-‘ faces its climax!
Every Friday (the day of the anime broadcast), Kyoto Tower is lit up with blue lights!
The anime Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc finally gears up for the climax. I’m sure those of you who have read the manga are excited to watch the anime every week. Of course I am one of those people. Don’t forget that the anime is also part of MANGA.TOKYO’s episodic reviews for Winter 2017.
With this collaboration, Kyoto Tower showed its love towards the anime and the original work. The collaboration will be running until 9 April 2017, so if you have a chance to visit Kyoto, please stop by! It seems that the contents of the collaboration will change slightly after 27 March 2017! Exactly what kind of event will it become? I’m also looking forward to this!
You can also enter with a normal ticket, but sinde during the collaboration period you can buy a Blue Exorcist ticket on the day you visit, let’s use this opportunity and get the ticket with Tawawa-chan.
How was the report on the collaboration between Blue Exorcist and Kyoto Tower? I’m taking requests for events you want covered by MANGA.TOKYO, so be sure to leave lots of comments! Of course, if you visit the place we are waiting for your pictures and your comments, ‘I read this article so I decided to go take a look!’
Kyoto Tower Basic Information
〒600-8216 Kyoto-shi, Shimogyou-ku, Karasuma Street, Shijou Sagaru, Higashi Shiokoujichou 721-1
High schoolers: ¥620
Elementary, middle schoolers: ¥520
Child, 3-year-olds and under: ¥150
9:00～21:00（Last entrance 20:40）
※Opening hours are subject to change.
Sky Lounge -KUU- Basic Information
[Weekdays] 15:00~20:00（Last Order / 19:45）
[Weekends/Holidays] 12:00~20:00（LO / 19:45）
[Everyday] 18:00~23:00（LO / 22:30）
※The elevator to Sky Lounge -KUU- (Observatory 3F) is free.
※There is a fee for those who enter after 18:00 (¥300)
※Please note that there are situations in which reservation is not possible.