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With its crowdfunding project falling short of its goal, Evangelion’s Spear of Longinus won’t be hitching a ride to the moon after all. That doesn’t mean the iconic weapon isn’t still going places, though.

As part of the influential anime’s 20th anniversary celebration, 500 lucky fans will be receiving handmade glass replicas of the spear, just the right size for equipping their Eva models with. The talented craftsman responsible for the high-class anime goodies recently spoke about the experience of making them, and one of them could be yours as long as you remember that you mustn’t run away from your daily glass of vegetable juice.

It’s safe to say that no one in the world of Evangelion is really that concerned with the mental health of its central teenage cast. Between forcing junior high school-aged protagonist Shinji to face giant invading aliens pretty much every time he steps out the door and immeasurable sexual tension at home, his mental health being in shambles for the foreseeable future is pretty much a foregone conclusion.

On the other hand, it’s not too late to take care of Shinji’s nutritional well-being, and so Japanese vegetable juice maker Kagome, whose Yasai 100 line of mixed juices is also celebrating 20 years on the market this year, is involved in a cross-promotional campaign with Evangelion called the Destroy the Vegetable Wall Project.

▼ Honestly, is Tokyo-3 being menaced by a giant, floating tomato really that much weirder than anything else that happens in the second half of the Evangelion TV series?

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It seems there’s only one thing that can pierce this crimson intruder’s protective A.T. Field, and that’s the Spear of Longinus. But how can you get your hands on such a powerful weapon?

By drinking Kagome’s tomato juice, or its Yasai 100 or Yasai Ichini Kore Ippon vegetable juices. During the promotion, which began on April 1, each pack comes with a sticker worth a certain number of points, which can be mailed in for a chance to win different Evangelion-themed prizes, including Eva drinking glasses and cutlery.

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The top-tier prize is one of 500 Spears of Longinus, seen here being modeled by Eva Unit-01.

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As you can see, Kagome didn’t just go out, but a couple of hundred Eva models off the shelf of an Akihabara anime retailer, and pull out their cheap plastic weaponry. No, these Spears of Longinus are all produced by expert glassworker Hideki Hosaka at his workshop in Ibaraki Prefecture.

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Hosaka has over 20 years of experience as an artist, but it wasn’t until he was in his late teens that he realized he had an interest in and aptitude for glasswork. “When I was in high school, we had the chance to make and sell glass crafts at the school festival,” he recalls. “That was my first time making something out of glass.”

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Following graduation, Hosaka spent some time as a member of Japan’s white-collar workforce, but continued creating with glass during his free time on the weekends. Eventually, he left his job to become a full-time artist,

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Most craftsmen don’t expect to one day get an order for 500 units of anime polearms, though. So how did the 40-year-old Hosaka react when approached about the Kagome/Evangelion project?

“’Here we go!’ I thought.” It turns out that Hosaka was already a fan of the anime franchise. “I’d actually made a replica of the Spear of Longinus, just for fun, a long time ago, so I was confident that I could handle the request.”

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Thanks to his considerable experience and talent, it doesn’t take Hosaka all that terribly long to form the spear itself, as he pegs the time required for each to be in the neighborhood of 20 or 30 minutes. That doesn’t mean each spear goes from start to finish in just half an hour, though. After being formed, the replicas have to go through a slow cooling process to remove internal distortions, and that step takes seven to eight hours.

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The end result is both beautiful and sturdy, although Hosaka makes a point of stating that they’re not indestructible, so you’ll probably want to resist the temptation to reenact the famous scene from the anime by throwing the spear at the moon. But even if you can’t take it into combat, Hosaka’s handiwork is gorgeous to look at, featuring a precisely tight and evenly spaced spiral.

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The eventual recipients will be determined randomly once the campaign comes to an end on June 30. While Hosaka has no say in where his work will end up, he did mention the kind of person he hopes wins.

“I want to make something people will be happy to receive. If they can be won by people who’ll proudly display them in their homes, I’d be very happy.”

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Related: Destroy the Vegetable Wall Project website
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