The city of Yokohama adds an awesome, eight-meter (26.3-foot) tall attraction to convince people to come down from Tokyo for the afternoon.

The city of Yokohama is just a half-hour south of Tokyo by train, and the city’s most popular attraction is the harborfront Minato Mirai district. Minato Mirai boasts beautiful views from the top of its colorful Ferris wheel and Landmark Tower skyscraper, and relaxing moments in its seaside parks and hot spring complex.

But while all those are great reasons for a visit, there’s an even better one this week: the largest Dragon Quest slime statue ever created.

Like a JRPG random encounter come to life, the Super Giant Slime will suddenly appear in Yokohama on December 20. Standing roughly 8 meters (26.2 feet) tall (and about the same size in width), this colossal version of the Dragon Quest video game series’ weakest yet most adorable monster, is part of the celebration for the latest title in the franchise, Dragon Quest Builders 2, which also goes on sale on the 20th for Sony’s PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch.

Since the hook of the Builders games is that they allow you to craft a fantasy world out of blocks, the Super Giant Slime will be made out of similarly shaped materials, sort of like a giant Lego art project. Visitors are asked to refrain from fighting the creature in an ill-advised effort to earn gold or experience points, but there will be a photo area set up where you can pose with one of the giant blocks, a mallet like the one featured in the game, or a slime plushie, which thankfully eschews gooey authenticity and instead is made of soft, cuddly fabric.

▼ Minato Mirai also hosts the annual Pikachu Outbreak and served as the venue for last summer’s amazing Final Fantasy 30th anniversary projection mapping event, giving it a surprising amount of video game cred.

Those wishing to gaze upon the Super Giant Slime will find it in the Queen’s Park plaza, located in the space between buildings 2 and 3 of the Minato Mirai Tokyu Square entertainment center (which is connected to Minato Mirai Station on the Minato Mirai subway line). That also puts it right outside the bank of windows for the center’s food court, if you’re feeling hungry but can’t tear yourself away from basking in its majesty.

The statue will be on display from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from December 20 to 23, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on December 24. We’re not sure why the viewing time is an hour shorter on the 24th, but since that’ll be the last day for it to appear, our working theory is that the Super Giant Slime is, in fact, also Santa Claus.

Source: Narinari, PR Times
Images: PR Times

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