Universal Studios Park Hollywood: Y U Not As Kewl As Uni Osaka?

 MeAtChinese

MeAtChinese

Most of Team TOKYOPOP is based, at least part of the time, in Los Angeles. We have some pretty good attractions around here, and people come from all around the world to check them out. For example, here's one unique to us:

Yup, that's Your Obedient Servant Ms. Geek in this photobooth picture, at the TCL (formerly Mann's, formerly Grauman's) Chinese Theatre. It's pretty amazing, even for a local. We also have Disneyland, which sort of pales by comparison to Walt Disney World Orlando, but hey, it was first, it dates back to 1955, and it's got way more history than just about any attraction here save Knott's Berry Farm.

We also have Universal Studios, Hollywood. Come to think of it, Universal Studios, Hollywood, has more history than either Knotts or Disneyland. Carl Laemmle opened the gates to his dream factory in 1915. The tour will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its beginnings next year, and I'm sure they'll do something to commemorate.

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However, the sound era meant that they couldn't have tourists in the bleachers as they filmed their movies, so sometime in the late 1920s the tours stopped, and didn't start up again until 1964, when then-president of MCA-Universal Lew Wasserman threw open the gates again to an amusement park and now isolated from movie production studio tour.

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It's been going ever since, and spawned Universal Studios, Orlando, and a Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka.

However, Universal Studios, Hollywood doesn't have super-cool attractions like these...

Biohazard: The Real (We know the game as Resident Evil here, of course)

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RaccoonCityZombies

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EvangelionTheReal

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Some of these are live shows sort of like the stunt shows that have been a part of the Universal Studios Hollywood experience since 1964, and some of them are movie rides like Back To The Future: The Ride and Transformers: The Ride. However, there are enough anime and gaming fans here in the US to where having these here at least for a few weeks, like they are doing with these "Cool Japan" attractions. I mean, they did a stupid walkthrough for the stinker movie Van Helsing, why not bring something that already exists and will only be up for a temporary period to the US for us geeks to enjoy! Hey, I'll even spring for one of your overpriced tickets for the privilege! C'mon Comcast! Do it!

Love, Ms. Geek, Team TOKYOPOP.