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Weekly Shonen Jump is getting its own Tokyo theme park

Namco Bandai Group next summer plans to open the first theme park dedicated to Weekly Shonen Jump, the manga anthology that’s home to such blockbuster series as Bleach, Naruto and One Piece.

According to Anime News Network, the park will cover 1.52 acres on the third floor of the Sunshine City World Import Mart Building in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro commercial and entertainment district. The building already houses Namco’s Namja Town indoor park, which features themed dining, carnival-style games and a haunted house.

Although the new park’s name hasn’t been revealed, a floor plan (below) offers a preview of its features: separate areas devoted to Dragon Ball Z, Naruto and One Piece, a “Heroes’ Arena” with a rotating theme and roster of properties, food sections, and licensed merchandise shops.

Namco, best known as a video-game developer and publisher, will be the main operator of the theme park, which will be developed with the help of Weekly Shonen Jump editors. Anime studios Toei Animation and Pierrot also will be involved.

Several Japanese resorts and amusement parks already have attractions devoted to Naruto and One Piece, and an unlicensed One Piece theme park reportedly is being built on 329 acres in China.

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What? No Shaman King area? (I know, it’s not that popular)

They should also have a little sports-centered area where kids can try different sports and games and they could theme it after Prince of Tennis, Eyeshield 21, Slam Dunk, Whistle! and Hikaru no Go.

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