For those who cannot wait to get their hands on the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake, set to be released on April 10, 2020, we highly recommend checking out the collab event taking place right now at Tokyo Skytree! This event started on February 6, 2020 and will go on until April 22, 2020. You can get the information about ticketing, hours and access here.
Upon arriving at Tokyo Skytree, we were already greeted by so much nostalgia just from the posters and FF7 soundtrack playing in the background. Make sure to purchase the tickets that lets you access the Tembo Deck and Tembo Galleria since most of the interactive displays are there. If you only want to check out the Café with the FF7 menu, then access up to floor 350 is enough.
When you arrive, we suggest you check out the times when the “Final Fantasy 7 Premium Round Theater” seven minute show on the Tembo Deck’s panoramic screen windows are showing so you won’t miss it. Also consider if you want photos from the tower to be daytime views where you can see the great horizon or at night time when you can enjoy the colorful lights of Tokyo.
If you enjoy a little bit of role play the tower has been set up with a storyline where Skytree has been infiltrated by the Shinra Power Company. You team up with Avalanche to save Tokyo Skytree and make sure that the “Night Sky”, a type of materia that powers the beautiful nightscape, is saved from their insidious plans.
As soon as you enter the Tembo Galleria you can get an amazing photo souvenir with Cloud’s Buster Sword. The floor is green screen so it looks like you are on a tower with a glass floor up above Midgar. You can get a free commemorative copy but it’s a little small to display, so if you are really feeling the photo, you can get a copy with a high resolution for 1800yen.
They send you a QR code and a larger print to keep. If you’re not into paying extra, then you have a chance to snap your own photos with lif- size Tifa, Aerith, Barret, Red XIII and Cloud on display.
Make your way through the exhibit and next you’ll find yourself in the spiral deck. This is the best way to backtrack and see the storyline of FF7, Crisis Core and other related games, and how they look like in chronological order. You can also find character profiles, as well as behind the scenes concept art. If you are not knowledgeable about the game, or it’s been too long to remember, this is a great way to grasp the world and plot of Final Fantasy VII. The walls are filled with beautiful graphics and immersive storytelling. Keep going and the long hallway ends with Cloud’s gigantic sword on display.
Next up is the gift shop. There is a huge area in the center filled with Square Enix goods and paraphernalia. You can find event exclusive merchandise. If you spend more than 5000yen you get a limited edition pin badge that you can’t buy anywhere else. Time to stuff your bags with goodies and loot! Some things for sale are similar to the Square Enix cafes in Akihabara and Artnia Café in Shinjuku though.
The rest of the exhibit caters to collectors and to those who played the original game. They have displays of figures, toys, past merchandise as well as the original game disks and their boxes. Even the PS Vita for Crisis Core. You can sometimes see fellow middle aged gamers sighing at the display remembering the wonderful days of playing polygon sprite FF7. Final Fantasy has come a long way but one of its most loved franchises is undoubtedly Final Fantasy 7. Maybe because it was the first game released with 3D graphics.
Back to what you can find in Skytree, there is a cool light up display with a small model of Midgar covered in green neon lights. There is a wheel you can turn and it plays Aerith’s theme and changes the model’s lighting to blue. At this point of our little adventure you have officially saved the Night Sky and the nightscape is no longer in danger of fading forever.
I hope this experience will get you hyped up for the release of the game. Everyone who loves this game has been waiting for the remake for such a long time. Even just the graphics are worth drooling for. Anyone else excited to see Cloud in those gorgeous braids?
You can get a sneak peek with the trailers playing on the screens around the exhibit. And finally, when you watch the compilation on the panoramic round theater, you can enjoy the montage of past games and some new scenes. The show is only available at night time.
And of course, last but not least. Let’s check out the café! They have specialty drinks for Cloud, Barret, Tifa,and Aerith. Plus a Black Curry rice dish for Cloud and Sephiroth. Each drink costs around 900yen. It comes with a coaster with a random design. Also, not sure why, but you can only order one of each drink per person.
Drinks (All Non-Alcoholic)
Cloud: Pineapple Drink, has a lemon and muscat jelly accent.
Tifa: Ice Latte, has a strawberry on top and comes with a small cookie.
Aerith: Hibiscus Drink, as bright as her red outfit and has flowers on top.
Barret: Ice Chocolate Drink, with whipped cream and mint on top.
If you love games and are in Tokyo before April 22, this event is totally worth checking out!
UPDATE: The event will be temporarily closed from March 1-15, 2020 due to the coronavirus.
Caryn Carmona is a freelance artist. She has been doing independent work for 12 years and has lived in the Philippines, Canada, America and Japan. She delves in art and anime related events such as conventions and meets. You can find her raiding artist alleys and Akihabara most of the time. Her art and adventures can be found at bachoochi.com. Her love for dogs and media knows no bounds.