Hey gang, Valkor here. I've been visiting Japan almost nonstop since Covid restrictions there were lifted. And it has been so much fun being back there and having the chance to geek out by visiting all the different cafes and the many anime and gaming shops. On a recent visit, I happened upon a pop-up called Radio Eva, located inside a Parco mall, in Ikebukuro. And while they had a decent selection of goods, one item in particular caught my eye. And I had to snatch it up. Check it out, it's the K5-Spec Type-Eva [y] or Eva Temporary Unit-5 sunglasses. They look great on display, but they're so much better when you're outside wearing them.
At the outset, the Unit-5 sunglasses sport a light green color on the arms and a dark green and yellow combo near the lenses. Next, the lenses have an open frame design with half a rim underneath, lined with metal. The lenses are purple, which can reduce glare and block the majority of ultraviolet rays. Next up, the arms have a spring hinge for comfort. So, no matter what size head you have, they should fit without issue. Finally, similar to the previous frames I've reviewed, the Unit-5 sunglasses have a phrase etched in Japanese on the right arm that, when translated, says "Temporary Unit-5". And before I forget, you also get a carrying case and cleaning cloth. I've seen most Eva units; But I've never heard of Unit-5; Which is why, I had to google it. And have to admit that the sunglasses' style reflects the appearance of the Eva Unit. Check it out below.
The Unit-5 sunglasses are sturdy and very comfortable, making them easy to wear on long stretches of being out and about. And the design is gorgeous! I was hesitant to buy them at first, But I couldn't resist, and I had to have them! The frames fit snugly against my face. And there's hardly any slipping. The shaded lenses are perfect as they're not too dark, so it does well to keep out the sun. I'd love to see these frames with mirrored lenses, as it would make the whole design pop!
The K5-Spec Eva Temporary Unit-5 Sunglasses is part of a set that features sunglasses in a similar design that matches the colors of the other Eva units (Unit 00, 01, 02, etc). Also, finding a pair could be difficult. You can check Parco to see if Radio Eva still has a pop-up shop inside if you're traveling to Japan (I also saw a Radio Eva pop-up in Skytree Town, Tokyo). If not, you'll have to do some internet digging to find a pair. Is it worth it? Most definitely! The sunglasses look great, fit comfortably, and do a nice job blocking out the sun. So, out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving the Eva Temporary Unit-5 sunglasses a solid 5!