News & Updates

Hideaki Anno apologizes for Evangelion delay.

Posted: July 19th, 2016 by Aaron Clark

Hideaki Anno interview with Oricon StyleHideaki AnnoIt’s been a long time since Evangelion 3.0 was released to theaters in 2012.  It may be hard to forget, given the puzzling series of delays before Funimation finally released it in English earlier this year.  However it’s approaching four years since the third installment was released in Japan.  In case you missed it, director Hideaki Anno published a post explaining that Evangelion 3.0 had left him burned out and in a depressed state.  And as a result, work on the fourth and final film, currently known as Evangelion 3.0+1.0 has been slow, or better yet, elusive.

Apparently, Anno spoke to Oricon Style, where he apologized for the delay, and for taking time away from Evangelion to direct Godzilla Resurgence.  He explained that Evangelion is his soul, and that it has worn him down to nothing, and that after 3.0, he wasn’t sure he was going to make another Eva film.  He went on to explain that while Godzilla has delayed Evangelion, it has also revitalized him, and that without it, it is uncertain if he would return to Evangelion at all.

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Yet Another Line of Evangelion Lingerie

Posted: July 16th, 2016 by Aaron Clark

Shinji and Kaworu themed lingerie by SuperGroupiesIn the event you were unaware, Evangelion lingerie is a thing, so much so that there are actually multiple brands of it.  Last October, rather than doing a full post of my own, I just shared Crunchyroll’s post through social media, because I doubt very much that Evangelion lingerie is a topic that needs to be discussed at any great length.  Nevertheless, there now exists at least two brands of Evangelion lingerie.  To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Neon Genesis Evangelion, last year both SuperGroupies and Peach John launched lines of Evangelion-themed lingerie.  And this summer, SuperGroupies is back with a new offering.  Last year their line focused on the female pilots, Rei, Asuka, and Mari, but this latest line is Shinji and Kaworu themed.

So, yeah.  Evangelion lingerie is totally a thing.

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Evangelion Chiptune Music by Studio Megaane

Posted: July 11th, 2016 by Aaron Clark

After spending some time with Andrew’s Evangelion Chiptune album the other day, I did some poking around on YouTube for some other substantial efforts to recreate Evangelion’s iconic themes with lo-fidelity sound chips.  In particular, I came across Studio Megaane, which has done an impressive volume of chiptune renditions, with a strong preferance for mecha anime.  So it should come as no surprise that they’ve done an entire album’s worth of Evangelion themes.  Studio Megaane appears to work primarily with the Famicom/NES, and after spending some time listening to their rendition of tracks like Soul’s Refrain, Kokoro yo Genshi ni Modore, and Beautiful World, I definitely feel like they’re pretty accomplished with translating music to 8-bit sound.  For your convenience, I created a playlist of just their Evangelion tracks, it’s definitely worth giving a listen.


Evangelion Chiptune Album by Andrew

Posted: July 8th, 2016 by Aaron Clark

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In addition to Evangelion, I am a huge fan of retro video games, and with that, chiptune music, something that I’ve brought up in the past.  Usually, you find a few bits of music, a cover of Cruel Angel’s Thesis or Fly Me to the Moon, but not usually an entire album.

Evangelion Chiptune by Andrew is just that, an entire album, substantially similar to the series’ first OST, covering many of the tracks from the earlier episodes of the show.  I’ve never been a huge fan of the original series’ soundtrack, but I find the lo-fi renditions of the show’s themes to be very enjoyable and refreshing to listen to.

You can check out the album on Bandcamp, stream it there for free, purchase of the album is only $1.


Viz Announces final Evangelion manga omnibus

Posted: November 3rd, 2015 by Aaron Clark

Viz announced yesterday on Twitter that they will be releasing a final volume of the Neon Genesis Evangelion Omnibus edition.  Slated June 2016, the omnibus volume will include the final two individual volumes of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s Evangelion manga, volumes 13 & 14.  I anticipate there will be some bonus content produced to help pad out the final omnibus, perhaps not enough to approximate an entire ~175 page manga volume, but definitely something to add value to the release.

The omnibus, or “3 in 1” format was well timed, as many fans were previously finding it difficult to track down certain volumes of the manga.  However it was pointed out to me recently that the full run, including the elusive volume 9, was available on Amazon, so it would seem that Viz did a print run recently, possibly due to the release of the 14th and final volume.  So if you’ve been missing a volume or two, you may want to look into snagging some copies before they go out of print.


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