From November 22, 2016 to January 9, 2017, the Tokyo branch of Sega’s Joypolis theme park chain will be celebrating its 20th anniversary by collaborating with Evangelion for the “Evangelion × Joypolis Impact” event. For a limited time, the Geki-on Live Coaster, an attraction which is part roller coaster and part music game, will be rebranded into an Evangelion-themed attraction. The special Evangelion roller coaster will provide attendees the experience of riding in the cockpit of an Evangelion.
Evangelion rides have been popular theme park attractions in the past several years. There have also been Evangelion-themed rides and rollercoasters at “Evangelion World” at Fuji-Q Highland, and at “Cool Japan” at Universal Studios Japan.
- otakomu.jp: http://otakomu.jp/archives/440998.html
- Crunchyroll: “Evangelion × Joypolis Impact” Marks 20th Anniversary of Theme Park
In the event you missed Shin Godzilla in theaters, or maybe there just wasn’t a screening in your area, you may be interested to know that Funimation is extending the North American theatrical run of Shin Godzilla through October 27th. There are matinee screenings tomorrow, October 22nd in more than 200 theaters across the U.S. and Canada, and there will be daily screenings in select theaters through the 27th.
I went to see Shin Godzilla with some friends last week. It was pretty good. It reminded me a lot of episodes 1, 2, 5, and 6 of Evangelion. There’s a lot of intertextuality between Shin Godzilla and Hideaki Anno’s other works, not just Gainax/khara, but his other live action works as well. Definitely worth seeing if you’re really into Eva or Anno in general.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Legend of the Piko Piko Middle School Students coming from Dark Horse May 2017Posted: October 21st, 2016 by Aaron Clark
It was announced last month that Dark Horse Manga will be releasing the first volume of the Evangelion parody manga known as “Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Legend of the Piko Piko Middle School Students”. This may be old news to a few of you out there, details about this spin-off actually started surfacing after the official manga concluded with the June 2013 issue. I vaguely recall some wishful thinking, possibly from the art style, that it would be serious in nature, as opposed to more parody manga. Once it was revealed to be more parody manga, I think people lost interest and forgot about it for a while. I heard nothing about it getting licensed this past July, nor about it getting a release date last month. Perhaps that’s an indication of the interest in this title, or Eva parody manga in general. Whatever the case, the premise of the manga is as follows:
Mysterious invaders are threatening Earth…so recruit a group of elite schoolkids to play videogames that secretly train them for the real fight that lies ahead! Does this plan sound familiar? Well, they’d better get a new plan, because the elite schoolkids are Shinji, Rei, Asuka, and Kaworu, and they’re too busy playing games to ever get in the fricking robot!
Video games that train you to save the world? Not a terribly original idea. At any rate, the first volume of “Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Legend of the Piko Piko Middle School Students” will be released by Dark Horse Manga May 2017.
- Eva Geeks Forum: [Manga] New Evangelion Spinoff Manga in the works
- Anime News Network: Evangelion Spinoff Manga Planned For April
- Anime News Network: Dark Horse Licenses Hatsune Miku, Evangelion Spinoff Manga, H.P. Lovecraft Manga Adaptation
- Crunchyroll: Dark Horse Release Of Gaming Parody “Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Legend of the Piko Piko Middle School Students” Listed For May 2017
Between now and October 31st, you can participate in Tokyo Otaku Mode’s Evangelion x Full Graphic Kimono project. There are six designs featuring scenes from Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo to vote for. Results will be revealed in November, and the winner will be part of a limited run of 100 full-graphic kimonos that will sell for $2000 each.
Designs include Rei, Asuka, Mari, Shinji & Kaworu, the Evangelions, and lastly one of various character shots.
It’s a bit of an unusual project. Evangelion isn’t exactly what I think of when I think “traditional kimono”. Also, the site stating “there is a possibility that we may not reach the production phase of the project” does not inspire confidence in me. Not to mention that only one of these designs will be selected. I can hear arguments and assertions about “best girl” already.
Source: EVANGELION × Full Graphic Kimono