News & Updates

Evangelion Roller Coaster Event at Sega’s Joypolis Theme Park

Posted: October 25th, 2016 by Aaron Clark

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.

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North American Shin Godzilla Theatrical Run Extended

Posted: October 21st, 2016 by Aaron Clark

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.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Legend of the Piko Piko Middle School Students coming from Dark Horse May 2017

Posted: 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.

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Tokyo Otaku Mode Launches Evangelion x Full Graphic Kimono Project

Posted: October 18th, 2016 by Aaron Clark

EVANGELION × Full Graphic Kimono

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.

Evangelion Kimono designs designs featuring scenes from Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

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


Godzilla Resurgence Coming to North American Theaters in October

Posted: September 1st, 2016 by Aaron Clark

It may not be the long awaited conclusion to the Rebuild of Evangelion film series, however we will soon be seeing the North American release of Shin Godzilla, aka Godzilla Resurgence.  Fandango has revealed that Funimation will be releasing the film in a limited engagement October 11-18.  Fans have been compiling an unofficial list of dates from theater information.

Shin Godzilla is the first Toho produced Godzilla film in 12 years, and has grossed over 5.3 billion yen ($51.63 million), which is greater than Evangelion 3.0’s box office earnings.  The film was co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi.  Anno wrote the film’s script, Higuchi directed the visual effects, and Shiro Sagisu composed the film’s soundtrack.

Reviews have thus far seemed positive, and the film has been performing very well in Japan.  Check listings, it may be a good means of filling the void between now and details for Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0.

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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.


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.


Evangelion 3.33 release date revealed by FUNimation at New York Comic Con

Posted: October 12th, 2015 by Aaron Clark

FUNimation announced Saturday at its industry panel at New York Comic Con that it will be releasing Evangelion 3.33 to home video February 2nd, 2016.  Exact details are forthcoming, however it appears that it will be sold as a Blu-ray/DVD combo.  It would seem that this is it, finally, after nearly two full years of delays.  You may recall that in the past, FUNimation had announced a release date of February 18th, 2014, only to retract that information a few days later.  Evangelion 3.33 has since been elusive, to the frustration of many fans, with some claiming they were giving up on FUNimation’s release in favor of other methods, both legitimate, and not.

The reason behind all of this is still somewhat vague.  The short is that the English dub that was released to theaters in early 2014 was not well received, to the point that some amount of the dub was reworked.  FUNimation was said to have worked closely with khara to do the film justice, and that khara was contributing a subtitle track of their own.   Beyond that, nothing truly satisfactory was ever shared publicly to explain or justify such a long delay.  Whatever the reason, it’s a relief to finally have something definite.

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http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/anncast/2015-10-02/.93694
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2015-10-02/funimation-aims-to-release-evangelion-3.33-in-early-2016/.93709
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2015-10-10/funimation-evangelion-3.33-blu-ray-dvd-slated-for-february-2-2016/.94064
https://www.reddit.com/r/evangelion/comments/3o9ozs/2216_finally/


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