Shin Eva to be released in North America October 17th

On July 31st, G-KIDS announced that Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0: Thrice Upon a Time will be released in North America on October 17th. Like the Japanese version, the North American edition will be in both 2 Disc & 3 Disc editions with two of those discs containing the film and special features (see the previous article for a list of special features) with the third disc containing the film in 4K UHD (a 4K Bluray player is needed for playback and cannot be played on regular Bluray players). The film will come with English, French, & Spanish subtitles, and while there is no word on the dub, it is assumed that the dub will be same as the one used on Amazon Prime.

The 3 Disc edition will also include a 28 page book, a 16.5” x 11.7” poster, and five art cards of Shinji & Misato, Rei, Asuka, Mari, and Kawrou (it should be noted that these cards are the same bonus prize offered by the Evangelion Store when the Japanese edition was released).

Both editions will be available to order on the G-Kids website as well as on Amazon, on Rightstuf, or any other major retailer.

Shin Eva is still available to watch on Amazon Prime.

Shin Eva Bluray Released in Japan

On March 8th, Shin Eva was released to the general public in Japan. Some fans in the West have gotten their own copies, with many of them providing pictures.

As was reported in the previous post, the film was released in 2 disc & 3 disc editions. The first two discs have the feature film and bonus features respectively. The Third disc has the feature film in 4K. Also included was a QR Code that when scanned, revealed information on an upcoming book on Shin Eva’s production.

There’s also a small booklet containing character sketches of both Asuka and Midori.

The special features disc contains a plethora of bonuses including:

  • 5 Teaser Trailers
  • 6 Full Trailers
  • 7 TV spots
  • 3 Trailers for 3.333
  • Promotion Reel for the SNS messaging service
  • Character Promotion Reels for Shinji, Rei, Asuka, Mari, Kaworu, & Mari
  • A short feature entitled “Evangelion Today” which is a short clip show set to Jesus Blebit Meine Freude, the same track as was played at the recap in the film’s beginning (you can watch it here on youtube)
  • Messages & Stage Greetings from several of the voice actors
  • Trailers for the first three films for 4D theaters
  • Rebuild of Eva 3.0 + 1.11
  • TV spots for the Bluray.
  • Promotion reel for the Bluray.

The most important of these features are two entitled Evangelion 3.0 (-46h) & Evangelion 3.0 (-120min). These two features take place before the events in 3.0. -46h is an animated short while -120min is a motion comic of the manga that was handed to patrons when an updated version of Shin had its theatrical release.

We would also like to remind all of you that GKIDS has the North American rights to the film. While no release date has been set, it is likely we’ll hear some news on the matter by mid summer.

Shin Eva is still available to watch on Amazon Prime.

Special Thanks to Evageeks Administrator FreakyFilmFan4ever for providing both pictures and clarification of some of the bonus features.

Shin Eva Bluray to be Released in Japan

On October 3rd, it was announced that the final film in the New Theatrical Edition series: Evangelion 3.0 +1.11: Thrice Upon a Time will be released on DVD and Bluray in Japan on March 8th 2023, the two year anniversary of the film’s theatrical release. The regular DVD and Bluray edition will have two discs. Disc 1 will have the main feature while Disc 2 will have bonus features. The Limited Edition Bluray will be a three disc set. The first two discs will the same ones mentioned above. Disc 3 will the film in 4K Ultra HD Bluray (note: you will need a 4K Bluray player to play this disc).

It must be stressed here that the film will be only in Japanese and not have either the English dub or subtitle track.

There is an important thing to note about the Bonus Features disc mentioned above. While it will contain the usual features such as trailers, commercials, animatics, and the like; it will also have a feature entitled Evangelion 3.0 (-46h). If you remember back in June of 2021, Shin had a second run in theaters where patrons received a short manga called Evangelion 3.0 (-128min), which showed events leading up to the beginning of 3.33. While we don’t know what this short film will entail, (-46h) will have many fans waiting in anticipation.

Both the Regular and Limited Editions will available to purchase at multiple retailers such as Amazon.jp and YesAsia. In addition, these retailers will be offering unique Bonus items for the Limited Edition (and some offer them for the Regular Bluray & DVD edition as well). Some of these retailers will also be offering additional extras as well. CDJapan is offering these versions from these establishments through their proxy service. There are also other proxy services such as Buyee or NeoKyo for all your shipping needs. These stores (links will be provided to the Limited Edition where available as some do direct shipping) are listed for your convience:

Amazon.jp: Slipcase and a postcard set.

Amiami: Size B2 Tapestry of Misato & Shinji.

Animega/Sofmap: Size B2 Tapestry of Rei.

Animate: Size A4 Canvas Board of Kaworu.

Akai kuma-san: Rectangle Can Badge of Kaworu.

CDJapan: Acrylic key chain of Kaworu.

Evangelion Store (includes copy of the film’s script): Set of 5 postcards.

Gamers: Size B2 Tapestry of Mari.

HMV: Shikishi artboard of Rei.

Joshin: Acrylic key chain of Mari.

Kinkurido (includes 2 CD soundtrack): Size A5 Acrylic plate with your choice of either Shinji & Misato, Asuka, Rei, Mari, and Kaworu.

Rakuten Books: Acrylic block of Rei.

Shinseido WonderGoo: Acrylic key chain of Rei.

Toronoana: Acrylic Carabiner of Asuka.

Tower Records: Size A4 Clear Folder of Misato & Shinji.

TSUTAYA: Size A4 Clear Folder of Rei and a scene photo.

For those who are unable to purchase the Japanese release due to either an inablity to understand Japanese or it’s too much for their budgets, we would like to remind them that GKIDS had already announced they have the North American rights for the film. As a rule, the difference between Japan and North America regarding release dates is usually several months. While there are at this point no details such as a release date, it is believed that based on how the company handled the NGE boxsets last year, there will be little or no disappointment in them.

We’ll also remind you that as of this posting, Shin is still available to watch on Amazon Prime.

Motomu Kiyokawa has Passed Away

We regret to inform all of you that on August 17th; Motomu Kiyokawa, who played Fuyutsuki in both the Eva TV series as well as the New Theatrical Edition films, had died of pneumonia at age 87. Kiyokawa is the second known member of the Eva cast, and the first member of the show’s primary voice cast to pass away. He was preceded in death by Eji Maruyama, who played the elderly homeroom teacher for Class 2A.

Kiyokawa has also played other roles such as Tem Ray, the father of the protagonist from Mobile Suit Gundam, Gargoyle from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Mayor Domino from the Final Fantasy VII: Remake game, among numerous others in a decades long career.

This should be a reminder to all of us that time is fleeting and that those in entertainment who we admire, could be gone from us before we know it.

Source: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2022-08-22/evangelion-voice-actor-motomu-kiyokawa-passes-away/.188873

GKIDS to release Shin Eva in North America

In a surprising move, GKIDS has announced that they will be distributing the theatrical, physical and digital release for Evangelion 3.0 + 1.01: Thrice Upon a Time in North America. The company plans on a late 2022 timeframe to release the film in theaters. While there are no details on the release date for either physical or digital editions as of this writing, it can be speculated that it will coincide with the Japanese release. With several major anime conventions being held this summer such as Anime Expo in a couple of weeks, we all hope for more news in the immediate future.

Shin Eva is still available to watch of Amazon Prime.

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Groundwork of Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Release Pushed Back

In a previous tweet in March, it was announced that the Groundwork of Evangelion 3.0+1.0 #1 book was to be released at the end of May, but a new announcement states that it was delayed and is expected to be at the end of June instead.

It looks like most of the details haven’t changed since the March announcement. It’s still priced at 3,700¥ not including tax and it’s full color A4 sized. It will include original works from the staff that will be exclusive to this book. The cover is illustrated by the chief directory of animation, Atsushi Nishigori.Atsushi Nishigori.

Additionally, people who order from the Yahoo or Ikebukuro Evastore will get a bonus postcard of the Groundworks cover.

NGE Now Available for Download to Own

On November 2nd, GKIDS made available Episodes 1-26 of NGE and the films Death(true)2 and the End of Evangelion for download to own, and can be purchased on Amazon Prime & Apple TV. On Prime, the TV series (either in Japanese with English subtitles or the official English dub) can be purchased for $1.99 in standard definition ($2.99 in high definition) per episode or $51.74 in SD ($77.74 in HD) for the entire series. Death has both subbed and dubbed versions for $19.99 & $8.99 respectively while only the subtitled version for EoE is available for $19.99.

Now the most interesting detail in this announcement is that for Apple TV, it’s not exactly the same. There, the TV series is subbed only while both Death and EoE are only available dubbed. At the time of this writing, no price is advertised. Please keep these differences in mind if you prefer either Japanese or English for your viewing pleasure.


General Commentary Thread Now Up

The Fan-Geeks Commentary is pleased to announce that the General Commentary thread is now up. Regular users of the wiki subforum probably have noticed its introduction. Feel free to add your comments to any episode from Episode 09 to Episode 26 (End of TV series). The only exception is Episode 19, which has a translated script and so gets its own commentary thread.

This is the last commentary thread of the Fan-Geeks Commentary. Although it won’t close anytime soon, it’s going to be curtains for the commentary when it does close.

Feel free to add your comments to the thread, and it’ll be added on to the commentary. Don’t miss your chance to say something meaningful. Be the one to point out those little details about Evangelion that everyone else misses. The chance is all yours while it lasts.

New Details on Other Editions of NGE on Bluray (For the Budget Minded)

We have now received more details regarding further editions of NGE on Bluray. The Collector’s Edition, which retails for US$174.98 (£124.99) will have all the on disc bonuses as the Ultimate Edition while not having as many of the physical features. There will also be a Standard Edition, retailing for $45.99 (£59.99). Of course, it will have fewer features than either the Ultimate or Collector’s Editions, the most notable being that will not include the dub and subtitle tracks that was originally issued in ADV’s physical version. There is also the option to download the series, though it doesn’t come with any bonus features nor do we have the pricing on it at this time, but we will update as soon as we do. Please see GKIDS or AllTheAnime’s websites for a more comprehensive list of what is or is not on each edition.

The Collector’s Edition will be released on December 8th, the same as the Ultimate Edition, while the Standard Edition will be released on November 9th. The Download to Own option will be available November 2nd.

NGE Ultimate Edition Bluray Available for Preorder

Both GKIDS and AllTheAnime have announced that preorders for the Ultimate Edition Bluray set are now open for the US and UK respectively. The set will include the following:

  • All 26 episodes of the TV series (Directors cut for episodes 21-26 only). Both the dub and subtitle tracks are the ones used on the version streaming on Netflix as well as a second set of discs that will have the sub and dub from the ADV release (Whether these tracks are from the original release or from the Platinum Edition is unknown at this time).
  • Death(true)2 feature film.
  • The End of Evangelion feature film.
  • 156 page art book.

Please see GKIDS and AllTheAnime’s respective sites for a more exhaustive features list, but suffice to say, it is comparable to the bluray edition released in Japan in 2015. It should be noted, however, that both sets will not have the ending theme “Fly Me to the Moon.” While it is disappointing, Evageeks member Gendo’s Papa has made known to us a twitter thread that explains the circumstances of why it isn’t there.

The price is US$275 (£199) and is limited to 5000 copies for the US (and of this posting sold out) and 2500 for the UK. These editions can also be ordered only through the two companies directly. For those who think the price is too steep for their budgets, both companies will release details on other editions August 30th.