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Eva:3.0+1.0 Trailer #2 Commentary Pt.2

Following on from this post, I’ll be taking a detailed look at the rest of the second 3+1 trailer. Just a note, I lightened and/or color-adjusted some of the cuts to get a better look at the contents; refer back to the official King Records upload to see the original presentation!

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Mari giving a wry little wave. What we can see of her plugsuit indicates it’s a new model, and isn’t simply a palette swap of her previous one (compare this to this). Black, huh? That’s quite a sharp deviation. The thing on the wall is an industrial control pendant, which you might use to operate heavy machinery. Curious. The relative proximity of this cut to the tease about Wunder going into space makes me wonder if Mari is departing for a Moon-based mission here, but that’s just wishful thinking on my part… ;)

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Well, Kaworu did say that they’d meet again, but… this is just weird! The lack of choker on either boy means this isn’t a flashback. Is this on the Wunder? I at first thought that Shinji wearing his uniform here was a giveaway that something was funny, but, lo and behold, you can see his uniform in this cut as well. Shinji was wearing it in the plug at the end of 2.0, so Wille being able to return his clothes to him is reasonable.

How do you explain this Kaworu, though? Shinji’s expression seems a bit severe, which is interesting. His mouth and neck are stiff and he’s not directly facing Kaworu. Whatever is going on here, Shinji doesn’t seem to welcome it. There’s nothing good to go on this early, but my own suspicion is that this isn’t a clone, or that Shinji is necessarily hallucinating (even though he likely has PTSD and nobody could blame him for doing so). Rather, I think this may be similar in cause to the strange Shinji-Rei phenomena happening throughout the films — seeing her on the street, seeing a vision of her inside Eva-01, talking to her inside his head while unconscious, etc. — though on a visual level it most closely resembles what Rei Q sees while she’s soaking. Shinji and Rei have a hidden connection which Gendo has taken advantage of in his plans, and Rei Q, being a Rei clone whose soul is “somewhere else”, logically is connected to Rei 2 as well. To relate this back to the trailer: Shinji had recently synchronized with Kaworu, so the two have a unique spiritual link, which may carry forward beyond Kaworu’s physical death.

Another thing I notice here is that Kaworu’s shirt is conveniently left out of frame. This could well mean absolutely nothing — or it could mean everything, in that khara is deliberately hiding something from us. The end of this post explores the issue, though it does require that entire thread for context.

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And a mere seven scenes later, we get… this. A disheveled-looking Rei — though we don’t know which one — in the foreground, and an incredibly ominous Fuyutsuki in the back. Rei’s eye shifts very slightly during the cut, but the overall effect here is still, for me, very doll-like. Compare one of the creepy close-ups from EoE. The background also brings to mind this awful place from 3.0.

There is certainly not much to go on, but it stirs the imagination, as I’m sure was intended. We have never seen Fuyutsuki depicted like this before, which suggests some sort of seismic shift in his character to come. If, as suggested last time, Gendo actually does sacrifice himself to Eva-13, then it’s another “I leave the rest to you, Fuyutsuki-sensei” situation. In the original series, the intense and uncompromising parts of Fuyutsuki’s personality took a back seat when the choice came down to “help the good guys over the long term quietly” or “get shot by the bad guys right now”. In the new movies, Seele are finally gone, and maybe Gendo will be “gone” too, leaving Fuyutsuki to act as he sees fit. This could get very interesting. Getting to see Fuyutsuki channel a little of his inner Gargoyle? Yes, please!

What’s going with this Rei is much harder to say. As I detailed last time, the trailer does provide a subtle hint that it may not be all peaches and cream for Tentative Name: Rei Ayanami. And, much as we want to see her learn and grow outside the confines of Nerv HQ, she will also need to return there sooner or later to answer that fundamental question: “Then, what am I?” If she is dependent on the facilities there to live (which “Until You Come To Me” might be implying, by showing Rei’s hand crumble away during her travels with Asuka and Shinji), that could also present a slight problem.

My general read on what’s happening in the shot itself: Rei is back at Nerv HQ seeking answers, and Fuyutsuki’s brought her to his shrine of assorted horrors in order to provide them. Except this isn’t like Shinji, where Fuyutsuki was trying to provide information for the boy’s benefit. Fuyutsuki’s playing a much darker game here. With the glassy doll-eyed look on Rei, it’s easy to imagine him nonchalantly telling her that she’s merely a soulless husk pretending to be human. Whatever’s going on, I look forward to it.

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First, note the scene number. A whole bunch of movie receives no representation in the trailer. How close are we to the very end here? None of the Eva movies have been split up into “scenes” before, so… there’s no way to say.

We get our first full-body look at New Eva-02 and… uh… Hmm. That’s not quite what I was expecting, though in retrospect I really should have known better. JA-02, Eva-02. Get it??

In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, at the end of Avant1 when Mari uses a special scanning mode on Eva-08 to look inside the Nerv Paris storage lockers, we can see Jet Alone 2 parts inside. (Main body and arms on the left here, legs on the right here.) In fact, a LOT of the lockers have “JA-02” written on them. I’d kind of been hoping to see a whole squadron of battle-ready space-faring Jet Alones or something, but I suppose merging one with Eva-02 is a surefire way to force the ‘bot back into relevancy. Bravo, Anno. Bravo.

From what we can see here, Eva-02 has actually been restored considerably from the sorry state we saw it in at the end of Q. Even if the helmet and torso armor can hypothetically hide missing organic parts, that right arm doesn’t lie. Somehow we went from a few stray arm muscles to a complete, functional arm. Interesting. The hollowed-out Jet Alone chassis here initially gives the impression that there’s much less Eva-02 than there actually is; there’s a better look inside the brown shell coming up.

The left arm and the legs are 100% from Jet Alone 2, though. It seems Wille can get Eva flesh to regenerate, but they can’t outright replace entire units of the body that are missing.

The weird backpack seems to be some kind of missile launcher. It was first shown in Avant1, all the way on the left here. That absolutely crazy weapon could also be glimpsed behind Mari on the left here. In the side view, you can see a bulky rounded apparatus that looks… sort of like bagpipes??… on Eva-02’s back. I wonder if that’s meant to be a power reactor. Those tubes sticking out of it remind me of the original Jet Alone’s control rods. Having the reactor attached as a back module instead of loaded inside the main unit would make it possible to jettison if something were to go wrong, or if you needed to blow something up without killing yourself too, I suppose.

The low bitrate might make it hard to tell, but Eva-02’s falling into a writhing mass of Failures of Infinity. They look kind of like swarming insects. Pretty strange way for a bunch of headless Eva-01s made of core to move. After Eva-02 falls a certain distance, the launcher backpack comes off (can’t tell if deliberately or not), and the swarm starts to surge upward as Eva-02 dives deeper in.

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This shot seems to follow on the previous one directly. End of previous, Eva-02 had started diving into the swarm, and here we can see it spiraling downward (note the sun). Its destination is unknown, but that giant multi-weapon it’s toting tells us it means business.

I’ve heard Eva-02’s new look get compared to a “grizzled veteran”, and that’s… just about perfect. Here, 02 pulls off this “I’ve been through some real shit, so don’t screw me me!” feeling quite well. The “scar” (representing the eye lost all those years ago in the 10th Angel fight), the toothy underbite, the devil horns, all the strapped-on equipment, the jumbo gun like some kind of crazy space marine. It all takes some getting used to, especially those brown J.A. parts, but it’ll be great fun to see in action.

Note that here we can clearly see that the main JA body has been hollowed out and partly wraps around Eva-02’s torso, providing an extra layer of armor. I assume that if you go down far enough, Eva-02 does become 100% mechanical prosthesis, but there’s no way to make out that exact point here. Eva-02’s new Eva plating is the same as what we saw in Paris, though the right shoulder pylon looks modified.

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AAA Wunder passing over the camera POV, with Failures of Infinity strewn through the sky and partly blocking out the sun. We can see the Wunder’s power core as it goes over (look for the yellow-striped knobs in the second image), suggesting that, alas, Eva-01 gets to spend a significant portion of the movie in there. (If it’s stuck inside various containers for ANOTHER whole film, I revolt.)

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Well, they did tell us Final Impact was going to happen at the end of Q (in the preview), so this isn’t exactly a surprise or anything. Here we see the Wunder fly past a rather conspicuously-textured background, on past the edges of the Gates of Guf, tilting down toward the epicenter. The Failures of Infinity flying through the air look like they have a tendency to aggregate in clusters; maybe Eva-02 was dropped into one such cluster. This could mean nothing, but the core-speckle effect on the Failures that fly through the foreground is especially prominent.

What we can see of the Gates shows only red, white, and black — no other colors. Near Third Impact was distinctive for its Gates having no other colors, and if Final Impact has similarly red Gates, that would be a useful clue about how Impacts work. Alas, this close to the Gates’ edge, all of them are entirely red. (See: Second Impact; Fourth.) We’ll have to wait to see if the center is rainbowy or not!

What did the Wunder fly past on the way to the Gates? It looks like it could be the Black Moon (that giant goblet-shaped thing); the sheer quantity of Failures seems to point that way. (To give you an idea of how many: the Black Moon is about 30km from top to bottom. All of that red stuff suspended in midair? Countless Failures of Infinity.) And what’s at the epicenter? Who caused it? At this point, I’m tempted to refer back to my write-up in Pt.1 under Sn105 C001. It’s our friends at Nerv HQ, using Eva-13 and the Key of Nebuchadnezzar. Whether Gendo and Fuyutsuki are still a co-op, Gendo has become the Emperor Neo to Fuyutsuki’s Gargoyle, or whatever else.

Notice how these past four cuts are all part of scene 299, and consecutive: C001, C001A, C002, C003. Taking a stab at what’s happening here: Eva-02 gets dropped off outside the Gates, where it descends toward an unknown target amidst the Failure of Infinity swarms; and in the meantime Wunder heads for the Impact center. This indicates that, similarly to Fourth Impact, Wille’s attention is required in multiple places at once. What could be important enough outside of the epicenter that Wille needs to put their ace Eva-02 on the job? It’s impossible to not start weaving possibilities…

Come join us on the forum and speculate about what wondrous insanity awaits! See you next time!

Reichu

Eva:3.0+1.0 Trailer #2 Commentary Pt.1

King Records has put out a somewhat higher quality version of the trailer than the one on the EVA-EXTRA app, so it’s time to rip this puppy apart! (What a great summer to be an Eva fan.)

To start with, the trailer labels every individual shot with a “Sn” (scene) number and a “C” (cut) number. This marks a huge departure from all Eva before this — NGE and NTE alike. “Sn” numbers were never before used to break up the Cuts into subcategories. The cuts were simply labeled from 001 (or 0001) to however far they needed to go, in roughly chronological order (though “missing numbers” where omissions have taken place, and things being out of order where some individual cuts or blocks of cuts got shifted around, is common). It should be interesting to eventually, maybe, hear about what caused them to change things up this late in the game — 3.0+1.0 being the fourth and final film, and all.

In any case, in telling us the scene and cut numbers here, khara is hypothetically giving us a very scant look at the film’s actual structure, which is also something quite new, but rather in keeping with their unusual promotional strategies. Let’s dig in, going by Scene/Cut order rather than trailer order.

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Asuka, Rei, and Shinji walking through the red wastes filled with Failures of Infinity. This sequence has been teased at in khara short films like Peaceful Times (F02) Petit Film and Until You Come to Me, and it’s nice to see that we’ll be getting it in some form. Cute that Asuka and Rei are walking fairly closely together — they formed a slight connection at the end of Q, so maybe they’ll get some juicy interactions. Shinji of course is dragging behind, with a swaggering slouch that both suggests his depressed state of mind, and might also recall that slow, swaying walk that Eva-01 has done more than once. There are at least three Failures here: a right and left arm closer to us, and two right arms in the background. The animated “core” effect inside them indicates that, even though they are currently motionless, there is some form of life within.

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Asuka checking her compass and leading the way. At the end of Q, the place where they’d landed had an “L Barrier density” that prevented the Wunder crew from coming to get them (something elaborated upon in the 3+1 clip released earlier this month), so they have to travel to a less heavily contaminated zone. The edge of a water body, perhaps.

Asuka’s sleeves are black and maroon instead of white now, and her right one is also missing the orange shoulder tab. Compare with before. Removable sleeves that have more plugsuit underneath? Curious.

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Unclear where this is taking place. The glow in her eyes and the earnest, pensive look on her face — what could she be looking at?

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We last saw Eva-13 fall somewhere in the Tokyo-3 area, impaled on the two Spears. Gendo, in his and Fuyutsuki’s final scene, implied that Eva-13’s Awakening was all according to plan. I didn’t anticipate this particular visual, but I’m not surprised by it. Fuyutsuki did describe that horrifying contraption as the ‘original Eva control system’, which sounds rather useful if they intend to do something with Eva-13. Notice how the Eva’s second set of arms are back in the chest now, the red ‘wings’ are gone, and new pylons have been placed onto the shoulders. The spears are left in place, and there’s a curious glow where they enter the core. There’s a couple of places on the rack where the Eva doesn’t QUITE fit, but with those spears poking out of its back I wonder how they got it to lie flush at all!

It’s a little difficult to tell, but that’s Gendo standing in the foreground. (The shaggy hair plus the “one hand in pocket” thing give him away.) What could he be planning? Eva-13 being placed on the same device where Yui entered Eva-01’s core raises the disturbing possibility that Gendo intends to make Eva-13 a true “counterpart” to 01, as it were… If he fuses with 13, then we would have Yui and Rei in one Eva, and Gendo and Kaworu in another. “It’s like poetry; it rhymes.” Last we saw, Gendo still hadn’t used the Key of Nebuchadnezzar, as well. Will he inject himself with it, and then, as Fuyutsuki said in Q, “sacrifice everything, including his very soul” … to the Eva?

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Shinji looking at the SDAT. Background looks like somewhere on the Wunder. The end of Q left it an open question whether Rei would pick up the SDAT after Shinji dropped it, and this seems to confirm that she did. This shot mirrors the one from 3.0, where Shinji was looking at the SDAT after Ritsuko gave it to him.

Without additional context, this is a little ominous… Back in Q, the SDAT was the sole token Shinji was left with of “his” Rei. Remember that in 2.0, Shinji actually threw the SDAT into the trash, and he only got it back because Rei found it and took it into battle with her, and ultimately it somehow followed Rei’s soul into Eva-01’s entry plug. And then, later in Q, Shinji “discards” the SDAT once again — albeit for entirely different reasons — and, because of a different Rei, it’s ended up back in his possession again. The fact that he’s looking at it in a very similar way as when he first got it back… Is this maybe a hint that something happened to Rei Q?

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Supporting the idea that Shinji is in fact on the Wunder, we have this shot, which is a mere six “scenes” later. As per the Wille senior crew norm, Misato is hiding her emotions, and Ritsuko looks disapproving about something. :p

If you look on the wall above Ritsuko’s head, you’ll see the text “SPACESUIT and PLSS”. (The latter means “Primary/Personal/Portable Life Support System”.) Does this mean… is Wunder going to GO TO SPACE?? Fans have been anticipating Gunbuster callbacks ever since we got the Nadia ones in Q, and the Avant1 already delivered a tiny bit on that by having Mari do the Gunbuster Pose at the end, so just maybe…? Gunbuster-related service or no, the mystery of what in the world happened to the Moon has been lingering on the horizon (literally, in this case…) ever since we got those two enigmatic shots of it in the last film, so with any luck we’ll get to see what’s happening there firsthand, as it were.

More next time! Talk about the trailer on the forum with us?

Ornette

Final Evangelion Film To Be Released In June 2020

According to the official Evangelion twitter account, the Final Evangelion film, Evangelion 3.0+1.0 will be released next year in June. There doesn’t appear to be a specific date but at least it’s been narrowed down to the month of June.

The release schedule so far, for all 4 movies in the tetralogy are:

  • Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone – September 1, 2007
  • Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance – June 27, 2009
  • Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo – November 17, 2012
  • Evangelion 3.0+1.0 – June 2020

Additionally, there will be another trailer for the final movie that will be shown with Makoto Shinkai’s new film “Weathering With You”, which is being released in Japanese theaters today (July 19th). Looking forward to seeing clips of the new trailer online.

Update: Here’s the trailer

Ornette

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Preview

So, the Operation 0706 Live Stream, which was streamed live from the Japan Expo event in Paris, France, literally just ended. To recap the event, the first twenty minutes or so was a live show that featured Yoko Takahashi including her singing “Fly Me To The Moon”. Then Megumi Ogata appeared on stage to talk a bit, following what looked like a pre-recorded video of Hideaki Anno thanking everyone. They went back to the 3 on stage to talk a bit more about Evangelion and France, then the “main event” was on the big video screen, the preview of Evangelion 3.0+1.0.

The preview started out as a flashack of the previous 3 movies, set to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”. Then we see what looks like the beginning of the actual 3.0+1.0 movie, with the Studio Khara, Toei Animation, King Records, etc cards.

Note that there will be spoilers from here on, including screenshots, so if you wanted to wait for the final movie without seeing anything at all, you’re going to want to stop here.

The movie opens in the middle of Paris, France. You can see the Eiffel Tower and some iconic buildings. Several battle ships float around the center of what looks like a platform with large device, and Evangelion Unit-08 strung above them. Everyone on the platform are wearing what looks like plugsuits because the area is “core-ified” and subject to L-barrier effects, and would thus be lethal. They’re all working on some operation on their laptops. A string of flying Mark 44A (Four-Two-A) Evas are about to attack them so Mari launches in Unit-08 and starts flying through the air and firing at them (we’ve seen a preview of this bit before). She eventually blows out her guns and starts to kick and punch them, eventually prevailing by bunching them all together and causing them to explode.

They were decoys for the “boss”, an Eva 4444C (Four-Four-C) with 44Bs feeding it power, which was hidden behind a cloaking cocoon. Ritsuko thinks it may be a test from Fuyutsuki. The 4444C has a tank-like appearance and it aims to take out the platform that everyone is frantically working on. They rearrange the floating ships to help shield the platform from the 4444C. It charges its cannon and fires on Wille, taking out several ships until finally Mari intervenes, taking the Eiffel Tower (which was knocked over during the fight) and slamming it into the cannon’s barrel. After the enemies are dealt with, the Wille crew are able to activate a giant sealing pillar with glowing runes on it, which clears all of the “red” from the center of the city and makes the air breathable again. The city and its defenses are restored, and buildings around the city center rise up from the ground (to loud cheers from the Paris audience). It’s a European branch of old Nerv, and Wille reveal the reason they came: to get Eva munitions and components for repairs. In addition to Eva parts, there’s also the main body and arms, and also possibly the hips and legs, of something called “JA-02”, which feels awfully familiar…

Below are some screenshots I took of the LINE stream. I don’t know how to make the gallery more compact than this. I’m sure there will be lots of video footage leaked onto the internet soon, I’ll add updates as they appear. UPDATE: that was fast

Ornette

Operation 0706 Livestream

It appears that for the Operation 0706 event, where the first 10 minutes and 40 seconds of the fourth and final Evangelion movie will be screened, LINE will be providing a live stream of the event. It looks like the stream will start on 7:15 AM (EDT) on July 6th (8:15 PM in Japan). The same stream will be broadcast outside at events in Sapporo, Tokyo (2 locations), Nagoya, Osaka and Hakata.

I’m not sure if there will be any region restrictions for the stream, this is the first time that I’ve ever tried to use LINE.

Ornette

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Teaser To Be Screened At Japan Expo and Anime Expo

In a twitter post then a blog post, Studio Toei reveals “Operation 0706”, which happens to fall on July 6th this year. The event will occur simultaneously in Paris, France during Japan Expo, in Los Angeles and Shanghai during Anime Expo, specific places throughout Japan and other yet unannounced world-wide locations. The first 10 minutes and 40 seconds of the 4th and final Evangelion movie (all the footage up to the first title card), titled “”Shin Evangelion Gekijōban AVANT 1”, will be screened at the event.

Additionally, Toei will release a free Evangelion smartphone app on July 1st called “EVA-EXTRA”, the same name designated for the magazines related to the new movies that contain extra content, and is said to contain more information about “Operation 0706” as well as special content on the day of July 6th. The iOS/Android app will also have all of the previous seven EVA-EXTRA booklets available digitally as well as some other related bonus material that’s exclusive to the app.

This will be the first time we’ll see any actual footage from the last movie so expect the internet to be flooded with blurry/shaky mobile phone videos of the 10+ minutes of Evangelion 3.0+1.0 on July 6th, until the footage is officially released at some point later. Exciting times. (Note: a short teaser was shown with Mari, but we don’t know if that was actual cuts from the finished movie).

Ornette

Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix

So the day has finally come and the world is treated to a release of the 26 episode original series and the Death True2 and End of Evangelion movies. It’s available in multiple languages for both audio and subtitles. As anticipated, we’ve got a whole new English dub cast:

Shinji – Casey Mongillo
Misato – Carrie Keranen
Asuka – Stephanie McKeon
Rei – Ryan Bartley
Gendo – Ray Chase
Ritsuko – Erica Liundbeck
Fuyutsuki – JP Karliak
Kensuke – Ben Diskin
Kaji – Greg Chun
Toji – Johnny Yong Bosch

Episodes 21-23 appear to be the Director’s Cuts (New Production Cuts) which are longer and contain additional scenes, as well as some redrawn cuts. None of the episodes or the movies appear to be in HD, though. The translation was done by Studio Khara’s in-house translator, Dan Kanemitsu, and the subtitles were edited by David Fleming.

The one other glaringly noticeable difference is the lack of “Fly Me To The Moon” in any of the ending credits at the end of each episode. Also, the song is missing in the episodes that happen to use it as background music. In the Japanese Netflix region release, the song is there in both the ending credits and the episodes, which lead some to believe this was a licensing issue or some kind, either the lyrics/publisher or the specific versions of the songs. The Wrap posted an article stating:

An individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap that Netflix worked with the Japanese studio that made the original anime series when licensing the 26-episode show for a new English-language voice cast version. “Fly Me to the Moon” was among a “few select” assets the streaming service was unable to obtain for all regions, due to the way the song was priced for global rights.

The Wrap: “Why Netflix Cut ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ From ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ Credits”

So instead, the rest of the world outside of Japan are treated with the piano version of Rei’s theme while we watch the credits for 15 seconds before Netflix auto-play’s the next episode. A lot of people are complaining about this omission.

We’re sure to see a ton of criticism about the new voice actors. There’s a lot of flak coming from the German, Spanish, and Italian dubs (where they translated “Angels” to a literal “Apostles”). Anime, and especially Evangelion, fandom is like that. This is going to be one of those rare dub vs dub debates that will surely be as heated as any of the sub vs dub ones in any fandom. But just like with the new theatrical releases, this will surely bring in new people to the fandom who will have a lot of questions and perhaps some new interpretations of their own due to the new interpretation/direction of the English dub.

Ornette

Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix: June 21st

Last November, Netflix announced that Neon Genesis Evangelion will be streamed on their service but didn’t have a timeline for the release. Late last night, Netflix livestreamed their announcement and posted a Youtube trailer with the June 21st date:

All 26 episodes will be available world-wide as well as Death True2 and The End of Evangelion. We know from previous updates online that they planned to redub the entire series (and have confirmation for different languages as well). There will surely be a lot of discussion around the new dub, which Amanda Winn Lee confirmed would not involve any of the original lead cast. So here’s looking forward to a large chunk of the Evangelion fandom simultaneously watching the original series at roughly the same time, around the world.

Exciting times…

Ornette

Dubbing Of Final Evangelion Movie Has Started

Earlier today the official Evangelion twitter account tweeted that dubbing has started and a picture of the script, signed by Hideaki Anno, and dated February 27th.



Not to read too much into this, but at least it’s a sign that things are still moving in the right direction. Khara and the staff have been pushing the 2020 release date pretty hard, even selling merchandise with “2020” in it, so I think that at least this is a sign that the release is still on schedule.

Minna No Evafan also made a transcript of the available text from the picture. Some interesting excerpts:

“AVANT” is a word that refers to the beginning of a movie. (※: In “: Break”, the opening scene where Mari fights with the third apostle was called “Avant”.)

The script that appears in the photo is supposed to include “Avant 1”, “Avant 2” and “A part”, which are the opening stages of the movie.

In addition, you can also check handwriting that seems to be a supplement to the lines of the three people, “Kita” (Midori Kitakami), “A” (Asuka), “Shi” (Shinji).

Ornette

Neon Genesis Evangelion Coming To Netflix

It looks like the original Neon Genesis Evangelion series finally has a distributor in the west in Netflix. Starting next Spring (2019), Netflix will be streaming all 26 episodes of the original series as well as Evangelion: Death (True)2 and The End of Evangelion. The stream will be available across the world in 190 different countries

It’s not clear which version of the series (or the resolution) will be streamed, but the newest Platinum version, possibly including the director’s cuts of episodes 21-24, are probably a good bet. High definition versions of the original series have aired in Japan so it’s possible we’ll get a 1080p stream. It’s also unknown if the stream will only be available in Japanese language audio or if there will be localized versions for the different markets the stream will be available in. Could we see a return of ADV’s old English dub?

Either way, this is a pretty big deal since the original series hasn’t had a western license holder since ADV’s lapsed in kind of a messy way after it shutdown in 2009, and all signs pointing to it ever getting licensed again to be very slim.

Official Netflix trailer:



Along with Neon Genesis Evangelion, Netflix will start streaming Ultraman (April 1, 2019), Rilakkuma and Kaoru (April 19, 2019), 7Seeds (April 2019), and Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (Summer 2019).

UPDATE 11/30/2018:
According to Amanda Winn Lee, it appears Netflix will be redubbing Evangelion:

I’ll make a new post once more info trickles out of the machine.