Megumi Hayashibara in historic old VHS

There has literally been too much Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 : Thrice Upon a Time news for us to cover, coming all at once. While we wait a little longer for things to settle down so that we can post coherent news items, here’s a little blast from the past.

Remember FreakyFilmFan4Ever’s seeming discovery of a pre-release (July 1995) Evangelion screening in the US? Well, it turns out it wasn’t pre-release after all, and was very likely from 1996. It’s still one of the first US Evangelion screenings, if not the first, for which it remains cool and historically important.

But, as it turns out, there’s another gem on that tape – during that 1996(?) convention, a couple of fans visited the great Megumi Hayashibara herself in her hotel room! That’s right, folks! An early meet-and-greet, possibly the very first in the US, with Megumi Hayashibara, the voice of Rei Ayanami, Yui Ikari, Eva-01, Pen-Pen and so, so many other characters across anime! Behold the proof, in classic 1990s VHS quality!