Project Studio Q

It’s been quiet as far as any real news in the Evangelion world, Khara is apparently still working on FINAL and have even started hiring more staff, but nothing really substantial outside of those tidbits.

Today, however, Anno had a press conference to discuss something called “Project Studio Q”. Not much info was available before the press conference (and will update the post as more info is available) but it appears that this is a new studio based in Fukuoka City that’s formed together with Dwango, Aso College, and Studio Khara and will be working mainly with 3D and CG.

Project Studio Q will mainly be recruiting for the positions of modeler, animator, director, technical staff (CG programmer), and system engineer, attempting to tap into the large talent pool of the local area. Anno will be in charge of creative management and it appears would be doing work on Evangelion FINAL


Takeshi Honda Confirms Evangelion FINAL is in Production

takeshi-hondaLast September Anno mentioned that he’s already working hard on the fourth and final movie of the new Evangelion theatrical release (Rebuild) since finishing up the work he was doing with Shin Godzilla, at the end of an interview with Takeshi Honda at the October 2016 MCM London Comic Con, he confirms that they are working on it.

Finally, do you have a message for anime fans – and Evangelion fans – here in the UK?

We’re actually working on the new Evangelion film right now. We’re working hard and it’ll come out eventually, so thanks for all of your patience – please continue to be patient, because it’s going to be the last episode.

Also, for anime fans in the UK – please watch Evangelion!

Nothing much, but at least it’s confirmation.


Hideaki Anno “Already Working Hard” on Evangelion Final

Anno Godzilla We know Anno has been spending his time on the Shin Godzilla project with Toho and had apologized to Evangelion fans about the delay. Now that he’s finished with the project and seemingly not anticipating any involvement of future Godzilla projects with Toho in the near future, it seems his focus is back on the final movie.

In an Eiga.com article, when asked about the fourth and final Evangelion movie, he replied: “I’ll work hard on it. I mean, I’m already working hard on it“.

Though there’s still no official timeline on the development, or even what the current status of the Evangelion project is, at least it seems the captain is back at the helm.

(Image credit: http://www.animemaru.com/)


Hideaki Anno Apologizes for Delay of FINAL

It’s no secret that Hideaki Anno has been on a hiatus from working on the fourth and final movie of the Evangelion theatrical series and has been working on a new Godzilla movie. Likewise, there’s been a ton of Evangelion/Godzilla cross merchandizing. During a press conference to commemorate the completion of the new Godzilla movie, Anno’s opening remarks was an apology to Evangelion fans for keeping them waiting for the final movie.

“To start with, there is something I’d like to apologize for. To the fans of Evangelion, I am truly, truly, truly sorry for having kept you waiting.”

Additionally, he reiterates how draining it is to be working on Evangelion and mentions that after the 3rd movie, Evangelion 3.0: You can (not) Redo, that he felt that he’d never create anything again. In the past we’ve seen mentions of how soul draining it was for him to work on the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series, and more recently (especially while waiting for the 4th and final movie) how emotionally draining it was for Anno to work on the new movies, so it wasn’t necessarily much of a surprise to hear him mention at the press conference that Evangelion is his soul.

“The only way for me to describe Evangelion is to say that it is my soul. I make it by scraping off pieces of myself, and I made three movies in a row like that, putting everything I could into them and not thinking about what would come next. After finishing [the third Rebuild movie], I thought I’d never create anything again.”

But fortunately, he was offered an opportunity to work on the new Godzilla Resurgence movie:

“At that time, I went into talks with Toho, and it saved me. I think this is how I’m able to keep making Evangelion. However, since it is a fact that I’m making everyone wait, I deeply apologize for that.”

Here’s to hoping that he’s recharged and ready to work on Evangelion again.


Evangelion 3.33 in stock, pre-orders shipping

We dropped the ball on this but looks like it’s finally happening. Right Stuf made this announcement about a week ago:

We’ve had many people ask us if we’ll be honoring pre-orders for Evangelion 3.33 now that it’s in stock. To clarify, we will indeed be fulfilling pre-orders for Evangelion 3.3, including pre-orders placed when this item was first announced in 2013.

However, as many of these pre-orders are over two years old now, many customers placed their original orders with credit cards that have since expired. If the card you used for your pre-order has expired, please contact our Customer Care team so we can update your order and make sure your order can be processed! We’d hate for you to not get your copy that you’ve been waiting for after all this time just because of an expired card.

Thanks to all our customers who pre-ordered Neon Genesis 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo for your beyond-incredible patience while we’ve waited for news about this item’s release. We’re as excited as you are to see 3.33 finally released in North America!

Shipping confirmations went out around the 22nd, so by now people should be receiving their pre-orders.

Additionally, the release will contain two versions of English subtitles. The “Theatrical” version which is said to be Funimation’s original that was screened in theaters and conventions and the “Home Video” version.


By now pre-orders from other retailers should have shipped/be shipping. See the forum link for more details and changes made to the subtitles/dialog.


Funimation’s Eva 3.33 BD/DVD release on February 2nd 2016

At Funimation’s New York Comic Con industry panel today, the company finally revealed the release date for Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo as February 2nd, 2016. Curiously enough, a fan’s photo from the panel shows the release looks to be a Bluray and DVD combo pack. Definitely a difference from their separate DVD and Bluray releases of the previous 2 films.

Whether this could be Funi’s way of “making up” for the super long delay, or their current standard of releasing anime, is so far unknown.

Here’s hoping that Amazon, Rightstuf, and the like will soon update their websites with price estimates.


Details on Anno’s 2016 Godzilla revealed

Hideaki Anno’s upcoming 2016 Godzilla film, titled “New Godzilla” (Shin Gojira) received some updates according to Minna no Eva Fan:

The film’s website can be found at http://shin-godzilla.jp/ (Apparently nothing available yet). Naturally, fans wonder why Anno titled the film “New Godzilla” when Evangelion Final/3.0 + 1.0 is referred to as “New Eva” in Japanese.

Nuclear Lunchbox

Release Dates for Evangelion Chronicle Sides A and B Confirmed

Kick the tires and light the fires, folks; The Essential Evangelion Chronicle, the esteemed guide to the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, is going to be released stateside– and better yet, it’s going to be released in English!

For those of you who haven’t heard of The Essential Evangelion Chronicle (like myself before doing the research to write this post, because apparently I’m still a scrub when it comes to knowing about older stuff despite watching Evangelion for 6 years), it’s a comprehensive guide for the TV series for NGE. As Hobbylink Japan describes it:

“This all-color softcover book chronicles Neon Genesis Evangelion in great detail with plenty of colorful illustrations and screen captures, a character relationship chart, character and EVA profiles, a timeline, and comprehensive episode guide with checkpoints covering each Angel, vehicle, weapon, and character appearance in each episode.”

The Essential Evangelion Chronicle (dang, that name is a mouthful) is a two-part work. There’s a Side A and a Side B, as they’re called (might be more accurate to call them book A and book B, but whatever.) Side A covers the first thirteen episodes, and Side B covers the last thirteen. Side B contains the Director’s Cut episodes instead of the episodes that aired on TV. It also includes information about the TV ending and End of Evangelion.

I told you guys that we had a confirmed release date, and I wasn’t joshing you: Side A is set to be released June 2nd, and Side B is set to be released August 8th. That’s right, ladies and gents– we’re a mere month away from the first part of this collection being released, and just three more from then until we get Side B.

I don’t think I need to tell you, but just in case: GET EXCITE.

Editor’s note: The original version of this post stated that Side B contains the OA and not the DC episodes, due to a misinterpretation of Amazon’s description of the books. As pointed out by forum user Literary Eagle, this is incorrect; the book actually includes the DC episodes instead of the OA episodes. This post has been updated to reflect the correct information.

If you’d like to see LE’s thoughts on the books, you can read her blog post about them here.


Today’s Regular Show episode did an Evangelion OP parody

The latest episode of Cartoon Network’s series Regular Show had a parody of the Neon Genesis Evangelion Opening, seen below:

This is Episode 26 from Season 6, titled “Brilliant Century Duck Crisis Special”. It’s pretty fun to see what crazy and creative ideas our generation is coming with up for TV shows, now that they’re behind the reins.

The Eva Monkey

Final volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion manga released.

Evangelion manga volume 14 coverWhile some fans managed to get their hands on it a little bit early, the fourteenth and final volume of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s Neon Genesis Evangelion manga had its official release today.  It’s been a long-awaited conclusion for some, having begun in December of 1994, and concluding in June of 2013.  I for one have been looking forward to seeing Sadamoto’s take on the conclusion since I started reading the manga sometime around 2001.

The release of this last volume feels very timely, 2015 is not only the year that Evangelion is set in, but also the 20th anniversary of Neon Genesis Evangelion.  This year we also look forward to the English release of Evangelion 3.33, the possible Japanese theatrical release of Evangelion: Final (fingers crossed), a Japanese blu-ray release of the series (which many are hoping for a western release), as well as other anniversary events that have yet to be revealed in detail.  It looks like a great year for Eva fans.

And now, I have some manga to binge on, it’s been years since I’ve read many of these volumes.

Evangelion manga volume 14