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EvaGeeks live Shin watchalong on the 14th!

EvaGeeks will be hosting a live Shin watchalong on the 14th of August at 3PM EST. Details and a link to the new official EvaGeeks Youtube channel are in this post.

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Gunbuster to be released on Blu-ray, new dub

Cyharding has uncovered great news for Gunbuster fans. ANN reports that Discotek Media licensed Gunbuster along with a host of other titles for home video release. This announcement was made at Otakon on Saturday.

Gunbuster’s release on Blu-ray includes a new English dub for all six episodes by Sound Cadence Productions. No release date has been specified, only that it’s out in 2022.

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Dub cast info now leaked!

EGF member BernardoCairo came across leaked information for both the English dub and Portuguese dub casts! This represents the first-ever news regarding the Amazon Prime Shin Eva dub. It also confirms that Jo, Ha and Kyu are being redubbed.

Without spoiling anything, I think dub fans have much to be pleased with the names included in the cast list. Check out the discussion in the thread, this is where it starts to get good.

Incidentally, all later announcements of this news have taken the information from EGF, often without credit.

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The Evangelion Fan-Geeks Commentary now ends

The Evangelion Fan-Geeks Commentary is set to close soon. Originally hosted by the now-defunct evacommentary.org website, the FGC found a new home on the EvaGeeks wiki. Between 2010 and today, we have completed Episode 05, Episode 06, Episode 07 and Episode 08.

Sensei and the FGC Chalkboard of Yore

However, we have all the way to Episodes 25/26 to go without counting Death and End of Evangelion. We hoped to make our commentaries the ultimate fan commentaries, going with the idea that EvaGeeks was meant to be the ultimate Evangelion fansite. We wanted our commentaries to have translated scripts, include missing cuts for all episodes and have large versions of images for key scenes. We’ve achieved that level of detail for the Opening and Episodes 01-08.

Regrettably, that quality has come at the price of dooming the FGC to a zombie-like state of perpetual incompleteness. Rather than shambling on, the FGC will close on a high on August 12/13, with the release of Shin Evangelion. All remaining episodes from 9 to 26 will open to public commentary. Episode 19 has the benefit of the full works, with translations, missing scenes, and large images. The other episodes have only the dialogue to act as a guide. Scene translations and large images will be added on an on-request basis, if possible.

This is probably not the ending that anyone in the Fan-Geek Commentary project wanted when it began. But given the vicissitudes of time, this appears to be the only ending that honors all the work put into this project over the years. This, perhaps, is the last avenue for justice for all the commentators, volunteers, and translators whose sweat and tears made this project possible. To all of you – Thank You, and Congratulations!

Congratulations, everyone. Just don’t turn into Tang!
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English-language Shin Eva reviews now begin

English-language Shin Eva reviews are beginning to come out now.

Gendo’s Papa brought our attention to the fact that American film industry insiders and film critics have had access to Shin Eva. Consequently, we have our first non-spoilery reviews. To quote Aaron Stewart Ahn, “Do everything in your power to make sure that the world doesn’t end before August 13 so you can see it.”

Ghostly Ocam’s gathered a set of reviews on the forum. They’re mostly spoiler-free, although one of them has mild spoilers (not linked in the post). Do take a look!

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Farewell, All of Evangelion ~1214 Days of Hideaki Anno~

An extended version of The Professionals TV special documentary called Farewell, All of Evangelion ~1214 Days of Hideaki Anno~  will be available to stream on Prime on the exact same day as Shin Eva. Unfortunately, it’s Japan-only for now, but hopefully that will change soon.

Hobby magazine twitter feed, courtesy of GhostlyOcam on the forums

This comes from the Hobby magazine twitter feed. Thanks, GhostlyOcam!

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Sayonara, all of 3.0 + 1.0 (UPDATED)

Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 has ended its final run with an estimated total gross of 10.246 billion Japanese yen, eigarankingnews reports. (Thank you, GhostlyOcam!)

UPDATE: The official final figure reported by Khara is 10.22 billion yen.

Official twitter account, courtesy of Xenosaga on the forums

There are a very few theaters with limited showtimes still showing the movie, but most theaters have moved on to new releases. For all practical purposes, Shin Eva’s run is over. And it has been a grand success.

The Eva fan twitter account notes that the attendance for Shin Eva has been far greater than that for the previous Evangelion movies.

eva_fan twitter account, courtesy of Gendo’s Papa on the forum

Overall, this is all good news. 10.22 billion yen places Shin Eva at the 35th position in the charts, right behind The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

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Shin Eva now to be dubbed in Hindi

Indian fans of Evangelion have a good reason to be happy! Shin Eva is going to be dubbed in Hindi on its Prime Video streaming release. Furthermore, Shin Eva is set to feature subtitles in Hindi and the major Indian languages of Tamil and Telugu. As a matter of fact, this is the first time a major anime has been dubbed into an Indian language from the get-go.

Turkish subs are included too, for viewers in Turkey! Certainly, subs are rare in Turkish and the Indian languages, to say nothing of dubs.

This information comes from Shin Eva’s Prime Video page, which is now up! Thanks go to Xenosaga on the forums for pointing this out.

India remains a vast but poorly tapped market for anime, but things are changing. Significantly, the Demon Slayer movie was finally set to release in India on July 15 before pandemic-related delays. By comparison, Shin Evangelion appears set to arrive in India on the same day as the rest of the world in both dub and sub versions.

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Shin Eva now to be streamed in Japan

Shin Eva is now to be on Amazon Prime Japan on August 13. This is the same as the rest of the world. It changes the previously reported information that Japan would be excluded from release.

Amazon Prime video twitter, courtesy of GhostlyOcam on the forums

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Now past 10 billion, Shin Eva makes history

Shin Eva is now past 10 billion yen and has gotten into the history books. It’s officially the first mecha anime to cross that threshold on 12 July, on the 127th day of its run.

Official evangelion twitter, courtesy GhostlyOcam on the forums

Khara’s tweet includes the words “Thank you very much for your support.” and further adds that the movie will close July 21 (Wed) except some theaters.