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.

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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.

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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


Japanese NGE Bluray and DVD: Friday August 26th

Today, the official Evangelion website, Twitter, and Facebook announced the release date for the 2 Evangelion boxsets. Both sets will be released on Friday August 26th with the Bluray boxset for 38,000 Yen while the DVD boxset is for 18,000 Yen. The Bluray boxset looks to be 900 minutes with extras (at 9 volumes) while the DVD boxset will be 850 minutes with extras (at 8 volumes). Hopefully this release will see its way internationally within the next few years, but in the meantime, pre-ordering imports from the usual places (Amazon JP, CDJapan, etc) is an option.

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Japan to send Lance of Longinus to the moon

Japan is blurring the line between reality and anime– this time by sending the Lance of Longinus to the moon! Given how mind-bogglingly expensive it is to launch things into space, the lance will be around 240 mm long and will weigh around 30 grams; for people who don’t know how to use the metric system, that’s about 9.5 inches long and around an ounce of weight.

The project is being crowdfunded, with an end goal of 100,000,000 yen (which is equivalent to around $850,665 at the current exchange rate.) The link to the crowdfunding page can be found at the bottom of this article, in case you feel like putting some money towards the project. The reward tiers range from 5,000 yen to 10,000,000 yen (!), granting rewards from having your name attached to the project and receiving regular progress updates to being able to name the mechanism that will stab the lance into the moon! (That tier, despite being 5,000,000 yen, has inexplicably already sold out.)

Launching a Lance of Longinus to the moon is pretty crazy, but it seems like a pretty fun way to celebrate Evangelion’s 20th anniversary, don’t you think?

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20th Anniversary Evangelion Website

2015 is nearly here, along with the 20th anniversary of Neon Genesis Evangelion. However, it’s not just the show’s anniversary— as every fan of the series will be able to point out, 2015 is the year when the show actually takes place.That’s right, folks: we’re going to be living in the same year as the anime that we’ve been talking about for over a decade.

Khara hasn’t forgotten this. They’ve put together a website for us that you can find over here at eva-info.jp. The site is packed with information about all Evangelion-related projects (all in Japanese), as well as links to other websites like the Evangelion store, the original evangelion.co.jp website, and a newer site called eva-gate.jp, a digital online news publication about Evangelion. Eva-gate costs money, though– and there doesn’t seem to be anything there that can’t be found at eva-info.

It’s an exciting time to be an Evangelion fan!


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