JINS Eyewear Launches Special Collaboration with Japanese Anime Series Evangelion

JINS Eyewear is proud to announce a special collaboration with the influential Japanese anime series Evangelion.

Created in celebration of the latest Evangelion movie Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, the special eyewear collection incorporates different motifs from the series’ characters and consists of two optical glasses and one pair of sunglasses.

The Test Type Unit 01 optical glasses is inspired by EVA Unit-01 and includes a two-piece movable hinge inspired by the robot’s movements with a hexagonal-like green temple-tip inspired by its arms. Production Model Unit-02 is the second optical glass style based off of Eva Unit-02 with frames featuring four studs to replicate the eyes of the robot, metal end pieces on the frame that represents its chest armor and a bridge that replicates the Eva Unit-02’s arm.

Special features of the Test Type Unit 01 Sunglasses include interchangeable lenses that come in a silver and a rainbow chrome colorway, and is a sporty style based off of the EVA Unit-01 robot.

Each style comes packaged in a sleek matte box featuring graphics of EVA Unit-01 and EVA Unit-02 and includes an original graphic printed soft case.

The collection launches on October 21, 2021 at all U.S. JINS retail stores and online, with prices starting at US$120.00.

GKIDS Announces Information on the Collector’s and Standard Edition Blu-rays for the Neon Genesis Evangelion Anime

GKIDS has revealed the Collector’s and Standard Edition Blu-rays for the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime. While the Collector’s Edition will receive similar on-disc features as the Ultimate Edition, including the “classic” ADV dub, the standard edition of the series will be limited to the dub first heard on Netflix.

The Collector’s Edition will also come with a 40-page book, eight art cards, and seven hours of special features over 11 discs, while the standard edition will only have five hours of special features on five discs.

In North America, the Collector’s and standard editions are up for pre-order now with the Collector’s going for US$174.99 and the standard for US$45.99. The Collector’s Edition will ship at the same time as the now sold out Ultimate Edition on December 6, 2021, while the standard set ships out a month early on November 9, 2021. A digital-to-own version will also be released in the United States at the same time as the standard edition.

Source: Crunchyroll

Information on the Neon Genesis Evangelion Ultimate Edition Release

GKIDS has announced the details for the release of the Neon Genesis Evangelion Ultimate Edition release.

According to the company, the release features exclusive artwork, merch (art boards, Sachiel Resin Paperweight and NERV ID Card with Lanyard), a 156-page book, and over 7 hours of bonus features. Spread over 11 discs, this set contains the Official Dub and Subtitled versions, and bonus Classic Dub and Subtitled versions. Unfortunately, the international re-release of Neon Genesis Evangelion does not contain “Fly Me to the Moon” in any of its home video editions.

The set is strictly limited to 5,000 copies for North America, and sold exclusively through the GKIDS Store, with a limit of one per customer. The set is selling for US$274.99.

Source: GKIDS

Amazon Prime Video Lists the English Dub Cast for the Final Evangelion Film

Amazon Prime Video in Japan is listing the English dub cast for the Evangelion: 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon A Time anime film.

The last film’s English dub cast is the same as for the three films in the tetralogy:

  • Spike Spencer is Shinji Ikari
  • Amanda Winn Lee is Rei Ayanami
  • Allison Keith-Shipp is Misato Katsuragi
  • John Swasey is Gendoh Ikari
  • Mary Faber is Ritsuko Akagi
  • Tiffany Grant is Asuka Langley-Shikinami
  • Deneen Melody is Mari Illustrious-Makinami
  • Sean Burgos is Ryoji Kaji
  • Daman Mills is Kaworu Nagisa

Additional cast members include: Shirley Abrahams, Felecia Angelle, Sean Burgos, Jake Eberle, Joe Fria, Scott Golden, Jason C. Lee, Aviva W. Pressman, Brick Prigge, Michael Ross, Alejandro Saab, Amy Seeley, Rebeka Thomas, Bijou Vann, Brett Weaver, and Kimberly Yates. Dubbing Brothers USA produced the dub, and Joe Fria directed the dub. Dan Kanemitsu translated for the project and supervised the English ADR script translation.

Source: ANN

Amazon Prime Video Lists the New English Dub Cast for the First Three Rebuild of Evangelion Films

Amazon Prime Video in Japan is listing a new English dub cast for the Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone, Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, and Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo films. Even though the video service in Japan lists several foreign dubs for the films, the films are only available in Japanese with Japanese closed-captioned subtitles.

The English dub cast listed for the three films includes:

  • Spike Spencer is Shinji Ikari
  • Amanda Winn Lee is Rei Ayanami
  • Allison Keith-Shipp is Misato Katsuragi
  • John Swasey is Gendoh Ikari
  • Mary Faber is Ritsuko Akagi
  • Tiffany Grant is Asuka Langley-Shikinami
  • Deneen Melody is Mari Illustrious-Makinami
  • Sean Burgos is Ryoji Kaji
  • Daman Mills is Kaworu Nagisa

Additional cast members in the three films include: Tom Booker, Brittany Cox, Joe Fria, Todd Haberkorn, Kyle Hebert, Jason C. Lee, Daman Mills, Aviva W. Pressman, Marz Richards, Michael Ross, Alejandro Saab, Amy Seeley, Brett Weaver, Kimberly Yates, Felecia Angelle, Jake Eberle, Scott Golden, Merritt Hicks, Brick Prigge, Rebeka Thomas, and Bijou Vann. Dubbing Brothers USA produced the dub, and Joe Fria directed the dub.

Some of the dub cast members are different from FUNimation Entertainment’s previous dub of the three films, but some of the cast members are also returning to roles from the English dub of the original television anime series.

When Netflix released the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime and the Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion films worldwide in June 2019, the English dub of those anime featured a new cast.

Source: ANN

Amazon Prime Video to Stream the Final Evangelion Film on August 13, 2021

Amazon Prime Video has announced that it will exclusively stream Evangelion: 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the new version of the “final” Evangelion film, worldwide (except Japan) on August 13, 2021.

Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 is the new version of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time, and it began playing in Japan on June 12, 2021 for the film’s “last run.” The new version contains “minor revisions” to some animation sequences, but does not change the film’s story.

The film will stream with dubs in 10 languages including English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian. The film will also stream in Japanese with subtitles in 28 languages.

In addition, Amazon Prime Video will stream the first three films: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance, and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo in over 240 countries and territories.

Source: ANN

Put Anime in Your Hands with These Tamagotchi Collaborations

Anime fans rejoice! The Tamagotchi experience is bringing your favorite characters to the palm of your hand with Demon Slayer and Evangelion. Raise your Demon Slayer and master different breath styles OR raise an Angel and restrain it from rampage.

These exciting Tamagotchi collaborations put you in control of the narrative with a virtual pet inspired by your favorite characters. Available in a variety of shells and with authentic Japanese programming and packaging, these devices will keep you entertained for hours.

Demon Slayer Tamagotchi

  • Raise and train your Demon Slayer
  • Keep them happy with three training games or your Demon Slayer may get injured
  • Includes a chain and Battery (LR44)
  • Available in 14 different shells
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Retail Availability: Amazon
  • Age: 6+

Evangelion Tamagotchi

  • Raise the Evangelion Angel from fetus to cocoon to 20 different types of Angels
  • Two games for simulation: Battle Training and Target Switch
  • Includes a chain and Battery (LR44)
  • Available in 6 different shells
  • MSRP: $24.15
  • Retail Availability: Amazon
  • Age: 6+

Final Evangelion Film Is Rescheduled to March 8, 2021 After Two COVID-19 Delays

The official Twitter account for the Evangelion franchise has announced that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the “final” Evangelion film, has been rescheduled to March 8, 2021. The IMAX, MX4D, and 4DX screenings will all start on that day as well.

To commemorate the new opening date, participating theaters will start handing out three million leaflets, featuring an exclusive illustration of Asuka by chief animation director Atsushi Nishigori, to filmgoers on March 8, 2021. The leaflet will be B6-size, folded twice.

The staff had delayed the film from January 23, 2021, after careful consideration due to the new state of emergency declared in four prefectures in Japan on January 8, 2021, and then extended to a total of 11 prefectures. The state of emergency will end on March 7, 2021 in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures.

The film had an earlier delay due to concerns over COVID-19 and its spread inside and outside of Japan. The film was originally scheduled to open in Japan on June 27, 2020.

Source: ANN

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Anime Film Delayed Again

The official Twitter account for the Evangelion franchise has announced that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the new Evangelion film, will not open on January 23, 2021 as planned. The staff stated they are delaying the film again after careful consideration due to the new state of emergency declared in four prefectures in Japan on January 8, 2021, and then extended to a total of 11 prefectures on January 13, 2021.

The staff stated they will reveal a new release date at a later time. The staff are also delaying a Shiro Sagisu Music from “SHIN EVANGELION” CD release that was planned for February 10, 2021, and will announce a new release date later.

Source: ANN

Anime Soundtrack Review: Neon Genesis Evangelion Soundtrack 25th Anniversary Box

Neon Genesis Evangelion Soundtrack 25th Anniversary Box is a five-disc box of soundtrack CDs released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Soundtrack 25th Anniversary Box
Publisher: King Records
Release Date: October 7, 2020

The five discs included in this set are re-releases of the three soundtracks for the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series, the soundtrack for the Evangelion: Death and Rebirth anime film, and the soundtrack for The End of Evangelion anime film. Each disc included in this set also had additional tracks added to each of them, and disc one and disc two each had one track replaced (which I will explain a little later). There were also two booklets included in the set.

For whatever reason, when putting this 25th anniversary box set together, it was decided to replace the Claire recording of “Fly Me to the Moon” with a new version recorded in 2020 by Yoko Takahashi. On the first disc, the full-length version of the song was replaced, while on the second disc, the “TV Size” version was replaced with a “TV Size” version of the Yoko Takahashi re-recording. Personally, I was a little disappointed by this decision, because the original Claire recording is the most memorable version of “Fly Me to the Moon.” However, since I also own the Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact soundtrack CD that was released by Geneon in 2004, I have a copy of the Claire recording. But for buyers of this set who don’t already own the original Japanese releases or the Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact CD, they won’t be able to hear the Claire recording. While Yoko Takahashi’s version of “Fly Me to the Moon” isn’t a bad version of the song, it would have been nice if this had been included as an additional track instead of replacing something else.

There are also eight additional songs spread out across the five discs of the set that weren’t included on the original releases. The first disc includes a recording of “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” by the voice actresses for Misato, Rei, and Asuka. I have no memory of this version ever appearing anywhere in Neon Genesis Evangelion, and I’m curious as to where this version came from.

There are two additional tracks added onto the second disc of the set. The first is labeled as “B-16 [Rhythm Only – MISATO],” and the other is labeled as “B-16 [Rhythm Only – ASUKA STRIKES!].” Both of these are alternate versions of two of the tracks that are on the first disc (which are instrumental themes for the characters of Misato and Asuka). As the titles for each one suggest, these are versions that focus on the percussion and rhythm instruments instead of all of the instruments that appear on the original versions.

There is one additional track added onto the third disc of the set. This track is labeled as “B-20 il tuo sorriso (your smile).” I really don’t know anything about this track, such as where it came from in the series. However, it has more of a “classical” feel to the piece than many of the other tracks on the first three discs of this set. It’s an interesting piece, and I like it, but I just don’t know anything about how it relates to Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Two tracks were added on the fourth disc: “Soul’s Refrain” by Yoko Takahashi and “Choeur: Jesus demeure ma joie, Consolation et seve de mon Coeur.” Since this was a soundtrack for the Death portion of the film and not the Rebirth portion, this would probably explain why the Yoko Takahashi song wasn’t included previously. The other bonus track is a classical piece that, for some reason, wasn’t included on the original soundtrack.

The two additional tracks on the fifth disc are: “M-9 (Original Version of “Expanded Blockage”)” and “F02 version 0706 (Operation 0706 in 2019).” As the title of the first track indicates, it is an alternate version of “Expanded Blockage,” which is one of the tracks on The End of Evangelion soundtrack. I have no information on the other additional track on this disc.

The first disc in the set is the first soundtrack released for the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. It includes the full-length version of “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis,” the new recording of “Fly Me to the Moon,” as well various score pieces from the series. There’s also an instrumental version of “Fly Me to the Moon,” and an alternate mix of the Yoko Takahashi version of “Fly Me to the Moon.”

The second disc in the set is the second soundtrack for the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. It includes a song by Yoko Takahashi titled, “Premonition,” which was the ending theme for Girlfriend of Steel, a Neon Genesis Evangelion video game that was only released in Japan. There is also a “TV Size” version of “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis,” the “TV Size” version of the new recording of “Fly Me to the Moon,” four additional versions of “Fly Me to the Moon,” alternate versions of two of the songs on the first disc, as well as more score pieces from the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series. The song “Premonition” was just OK, and it wasn’t as memorable as either “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” or “Fly Me to the Moon.”

The third disc is the final soundtrack released for the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series. This has a lot of the more “experimental” sounding score pieces, but this is to be expected, since the story of the series at this point became more experimental and dark. There are also 12 versions of “Fly Me to the Moon” included at the end of disc, as well as the additional track that I mentioned earlier.

The thing I really appreciate about the score pieces for the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series is how varied the sounds are. The 90’s classical, the 80’s electronic pop, and the 70’s disco funk are all represented in some way, shape, or form in the score. There were a couple of tracks in particular that really sounded like they were strongly inspired by the score of the original Space Battleship Yamato anime from the 1970’s. Knowing that Hideaki Anno regards Space Battleship Yamato very highly, it wouldn’t surprise me if he asked Shiro Sagisu to specifically give these two particular score pieces this Yamato flair.

The fourth disc of the set is labeled as Evangelion: Death, so I presume it’s the score for the Death portion of the Evangelion: Death and Rebirth anime film. 17 out of the 18 tracks are classical pieces, with the only exception being the Yoko Takahashi track that I mentioned earlier. I’m surprised that the disc didn’t end with the Yoko Takahashi track, because it does stand out so much compared with the rest of the pieces on the disc. Even the second additional track on the disc was a classical piece, so for the sequencing, I think it would have made more sense to flip these two tracks.

The final disc includes the score from The End of Evangelion, as well as “Komm. susser Tod” (“Come Sweet Death”), which is the only track with vocals on the CD. I like to refer to this particular song as the most upbeat song in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. It has a dark title and the lyrics are on the dark side, but the musical arrangement is very upbeat. And for those readers who have seen this film, they know what scene this song is used in… and this only adds to the juxtaposition. It’s a very memorable scene.

There are two booklets included in the set. One of them is small booklet that has the tracklisting for each disc, as well as credits for the new recording of “Fly Me to the Moon,” and some production credits for the box set. The other booklet includes reproductions of the CD booklets from the original releases of these soundtracks. I thought that this bigger booklet with the reproductions was a nice item to include in this set.

Overall, I was impressed with the Neon Genesis Evangelion Soundtrack 25th Anniversary Box. My only real complaint is the exclusion of the Claire recording of “Fly Me to the Moon.” Outside of that, though, I thought this was an impressive collection of score and other music from the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. I would highly recommend this set to readers who enjoy the music from this anime series. However, I should caution that as of this writing, the only places that I’ve seen it available new and directly through a retail site instead of through a third party seller are CDJapan and PlayAsia.

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