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New Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 Teaser Trailer arrives online

Studio Khara’s official website for its new Evangelion film, Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :|| (AKA Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 AKA the fourth EVA movie from the new series that started back in 2007), has just posted a teaser trailer online.

The same video is screening before showings of Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai film in Japan. You can check out the very short video below:

All we really see is EVA Unit 08 twirling in the air and shooting wildly at (presumably) something big and equally deadly. I always love when giant mecha have bandages on them. Is there a company that specializes in bandages for 60 foot tall robots?

The title for the final Evangelion film was announced back in 2012 as Evangelion Shin Gekijōban :||, or Evangelion: 3.0+1.0. The “:||” at the end of the Japanese title is meant to be the symbol used in music to denote repetition after reaching the end of a measure.

The movie is scheduled for a 2020 release in Japan. I’ve been waiting for this series to come to a wrap for quite some time, and while I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the third movie, I have high hopes for this grand finale.

More info revealed about next Shin Evangelion movie, including first look at new EVA Unit

On Friday, Studio Khara revealed some key info about the upcoming final movie in the Shin Evangelion series, including a first look at a new mecha joining the series.

The big reveal was seeing the new EVA Unit 08, which is essentially Mari’s giant mech but mummified and with some new arm cannons.

We also learned the following about some of the staff members on board for this project:

CGI Animation Director: Yusuke Matsui
CGI Technical Director: Takashi Suzuki
CGI Modeling Director: Manabu Kobayashi
CGI Animation: Masanori Iwasato, Ryōichi Nakama
Rigging: Tsubasa Takabe
Photography: Nanae Hirabayashi, Hiroaki Yabe, Toyonori Yamada
Monitor Graphics: Hiroyasu Kobayashi
Key Animation: Syūichi Iseki
In-between Animation: Studio Khara
Color Setting: Kazuko Kikuchi (Wish)
Background Art: Tatsuya Kushida (Deho Gallary)

The studio began production for this film last year, and things seem to be moving along at a steady rate.

A teaser for the film debuted with screenings of Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai” film on Friday, which revealed that the film is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters in 2020. American audiences will hopefully not need to wait too long to watch an official version of this, but time will tell.

Dark Horse Comics celebrates 25 Years of Publishing Manga

March 2013 is Manga Month at Dark Horse Comics. The comics company is celebrating 25 years of publishing some of the best and most exciting Manga in the industry, partnering with Manga greats like Amano, CLAMP, Hiroya Oku, Yasuhiro Nightow, Kohta Hirano and so many more! They’ve also been publishing english editions of the longest running Manga in publishing, “Oh My Goddess” (which was one of my earliest Manga reads, don’t judge). Dark Horse’s Manga expert extraordinaire and editor, Carl Horn, details their history and what we’re celebrating:

It began as it usually does—with Godzilla rising from the sea. Dark Horse’s first manga, published twenty-five years ago this May, was Kazuhisa Iwata’s adaptation of the 1984 Godzilla movie. It was edited and adapted into English by the founder and president of the company, Mike Richardson, and its vice president of publishing, Randy Stradley. Looking back, the choice seems to pay tribute to the original generation of Japanese pop culture fans in North America, whom they represent. After all, anime’s been on TV here since 1963, but as far back as the 1950s young Americans were thrilling to Japanese kaiju (giant monster) films that were dubbed in English for US theaters, such as Godzilla and Rodan. The tremendous success of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise (from which Dark Horse’s latest release, Evangelion: Comic Tribute, is out in March) has encouraged some of today’s fans to rediscover the kaiju tradition, which remains an important influence on the work of Evangelion director Hideaki Anno.

That brings us right around to anime, which issue #1 of Godzilla already had a nod to. I noticed the ad on the last page that promoted a Dark Horse comic book series that had begun just the year before entitled Mecha,promising a story “in the tradition of Mobile Suit Gundam.” What struck me is that Dark Horse was saying this in 1988—ten years before Gundam had its first US home video release, and twelve years before any Gundam would be broadcast on TV here. But Mecha’s writer (Randy Stradley once more, with pencils and mecha designs by Harrison Fong) was already building Gundam models back then, and he was confident the kind of fans who read Dark Horse would know what he meant; Randy’s editorial on the inside front cover of Mecha #1 felt free to mention not only Gundam, but Macross, Dunbine, and Orguss as influences. Mecha, in fact, was Dark Horse’s very first comic book to be published in color.

Dark Horse is unusual among North American manga companies for its strong tradition of comic book publishing. But that’s the very tradition that launched manga here—all through the 1980s and ’90s, the standard industry format for manga publishing in English involved putting one or two new chapters out each month as a comic book, and we still publish series such as Oh My Goddess! and Blade of the Immortal that began that way. It may seem a strange way to publish manga now, and yet, it had a certain authenticity to the way manga are published in Japan, where they aren’t released straight to tankobon (graphic novel) format, but are instead serialized chapter by chapter in magazines that have page sizes more similar to American comics than tankobon. When I look back over the space of a quarter century to that first issue of Godzilla, the fact that our first manga looked like our first comic books takes on a special meaning—it symbolizes how they were right alongside each other in our founding years, and how they both remain at the core of our identity as a publisher. You’ll be hearing a lot more about it in this, Dark Horse’s twenty-fifth manga anniversary year.

-Carl Horn, Editor

New York Toy Fair 2013: “Kotobukiya” unveils new Iron Man, Yu Yu Hakusho, Evangelion and Bishoujo statues

Coming all the way from Japan, “Kotobukiya” always brings great stuff with them making their world debut, or in some cases their North American debut, and NY Toy Fair 2013 was no exception.

Making it’s world debut was a new Star Wars statue, featuring General Grievous from the prequels in all his raging glory. Also unveiled from Star Wars was an unmasked Darth Vader leading a pack of Stormtroopers, as well as a Jango Fett and Boba Fett.

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New Marvel Comics statues included Daredevil, Cyclops, Venom, a Todd McFarlane-esque Spiderman, and new statues from “Iron Man 3”. Fans can expect to see the new War Machine and Iron Patriot getting a treatment from Koto as well later this year.

Tons of new ice cube trays made their US debut at the show, including ones from Evangelion featuring the Angels, Naruto and One Piece trays with the main characters, and a new Boba Fett tray from Star Wars. Also being debuted were large-scale ice cubes with one enormous Han Solo in carbonite, as well as a huge Death Star.

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Fans of Trigun can look forward to a new statue of Wolfwood along with Vash, who will have a black trenchcoat variant released this year. New statues from the third Evangelion movie will also join them this year, including the fine ladies of Eva as well as Kaworu. Yu Yu Hakusho will be getting statues along with Yugi-Oh, including the world debut of the Dark Magician Girl.

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The Bishoujo line continues with the Kitty Pryde statue making her proto debut at the show. Pictured but not sculpted yet was DC Comics Black Canary, which should look great once it is done. Video game fans can also look forward to seeing characters from Mass Effect getting the bishoujo treatment!

Check out the gallery below for tons more from Kotobukiya!

New trailer for third “Evangelion” movie has new EVA unit

A new trailer has come out for the third “Neon Genesis Evangelion” movie (better known as “Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo”), and while it features no dialogue still, it does show us some hints of some things to come.

First and foremost, Mari’s pink EVA unit – wow. Can not wait to see more of that. Plus, we get more of Asuka with her pirate cosplay, Kaoru hitting on Shinji, and a few new faces popping up throughout the trailer that may be important to the plot, or just might be minor characters that yell a lot (which is typical of this series minor characters). Either way, I am pumped for the movie to make it here to America. Japan, hurry up and share!

The film will open in Japan on November 17.

Evangelion GPS will whine or scorn you until you arrive at destination

GPS Systems are so common these days that you only need your smartphone to hook up in your Car and you got yourself a helper. Not unless you want an “Exclusive” and “Rare” beauty like this Evangelion’s NERV Navigation System which is made specifically for the fans of the anime.

Spoken instructions are voiced by the original Japanese voice actors in the anime, Megumi Hayashibara (Rei) and Megumi Ogata (Shinji) instead of the usual robotic tone that you hear in most of the GPS systems. The interface is adapted from the computer systems you see in the EVA series as well, including graphics, fonts and stylish colors, plus the Eva-unit of your choice to represent yourself moving along the map. The device can also play TV and movies if you want to practice reckless driving.

The Evangelion GPS Navigation system is available for purchase on this Evangelion store. All in all the total amount of the device is 39800 yen which is close to 500 USD.

Info via Arama They Didn’t