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Evangelion 1.01 and 1.11 Release News

The new movie hits DVD and Blu-ray in a staggered form

By Chris Beveridge     July 03, 2009

Evangelion 1.01
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FUNimation is screening the Evangelion 1.0 movie at Anime Expo but will be releasing Evangelion 1.01 on DVD in the fall of 2009. What about the most current version, Evangelion 1.11? It will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the Spring of 2010.

FUNimation announced that it will premiere the English dubbed version of Hideaki Anno’s “EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE.” at Anime Expo® held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 2-5, 2009.  More information about the convention can be found at www.anime-expo.org.

“EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE” is the film sequel to the sci-fi animated series blockbuster Neon Genesis Evangelion (also written and directed by Hideaki Anno) which aired on Japanese television in the mid 1990’s.

Director in Chief Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and the creative staff of this film made a complete rebuild of the design and visuals rather than magnifying the original 16 mm film from the series. The team was also able to employ 3D computer graphics to enrich the depth and breadth of the Evangelion world as well as digital photography and composite nonlinear editing.

There was no foreseeable warning before it happened -- a catastrophe of unparalleled scale and magnitude overwhelmed the entire globe. This event, recorded in history as "The Second Impact," caused half the population of the Earth to perish and devastated the world.  All that remains of Japan is Tokyo-3, a city that is now being attacked by giant creatures that seek to destroy mankind. These creatures are called Angels.

Fourteen year old Shinji Ikari is called to Tokyo-3 by his father who he hasn’t seen in more than eight years. He is asked to come to the NERV headquarters to meet his father. His father reveals to him a gigantic humanoid weapons system that the special governmental agency has secretly developed to fight the Angels and then orders Shinji to pilot the giant artificial human Evangelion Unit One.

With the fate of the world resting on his shoulders, how will the 14 year old boy Shinji fight? What is the truth behind "The Human Instrumentality Project," an operation somehow related to the "Second Impact"? And who is the true enemy? The Angels, NERV, the mysterious SEELE, or the demons held within the hearts of all involved?

GendÅ Ikari, a man who holds many answers to these questions, watches silently and attentively as his son fights a desperate battle…


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wrrlykam 7/4/2009 3:35:41 PM

I want to be first in line to give Shinji a good slap.

wrrlykam 7/4/2009 4:00:56 PM

Sllllaaaaaappppp! Now get into that EVA and stop crying.

animefanjared 7/4/2009 9:42:10 PM

This is a mistake on FUNimation's part.  The anime DVD market isn't really strong enough to sustain multiple versions of the same feature, especially being released so close to one another.  This 1.01 vs. 1.11 business reeks of trying to con more money out of anime fans.  This kind of thing may have been successful 10 years ago, but I don't think there are enough fans on this side of the Pacific that are still buying DVDs to make it work.  It's sad because I am genuinely looking forward to this film, but now I feel like I should just wait until 2010 for the "director's cut" version.

Also, does anyone else think Anno should at least wait until he's finished this new film series before he starts going back, adding like 2 seconds of new animation, and passing it off as a new version of the film?



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