FUNimation has announced that they've acquired the Neon Geneis Evangelion movie today to kick off the new year. They've acquired the home entertainment, broadcast, digital and merchandise rights to the film Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone from NTV.
The animated sci-fi action movie is the first of four based on the anime television series Neon Genesis Evangelion broadcast nationally on the TV Tokyo network in the 1990's. In the story, a 14 year old boy rides on a huge humanoid robot -- an Evangelion -- to fight against numerous hostile elements that attack in succession. Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone is directed by series veterans Hideaki Anno, Masayuki and Kazuya Tsurumaki and produced by Studio Khara.
About Evangelion: 1.0
Schoolboy Shinji Ikari is summoned by his estranged father to the vast city of Tokyo-3, however the tearful reunion he was hoping for does not materialise as his father has a far more nefarious reason for wanting his son by his side again. Led down into the underground labyrinth of NERV headquarters, he learns that he is one of only a few children that can pilot one of the enormous Evangelion robots against a terrifying enemy.
As Shinji was being transported to Tokyo-3, it was under attack from the terrifying Angels, creatures of an unknown origin bent on penetrating the city and laying waste to anything they find. Throwing caution to the wind to save an injured girl, Shinji boards one of the massive robots and is launched to his destiny. However there are greater forces at work behind the scenes, and is the true enemy the angels, NERV, the mysterious SEELE, or the demons held within the hearts of the people involved?
The dramatic thriller received Animation of the Year and Best Director Award at Tokyo International Fair in 2007.
FUNimation Entertainment will release the film in 2009.