Archive for the ‘Evangelion’ Category

Grump Alert: Alchemists and Evangelions

April 6, 2009

That is the opening of the new Fullmetal Alchemist anime series, due to premiere for North American audiences on Funimation’s streaming website this Thursday, April 9th at noon EST. English-subtitled episodes should debut mere days after their Japanese airdates, which is thrilling. About time someone besides pie-faced fansubbers does this. (Translator’s Note: No one cares about translator notes! ^__^;;)

I really liked the original anime (about two brothers who join the military to find the Philosopher’s Stone) up until the halfway point when all the interesting characters died, a stupid villain was introduced and nothing of any real interest happened at all. The movie was kind of a waste too. My brother details our disgust over at his blog. An excerpt:

I was getting sick of all these dreary anime series that were stuck up their ass with their own philosophies. Sometimes that stuff’s great, but, God damn, Japan, learn a new tune. Neon Genesis Evangelion made that kind of style seem novel, but it’s pigeonholed and polarized the whole Japanese animation industry for the last ten years. Thanks to that and the various now-over-played Pokemon cartoons, every series’ protagonist is either an angsty teenager finding out why he exists or a pie-faced child going on a tedious journey.

Fullmetal Alchemist was just what I needed. An adventure series that knew when to be fun and when to be serious without being irrelevant or preachy – a show that delivered the goods and solid, heartfelt messages about brotherhood, sacrifice and retribution.

It was the only show for the last few years, besides Stand Alone Complex, that me and my brothers had deemed actually worthy of purchase. We bought every volume as it came out, and followed the story to the end.

The stupid end.

Yeah, we really like to describe things as pie-faced.

So hopefully this new version, which apparently adheres closer to the original manga, will rectify the first series’ mistakes though it stings to have a whole new version a mere summer after finishing the first one.

At least with Evangelion we’ve had THIRTEEN YEARS to prepare for its remake/reboot. Jeez, can’t anyone get it right the first time?

That’s the new trailer for Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0, the second of four remake movies. I’m not even sure what it is I’m looking at in some of those shots, but as you can see it looks stunning. This should be coming out in June. Unfortunately this looks like something we will have to count on fansubbers for as we’re still waiting to hear something about a U.S. release of Evangelion 1.0. Which came out… two years ago? It’s licensed by Funimation – the same guys streaming Fullmetal – but they seem to be sitting on it because they’re the only company left alive in the ailing industry.

GRUMP ALERT: More Evangelion trailers!

August 22, 2007

Jeez, where have I been? TWO new Rebuild of Evangelion trailers found their way onto the Internets!! Okay, well, kinda really ONE new trailer but the one below has more Utada singing and Shinji moping than the one above.

The Utada song, “Beautiful World” appears to be the movie’s theme song. I think it fits in that “Kom susser todd” ironic kinda way. Will anyone besides Evangelion nuts know what that means? Don’t worry, Evangelion virgins should do well to keep up on this, a remake of the original TV series and movies.

Wikipedia says Rebuild of Evangelion “will consist of four movies. The first three movies will be an alternate retelling of the TV series (including many new scenes, settings, backgrounds, characters), and the fourth movie will be a completely new conclusion to the story; the series is intended to be much more understandable and accessible to non-fans than the original TV series and movies.”

The first movie, 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, is out September 1st in Japan, a scant ten days from now.

Be still my beating heart.

Grump Alert: REBUILD of Evangelion trailer

July 14, 2007

There it is. The first look at the new version of Neon Genesis Evangelion, with a new coat of lush visuals, hi-tech CG animation and warbling by Kingdom Hearts and Columbia University reject Utada Hikaru.

It looks spectacular.

It’s from the guys behind FLCL and Gunbuster 2 so spectacular animation shouldn’t be a surprise. But it is! Unit 01 and its prog knife, Tokyo-3 rising out of the ground, Shinji’s subtle new sneer, Rei’s hair moving in the wind, the 5th Angel, the sniper rifle, all in glorious new modern animation…!! It’s enough to get this old cynic excited by anime again.

Yeah, it’s yet another remake, my destiny is intertwined with them apparently, but it’s promised to be a new look at the Evangelion story, a much more accessible take on it. And it’s out soon in Japan, September 1st of this year, the first of four feature-length movies. The final one is going to be an all new conclusion.

I had to share. It’s on loop for me now. Maybe it will be for you? Be sure to spread the word – and the trailer – to all animation, sci-fi and depressing human drama fans you know!

Evangelion: Absolute Waiting FIELD

May 9, 2007

I first watched Evangelion when I was 14 years old, the same age as its main character, the weak and tormented Shinji Ikari. I wasn’t piloting giant bio-mechs but I was a dinky little high school freshman, alone and frustrated, and I had a hell of a tough time connecting with people; “Hedgehog’s dilemma.” I couldn’t help but parallel my own angst with Shinji’s. Yeah, I know. I’M SUCH A NURDLOL

Add sexual frustration, tension, various betrayals and love triangles up the wazoo and, well, Evangelion and me, we got something in common. Whenever I think of it, whenever it’s mentioned, my chest tightens and I sigh. I’m inextricably linked to it. I imagine a lot of other people are too, seeing how its popularity never once waned since its Japanese debut so long ago. Now, I’m a college senior and, to be frank, I’m still hedgehogging. I actually sorta miss high school, I love to run, but my balls are bluer than a summer sky. At least the tenth volume of the Evangelion manga came out. FINALLY. So all you other Shinjis out there, rise up!