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Studio Khara has announced plans for a newly remastered DVD and Blu-ray box-set for the classic 1990s anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion". It is slated to hit Japan next summer.
The remaster set will contain all twenty-six episodes of the original television anime, the video format version of episodes 21-24, and the films "Evangelion: Death & Rebirth," "The End of Evangelion" and "Revival of Evangelion". [Source: io9]
Manu Bennett is reportedly confirmed to be reprising the role of Slade Wilson (aka. Deathstroke) in the upcoming fourteenth episode of The CW's third season of "Arrow". Bennett was the 'big bad' of the second season and was last seen in a supermax prison on the island of Lian Yu. [Source: MTV News]
Hulu has picked up the seven remaining unaired episodes of ABC's canceled romantic comedy series "Manhattan Love Story". The news comes a week after Hulu also picked up unaired »
- Garth Franklin
It’s a good time to be an Attack On Titan fan.
Hajime Isayama‘s manga/anime series, called 進撃の巨人 (Shingeki no Kyoujin, “Advancing Giants”) in Japan, is infiltrating Western popular culture in a way that hasn’t really been accomplished since Cowboy Bebop or Neon Genesis Evangelion. The 25-episode anime aired on Adult Swim, every new volume of the comic series sells in the millions of copies, and the English-language branch of Kodansha publishing can barely put out enough spinoffs to meet demand (so far we’ve gotten Attack On Titan: Before The Fall, Attack On Titan: No Regrets, and Attack On Titan: Junior High). The Colossal Titan (pictured above) has become as iconic as any supervillain and inspired its share of merchandise and visual tributes. And oh, yeah—a live action movie is happening.
We got the first taste of what the live action Titans »
- Holly Interlandi
A weird truth: Even in the midst of the current comic book gold-rush, major studios can't seem to get a good anime or manga adaptation off the ground—although the influence of those works can be seen everywhere. This weekend's Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic that's heavily (perhaps even problematically) inspired by anime and manga. As tangentially connected to the art form as Big Hero 6 is, could it be the harbinger of a sea change in Hollywood's approach to manga and anime? Tackling this question can be kind of tricky—after all, "anime" and "manga »
- Joshua Rivera
GeekTyrant has featured art by Joshua Budich before, but today we’re coveting this beautiful piece on display at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco. His debut solo art show is called Otaku Obscura, and it pays tribute to six of the greatest animes of all time: Akira, My Neighbor Totoro, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Princess Mononoke, and Cowboy Bebop. This particular work is called “To See with Eyes Unclouded by Hate” and features Princess Mononoke. The artist gave an interview to the gallery and talked a little bit about what drew him to anime.
"The hyper-stylized, frenetic animation was like a bolt of inspirational lightning to a young artist. Once I got a taste, my eyes were open to whole new world of characters and themes. No longer was I tethered to a bland, pseudo-realistic, Disney-esque approach to the drawing. Anime has had a huge influence in my work. »
- Mily Dunbar
The full lineup for the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival has been announced and, amongst its promotion of new Japanese and Asian cinema, there's a clear commitment to this year's focus on animation, both foreign and domestic. Along with the Opening Film, the World Premiere of Disney's Big Hero 6, and the epic Anno Hideaki retrospective, featuring all night screenings of his classic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, showings include the latest work from cult favorite Ghost in the Shell director Oshii Mamoru, Garm Wars The Last Druid, and a showing of jury member Eric Khoo's excellent animated biopic Tatsumi, which, surprisngly,was never released in Japan. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will be acting as Jury President alongside Khoo, John H. Lee, Robert Luketic, Shinagawa Hiroshi...
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Xenosaga, Episode 1: Der Wille Zur Macht
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When the mammoth project known collectively as Xenosaga was first announced in 2001, it sounded like a dream come true for RPG fans, at least on paper. Developer Monolith Soft promised a six episode epic that would redefine video game storytelling and wildly reinvent the genre. Unfortunately for the team, the first title in the series debuted to more modest sales than initially expected, and not without it’s fair share of criticisms.
The first, and most significant divider of opinion was the main selling point of the series to begin with: the story. Told over the course of a staggering 8 hours of cut scenes, Episode One‘s plot line accounted for roughly 1/3 of the entire game. This would become a major sticking point for each of the three games that made it to release, but was »
- Mike Worby
Evangelion fans might want to start planning a pilgrimage to Japan in October, as the Tokyo International Film Festival has announced it will be screening a huge showcase of the works of one of the country's leading animated filmmakers, Anno Hideaki. The program will pay tribute to the man who cut his teeth as an animator on Studio Ghibli's debut feature Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, working under Miyazaki Hayao, before going on to write and direct the enormously popular series Neon Genesis Evangelion, throughout its many television and film incarnations. The tribute will include work from throughout the filmmaker's career, including television work, short films, promo videos, and, of course, all his major theatrical releases, including 1990's Nadia The Secret of Bluewater and 1997's Neon Genesis...
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Tokyo — The 27th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival, which unspools Oct. 23-31 at various venues in Tokyo, will present a major section devoted to the work of Hideaki Anno, an animator best known abroad for the “Evangelion” Sf series.
According to festival organizers, the section will include 50 of Anno’s works in a range of genres, from student films and promo videos to TV programs and theatrical features.
Born in 1960, Anno worked as a character animator on “Nausicaa Valley of the Wind,” the 1984 film that first brought helmer Hayao Miyazaki to international attention. Anno subsequently worked with Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli animation house on various projects, while maintaining his creative independence. His breakthrough as a director was the 1995 “Neon Genesis Evangelion” TV series and subsequent theatrical films which became must-sees among international anime fans. He later branched out into live-action films, beginning with the 1998 “Love & Pop” and »
- Mark Schilling
As he gears up for the release of his latest directorial effort Transformers: Age of Extinction, not to mention the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, which has him attached as producer, it seems that Michael Bay could now be turning his attention towards another franchise in the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion.
According to Transformers News Center (via KDramaStars), Bay responded to a question about his future projects by stating that, “I don’t know if you are familiar with Evangelion but that’s one movie that I want to direct”, before smiling when asked if development on an Nge movie might be underway.
Written and directed by Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evanelion is an apoclayptic mecha anime that ran for 26 episodes between 1995 and 1996 and centres on a teenage pilot of a bio-mechanical fighting machine (an Evangelion) as he battles monstrous creatures known as Angels. The series spawned several animated films, »
- Gary Collinson
“You have to watch Attack On Titan!”
That’s what my anime friend told me several months ago before the whole thing took off. Had he been a network executive, he would’ve been right on the money. Attack On Titan (or in Japanese, Shingeki no Kyojin -attack on titan-) seems to be the hot new property right now, and Toonami’s giving it a big push with an English dub premiere. I finally decided that enough was enough—to finally take a look at it and see if it’s the next Neon Genesis Evangelion or simply all hype and no substance.
Attack On Titan: “To You In 2000 Years – The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1″ is what you’d expect from a typical thirty minute pilot. There’s enough concept to keep it intriguing, but since it’s only a quick glimpse into the world, it’s impossible to »
- Andrew Hudson
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Championing anime, especially something as wondrously bizarre as Serial Experiments Lain, is a worthy cause, but I still can’t make heads or tails of The Daily Beast’s accusation that Hollywood sci-fi films are ripping off anime. Vague and accusatory headline in tow, author David Levesley points out cosmetic similarities between recent science fiction studio fare and well-regarded anime gems with the added (hand-drawn) cherry on top of claiming filmmakers won’t own up to the work they’re stealing from. It »
- Scott Beggs
Once upon a time in the ’60s, a critic would have known exactly what to say: that the gorgeous, cacophonous anime sound-and-light show “Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo” should only be watched in an altered state. That would be a serviceable approach to a film that too often substitutes obfuscation for complexity, to relax and drift along on the often-spectacular, pulsating visuals. For those not fully initiated in the moony psychobabble mythology of this Emo/Mecha epic, straining earnestly to understand would be to risk injury. While anime films crated by such brainy artists as Hayao Miyazaki (“The Wind Rises”) and Mamoru Oshii (“Ghost in the Shell”), have registered strongly outside the fanboy sphere, “Evangelion: 3.0″ seems likely to play well only to devotees, and not even to all of them. The anime fan writer Reckoner, in the Nihon Review, has already aptly declared the film “a disorienting mess.”
The brainchild of just one man, »
- David Chute
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