Whither EVANGELION 2.0?

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Whither EVANGELION 2.0?
Some potentially disturbing news here for North American fans of classic Japanese animation Neon Genesis Evangelion hoping for a local means to scratch their itch.

Distributor Funimation - home to the North American release of the first in the ongoing series of feature film reworkings of the series - have just announced an extensive list of new acquisitions and in that list specifically mention that they do NOT currently hold the license for the second Evangelion feature.

Frankly, I'm shocked by this. Funimation gave the first film a theatrical release and a handsome BluRay release, publicity work that seemed geared to build up the entire series. And, bluntly, I'm surprised that anyone would pick up the rights to the first of these features without locking up the entire series in one fell swoop.

With the films being an ongoing, continuous narrative the first film does not stand complete on its own and the later films will make no sense without the first, meaning the chances of a different company moving in to pick up the remaining volumes is very slim. If Funimation doesn't do it, I don't know who will ...

Good thing, then, that the just-released Hong Kong BluRay edition is coded Region A and includes English subtitles ...
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brettlv5506July 4, 2010 5:26 AM

Who knows. My bet is Funi will still get it though. Of course, Geneon could try for it to save itself (aren't they doing releases through Funi now though.) Maybe Bandai could pick it up or NIS America is new to the game and this would be a great way to get people to notice them.

Major_RagerJuly 4, 2010 8:46 AM

Funimation WILL put it out, but it won't be this year, just as 1.0 took 2 years to come out here.

Major_RagerJuly 4, 2010 8:46 AM

...According to a Funimation staff member I talked to on MUBI anyway....

JasonJuly 5, 2010 12:06 AM

Funimation got dicked around by Gainax over the first movie, losing a bunch of money on the theatrical release and the 1.01 DVD, and are holding out for a better deal.

Agent WaxJuly 5, 2010 2:19 AM

Todd, that should be Evangelion 2.22. 2.0 was theatres-only.

JeremyJuly 5, 2010 9:40 AM

You capitalized the wrong word. It should be "they do not CURRENTLY hold the license for the second Evangelion feature."

zinjoJuly 6, 2010 11:30 AM

Oh Gawd anyone but Bandai!!

Ever since they hired that Carl Macek disciple Tony Oliver to help write their English scripts, the quality of the dubs have been horrible.

That man single handedly ruined the dub for the Eureka 7 movie!!!

Stick to your ADR work Tony and leave the writing to writers!

zinjoJuly 6, 2010 11:36 AM

I saw the theatrical release and to be honest I wasn't impressed. The first film was a re-hash of the series with better animation.

Now granted that is what it was supposed to be, but outside of Japan there is very little Funimation could do with the film to generate more interest.

It was a pretty version of what all Eva fans had seen before. Eva 2.22 would probably get a better result if given the same treatment since that one is where the story diverges from the TV show.

Gainax knows the power of that property and how popular it is here, but it will take time for a better deal to surface. Gainax is still raking in the cash from the movie and isn't in a position to care about extending the film's profits...yet.

AndrewJuly 15, 2010 2:15 AM

I don't know where you got the idea that GENEON still even exists, but I would be grateful if they made some kind of comeback... though with GENEON japan now owned by Universal Studios Japan, I highly doubt it. Face it they're about as finished as ADV Films... (and don't try to pretend that Sentai Films even counts as a legitimate company, because they're not.) As for Ban Dai. They haven't produced anything in over two years. At the same time there aren't any other companies in the United States that you can count on.

Final point, if FUNimation isn't willing to license it (and I'm sure it's economy related) then nobody will. End of story.

Sad to admit, but unless our economy improves anime may become extinct as a market in the United States and that includes the Video Games from Japan as well.... perhaps you've heard what happened to Square Enix?