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The last time Funimation held one of their virtual, online convention panels was a few months ago and so I think everyone is ready for another one to be help. Announced on their blog today, Funimation will be holding their 5th online convention panel on Monday December 27th at 6pm Central (7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific) for fans to hang out and get new Funi information in the process (except me who will be at work that day).
Currently scheduled for the panel is a load of new information regarding Evangelion 2.0 that includes an appearance from ADR director Mike McFarland, voice actor Brina Palencia (Rei) and another special appearance from whomever it is playing Mari Illustrious Makinami. These events are usually quite a bit of fun and so if you find yourself with some free time on the Monday after Christmas, perhaps you can kill some time on the Funimation blog watching the crew have incredibly fun jobs.
Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s no way I’m going to be able to concentrate on anything else until I go play with my new phone.
If you had told me a few years ago that this event would be something that I would actually be getting excited about I would’ve laughed at you. I also probably would have made fun of your haircut just to get back at you for insinuating that I would be swayed into the fold of people who thought Evangelion wasn’t a completely overrated franchise. But that was before I watched Evangelion 1.0 and realized that when Shinji is 80% less whiny due to time constraints, this story can be interesting and even fun. So with that out of the way, let me make it clear that I am quite interested in learning all I can about the announcement that popped up via press release this morning.
In the release, it was announced the Funimation has teamed up with brand new distribution company Cinema Asia Releasing (a subsidiary of Eleven Arts) to screen Evangelion 2.0: You Can [Not] Advance for a limited theatrical run. Exciting right? I’m sure that you’re just waiting for me to start revealing all further details to you including cities, dates and ticket info right? Sorry, keep waiting. The press release was only to announce that the event would be happening but no details were made available. Hopefully we’ll all hear something soon though so keep checking back for more info!
Full press release below the cut
The summer season of 2009 is interesting on the surface in quite a few different ways. Only a little less than 40 titles will be released from June to August. That number includes specials, OVAs and movies being released which contrasts against at least 30 TV premieres last summer alone.
In terms of content, this is a summer of dreams for fans of manga based stories with up to eight series being adapted from a manga, though that number goes past a dozen when you factor in light, visual and traditional novels as well. Only two series are based off eroge this season but sequels and continuations are alive and well taking up 10 titles of their own.
In terms of studio activity, Madhouse and Studio DEEN are easily the most active of the season with three releases each. On the Madhouse queue are a TV series, a special and a movie while Studio DEEN will be releasing two television series and a series of web shorts. JC Staff and SHAFT aren’t far behind them though with two releases each and a wealth of others filling out the crowd with one each. One studio will even be making their debut their season with GoHands taking a shot at the eroge adaptation ‘Princess Lover‘.
So enough with the introductions, (with apologies to Gia of AnimeVice for adapting her preview style a bit) listed below the cut are as many of the releases that I could find information for. I have tried to make this listing as complete as possible with my resources but I’m not perfect. If you see any missing titles, feel free to drop me a line in the comments and I’ll make sure to get them added.
Titles are listed by premiere dates and will be continuously edited throughout June. Keep checking back for updates as new premiere dates are listed, previews are written and finally to read all the latest reviews as the new series premiere!
Alright, last one before I put things away for the night but a new tidbit about the latest Eva movie has been posted to ANN. The new theme song for Eva 2.0 has been revealed sort of… it has been revealed that the new theme song will be sung by Utada Hikaru. Hikaru also sung the traditional theme song (‘Fly Me to the Moon’) for Eva 1.0 last summer as well as lending one of her singles to the movie. Eva 2.0: You Can [Not] Advance, which features the return of Asuka to the franchise as well as the debut of new character Mari Illustrious, will open in theaters June 27th.
Fans may now let out a big exhale as a brand new trailer (.wmv file) for Eva 2.0: You Can [Not] Advance has been posted to the official website. The 85 second trailer will give fans plenty to drool over but I’m going to be the first to call them out for being big teases with everything else. There is some action footage in the trailer but it’s mostly just still shots of the various characters (including a couple of very quick close ups of new character Mari Illustrious and the return of Asuka). Eva 2.0 premieres in theaters on June 27th while Funimation announced at the end of 2008 that they had licensed the first new film of the quartet.