During their panel at Otakon today, Funimation announced that they had acquired Hideaki Anno’s Evangelion 2.0 as well as Mamoru Hosada’s Summer Wars film for home video release in North America. This is pretty cool news as I didn’t think Funimation would be able to grab the right to Evangelion 2.0 after just releasing the previous film 1.0 a few months ago.
Summer Wars is produced by Studio Madhouse and is the latest work by director Mamoru Hosada who directed the fan-favorite The Girl Who Leapt Through Time back in 2006. Both films were huge hits in Japan when they were in theaters and on DVD/Blu-ray.Interestingly, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto designed the characters for both films as well as for Hosada’s previous film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
No word yet on when these films will be released though, hopefully soon!