2D Champions Episode 77: The Dragon Dentist

The Champions experience the horrors of giant cavities and learn the importance of flossing with tiny people in our review of ‘The Dragon Dentist’. Directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki with animation by Studio Khara, ‘The Dragon Dentist’ is a special two-part OVA of sorts that is itself a spin-off of one of the Japan Animator Expo short films. Does ‘The Dragon Dentist’ soar above even our highest expectations? Or does it just feel like a story that we dreamed up under sedation? Listen and find out!

Our review of ‘The Dragon Dentist’ begins around the 30-minute mark. The first half of this is episode is a discussion about Crunchyroll’s reduced premium video quality fiasco.

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Evangelion Q Release Date Announced

At the conclusion of a special television broadcast of Evangelion 2.0 in Japan came a new teaser trailer for the 3rd film in the 4-part series, Evangelion Q. At the end of the painfully short teaser a ‘tentative’ release date is announced for fall 2012.

The entire 10 seconds of footage shown in the teaser focuses upon Asuka and Unit-02 appearing to be in middle of combat in mid-air. Asuka is of course sporting her new plugsuit as well as her fetching new eyepatch due to the injuries she sustained in Evangelion 2.0.

And now the countdown begins….

From Evageeks.

New Evangelion Artbook and Eyeglasses

While production continues on the Evangelion 3.0 film Studio Khara and Gainax are releasing some interesting items to tide the fans over.

Up top is the advertisement for a new line of Evangelion eyeglasses that are being released by JINS. JINS has also released a line of One Piece eyewear in the past and this new Evangelion-themed line actually seem quite cool. Here is a link to the official page of the project that also shows some images of the glasses themselves. There is a specific glasses style for each of the pilots and unless my eyes decieve me that nice advertisement image was drawn by FLCL/Evangelion director and animator Kazuya Tsurumaki.

A new volume in the Groundwork of Evangelion art book series has also been announced. Over the past eight years or so Gainax has been releasing a series of artbooks that reprint selected key animation frames from some of their most popular productions. This new Groundwork volume is centered around Evangelion 2.0. As opposed to the previous Groundwork of Evangelion 1.0 this new collection is being split into two books, the first of which will be released this May. The second volume is planned to be published later during the summer. There is a site up for the new art book on the EVA Store here.

Also, just as a reminder, Evangelion 2.22 is out today on Blu-ray and DVD here in America courtesy of Funimation. Pick it up!

The Real Operation Yashima

After the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th the Tokyo Electric Power Company has created an unofficial campaign to encourage people to conserve electricity inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Several power plants are offline or not fully operational due to last friday’s events and TEPCO has announced that rotating power cuts will occur to providing¬†homes and important facilities with electricity. In response to this an unofficial campaign has begun on Twitter as a public service to help conserve electricity.

The campaign is entitled ‘Operation Yashima’ after the events depicted in episode six of the Evangelion television series and Evangelion 1.11 film in which the Evangelion units defeat an enemy using a sniper rifle which can only be fully-powered using Japan’s entire power grid.

Here is the Japanese link to Operation Yashima.

From ANN.

Hideaki Anno Evangelion Sketch

Hideaki Anno, the director of Evangelion and Gunbuster put up an original sketch in a park in Japan. I’m having difficulties translating the Evafan blog where the pictures originated from so I’m not sure where in Japan this is or why the picture was put up, but for now I’m just going to enjoy the image.

Since the Blu-ray and DVD release of Evangelion 2.22 there has been very little news pertaining to Evangelion aside from some side events taking place in Japan such as Evangelion World and the construction of the life-size bust of Evangelion Unit-01.

I presume that production is underway for Evangelion 3.0. Anno and his team can take his time though, as I am in no hurry to see this current Evangelion movie series conclude.

Funimation Announces Evangelion 2.0 and Summer Wars

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!

Life-Size Evangelion Being Constructed

After the awesome success of the life-size Gundam last year, this year Japan is building a life-size Evangelion Unit-01 along with replica’s of the cockpit and even some of the characters. Short videos are being released once a week by Studio Khara covering the construction of Unit-01 up to its eventual release later in the summer. This is pretty awesome.