Toonami Announces Plans for Movie Month in December 2014

Toonami has announced the schedule for its “movie month” in December 2014. The schedule includes the final two episodes of Hellsing Ultimate, which Toonami had said previously that it would not be able to get.

December 6: Hellsing Ultimate 9 and Summer Wars
December 13: Hellsing Ultimate 10 and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
December 20: Dragon Ball Z: The Legendary Super Saiyan and Akira
December 27: Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone and Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance

VIZ Media Announces Substantial November Digital Manga Update and Special Pricing on Several Popular Series

VIZ Media continues the drive into fall with the announcement of an array of digital manga updates and new series debuts for November 2014.

Fans and readers can catch the launch of two new series debuts including creator Aya Shouoto’s paranormal shojo drama, Kiss of the Rose Princess and the final volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Other notable new digital series kicking off throughout the rest of the month include 3 titles from the VIZ Select imprint. Return to the world of Chibi Vampire with Chibi Vampire Airmail on November 11, 2014, savor the dark, demonic suspense of Zone-00, which launches on November 18, 2014, and former CLAMP artist/creator Tamayo Akiyama’s fantasy adventure series, Mouryou Kiden: Legend of the Nymph, follows on November 25, 2014.

Fans are invited to take advantage of a limited time promotion running until November 30, 2014, offering up to 80% of on digital manga volumes from several acclaimed series from VIZ Manga and the VIZ Manga App. Check other partner sites for similar special pricing. Catch Nauto Volumess 1-2 for only $1.99 each and Volumes 3-67 for only $4.99 each. Savor undead gothic manga drama with Vampire Knight Volumes 1-2 for only $1.99 each and Volumes 3-19 for only $4.99 each. Rosario + Vampire Season I Volumes 1-2 are $1.99 each and Volumes 3-10 are available for $4.99 each; the series sequel, Rosario + Vampire II, Volumes 1-2 are also offered for only $1.99 each and Volumes 3-13 for only $4.99 each. Also dive into the mafia comedy adventure Nisekoi with Volumes 1-2 for only $1.99 each and Volumes 3-9 for only $4.99.

VIZ Media is also pleased to announce a new addition on ComiXology from fellow publisher Kadokawa. Don’t miss exciting series including Deadman Wonderland and Neon Genesis Evangelion as well Ai Ore, The Story of Saiunkoku, and X that are accessible worldwide and/or wherever ComiXology is available. Also dive into more than a dozen additional manga titles also offered on ComiXology and published under the VIZ Select imprint such as Chibi Vampire, D.N. Angel, Fate/Stay Night, Future Diary, Lucky Star, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Lagoon Engine, Suki and more.

Catch the rest of the November digital updates to more than 20 other VIZ Media continuing titles including the exciting series finales of Phantom Thief Jeanne (Volume 5), Million Tears (Volume 2) and Suki (Volume 3), as well as the latest additions to a variety of other popular series such as Bleach (Volume 62), Blue Exorcist (Volume 12), Food Wars! (Volume 4), JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 – Phantom Blood (Volume 2), Lucky Star (Volume 5), One-Punch Man (Volume 5), Trinity Blood (Volume 9) and scores more.

Readers can enjoy all of these new manga titles that are available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones and 7” tablets. The titles may also be purchased through the Nook, Kindle, Kobo, ComiXology, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. These dynamic digital platforms offer fans the opportunity to explore and enjoy a massive catalog of new and classic manga titles that spans more than 2,300 volumes across over 200 different series.

New November Digital Manga Series Debuts:

KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available Now

Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

CHIBI VAMPIRE AIRMAIL · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 11, 2014

Return to the world of Chibi Vampire in this special collection of short stories!

ZONE-00, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 18th, 2014

In a world where humans and demons coexist under a fragile peace, change is coming…A mysterious drug, known only as “Zone-00,” seems to be causing demons all over Tokyo to lose control and revert to their old, violent ways. Enter two young students who stand on opposite sides of an ageless conflict. One a demon, the other an exorcist, they must now join forces to uncover the secret of “Zone-00″ before it’s too late! From the artist of Trinity Blood comes a dark, suspenseful tale in which two centuries-old enemies must fight together to save humanity!

MOURYOU KIDEN: LEGEND OF THE NYMPH, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 25th, 2014

In a land submerged in a thousand years of fog, demons and nymphs do battle. Until one day, the fated meeting of sworn enemies unravels an intricate love story, and hurls Ayaka, the daughter of the deity, Reiki, into a voyage of discovery, and maddening love. Originally a member of CLAMP, the world’s bestselling manga studio, Tamayo Akiyama delivers and unforgettable fantasy adventure!

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Vol. 14 (SERIES FINALE!) · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available November 25th, 2014

Catch the grand finale to this groundbreaking sci-fi action series. The Third Impact has come. As the unbelievably massive form of Ayanami towers over the Earth, the Instrumentality Project enters its last stages. While the world shudders in terror as it is engulfed in a sea of LCL, Shinji’s consciousness merges with Lilith’s, and he searches his memories for a final understanding of himself and the fate of humanity. Digital edition also includes a special chapter not previously published! Print edition will be released in early 2015.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION © khara

FUNimation Delays DVD/BD Release For Evangelion 3.33

FUNimation has announced that the home video release for Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo that was supposed to come out in February 2014 is being delayed due to the “overwhelming theatrical demand” for Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.

At this point, the release date for Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo is “to be determined,” with the company saying it will be at some point later in 2014.

New Dub Trailer Released for Evangelion 3.0

FUNimation has released a new dub trailer for the Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo anime film, along with ElevenArts, who is working at getting the film in theaters. While U.S. and Canadian screenings are scheduled to begin on January 10, 2014, they are wanting to expand the release to other theaters. ElevenArts is looking for suggestions on who to contact.

I am embedding the new trailer below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

Extras on the DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo

FUNimation has announced the extras that will be available on the DVD and Blu-ray releases for the Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo anime film that will be released on February 18, 2014:

  • 52 page, full color guidebook
  • Evangelion: 3.33 at New York Comic Con 2013
  • Rebuild of Evangelion: 3.33
  • EVA-EXTRA 08
  • Japanese teasers and trailers
  • TV spots
  • U.S. trailer
  • Trailers

English Dub Trailer Streaming to Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo

Manga Entertainment is now streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the company’s DVD and Blu-ray release of Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo on YouTube.

I am including the stream of the trailer below. I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the trailer due to region blocking.

Anime Soundtrack Review: Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact

Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact is a soundtrack CD for the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series that was released in North America by Geneon in 2004.

There are a total of 11 tracks on the CD; six of the tracks are from the television series, two of the tracks come from the Death & Rebirth film, and the remaining three come from The End of Evangelion film.

The disc opens with “Angel Attack,” which is a memorable piece of background music for listeners who are familiar with the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. This is the piece that plays in the background when an Angel is attacking.

Next is “A Cruel Amgel’s Thesis,” which is the opening credits song for Neon Genesis Evangelion; however, the version included on this CD is the “Director’s Edit” and not the version that appears in the opening credits. This is a very classic anime opening theme song, and it was nice to get to hear more of the song than what appears in the opening credits.

“Decisive Battle” is another classic background music piece from the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series. I can easily picture the EVAs taking off and going into battle when I hear this track.

“Fly Me to the Moon” is a classic jazz standard that was covered in order to be used at the ending theme song for the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series. Since there was a different version of the song at the end of each episode, only one version was used on this CD release. If I remember correctly, the version of “Fly Me to the Moon” was used early on in Neon Genesis Evangelion’s run.

“Thanatos” is a slower piece of background music from Neon Genesis Evangelion. If I recall correctly, this is a piece that appeared in the background during some of the more serious and emotional scenes of the series.

“Kanon D-dur (Strings Orchestra)” is one of the tracks on this CD that comes from the Death & Rebirth film. This is a famous classical piece that was used in the film.

“SOUL’S REFRAIN” is the theme song for the Death & Rebirth film. This is a decent song, but to me, isn’t one of the more memorable theme songs from the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise.

“II Air [ORCHESTRAL SUITE No. 3 in D Major, BMW, 1068]” is another famous classical piece, and it appears in The End of Evangelion.

“THANATOS – IF I CAN’T BE YOURS –“ was used in the end credits and the credits to episode 25 in The End of Evangelion. This may share a name with a background piece that appeared in the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series, but they really don’t sound anything alike. This track has more a jazz feel than the background track known as “Thanatos.”

“Komm, susser Tod” translates into “Come, Sweet Death” in English. This song appears in The End of the Evangelion film during the beginning of the Human Instrumentality Project. Hideaki Anno wrote the original Japanese lyrics for this song, and it was adapted into English by Mike Wyzgowski. When watching The End of Evangelion, the sound of the song just sounds wrong when you realize it’s playing while the end of the world is taking place. The lyrics work, but the sonic sound just seems a little too happy for what’s going on; the dichotomy of the visuals and the music really makes the viewer take notice of this scene. I still enjoy this song, though, even if it is the longest song on the CD.

“Jesus bleibet meine Freude” is the background music of the ending song from episode 26 of the television series, “Take care of yourself.” This track was used on the video, LD, and DVD release of the series. This is another classical piece.

There’s quite a variety of sounds and styles that appear on this disc, although the latter half of the CD seems to focus more on the classical pieces and the slower songs. Sometimes the changes can be a little jarring, but considering how varied the music was that appeared in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, this really can’t be helped.

Admittedly, Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact is nowhere near a complete collection of music from the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, so this CD probably won’t hold much appeal to die-hard fans of the franchise. However, if you’re a more casual fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion, then this CD should provide you with most of the songs from the franchise that you would know and be interested in. It makes for a nice overview of the music from the franchise, at the very least.

However, it should be noted that Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact is now out of print. If you’d like to add this soundtrack CD to your music collection, then I would suggest checking out websites and brick and mortar stores that sell used CDs and see if you can find a good deal for this release.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact that my husband and I purchased.