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Evangelion kimono combine modern and traditional Japanese beauty

Survey being held to determine which of six different furisode designs will go into production.

Next month will mark four years since the theatrical release of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, the third of the four theatrical features that compose the Rebuild of Evangelion, a mysterious remake and/or sequel to the giant robot anime TV series and associated movies from the late 1990s. Creator and director Hideaki Anno recently apologized to fans for the delay in bringing Rebuild’s finale to theaters, but offered no timetable as to when it’ll be finished, and so the waiting continues.

With no new animation being released, Evangelion has taken a break from obfuscating to flex its muscles in its other areas of expertise: marketing and merchandising. During the wait for the fourth Rebuild film, we’ve seen Evangelion cheeseburgers, lingerie, and bullet trains. Seriously, what’s next? Evangelion kimono?

Precisely.

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Tokyo Otaku Mode’s latest fashionable endeavor is the Evangelion Full Graphic Kimono. The striking fabric patterns were prepared by Niigata Prefecture-based digital print company Digina, and features Evangelon’s core cast on technologically inspired fields in the hues of their respective image colors.

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This particular style of kimono, with long-flowing sleeves, is called furisode, and is predominantly worn by young women. In contrast to futuristic Digina, the garments’ sewing will be handled by Assistar, a Hiroshima kimono tailor founded more than 70 years ago.

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Such craftsmanship doesn’t come cheap, and the Evangelion kimono, with a limited run of 100 units, are expected to retail in the neighborhood of 200,000 yen (US$1,940), a similar price point to non-anime-themed high-end kimono.

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Tokyo Otaku Mode has yet to officially decide which designs will go into production, and is taking a survey on its website to help it make the selection. The survey can be found here, so even if you’re not in a position to buy one of these wearable pieces of anime art, you can still help choose which ones come into existence.

Source, images: Tokyo Otaku Mode

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Evangelion watches, because smart watches are so yesterday…

Stay connected with 21st century watches featuring images and designs from one of world’s most popular anime.

For most of us not living in Japan, when you hear the name Epson, all you think about are printers. So upon learning that Epson has a popular line of watches called Smart Canvas, you might think you are in some crazy alternate universe — but fear not, you’re just in this great place called Japan.

Epson’s line of “smart” watches won’t let you check any apps or sync with your phone, but they will allow you to look incredibly stylish with an assortment of instantly recognizable characters and brands.

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Their latest release is an Evangelion collaboration that features two watches, one for the organization that created the Evangelions, NERV, and the other for fan favorite Fifth Child, Kaworu Nagisa. These beautiful watches use Epson’s E-ink (the same technology used in Pebble watches) to display characters and scenes familiar to Evangalion fans.

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The thrill of these watches is that the images change as the day wears on. Almost every time you look at the watch you are going to see something different. The number of pictures stored in the watch is a closely guarded Epson secret, so you may never know if you’ve seen them all. Epson also promises unique scenes for special days of the year so you will have a good reason to keep checking your wrist.

Each Evangelion-themed watch comes with its own six modes, which are two more than most of Epson’s other Smart Canvas watches. Each mode displays the time along with a theme-appropriate image.

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Type: NERV

Active Time Mode – mimicking the display used when the Evangelion Units are running off battery power
Angel Mode – displays the angel number
EVA Unit Mode – displays the time with various Evangelion Units
Electric Tower Mode – for the power tower lovers out there
Synchro Mode – displays the time with the synchro graphic in low light and inverted display
Desktop Mode – shows the time, temperature, and date, displaying them in a different orientation so you can put the watch on your desk

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Type: Kaworu

Kaworu Mode – displays random shots of Kaworu with the time
Moon Mode – shows various pictures of the moon while displaying the date and time
Piano Mode – Kaworu’s instrument, along with the date and time
Hexagon Mode – displays the overlapping hexagons which are used during emergencies
DSS Choker Mode – displays the item that Kaworu puts on himself to get Shinji to trust him, though it may be a little difficult to read
Desktop Mode – same as the NERV desktop mode

For those who want to customize their watch a little more, the NERV version has two styles of bands, while the Kaworu version has a choice of three bands. Plus, like all Epson Smart Canvas’, these are limited editions, so each watch comes with a laser-etched production number on the back. The watches are also waterproof for “everyday life”, so you can probably expect them to survive a little rain.

The watches are only available in Japan, so if you are a Neon Genesis Evangelion fan living overseas, you are going to have to import one on your own(of course preferably  through our humble company). Fortunately, you have time for planning since they don’t go on sale until January 28, 2016, which should be just enough time to decide which version to buy. But you better start saving up because one watch will cost you 25,000 yen (US $206) and the extra bands will run you 4,500 yen ($37.20) each.

Source & Images: Epson Japan (1, 2)

Evangelion SIM-free smartphones and life-sized figures on sale at 7-Eleven

Oh yeah today must be Evangelion day with yet another newsworthy article,

Convenience stores around the world are known for stocking everyday items like toiletries, magazines, snacks and soft drinks.

But in Japan, the konbini is also a place to send and receive deliveries, buy movie and theatre tickets, and pick up a life-sized Eva doll and Evangelion SIM-free smartphone.

For a limited time, from 31 October to 12 November, three of the stars from the enormously popular Evangelion franchise will be available for purchase by lottery from 7-Eleven for a whopping 1,728,000 yen (US$14, 402) each. Weighing in at 35 kilograms (77 pounds), all the life-sized figurines feature a serial number at the base on which they stand.

▼ Rei Ayanami stands at 158 centimetres (5.2 feet) tall.

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▼ Coming in one centimetre shorter, at 157 centimetres tall, is Asuka Langley Shikinami.

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▼ Kaworu Nagisa joins the girls, standing at 166 centimetres in height.

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Despite the surprisingly hefty price tag, with only 15 of each character available, ardent fans will make sure these walk out the door as fast as the 30,000 special smartphones on sale for 84,240 yen ($702.91).

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Called the SH-M02-EVA20, the Sharp phone comes kitted out with a whole range of extra features in addition to the special purple-and-green case, orange side buttons and hologram design of Shinji’s Evangelion Unit 01 robot on the rear.

▼ A specially designed widget takes its cues from the anime series to keep you updated on your reception and battery life.

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▼ A different wallpaper is delivered to your phone every day for a year.

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▼ Sounds from the series and original character voices from cast members are included, meaning you can have Misato Katsuragi alert you to new emails or greet you with a “wake up!” in the morning.

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To check out all the phone’s features, take a look at the short video below.

Applications for the phone will be accepted from 2 November. Make sure you get in quick because the chance to own a unit like this is one both humans and mecha wouldn’t want to miss!

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Source: ITmedia
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Evangelion x Japanese Sword dolls take a trip to traditional Japan with katana blades and kimono

It’s been 20 years since the critically acclaimed Evangelion series first came to life on the small screen, and to this day it remains one of the most successful animated series to ever come out of Japan.

With such a dedicated legion of fans, the merchandising has been off the hook, with everything from burgers to lingerie and even a bullet train getting the Eva treatment. But amongst all this, there’s one special limited-edition range that’s really striking a chord with Japanese fans, as it takes the tough, sexy heroines of the series out of their futuristic battle cockpits and re-imagines them as katana sword-wielding ladies in kimono.

Evangelion first stepped back in time with a promotional crossover that involved a Japanese sword exhibition featuring Eva-styled blades, even a Lance of Longinus, created by some of the country’s best swordsmiths. Soon afterwards, a tie-in doll series from toy maker Takara Tomy was announced, with three of the female stars from the series chosen to walk the path of a doll in traditional kimono, with decorative blades by their side for protection.

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The Asuka Langley Shikinami with Japanese Sword doll was the first to appear on the market, with September pre-orders priced at 16,200 yen (US$135.12) and delivery scheduled for January 2016.

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Asuka’s tanto, or short blade, is taken from a design used by the samurai class of feudal Japan. It includes a red scabbard, to match the colour of her plugsuit in the series, and a Nerv display stand.

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Asuka cuts a pretty figure in the red, peony-patterned kimono, complete with shoes, Eva-style hair accessories and an obi kimono sash around her waist adorned with the A.T. field design.

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The second character to appear in the three-part series is Mari Makinami Illustrious, currently available for preorders from the Takara Tomy website for 16,200 yen.

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She keeps her trademark glasses and “twin tail” pig-tail hairstyle for this traditional look.

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Mari’s short blade is shaped more like a dagger and is dressed up in a pink and black scabbard complete with the Nerv logo.

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Her pink kimono features a lily pattern and an A.T. field obi sash.

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The third girl to join Asuka and Mari in traditional attire will be crowd favourite Rei. While her release date and other details are yet to be revealed, we have a feeling we know what colour her kimono will be…

Let us remind you that Takara Tomi doesn’t accept payment from outside Japan and therefore doesn’t ship outside Japan……..now in case you throw your evangalion mouse through your monitor in utter disgust….hold on to your mouse and click here !

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Final Evangelion movie coming in December, claims quote from Japanese magazine

Depending on how you do the math, anime fans have now been waiting somewhere between three and 20 years for the upcoming, and supposedly final, Evangelion movie. The franchise began as a TV series in 1995, with its most recent installment, the third film in the Rebuild of Evangelion reboot and/or sequel, having debuted in Japanese theaters in 2012.

A release date has yet to be officially announced for the fourth Rebuild movie, but a weekly Japanese news magazine recently published a quote from an industry insider who claims he knows when the last Eva film is finally coming out.

There’s a lot of A-list talent involved in the Rebuild of Evangelion films. First off, there’s series creator Hideaki Anno, arguably the most respected director in anime now that Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki is retired. There’s also Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, who’s been providing Eva’s human art since the very beginning, and whose career as a character designer has lasted almost 30 years at this point.

Even the soundtrack boasts big-name stars, as all three of the presently released Rebuild movies have featured theme songs by Hikaru Utada, one of the most celebrated acts in Japanese music history. Utada’s commitment to the Eva movie series is so strong that even after the singer went into hiatus at the end of 2010, she still wrote, produced, arranged, and performed the song “Sakura Nagashi” to be used as the theme for 2012’s Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.

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Depending on how you do the math, anime fans have now been waiting somewhere between three and 20 years for the upcoming, and supposedly final, Evangelion movie. The franchise began as a TV series in 1995, with its most recent installment, the third film in the Rebuild of Evangelion reboot and/or sequel, having debuted in Japanese theaters in 2012.

A release date has yet to be officially announced for the fourth Rebuild movie, but a weekly Japanese news magazine recently published a quote from an industry insider who claims he knows when the last Eva film is finally coming out.

There’s a lot of A-list talent involved in the Rebuild of Evangelion films. First off, there’s series creator Hideaki Anno, arguably the most respected director in anime now that Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki is retired. There’s also Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, who’s been providing Eva’s human art since the very beginning, and whose career as a character designer has lasted almost 30 years at this point.

Even the soundtrack boasts big-name stars, as all three of the presently released Rebuild movies have featured theme songs by Hikaru Utada, one of the most celebrated acts in Japanese music history. Utada’s commitment to the Eva movie series is so strong that even after the singer went into hiatus at the end of 2010, she still wrote, produced, arranged, and performed the song “Sakura Nagashi” to be used as the theme for 2012’s Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.

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