Animation producer-distributor GKIDS will issue the critically-acclaimed Neon Genesis Evangelion in an expansive, limited-run Ultimate Edition. The set includes the original 26-episode television series as well as the films Evangelion:Death (True)2 and The End of Evangelion, marking the first time Neon Genesis Evangelion will be available on Blu-ray in North America.
Strictly limited to 5,000 copies for North America, the Neon Genesis Evangelion: Ultimate Edition will be sold exclusively through the GKIDS Store (with a limit of one per customer), and is now available for pre-order at GKIDS.com/EVANGELION.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Ultimate Edition was created by fans as the definitive celebration of one of the most important and influential anime series of all time, featuring exclusive artwork, merch, a 156-page book, and over seven hours of bonus features. Spread over 11 discs, this set contains the Official Dub and Subtitled versions, and bonus Classic Dub and Subtitled versions.
For fans in the United Kingdom, the Neon Genesis Evangelion: Ultimate Edition is distributed by Anime Ltd. For more information, please visit evangelion.alltheanime.com. Fans, collectors and new audiences alike can look forward to August 30 for information on forthcoming editions.
GKIDS previously announced that it had acquired North American theatrical, home video, and EST rights to the critically-acclaimed masterwork. Created by Hideaki Anno, the Neon Genesis Evangelion television series is considered one of the most influential animated series of all time. Since its 1995 premiere in Japan, the story of teenager Shinji Ikari has remained one of the most iconic titles in animation history, and a global pop culture phenomenon.
Synopsis: In 2015, Tokyo-3 is under attack from “Angels,” extraordinary beings that possess various special abilities. Multipurpose Humanoid Decisive Weapon, Evangelion is the only method to counter these Angels, and Shinji Ikari is chosen as its pilot. The battle for the fate of humankind has begun. Exactly what are the Angels? What is destined for the young pilots? And what will become of humanity?
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Ultimate Edition details:
- Limited Edition Artwork: The Ultimate Edition is encased in a premium-quality rigid-board shoulder box featuring artwork never before released in North America. These renderings of Asuka and Rei were previously featured on the Japanese LaserDisc release, and are further accented with a hi-build UV treatment on the title and characters, with micromotion on the LCL around Rei. The set also includes two sturdy fold-out disc carriers featuring LaserDisc artwork of Shinji & Gendo on one with Misato & Kaji on the other.
- Bonus Classic Dub and Subtitled Versions: In addition to the Official Dub and Subtitled versions, there is an extra set of discs including the bonus Classic Dub and Subtitled versions for the 26-episode series, as well as the films Evangelion:Death (True)2 and The End of Evangelion.
- Companion Book: A perfect-bound 156-page book collects promotional posters and artwork, a glossary of Angels and EVA units, a timeline of key moments in the release of Neon Genesis Evangelion, full credit lists for each episode, detailed surveys of all 26 episodes, and more.
- Art Boards: Eleven double-sided 12×12” art boards are a high-quality replication of the full character-based artwork from the famed Japanese LaserDisc release. Printed on sturdy cardstock, these art boards are ready for wall display or additional framing.
- Sachiel Resin Paperweight: A limited edition resin paperweight modeled on Sachiel, the third Angel. Sachiel is the first Angel to appear in Neon Genesis Evangelion and emerges from the sea in Episode 1: “Angel Attack.” This paperweight was created exclusively for the Ultimate Edition. (Paper weight in photos is a sample image).
- NERV ID Card with Lanyard: Recreated from its appearance in Neon Genesis Evangelion, this double-sided guest ID card features the NERV organization logo and includes a reusable 450mm lanyard adorned with the Magi System’s signature “EMERGENCY” indicators. This ID Card and lanyard are created exclusively for the Ultimate Edition.