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Behold The Official EVANGELION Smartphone!

It lets you pretend you're piloting an EVA, and possibly saving the world, too.

There still doesn’t seem to be a ton of sense in doing a four-part, back-to-back movie series where the installments are released with years-long breaks in between. Granted, a lot of this is a result of unexpected delays and whatnot, but it was a still a uniquely uncertain situation to walk out of EVANGELION 2.0 and be told that movie #3 would be coming out sometime eventually instead of getting some firm date or even a general release window.

Nevertheless, 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO is supposed to be out this fall in Japan (with an American presumably following soon after) and an official EVANGELION smartphone is being made available in anticipation of that.

ANN has got the details on the doohickey, which boasts…

  • An interface that makes you feel like you’re piloting an EVA.
  • A mini-game that lets you feel like you’re fighting the 8th evil alien angel with that EVA.
  • A custom panel cover to make you feels like this has been issued to you by NERV.
  • A two-minute-long 3D EVANGELION video to break the illusion a little, perhaps.

Peep the video below to see this gadget on the go…

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DXmagmaon May 3, 2012 at 4:38 p.m.

But you have to drink orange pop while you use it or it won't work. Y'know, adds to the authenticity.

zaldaron May 3, 2012 at 5:07 p.m.

So does it cost thousands of dollars? There was an eva phone once that cost like 5,000 dollars once I believe...and it sold out in a week. The japanese are truly crazy in many ways.

AURON570on May 3, 2012 at 10:06 p.m.

I wouldn't be able to tell it was an evangelion phone if the logo+name were covered and no one told me so. Needs to have color schemes based off the eva units! This just looks like someone smacked on a machine-looking skin onto an smartphone and modded their UI.

FoxxFireArt moderator on May 3, 2012 at 10:49 p.m.

Granted, a lot of this is a result of unexpected delays and whatnot, but it was a still a uniquely uncertain situation to walk out of EVANGELION 2.0 and be told that movie #3 would be coming out sometime eventually instead of getting some firm date or even a general release window.

But isn't that the same issue we have with movies in the US. You come out and never really know when the next are come out. This just shows that the length between Japanese and US releases are becoming more and more narrow. Just look at what's going on with anime? Many series come out for streaming in the US hours after they air in Japan with full subtitles.

The UI of this phone looks really cool.

sotyfan16on May 4, 2012 at 4:07 a.m.

Damn that phone looks cool. But it also looks freaking huge. Has to be like a 5" screen or something. I'd like to know a price even though I won't get it.

I'm betting the US will see a limited subtitled release of 3.0 in the Spring or Summer of next year with hopefully a dub BD release in time for Christmas.

jnw93on May 4, 2012 at 8:28 a.m.

phone looks cool mite be my next if its works as good as a HTC

sickVisionz moderator on May 4, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.

Phone looks decent and it's about time they finally are using modern day form factors. The prior two were crappy flip phones that came out like 4 years after smartphones had completely dominated the market.

US BD for the movie will probably be about 11 months after the Japanese BD release, which is how the prior two movies came out. I really wish they would do a small theatrical run closer to the JP theatrical release, even if it was subtitled only.

Marshal Victoryon May 4, 2012 at 1:59 p.m.

If i had to have a phone with smarts i think that is the one i would want.But no coverage where i am at means no need :/

DCypheron May 7, 2012 at 3:25 a.m.

0.0

/want

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