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Gurren Lagann, Eva iPhone Apps: Keep a Virtual Yoko!

Why is the Gurren Lagann app so cool and functional, and the Evangelion ones so...not?

I came upon this originally on Gainax's website this morning and then noted that ANN says the app is available in the United States-- a company called Media Magic has launched apps for Gurren Lagann and Evangelion, and they're a bit more involved than the Eva apps from Appliya (which were still pretty fun-lookin'). Well...the Gurren Lagann one is, anyway.
 Geez, guys, don't look too excited or anything.
 Geez, guys, don't look too excited or anything.
The Gurren Lagann app features a virtual Yoko, and yes, you can touch her a la Doki Doki Majou Shinpan and see how she responds...it's probably a good thing that your iWhatever can't be programmed to hit you. The program also factors in time of day and special events. It also has an address book with Gurren Lagann icons and there may also be some hidden secrets as well! Sounds pretty fun to me.

The Evangelion app features Rei as a morose weather reporter. Which...honestly doesn't sound all that exciting to me, although I do like to keep up on the local weather reports. Apparently this app will require a monthly subscription.

Another Eva app features a 3D EVA unit...but to get anything really cool out of it you apparently have to visit the junior high school in Hakone (outside Tokyo) that inspired the school's design in Evangelion, and point your camera at the right place on the right day and the EVA-01 will appear on your screen. (There are also going to be Eva 2.22 screenings at the gym in May.) Which is kinda neat in theory but probably not very useful for our readers, who are primarily in North America.

That said, while ANN says that these apps are available in the US, I would be surprised if either was actually in English, so consider yourself warned.

...That said, I wish I had some kind of iPhone emulator so I could play with the Yoko app. If any of you do, let us know how it goes!    
cfatalison April 21, 2010 at 8:40 a.m.
@gia: i will download the yoko app just to see how it goes
Chibi_Kajion April 21, 2010 at 8:48 a.m.
 If I ever get an iphone that that Yoko app wil be the first thing I download
ShadowKnight508 moderator on April 21, 2010 at 9:05 a.m.
Nice...if I can ever afford a iPhone with my limited college funding, I would get the Yoko app....I am currently watching Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Episode 7) and I love it.
KiraIsLon April 21, 2010 at 9:17 a.m.
Sorry the only iphone emulator I have used is the one I use to program for it. Seen a few others though. 
@ShadowKnight508: Have fun with gurren lagann, check out the movies if you can as well.
Might check these apps out myself.
Zippyon April 21, 2010 at 11:11 a.m.
Good news is the Gurren Lagann app. is in english; however, aside from zooming in to get a better look at Yoko I really haven't figured out much about the app. Perhaps that's enough though. :P
sotyfan16on April 21, 2010 at 3:35 p.m.

No way I'm paying $5! Well, one because I don't have the money and two, I'm too busy to worry about a virtual friend. I did not find the Rei app though. 
 
@Zippy: From reading the description you have to touch here repeatedly in certain places to get her to make you her friend. The time of day and what day it is also affect outcomes. You can lose friendship points, too.

Halberdierv2on April 22, 2010 at 9:20 a.m.
@Chibi_Kaji said:
"  If I ever get an iphone that that Yoko app wil be the first thing I download "
well, maybe not the first, but it would be up there.
John_Martoneon April 22, 2010 at 1:49 p.m.
I dunno. Like, I don't want an iPhone, but I love all the dumb apps. Probably because i don't own an iPhone and am not exposed to them. If I could buy them, I'm sure I'd never get around to it.
gdc_toushi89on April 22, 2010 at 8:35 p.m.
I hope they make the same app for the Android market...

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