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Director Hideaki Anno Draws Evangelion Unit-08 Gamma for Bonbori Festival

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Evangelion director Hideaki Anno drew a new Evangelion Unit-08 Gamma sketch on his bonbori paper lamp for the annual Bonbori Matsuri (Paper Lamp Festival) at Kamakura, Japan on August 1.

Anno traditionally contributes a lantern every summer to this festival. This year's art shows Evangelion Unit-08 Gamma, a new Eva unit that will appear in the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 film when it opens in June 2020. It is the final film Khara's revamp of Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series.

The Evangelion director's wife, manga creator Moyoco Anno (Sugar Sugar Rune, Sakuran), also contributed a lamp (pictured below) to the festival once again.

Studio Khara debuted the first 10 minutes and 40 seconds of the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 film on July 6. The Japan Expo event in Paris screened the video at a "Yoko Takahashi x Evangelion Stage" presentation. The video also screened at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, after a screening of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, and also screened in Shanghai during an Evangelion event in Jing'an District. Additionally, the video screened in six locations in Japan.

The first three films in the tetralogy, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance, and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, debuted in 2007, 2009, and 2012 respectively.

Netflix began streaming the original Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series as well as the Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion films on June 21.

Source: Minna no Eva Fan blog

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