Evangelion Film Strips Auctioning for Up to Y152,000 (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The DVDs for the Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone film remake just went on sale on April 25, but the film strips that come bundled with the special edition sets are already fetching online auction bids of up to 30,001 yen (about US$287) each. Each 5,985-yen (US$57) special edition set includes about five frames of film — clipped from film reels that were actually used in last year's theatrical screenings. With only about 300,000 special edition sets produced, a film strip that happens to show a popular character or scene is commanding high auction bids.
As of Monday afternoon (Japan Standard Time), the highest current Yahoo! Auctions Japan bid is 30,001 yen for a film strip depicting the character Misato after she downs a can of beer. Not far behind is a 29,800-yen (about US$285) opening price for a film strip (pictured at right) of the pilots Shinji and Rei just before Shinji boards the EVA-01 unit for the first time. The next highest is a 26,000-yen (US$248) film strip of a smiling Rei just after she ejects from her damaged EVA-00 unit. A film strip showing a naked Kaworu — a scene newly created for the movie remake — stands at 25,000 yen (US$239) with one day remaining in its auction.
Update: An auction for a different film strip of a smiling Rei has ended at 152,000 yen (about US$1,460). Thanks, dormcat.