Reasonable good news for Japanese-impaired Neon Genesis Evangelion fans. Yesterday FUNimation announced to mirror the Japanese release scheme for the first part of the Rebuild of Evangelion film series, You Are (Not) Alone.
Meaning: the original 1.0 version will be screened in selected theaters, 1.01 will come on DVD this fall and the current 1.11 version will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Spring 2010.
The latter announcement should make _some_ of us pretty happy because until now, there’s no English subtitled Blu-ray Disc release of the film available. Unfortunately, FUNimation locks their Blu-ray Discs to Region A so we in Region B have to hope that maybe Manga Entertainment UK will bring this release to us like they did with Afro Samurai and soon Shigurui. However, I guess the main question is: What version number will our Japanese friends see next Spring when they even got ANOTHER version for the TV broadcast?!
Update: Here’s another TV Spot for Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance that was aired after the films broadcast: