Tagged: Neon Genesis Evangelion

RD Eva Unit 01 Review

By Loran

Okay, time for an unpopular opinion: I don’t like Evangelion.

I mean, okay, it has plenty of aspects that I like. I like the look of the EVAs themselves, I like the world, but the characters and the whole “deep” story just annoy me. I guess I’m too much of a traditionalist when it comes to my giant robot shows. That’s not to say I don’t like intellectual giant robot shows—far from it, but when you do all sorts of symbolism and crap just for the sake of having it… I don’t know it just bugs me. Especially when you have one of the most annoying main characters ever.

But I digress… especially since I’ve been genuinely enjoying the movies.

I’ve set a goal for myself: Get as many “main character” robots as I can for a Super Robot Wars group, preferably around the same height. As a result, it looks like I’ll be going for quite a few Robot Damashii and Super Robot Chogokin releases—I’m not complaining, they’re both great toylines!

Representing Evangelion I have the movie version of EVA-01, which, well, isn’t that much different from the regular EVA-01 in terms of color scheme. But hey, I like having the most recent versions of designs. It’s a very well-put-together figure, coming in quite tall and lean, standing pretty tall above my only other RD figure. But I’d expect no less from an EVA.

The paint applications are INCREDIBLY nice. I was expecting to see some poorly painted or smudged edges, but for the most part this toy is really clean.

I really like the proportions on the arms. Merchandise of the EVA units usually end up with arms that are too long (the model kits) or too short (the Revoltechs). But here, they seem to get at just the right length.

The torso is very… wormy, if I could use that word. The various segments help it achieve a very wide range of poses, which help for its next feature…

…the alternate head. Berserk mode, of course. Personally, I prefer having a figure with a hinged jaw, but those can break easily. Also, the head swapping can be kind of… scary. It’s hard to get out, and I’m always afraid I’m going to break it by accident. Two sets of removable horns are included, one in soft plastic and the other in hard plastic. I much prefer the hard plastic ones in this case.

The feet use rocker joints, which also really help with dynamic posing, since with these, the figure can actually stand!

Though, I do find the hip joints to be quite hideous, and they aren’t the most stable. I actually popped one of them out when I was first fiddling with it. I mean, they function well enough, but my god they’re ugly.

A whopping thirteen hands are included with this figure! Geez, it’s like I bought a figuart instead. Unfortunately, like some figuarts, switching them can be a pain. I actually popped one of the wrist joints in half. Oops.

Its weapon compliment is light, but you do get doubles, so you can have it dual-wield machine guns of knives. Naturally, the plug is included as well, but I really wish they’d put an end on these things. I hate how they always just end up trailing off in the distance without something to come out of.

But the crown jewel accessory is the AT Field. This thing is awesome. It’s meant to be “ripped open” by Berserker EVA-01, and comes on its own little tamashii stage. It’s a great accessory, and a big draw to the figure, in my opinion.

The Robot Damashii EVA-01 is a great figure, and I’d say is a pretty good introduction to the line’s non-Gundam figures. I’ll definitely try to get the other three sometime. Remember to come to FPNYC for all your Tamashii Nation needs!

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Phantasmagorical Fantasy

June is really proving to be quite the month for manga collecting! Another really full week is ahead of us, fellow otaku, so loosen those purse strings and get ready for excitements such as new Soul Eater, Higurashi, 20th Century Boys, NGE: Campus Apocalypse, and of course, Full Metal Alchemist. There are even some great reprints in store, like the Phoenix Wright manga, or Tenjo Tenge, and the first omnibus version of Negima. Suffice to say that it seems like this week’s grand theme for manga is fantasy and the unreal. Well, more unreal than what’s standard for manga, anyway. Continue reading

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Where Studio Gainax is King

By Shannon H

Not too much coming out this week, but at least everything we got is a title that is worth writing home about. First and foremost, there is volume 16 of the sci-fi epic, Gantz. For those who live under a rock, Gantz is a futuristic tale about two friends who are killed in a train accident and are then thrust into  sort of post-mortum “game” fighting aliens, recruiting them for missions whenever they are needed and allowing them to continue their everyday lives when they are not. If you’re into ridiculous sci-fi action with a nice helping of intrigue and extraterrestrial invasion on the side, Gantz is definitely the series for you. I mean, with alien dinosaurs how could you possibly go wrong?

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It’s A Rumic World, People!

by Shannon H.

The manga gods (aka Japan) have bestowed upon us some pretty badass titles this week. There is a new volume of the Neon Genesis Evangelion: Raising Shinji Ikari project to help satiate you until Evangelion 2.2 drops on DVD and Blu-Ray later this month, as well as another issue of Dogs, Detroit Metal City and Twin Spica, to name a few. There is even a new addition to Arata, which is the first foray into shonen by Fushigi Yuugi creator, Yuu Watase, and is a great spin on the fantastical shoujo she is already famous for.

But that’s not what we’re here to talk about today. Today, we are going to talk about the new volume of Rin-Ne, Rumiko Takahashi and why she’s awesome. If you have no idea what I’m on about, then you better keep reading, or you’ll lose your otaku card on the spot: I will be the one to personally take it from you. Continue reading

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Review: Figma Makinami Mari Illustrious

By Christopher Troy


Wait, another Mari review?!  Didn’t we just do one of these like 6 months ago?

Yes and no! That was Revoltech Mari. Well the first one at least. This is the Max Factory Figma Maria., she is completely different! Also, FUNimation has Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance currently in theaters, so this review ties into the newest Figma we have on our shelves quite nicely! Also worth noting is that the DVD drops on standard/Blu Ray this April, so if you miss it this week, you can buy it in like 3 months.

Wait, so how many Mari figures does this make in your collection?

I fail to see how that’s important….

There’s 3 right there, not to mention the 2 non-pose-able figurines you have. Looks like you have a bit of an obsession….so why is this figure so special, especially when nerds like you are out there with the 1 or 2 Mari figures Revoltech released?

Great question! Some people just prefer Figmas over Revoltechs and vice versa. Some, of us, may have a slight obsession with the character, and need to pick up nearly every variant of her in existence. Continue reading

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There’s No Such Thing As Too Much NGE

By Mat K.

Okay, well maybe there is, I mean I really could have done without Angelic Days, and I’m pretty sure The Shinji Ikari Raising Project was only a step above that, (by the way, if you didn’t know NGE means Neon Genesis Evangelion, which is frankly too long a title to fit anywhere other than body text). The reason I’m bringing up Evangelion is because, that’s right, there’s a brand new series! Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse releases this week. Written and illustrated by someone only known as Ming Ming, which I sincerely hope is a pen name, or at least just a first name, this is a whole new spin on the fave series. In this new vision Shinji Ikari’s parents are gone, and he lives with his legal guardian, Ryoji Kaji, while attending the private NERV Academy. But no one ever told Shinji about its secrets . . . or that he’d find his fellow students Kaworu, Rei, and Asuka out on the streets late at night-fighting with sword, spear, and whip against an enemy that looks very human, but who Kaworu insists are beings called the Angels.

There is plenty of other good things this week as well, which is great considering how noting has come out for the last two weeks. This is also a huge week for Tokyopop, which makes me think Viz is going to dominate next week. There is another series premiering this week that looks really cute and I think deserves some attention. Hoshi No Witch (aka Witch In The Artemis), by Yui Hara. Before his death, Kazuki’s father told many stories about Artemis, a magical star not unlike their own, Planet. Continue reading

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