Evangelion official portal app released for Android phones

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

An official portal application for Android devices called “Evangelion Communication Tools,” or “Eva Com” for short, was released on July 26, Khara Inc. and Groundworks announced.

The app automatically distributes latest information on the “Evangelion” anime franchise and enables fans to interact with each other, the companies said.

The app package also comes with a set of 10 applications that provides wallpapers, icons, ringtones and a clock widget, enabling Android phones to feature the world according to “Evangelion.”

It also offers a hashtag reader which allows users to read Twitter tweets related to the anime.

The app is available for 350 yen ($4.50) at the Android Market at (https://market.android.com/details?id=jp.androeva&hl=en).

The app is distributed by Evangelion Communication Project, which has released applications for smartphones under the supervision of Khara and Groundwork. Its previous titles include “Shitotataki” (whacking angels).

The latest app is the definitive edition of official Evangelion smartphone apps, serving as a must-have item for fans.

The app will be updated periodically, with an emphasis on expanding the communication functions, according to the companies.

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura, who make up the girl pop duo Puffy, or Puffy AmiYumi, will guest star on the popular “Usagi Drop” (Bunny Drop) animated TV series, the anime and Puffy’s official websites announced.

They will make an appearance in the form of anime characters in the ninth episode, which will air on Sept. 1, the websites said.

“Usagi Drop” is a popular anime show airing on Fuji Television Network Inc.’s “noitaminA” animation block and elsewhere. It revolves around a 30-year-old single man named Daikichi who becomes the guardian of Rin, his grandfather’s illegitimate 6-year-old daughter.

In the show, they will play instructors at the nursery school that Rin, and her friend Koki attend, they said.

After they recorded their lines, Ami and Yumi shared their excitement for their collaboration with the anime.

“I think our personality traits and vibes are expressed very well. You can see which one is Ami or Yumi when you look at the picture,” Yumi said. “I’m very nervous what you will think when our pictures are given life on the air.”

“But actually, that character is not speaking in a voice I imagined she would speak,” Ami said, laughing, of her character in the show. “I wanted her to speak in a prettier voice. …”

Ami also said she was overwhelmed to see how devoted the production staff members were. She even said she thought she should have enrolled in a voice acting class.

A big fan of “Usagi Drop,” Yumi said they were under pressure not to destroy the anime’s world.

Puffy is also popular outside Japan and has performed theme songs for many animated series. For “Usagi Drop,” they sing the main theme song titled “Sweet Drops.”

The song is also used as the theme song for the live-action adaptation of the anime, which is based on the manga of the same title by Yumi Unita. The movie will hit cinemas across the country on Aug. 20.

“I love the original manga, and the anime is such a good piece of work, and we sing the song as we conjure up their images in our minds,” Yumi said. “I’d be happy if you would think everything about it is great.”

“I think it will reach the hearts of girls our age, and we’d like men to see how Daikichi lives his life,” Ami said. “This is a kind of work that is not only fun but also a little thought-provoking.”

Visit the anime’s website at (http://www.usagi-drop.tv).

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