Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance hit the DVD/Blu-ray shelves in Asia on Wednesday. To eager Eva fans in the west this means they’ll finally be able to watch the second installment of the Rebuild saga in crisp resolution, either by importing or snatching a DVDrip from the corners of the Internet.
Since early in the week quality DVD/BDrips have been trickling onto the web. Some without English subtitles, others using unsynchronized fansubs from the early and crumby CAM leaks (2.22 has new scenes). Private torrent sites are just beginning to be updated with proper releases. Soon quality rips will be widespread.
Those interested in importing 2.22, beware that the Japanese release lacks English subtitles. For subs you’ll want the Hong Kong release.
Or you can wait another year (or two) for the official North American/European release. Judging by how long it took Evangelion 1.0 to get to the states, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see a Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray of 2.22 before 2011.
Evanglion 1.0 DVD release dates….
Japan: April 28, 2008
North America: Nov 17, 2009
A 19 month wait. = (