Live Action Evangelion Not April Fools’ After All?


It has been reported that the jolly April 1st Evangelion poll held by Yahoo! Japan, in which users were given the chance to select which actors they felt most appropriate for a supposed Evangelion live action movie production, may not be so fanciful after all.


Yahoo! Japan initially asked visitors to vote for the cast that they would most like to see featured in the “live action adaptation”; this was soon identified as an April 1st event.

However, Asahi TV later confirmed that they would be going ahead with the production of live action images, using the top voted cast if they could manage it.

This will not be a movie though; instead it appears a short casting clip or photo shoot using the cast (presumably cosplaying) is intended, strictly as part of the promotion of the upcoming animated feature.

As of now, the highest voted actors and their likenesses are as follows:


Via ITMedia.

We have to wonder whether a live action adaptation is not at the back of their minds after all…

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    Comment by halotoo
    10:42 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should put Kipi as Asuka, boy would I love to see her in a red plug suit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:36 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just came off of Gendo's picture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    heh, that guy playing gendo ikari looks like dr. house.

    omg, horikita maki and erika toda... hope they can play the role.

    Comment by twin blades
    13:07 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck! ive never heard of any of these actors. but holy shit abe looks like gendo!

    Comment by Youfan
    17:42 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Using Japanese actors~?? (O_O)

    AWESOOMMEEEE~!! (O_o)b

    Comment by zeeohsix
    18:31 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    there's this old footage of Sharan Q on Asayan.
    one of the finalists is Abe Natsumi and they tell her she looks like Rei Ayanami.

    she really does with that haircut but the way she talks seems dead on. she doesn't know what the hell they are talking about

    that was when she was 16.
    nacchi now is way different.

    Comment by Ido
    16:50 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've seen everyone of those actors in a role that could fit their current assigned role! I don't know all of them very well though..

    I know Horikita Maki could be an excellent mysterious and dark Rei (although she doesn't like those roles as she mentioned in Nobuta wo Produce I think XD)
    Hiroshi Abe will be a perfect fit, since he's used playing bossy to very obnoxious roles that the Gendou role will ask of him.
    The last and only role I've seen Matsuyuki Yasuko in was to be a rather vulgar bitch who's drunk on death if she can get in Ritsuko's character I guess she could do it lol.
    Matsushima Nanako was the main support character in the live action adaptation of GTO, so I guess she can do another like that~

    The rest are those that I know what they did but can't put a finger how they acted. Hope they're good XD

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    14:57 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Me want Aya Ueto as Maya Ibuki and Joe Odagiri as Ryoji Kaji.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    None of them look remotely close due to mismatched hair/eye color.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wait a minute....REI Ayanami= Maki??

    Most of the time Ayanami is nude(much of her clones usually) right???

    Horita Maki nude *drools*

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats why she would make an excellent choice for Rei. Looking forward to see 'more' of her ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Other than Japanese Drama, if you are a J-Horror fan like me, you will recognize Maki from the movie 'Chakushin Ari 3' (aka One Missed Call 3). She was one of the two protagonists, and was probably her motion picture debut.

    Comment by zeeohsix
    18:38 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    jeezus christ

    i did a search for ayanami rei on yahoo images and there's this really fucked up cosplay guy

    Comment by rottenbottle
    03:21 13/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maki playing Rei good choice not so sure about Toda Erika though i hated her in Nobuta Wo Produce

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:33 09/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    柚木ティナ + bleached hair for asuka, problem solved.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:38 11/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i just realized that with hair dye and proper costumes, this would be BEYOND AWESOME

    Comment by petit-cheese
    20:36 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    With that cast, I'd watch it. Fuck yes to Kimiri Ryunosuke, Hiroshi Abe and Matsushima Nanako.

    Comment by hapkom
    11:34 11/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget about evangelion units. As I know, japaneese haven't got any money to make great sfx. plastic or 3ds_max angels? No way... Hollywood cjuld do it more professional and make over 9k sfx. Hovever, this jap casting = win

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    19:01 12/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go watch 20th Century Boys before accusing them of not knowing to do a live action 3D movie

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:52 22/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maria Ozawa should play Misato

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    01:17 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NNOOOOOOO not maki.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:48 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hiroshi Ade looks exactly like Gendou. I remeber seeing him in DragonZakura and saying hehe its Gendou.

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    Comment by Ghostchase
    19:19 27/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well at least Keanu Reeves isn't Shinji.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:53 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the one playing gendou sure looks the same lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 10/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought Hiroshi Abe was Robert Downey Jr. for a second.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 31/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Asuka actress = mega fail!

    she looks as german as the pyramids of Giza!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    I swear to God, if I see one more obviously Japanese actress as a suggestion for Asuka...

    Asuka is 3/4 Caucasian. She should have at most a hint of Asian features.

    This is one of the only good things about the fact that if there is eventually an EVA live-action adaptation, it's an American company that will be handling it.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    05:06 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nah, Weta one is made of fail already. The design looks too Tolkien and the characthers... Anno is right to remake the story as he saw fit

    Comment by Fadz
    21:47 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i can't resist commenting on this...NANAKO MATSUSHIMA and HIROSHI ABE!! I'm so gonna see this...definitely!!

    Comment by Carrie
    12:55 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, Abe is so freaking Gendo. Pretty good choices, I say. The venture reminds me of the brief pieces of live action with the voice actors that was in EoE: Renewal.

    That aside, I look forward to seeing this commercial.

    Comment by minakichan
    14:42 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Too bad Erika isn't white. But Erika and Maki?

    Fucking awesome.

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    Comment by Arokan
    04:44 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I could have sworn I saw the Weta character designs for a live action last year...

    Comment by sung gyu
    04:39 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hiroshi Abe reminds me of Hugh Laurie for some reason...

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    Comment by Dee
    21:22 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This cannot Phail!

    Comment by clannadfanboy132
    21:32 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy hell, the actor voted to play Gendou is PERFECT! The facial construction, the expression, everything. All he needs is Gendou glasses and a rugged beard and he's instantly recognizable by any Evangelion fan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's too young and handsome to play Gendou in my opinion. If he plays a young Gendou then maybe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:04 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no trust me, I've seen him in like 3 dramas, he's a really great actor. He was great in Dragonzakura, Kekkon dekinai otoko for instance.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    05:03 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, he was with KimuTaku in Hero

    Comment by ReG
    07:30 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    + "Hero" if I remember correctly..
    at this Dorama he play as public prosecutor..

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Abe isn't too young. He's about the right age. Gendo isn't some elderly infirm. Abe has a pretty imposing presence and I think he'll fit the role really well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:27 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gendo's 48. Abe is 40 something but he looks like he's in his 30s. Plus I never saw Gendou as an overly attractive man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:15 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hiroshi as Gendou really fits.

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    Comment by emc2trooper
    23:11 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    TOO OLD!!!!!!!!

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    Comment by LuZ
    20:12 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The starring is good-looking too!!!

    Comment by anon
    20:06 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow,thats some killer line up
    its almost as powerful as ocean 11

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    Comment by apez1267
    05:13 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they r good but cant they hav actors actuly be lik the role they r trying 2 play, blond chick is suposed 2 b amarican or something so let an amarican or who ever play her and that should go the same for the others 2

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    23:28 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yo dude. Blond chick is Jap yo. Never watch eva yo?

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    Comment by mix
    19:58 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    who's that playing rei? never heard of her...
    she's kinda cute though.

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    Comment by kebrus
    06:30 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    doesn't look that cute to me :\
    the one playing asuka seems a lot more cute, judging only from these images

    PS: shinji's father cosplayer is spot on

    Comment by blade2577
    12:57 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She is but she has a special charm I guess not appealing to everyone she has short hair and very cute like.

    Comment by Joe
    21:21 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    woah never heard of Horikita Maki...guess your no Drama watcher

    Comment by blade2577
    12:56 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    DX I love Maki-chwuan. She hasnt starred in many but made lots of side roles and important ones. Seeing her as Rei is like awesomeness,I love Rei and Maki. I was so happy seeing in my ex fav, drama Densha Otoko as his lil sister. (noticed when rewatched)Then she's in Trick movie 2 which Trick is my fav, jdrama I was so happy. I also love Nobuta wo produce. and many...

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    Comment by mix
    04:18 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i hever watch any drama that she starred in. i've heard of the others though

    Comment by Tyris
    20:11 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's very popular in the Japanese Drama scene at the moment (or at least the past year). Starred in Hanazakari no Kimi Tachi e, Nobuta wo Produce, Kurosagi, among others... Very cute girl but unfortunately she's often used poorly (given no acting direction etc) which has her come across as a bit bland in some of her recent stuff... I'm sure she'd make a great Rei tho

    Comment by blade2577
    13:03 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hate to disagree but she has been given acting directions. If you see many makings of some series/movies she's often told how to do it many times. But yes recently she's been getting more weird roles... kinda hard for her to step up so much.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    21:24 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Basically, doing nothing but being mysterious would suit her nicely.
    And Toda Erika as the fiery Asuka sounds really fine. Ah~ I am jealous of the lead actor if they really do use them

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    Comment by Gantz_Playboy
    12:31 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I LOOOOVE ERika Toda! I would stick my meat in a jar of her sweat she's soo hot! Only the sexy firey best for my girl Asuka! Rei looks like a cutie! and I'd totally want to get drunk with Misato! Excellent choices!

    Comment by Evil Laugh
    01:19 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, never heard of her?
    you must've been living in underground XD

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