2012 J-Pop Summit Festival Presents U.S. Premiere of Evangelion Pop-Up Museum

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Characters and cyborgs from the "Evangelion" series.

SAN FRANCISCO — New People, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, is proud to present the U.S. premiere of the Evangelion Pop-Up Museum as part of the 2012 J-POP Summit Festival.

This time-limited special exhibit, to be staged inside the venue’s third-floor Superfrog Gallery, launches on Saturday, August 25th and is co-produced by Nippon Television and NEW PEOPLE.

The 2012 J-POP Summit Festival commences with the theme of “Cyberpop Overload!” and will be held across San Francisco’s Japantown, in association with the Japantown Merchants Association, on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26.

General admission to the Evangelion Pop-Up Museum is $5 with re-entry stamp, but it will only run for the duration of the J-POP Summit Festival. Tickets will be available at the Superfrog Gallery on the day of the event. More information about the festival is available at www.j-pop.com/2012/.

The Evangelion Pop-Up Museum will offer an extensive collection of original concept and production art, character drawings and other key artifacts from the famed “Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone” and “Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance” film series. Anime/Manga and sci-fi fans are invited to enjoy this unique exhibit and catch a rare inside glimpse at how original drawings, computer graphics and animation for these films were created. A variety of rare and valuable Evangelion books, toys and collectables, and other items will also be on display.

“Evangelion is one of the most successful anime properties ever produced, and its massive international popularity approaches an almost religious following among fans,” says Seiji Horibuchi, the president/CEO of New People Inc. and chairman of the J-Pop Summit Festival Committee. “We are extremely honored to offer J-Pop Summit attendees this special opportunity to enjoy a wide range of captivating artwork and other rare artifacts from the show that have never been exhibited before outside Japan.”

In the 1.0 and 2.0 films, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari is called to Tokyo-3 by his father, whom he hasn’t seen in more than eight years. His father reveals to him a gigantic humanoid weapons system that the special governmental agency has secretly developed to fight alien invaders called Angels. He enlists Shinji to pilot the giant artificial human Evangelion Unit One.

In an explosive new storyline full of brutal action and primal emotion, a group of young pilots maneuver their towering, cyborg Eva Units into combat against a deadly and disturbing enemy. The third film of the series, “Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo,” is set for release in Japan this fall.

A variety of other pop-inspired attractions, including fashion shows, theatrical film premieres, live art performances, celebrity appearances, and mini-concerts by some of Japan’s hottest bands, are planned for the 2012 J-Pop Summit both inside the New People complex, 1746 Post St., and outdoors at the adjacent Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan streets. Innovative artists from Japan will join a variety of product merchants and food vendors from the Bay Area to offer an array of pop-inspired products and delicacies for sale in open air displays on both sides of Post Street, the main Japantown thoroughfare.

New People opened in 2009 and has become a unique must-see attraction of San Francisco’s cultural landscape. The 20,000-square-foot contemporary venue features the latest examples Japanese popular culture expressed though film, art, fashion, and a variety of specialty boutiques and ongoing monthly events. For more information, visit www.newpeopleworld.com.

 

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