It’s safe to say that Evangelion has a fair number of fans, both in Japan and all around the world. But who is the biggest fan of them all? That’s what this latest Evangelion competition aims to find out, and it’s offering the winner the chance to see the latest Evangelion 3.0+1.0 movie before anyone else.
The competition was announced during BSTV’s late-night Evangelion program ‘NERV Purchasing Department 4th BS Branch,’ which aims to deliver the latest Evangelion information directly to fans in anticipation of the upcoming fourth and final ‘Rebuild’ movie.
Presenters of the show Arino Shinya and Sakura Inagakisaki might be big fans of Evangelion themselves, but the show’s latest Evangelion competition is out to determine who the ‘no. 1 Eva fan’ might be.
Fans are invited to enter the competition by taking out a real Japanese job application form or resume and filling out with details of their Evangelion fandom – including key dates, how they get into their series, and their favorite characters – before sending it off to BSTV. You can see presenter Sakura Inagakisaki’s completed form below:
Fans must also send off a 400 character, 2-page ‘essay’ on the theme of ‘Evangelion and Me’ to be in with a chance of winning that coveted prize of seeing Evangelion 3.0+1.0 before anyone else. Again, you can see the first page of Inagakisaki’s completed essay below:
The prize will then go out to the ‘no. 1 Eva fan’ that demonstrates the ‘strongest love’ for the franchise through their job application form and essay, which is why BSTV is requiring them for entry into this particular Evangelion competition. I wonder, though, if this is an efficient method.
After all, Evangelion is practically a Japanese national treasure at this point, meaning that there are tens of thousands, if not millions of Evangelion fans in Japan alone. Surely BSTV won’t have the time to sift through all of the entries to the competition, and the experiences of each Evangelion fan in that quantity probably won’t seem all that amazing or compelling when stacked up against each other.
The fact that the competition is offering as coveted a prize as getting to see Evangelion 3.0+1.0 early surely means, in turn, that a fair number of fans will put aside the time to apply – even if it might take a while to do all that writing.
So, who will end up becoming the ‘No. 1 Eva fan’? We’ll just have to wait until the results of BSTV’s Evangelion competition are announced to see, but, in the meantime, you’re very welcome to put in your own application. Details can be found on BSTV’s official website.