The Japan Racing Association (JRA) began streaming two new horse-racing commercials featuring an Evangelion horse hybrid. Kotono Mitsuishi, the voice of the Evangelion anime’s Misato, narrates these commercials as she did for the first ones and the Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo next-episode previews that inspired these ads. Check them out after the jump.
The first ad, “A Horse’s Battle, A Man’s Battle,” shows the “Eva-Impact” racing with real-life jockey Yutaka Take at the controls. “Eva-Impact” is a humanoid thoroughbred developed by JRA and Nerv as the “Final Battle Weapon Type Horse.” Eva-Impact was born from the combination of Nerv technology and DNA extracted from legendary horses with a 150-year lineage. The fall of the Spear of Longinus triggered the development of this weapon.
The second new ad promotes Tennō Sho race as part of the Evangelion tie-in campaign called “JRA Instrumentality Project.” The official site has a “u:MAGI” section that introduces the basics of horse-racing to newcomers. The u:MAGI section draws inspiration from the anime’s MAGI supercomputer and uses “Synchro Rate” and other Evangelion keywords to explain horse-racing terms.