The Evatchi (エヴァっち) (에바치 in Korean), also known as the Multipurpose Egg Shaped Decisive Weapon Evatchi (汎用卵型決戦兵器 エヴァっち) (범용 난형 결전병기 에바치) is a licensed Tamagotchi Nano model based on the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was released in Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong on June 13th, 2020. It was released in the USA on April 2, 2021. It retains its original Japanese design, packaging and programming, with English instructions available on Bandai's official site.
The Evatchi uses a new ball chain similar to that of the Pac-Man Tamagotchi, but the chain length is smaller and the balls are bigger, making it the same length as previous Nano ball chains. The front of the Evatchi retains the same molding used on previous Nano models, instead of the new one featured on the Pac-Man Tamagotchi. Unlike previous models, the Evatchi is made in Vietnam.
The story of Evangelion takes place fifteen years after a global cataclysm known as the Second Impact. The protagonists are teenagers that are tasked with piloting robots called "Evangelion" to fight monsters known as "Angels" at the behest of the shadowy organization called NERV. The Evatchi has its own dedicated backstory, as shown on the official Bandai and Amazon pages:
- Special Governmental Agency NERV has developed the technology to apply retroversion on Angels, forcing them into their embryonic state to be raised in egg-shaped containers filled with L.C.L. The egg-shaped armored containers are built to restrain Angel from its rampage and allow people to carry them outside of the organization’s laboratory. As a member of NERV, you have been assigned to raise the Angels using the ‘Evatchi’, and based on how you handle various events, the Angel will grow into various forms. Attend to any instances of L.C.L. corruption and break through all generated A.T. Fields!
Hatching and Growth
After the clock is set, a screen showing the Second Impact will appear for several seconds before the embryo Angel hatches from its bakelite container. There are four growth stages: baby, cocoon, adult and special. It will stay as a baby for 24 hours before evolving into a cocoon, and the cocoon will be able to evolve to the adult stage three hours later when the A button is pressed. If the adult Angel reaches the conditions for a special evolution within 72 hours, it will become a cocoon again and then evolve into the special character; otherwise, it will depart on its own.
After 24 hours, the baby will evolve into a Cocoon. During this time, the user will not be able to feed it, play games, or check the status, only switch to the clock and turn the sound on and off. After three hours, the evolution sequence will play and the cocoon will enter an incubation state, where it will stop moving. When the user presses the A button, the cocoon will evolve into its next growth stage. Waiting longer periods of time to evolve it will alter which Angel it becomes. It will become a cocoon a second time if an adult Angel reaches conditions necessary for a special evolution.
There are no on-screen icons, and therefore all information is conveyed through the screen and buttons. The Angel is cared for by filling its meters; it has Hungry and Happy meters, each consisting of four units, which are both empty when it's born. The Hungry meter decreases by one unit per hour, and the Happy meter decreases by one every 50 minutes. If either becomes empty, the Angel will call for attention to fill them.
If the Angel needs something, the user can press the C button for an animation to see what it needs. If the Angel shows a dizzy emote, it's hungry; if it shows a scowling emote, it's unhappy. If both Hungry and Happy meters are partially filled, it will perform a happy animation. If the Happy meter is full and the Hungry meter is not empty, it will perform a Close Up.
Pressing the A button opens the main menu, with the options to feed or to play the games. The meal option (S² Engine) fills one Hungry unit, and will refuse to eat anymore once the meter is full. The snack (watermelon) fills one Happy unit, and can be fed even when the Happy meter is full. The A button is also used to open the lights on and off menu when the Angel has fallen asleep. The baby form sleeps at 8 PM, while evolved Angels sleep at 10 PM. All characters wake at 7 AM, and will turn the lights on themselves when they wake up. The cocoon form does not sleep.
Pressing A and C together will open the menu or turn on or off the sound. Pressing the B button will open the clock screen, and pressing A and C together will allow the user to set the time. These two functions are always available regardless of the Angel's circumstances, except when it has died or departed.
There are two games, referred to as "Simulations". Games increase the Angel's Happy level; winning the game fills Happy by one unit, while a perfect game fills Happy by two.
- Battle Training involves moving a platform to avoid the falling spears, which may be either the Spear of Longinus or an N2 Bomb, cycling from game to game. Pressing A moves the platform left, and B moves the platform right. The weapon must be dodged ten times to win a perfect game.
- Target Switch (目標をセンターに入れてスイッチ lit: Put the target in the center and switch) involves two shapes (one of a triangle, the other of three lines) that will move around the screen, and the user must press the A or B button to stop when the two symbols completely and evenly overlap each other. Pressing too soon or not pressing at the right time counts as a point lost. The symbols must be lined up five times to win a perfect game.
Throughout the day, the LCL around the Angel will get dirty. Pressing the A button will clean it. The longer the user waits to clean it, the more dirty the LCL will become. The user will not be able to feed or play games until the LCL is cleaned.
Similar to sulking seen on previous Nano models, if the Angel is neglected for a long period of time, it will put up an A.T. (Absolute Terror) Field around itself. The user can coax it out by pressing the A button. While the Angel has the A.T. Field up, the user can't feed it or play the games, but can still check the clock, turn the sound on and off, and check needs with the C button.
Every hour, normally at XX:30, animations of various other characters from the Evangelion franchise will appear. Pressing any button will trigger the animation to end, with some showing an additional screen before closing. The animations appear daily, unless the Angel is in the cocoon stage. Raising certain characters causes additional animations to appear at 3 PM.
|9:30||Maya typing on a computer|
|12:00||Asuka eating lunch with either Rei or Hikari|
|14:30||Shinji in a hospital bed|
|15:30||Toji eating ice cream (with either the ice cream stick being blank or a winner)|
|16:30||Jet alone walking|
|17:30||Kaji hitting on Ritsuko while Misato watches|
|18:30||Fuyutsuki playing a game|
|19:30||Shinji's SDAT player|
|20:30||Misato drinking beer|
|Leliel||Shinji sitting on a train with a younger Shinji|
|Kaworu||Kaworu and Shinji playing the piano|
Death and Departure
The Evatchi has two known ending sequences:
- If the user maintains good care and either does not meet the conditions to evolve into a special adult or reaches a certain age, the Angel will depart on its own and trigger the Third Impact, leaving a black screen with the message "おめでとう" (Congrats).
- If the user neglects the Angel and fails to coax it out of its A.T. Field, it will be killed by NERV, leaving an image of a giant cross explosion. The animation differs slightly between each Angel, showing which character from the series killed it just before the explosion.
In both instances, pressing A and C together will trigger a new fetus to appear.
- The Evatchi is the first Nano model for a number of things:
- To be released in Korea.
- To be based on an anime.
- To not feature animations at 10 AM, 2 PM, or 6 PM.
- To feature the cocoon stage
- Its is also the first Tamagotchi since the vintage era to feature a cocoon; it was last featured on the Mori de Hakken! Tamagotch.
- The first Japanese model to feature more than two growth stages.
- It is the second model overall, the first being the Pac-Man Tamagotchi.
- The release of the Evatchi was meant to be correlated with the release of the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time film, but the film's release was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- This is the third Tamagotchi produced to be based on an anime, the first being the Doraemontchi and the second being the Oden-Kun Tamagotchi.
- One of the production companies behind Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tatsunoko Production, is 20% owned by Takara Tomy, Bandai's main competitor in Japan. This marks Tamagotchi's first crossover with a franchise that had significant, albeit partial, creation involvement from a direct competitor.
- The Evatchi has the largest roster of any Nano model, with fourteen adults and at least seven secret characters. Including the baby and cocoon stages, this gives it a total of at least 23 characters.
- The Evatchi borrows several features from previous Nano models:
- Several interface screens, including the clock screen, sound menu, and lights on/off menu, are thematically changed to reflect the Evangelion theme. When the lights are off, instead of showing a black screen with a floating "Z", the screen shows NERV's headquarters.
|Licensed Tamagotchi Releases|
|Tamagotchi||Mothra Tamagotchi • Genjintch Tamagotchi • TamaOtch • Doraemontchi|
|Tamagotchi Plus||Hanerutchi • Hanerutchi 2 • Oden-Kun Tamagotchi|
|Color Generation||Hexagontchi • Tamagotchi iD Conan ver • Tamagotchi m!x Sanrio ver • Tamagotchi Meets Sanrio ver|
|Tamagotchi Nano||Pocket Usatama • Gudetama Tamagotchi • Eevee x Tamagotchi • Pocket Usapiyo • Pac-Man Tamagotchi • Evatchi • Demon Slayer Tamagotchi • Hello Kitty Tamagotchi • Jordy Tamagotchi • Extellatchi • Twistetchi • BT21 Tamagotchi • PUI PUI Molcartchi • R2-D2 Tamagotchi • Kamen Ridertchi • Jujutsutchi|