Evatchi Review – Raise Your Own Evangelion Angel Tamagotchi!
The Evatchi Tamagotchi is part of Bandai’s Tamagotchi Nano series. Combining a mecha Angel with Tamagotchi just makes a lot of sense. It is a fun little toy for fans of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime and manga series.
I was provided with free Kaworu and Asuka Evatchi Tamagotchi devices from Bandai for review purposes. My opinions are my own.
As I had mentioned in my Demon Slayer Tamagotchi review, I’ve been collecting Tamagotchi devices for about 24 years. I have also collected most of the Nanos that have been released, in the United States anyway. (When are we going to get the Eevee Tamagotchi in the United States?) I do have a certain affinity for these devices as it is easier to raise more than one at once and tends to be less demanding than most Tamagotchi devices.
The Evatchi Tamagotchi is very similar to the Demon Slayer Tamagotchi as you raise the actual thing (in this case an Angel) rather than raising a Tamagotchi with the assist of the character. I do prefer the former over the latter myself and am curious what determines which way the Nano will be. It does seem like most of them, however, both currently out and upcoming (R2-D2 Tamagotchi!) you get to raise the actual thing.
The Evatchi has a total of six shells to choose from and are all currently available at Amazon for varying prices, though the list price is $24.99. Please keep in mind that the color/name of the Evatchi may not be the actual Angel that you end up raising. That is determined by how you care for your Angel and how much you play with it among other factors.
I highly recommend downloading the English instructions for Evatchi from Bandai’s website prior to taking the tab out of your new Tamagotchi. The Evangelion Tamagotchi is the Japan release and the instructions included in the box are all in Japanese. The menu options on the device itself are partly in English and partly in Japanese, but there is not a lot of writing in general and easy to figure out with the English instructions.
Your Evatchi Angel will start out as an embryo which is appropriate considering the egg shape of Tamagotchi device. You will raise the fetus Angel until it enters a cocoon state. The Angel requires energy, S2ENGINE, that you feed to it. To make your Angel happy, you feed it a watermelon. To keep the gauges of both hunger and happiness full, you will need to feed the Angel 4 of each type of food.
If your Angel has a fully depleted food or happiness gauge, it will beep. If you miss that beep, pressing the C button will let you know if your Angel needs anything. For more tips and guidance of what your Evatchi needs, you can check this Wiki page.
There are two games (simulations) that you can play with your Evatchi device. The battle training involves pressing the A button to move left and the B button to move right in order to avoid the falling Spear of Longinus and N2 bombs.
The target switch is a little trickier. You will need to press the A or B button when the moving target is in the center of the triangle. Watch out as sometimes it’ll look like the target is in place, but it’s actually slightly off-center.
The Evatchi has a number of evolutions depending on how it is raised. It always stars out as an embryo and within 24 hours it will enter the cocoon stage. While the Angel is in the cocoon stage you can not feed or play with it. In a few hours, the Angel will go through a transformation. Depending on when you press the A button after the transformation will determine which Angel you end up with. On my two devices that have gone through a couple full evolution cycles in the past week, I have gotten the Israfel, Zeruel, and Leliel Angels.
For the first two, my Angel was in the incubation stage for less than four hours, the third I left the Angel incubating overnight. Keep in mind that the evolution to adult is not just determined by it’s time in incubation, but also by how you take care of it, including the games you play and how well you play them. It also includes being sure to clean a corrupt L.C.L by pressing A whenever you see it. There is also a special evolution beyond adult depending on how you raise it, but I’ve yet to get one myself. Mine tend to depart after a few days while saying “おめでとう” which translates into “congratulations.”
If you aren’t like me and currently running 4 Nano devices along with a Digimon X and Teku Teku Angel then you will definitely have more of an opportunity to try different game and care combinations to get all of the adult Angels and from there some of the special characters. I think that is something that could be a lot of fun to figure out and goes a little beyond just making sure that your Angel is happy and fed.
The Evatchi is very easy to care for and is recommended for people ages 6 and older. I would recommend older than that considering the small size of the Nano device. Also, keep in mind that the adult Angel goes to bed at 10 pm and wakes at 7 am. I usually check the Evatchi about once an hour or so while it is awake to see if it needs anything while playing some games with it here and there. Periodically you will need to check for a corrupted L.C.L. One fun aspect is that scenes from the anime will play usually about one an hour or so.
I highlight recommend the Evatchi Tamagotchi to anyone who is a fan of the anime or manga. You do not need to be familiar with Tamagotchi to enjoy playing with these devices. These are low-maintenance toys that can be a fun little addition to any Evangelion merchandise collection.
Author: Jessica Rae
Jessica has a BA in music with an emphasis in voice and spends her day typesetting, editing, writing, and moderating webinars. Jessica primarily reviews anime and comic book series. She also offers insights on various movies, books, games, and other geeky topics.
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