Studio Khara dropped the new trailer for the new Evangelion movie, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time. Aside from the teaser, the studio also finally revealed the official release date of the film.
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time was supposed to hit the theaters in June. But due to the widespread of coronavirus in Japan, it was moved to a different date.
Studio Khara first teased what would happen in the movie by giving a glimpse of the first ten minutes and 40 seconds of it in July 2019. It was then screened at the Japan Expo event in Paris, called the Yoko Takahashi X Evangelion Stage presentation, Anime News Network noted.
It was also screened at Anime Expo in Los Angeles and an Evangelion event in Jing'an District in Shanghai. In Japan, it was screened in six different locations.
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time has been in the works for years. In March 2019, its dialogue recording started, while voice actress Megumi Ogata, who voiced the role of Shinji Ikari, revealed the recording was done in February this year.
The upcoming movie will be the last and final installment that will end the franchise, Game Spot noted. The original series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, ran for a year in Japan, from 1995 to 1996.
It was then followed by the featured-length End of Evangelion in 1997 and the Rebuild movie series. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time would be the final entry, which was written and directed by the series creator himself, Hideki Anno.
The Rebuild movie series seemed to start as a remake. However, it soon changed into a different kind of story, beginning with the 2007 Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, followed by the 2009 Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, and the 2012 Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo.
However, it remains to be seen when Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time will hit the international big screen or if it will be out in other countries. Fans have to remember there was a significant three-year gap between the release of Evangelion 3.0 in Japan and its DVD debut in the U.S.
Although Netflix gets the license to stream the original series and End of Evangelion, it does not cover the Rebuild movie series. It is also unclear if there will be an English dub of the upcoming film. For now, what sure of is Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time will be out on January 23, 2021, in Japan.