Japanese anime studio, Studio Khara, has finally revealed new information for the highly anticipated 4th and final Evangelion Rebuild film, Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0. The film itself is slated to release in theatres across Japan on January 23rd, 2021. In addition, the studio has also released a brand new visual and trailer.
The full title for the movie has also been revealed: Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0: Thrice Upon a Time. A brand new trailer has also been released, featuring never before seen footage of the upcoming film:
Here are the previous teaser trailers for the film:
The studio also released short recaps for the first three films:
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone:
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance:
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo:
The production staff of Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 is as follows:
- General Director and scriptwriter: Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gunbuster)
- Directors: Kazuya Tsurumaki (Evangelion Rebuild, Gunbuster 2) and Katsuichi Nakayama (Full Metal Panic! IV, Nishi no Yoki Majo – Astraea Testament)
- Chief Animation Director: Atsushi Nishigori (Gurren Lagann, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance)
- Art Director: Tatsuya Kushida (Evangelion Rebuild, Golden Boy)
- Music Composer: Shiro Sagisu (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Bleach)
- Animation Studio: Studio Khara (Evangelion Rebuild, Ryuu no Haisha)
The final film was earlier announced for a 2015 release, after the airing of Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo on Japanese Television, where it also revealed the film’s title, Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0. The movie was then given a late 2015 release date before no further news was provided, and with director Hideaki Anno busy with the Shin Godzilla movie production halted. The film was originally announced in November 2012 with the title Shin Evangelion Gekijoban:|| with an expected release of 2013. The film was then given a June 2020 release date in 2019.
Japanese pop singer Hikaru Utada announced in a late 2014 issue of Bungeishunjuu’s Weekly Bunshun that she would return to perform the main theme song of the final Evangelion film.
The Rebuild of Evangelion series is a reboot film series of the original 1995 Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. Hideaki Anno, the original director of Neon Genesis Evangelion, returns as the writer and general and chief director of the films. The films are produced by Studio Khara instead of Studio Gainax, who produced the original series and directed by Mahiro Maeda (Gankutsuou) and Kazuya Tsurumaki (FLCL). The first film in the series is Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone and released in 2007, the second film titled Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance released in 2009 and the third film, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, released in 2012. The films released two years later internationally after the Japanese release on home media under Evangelion 1.11, Evangelion 2.22 and Evangelion 3.33 respectively. The final film, Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0, was originally announced in 2014 and will release in 2021.
Here is a synopsis of the original series from MAL:
In the year 2015, the Angels, huge, tremendously powerful, alien war machines, appear in Tokyo for the second time. The only hope for Mankind’s survival lies in the Evangelion, a humanoid fighting machine developed by NERV, a special United Nations agency. Capable of withstanding anything the Angels can dish out, the Evangelion’s one drawback lies in the limited number of people able to pilot them. Only a handful of teenagers, all born fourteen years ago, nine months after the Angels first appeared, are able to interface with the Evangelion. One such teenager is Shinji Ikari, whose father heads the NERV team that developed and maintains the Evangelion. Thrust into a maelstrom of battle and events that he does not understand, Shinji is forced to plumb the depths of his own inner resources for the courage and strength to not only fight, but to survive, or risk losing everything.
The 4th and final Evangelion Rebuild film, Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0: Thrice Upon a Time, is currently set to release in cinemas across Japan on January 23rd, 2021.