Fans flood into theaters for the fourth and final installation of the Rebuild Evangelion film series that everyone has been waiting for.
A Fortune at the Box Office
Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon A Time, known as Shin Evangelion in Japanese, has earned 7,799,314,031 yen ($72,179,110 USD) in just 42 days since its release on March 8. The number is expected to continue growing. The film is the fourth and final movie installment of the popular series that first aired in 1995.
Further, the film has been viewed in theaters by 5,088,007 people who went to a movie theater near them, despite the risk of the pandemic. Of course, there have been extensive efforts to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 at movie theaters and social distancing is enforced. Nonetheless, despite restrictions against late-night screenings in Japan, audience turnout has been impressive.
Both of these numbers are already record-setters for the Evangelion film tetralogy. Writer and director, Hideko Anno, stated to fans that “if the film exceeds the box office of his 2016 film Shin Godzilla that earned approximately 8,200,500,000 yen ($76,000,000 USD) it would revitalize the anime industry.”
About the Film
The sci-fi film directed by Hideki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Katsuichi Nakayama, and Mahiro Maeda was produced by animation studio, Khara. The third film installment, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, was released in 2012– meaning that fans across the globe had been waiting for the final film to be released for approximately nine years.
The animation in the film is fantastic, creating a colorful and vivid world with characters, not to mention legacy characters, trying to negotiate their ways through an apocalyptic world. The movie incorporates multiple forms of animation and it is said to feature Asuka, Rei, Kaworu, and Shinji.
As viewers of Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo saw in the end, a preview of the coming film showed the Evangelion Unit 8+2 fighting unknown green-colored enemies wielding large rifles lined with knives that resembled the Mark 06 units near the fallen Black Moon. Without spoiling anything, the film is said to involve WILLE’s AAA Wunder battleship as well as three more never-before-seen mechanics!
The highly anticipated final edition was first announced under a different name as early as 2014 and then mentioned by Anno again in an interview in 2017 when he declared the movie would likely be released in 2018.
The film was pushed back to 2020, and we all know what happened in 2020. As a result of the pandemic, the release date was pushed back twice from an original June 2020 release date, which was then pushed to January 2021, and then finally to March 8, 2021.
Before You Watch…
Something that the creators of the film are struggling with- especially now when people are more reluctant to go to a movie theater- is illegal streaming online. The film’s website announced that they will be imposing strict measures to prevent any sort of illegal streaming and, if necessary, will implement fines up to 10 million yen ($93,000 USD).
So, for those of you trying to find a link to stream the film illegally, please don’t! As the creators intended, the film is supposed to be viewed in a theater setting. After all, they went through the backlash from delaying the film’s release date twice in order to ensure that we can all see the movie in a theater. If any anime film deserves to be viewed in a theater, it’s this one.
Whenever possible, go and see the film at a theater near you and remember to socially distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands. Now, go and enjoy the 155-minute action-packed fourth and final Evangelion movie!
Kevin Murasaki grew up moving back and forth between Chicago and Yokohama, Japan. Known as a "hafu", Kevin is half Japanese, and half American. Now a videographer and drone operator based in Fukuoka, Japan, Kevin enjoys playing basketball, driving on mountain or "touge" roads, and fishing in his free time. Kevin is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia.