Final Evangelion Film To Be Released In June 2020

According to the official Evangelion twitter account, the Final Evangelion film, Evangelion 3.0+1.0 will be released next year in June. There doesn’t appear to be a specific date but at least it’s been narrowed down to the month of June.

The release schedule so far, for all 4 movies in the tetralogy are:

  • Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone – September 1, 2007
  • Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance – June 27, 2009
  • Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo – November 17, 2012
  • Evangelion 3.0+1.0 – June 2020

Additionally, there will be another trailer for the final movie that will be shown with Makoto Shinkai’s new film “Weathering With You”, which is being released in Japanese theaters today (July 19th). Looking forward to seeing clips of the new trailer online.

Update: Here’s the trailer


Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Preview

So, the Operation 0706 Live Stream, which was streamed live from the Japan Expo event in Paris, France, literally just ended. To recap the event, the first twenty minutes or so was a live show that featured Yoko Takahashi including her singing “Fly Me To The Moon”. Then Megumi Ogata appeared on stage to talk a bit, following what looked like a pre-recorded video of Hideaki Anno thanking everyone. They went back to the 3 on stage to talk a bit more about Evangelion and France, then the “main event” was on the big video screen, the preview of Evangelion 3.0+1.0.

The preview started out as a flashack of the previous 3 movies, set to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”. Then we see what looks like the beginning of the actual 3.0+1.0 movie, with the Studio Khara, Toei Animation, King Records, etc cards.

Note that there will be spoilers from here on, including screenshots, so if you wanted to wait for the final movie without seeing anything at all, you’re going to want to stop here.

The movie opens in the middle of Paris, France. You can see the Eiffel Tower and some iconic buildings. Several battle ships float around the center of what looks like a platform with large device, and Evangelion Unit-08 strung above them. Everyone on the platform are wearing what looks like plugsuits because the area is “core-ified” and subject to L-barrier effects, and would thus be lethal. They’re all working on some operation on their laptops. A string of flying Mark 44A (Four-Two-A) Evas are about to attack them so Mari launches in Unit-08 and starts flying through the air and firing at them (we’ve seen a preview of this bit before). She eventually blows out her guns and starts to kick and punch them, eventually prevailing by bunching them all together and causing them to explode.

They were decoys for the “boss”, an Eva 4444C (Four-Four-C) with 44Bs feeding it power, which was hidden behind a cloaking cocoon. Ritsuko thinks it may be a test from Fuyutsuki. The 4444C has a tank-like appearance and it aims to take out the platform that everyone is frantically working on. They rearrange the floating ships to help shield the platform from the 4444C. It charges its cannon and fires on Wille, taking out several ships until finally Mari intervenes, taking the Eiffel Tower (which was knocked over during the fight) and slamming it into the cannon’s barrel. After the enemies are dealt with, the Wille crew are able to activate a giant sealing pillar with glowing runes on it, which clears all of the “red” from the center of the city and makes the air breathable again. The city and its defenses are restored, and buildings around the city center rise up from the ground (to loud cheers from the Paris audience). It’s a European branch of old Nerv, and Wille reveal the reason they came: to get Eva munitions and components for repairs. In addition to Eva parts, there’s also the main body and arms, and also possibly the hips and legs, of something called “JA-02”, which feels awfully familiar…

Below are some screenshots I took of the LINE stream. I don’t know how to make the gallery more compact than this. I’m sure there will be lots of video footage leaked onto the internet soon, I’ll add updates as they appear. UPDATE: that was fast


Operation 0706 Livestream

It appears that for the Operation 0706 event, where the first 10 minutes and 40 seconds of the fourth and final Evangelion movie will be screened, LINE will be providing a live stream of the event. It looks like the stream will start on 7:15 AM (EDT) on July 6th (8:15 PM in Japan). The same stream will be broadcast outside at events in Sapporo, Tokyo (2 locations), Nagoya, Osaka and Hakata.

I’m not sure if there will be any region restrictions for the stream, this is the first time that I’ve ever tried to use LINE.


Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Teaser To Be Screened At Japan Expo and Anime Expo

In a twitter post then a blog post, Studio Toei reveals “Operation 0706”, which happens to fall on July 6th this year. The event will occur simultaneously in Paris, France during Japan Expo, in Los Angeles and Shanghai during Anime Expo, specific places throughout Japan and other yet unannounced world-wide locations. The first 10 minutes and 40 seconds of the 4th and final Evangelion movie (all the footage up to the first title card), titled “”Shin Evangelion Gekijōban AVANT 1”, will be screened at the event.

Additionally, Toei will release a free Evangelion smartphone app on July 1st called “EVA-EXTRA”, the same name designated for the magazines related to the new movies that contain extra content, and is said to contain more information about “Operation 0706” as well as special content on the day of July 6th. The iOS/Android app will also have all of the previous seven EVA-EXTRA booklets available digitally as well as some other related bonus material that’s exclusive to the app.

This will be the first time we’ll see any actual footage from the last movie so expect the internet to be flooded with blurry/shaky mobile phone videos of the 10+ minutes of Evangelion 3.0+1.0 on July 6th, until the footage is officially released at some point later. Exciting times. (Note: a short teaser was shown with Mari, but we don’t know if that was actual cuts from the finished movie).


Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix

So the day has finally come and the world is treated to a release of the 26 episode original series and the Death True2 and End of Evangelion movies. It’s available in multiple languages for both audio and subtitles. As anticipated, we’ve got a whole new English dub cast:

Shinji – Casey Mongillo
Misato – Carrie Keranen
Asuka – Stephanie McKeon
Rei – Ryan Bartley
Gendo – Ray Chase
Ritsuko – Erica Liundbeck
Fuyutsuki – JP Karliak
Kensuke – Ben Diskin
Kaji – Greg Chun
Toji – Johnny Yong Bosch

Episodes 21-23 appear to be the Director’s Cuts (New Production Cuts) which are longer and contain additional scenes, as well as some redrawn cuts. None of the episodes or the movies appear to be in HD, though. The translation was done by Studio Khara’s in-house translator, Dan Kanemitsu, and the subtitles were edited by David Fleming.

The one other glaringly noticeable difference is the lack of “Fly Me To The Moon” in any of the ending credits at the end of each episode. Also, the song is missing in the episodes that happen to use it as background music. In the Japanese Netflix region release, the song is there in both the ending credits and the episodes, which lead some to believe this was a licensing issue or some kind, either the lyrics/publisher or the specific versions of the songs. The Wrap posted an article stating:

An individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap that Netflix worked with the Japanese studio that made the original anime series when licensing the 26-episode show for a new English-language voice cast version. “Fly Me to the Moon” was among a “few select” assets the streaming service was unable to obtain for all regions, due to the way the song was priced for global rights.

The Wrap: “Why Netflix Cut ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ From ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ Credits”

So instead, the rest of the world outside of Japan are treated with the piano version of Rei’s theme while we watch the credits for 15 seconds before Netflix auto-play’s the next episode. A lot of people are complaining about this omission.

We’re sure to see a ton of criticism about the new voice actors. There’s a lot of flak coming from the German, Spanish, and Italian dubs (where they translated “Angels” to a literal “Apostles”). Anime, and especially Evangelion, fandom is like that. This is going to be one of those rare dub vs dub debates that will surely be as heated as any of the sub vs dub ones in any fandom. But just like with the new theatrical releases, this will surely bring in new people to the fandom who will have a lot of questions and perhaps some new interpretations of their own due to the new interpretation/direction of the English dub.


Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix: June 21st

Last November, Netflix announced that Neon Genesis Evangelion will be streamed on their service but didn’t have a timeline for the release. Late last night, Netflix livestreamed their announcement and posted a Youtube trailer with the June 21st date:

All 26 episodes will be available world-wide as well as Death True2 and The End of Evangelion. We know from previous updates online that they planned to redub the entire series (and have confirmation for different languages as well). There will surely be a lot of discussion around the new dub, which Amanda Winn Lee confirmed would not involve any of the original lead cast. So here’s looking forward to a large chunk of the Evangelion fandom simultaneously watching the original series at roughly the same time, around the world.

Exciting times…


Dubbing Of Final Evangelion Movie Has Started

Earlier today the official Evangelion twitter account tweeted that dubbing has started and a picture of the script, signed by Hideaki Anno, and dated February 27th.

Not to read too much into this, but at least it’s a sign that things are still moving in the right direction. Khara and the staff have been pushing the 2020 release date pretty hard, even selling merchandise with “2020” in it, so I think that at least this is a sign that the release is still on schedule.

Minna No Evafan also made a transcript of the available text from the picture. Some interesting excerpts:

“AVANT” is a word that refers to the beginning of a movie. (※: In “: Break”, the opening scene where Mari fights with the third apostle was called “Avant”.)

The script that appears in the photo is supposed to include “Avant 1”, “Avant 2” and “A part”, which are the opening stages of the movie.

In addition, you can also check handwriting that seems to be a supplement to the lines of the three people, “Kita” (Midori Kitakami), “A” (Asuka), “Shi” (Shinji).


Neon Genesis Evangelion Coming To Netflix

It looks like the original Neon Genesis Evangelion series finally has a distributor in the west in Netflix. Starting next Spring (2019), Netflix will be streaming all 26 episodes of the original series as well as Evangelion: Death (True)2 and The End of Evangelion. The stream will be available across the world in 190 different countries

It’s not clear which version of the series (or the resolution) will be streamed, but the newest Platinum version, possibly including the director’s cuts of episodes 21-24, are probably a good bet. High definition versions of the original series have aired in Japan so it’s possible we’ll get a 1080p stream. It’s also unknown if the stream will only be available in Japanese language audio or if there will be localized versions for the different markets the stream will be available in. Could we see a return of ADV’s old English dub?

Either way, this is a pretty big deal since the original series hasn’t had a western license holder since ADV’s lapsed in kind of a messy way after it shutdown in 2009, and all signs pointing to it ever getting licensed again to be very slim.

Official Netflix trailer:

Along with Neon Genesis Evangelion, Netflix will start streaming Ultraman (April 1, 2019), Rilakkuma and Kaoru (April 19, 2019), 7Seeds (April 2019), and Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (Summer 2019).

UPDATE 11/30/2018:
According to Amanda Winn Lee, it appears Netflix will be redubbing Evangelion:

I’ll make a new post once more info trickles out of the machine.


Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Teaser On Youtube

The short Evangelion 3.0+1.0 teaser that was shown before a Mirai no Mirai screening has officially been posted to Youtube under the King Records account.

We can now see it in 1080p glory and start dissecting all of the details from Mari’s new plugsuit to the changes made to Evangelion Unit-08. After seeing it in good quality, it’s clear that this is more than the teasers that we saw at the end of each film, which looked more or less half-finished while this teaser clearly has some polish to it.

Thanks to @hazenw for the tip.


Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Teaser

As noted in the previous post, there was a short teaser for Evangelion 3.0+1.0 (Final) that screened before Hosoda’s new film, Mirai no Mirai. The teaser has leaked on Youtube a few times but they look like they’ve been taken down pretty swiftly. It looks to be about 20 seconds long, starts with a couple of studio logos and distributors, then about 11 seconds of Mari in a slightly revamped Evangelion Unit-08 flying through the air above the red colored oceans shooting machine guns. The trailer ends with the Evangelion 3.0+1.0 logo and a “2020”.

Here’s some screenshots:

The 11 or so second cut has lot of action so a lot of the handcam video was blurry or unclear. We do clearly see an Evangelion Unit-08 with what looks to be extended arms as shown in these drawings:

Additionally, it’s kind of reminiscent of the short “Next Time” teaser we saw at the end of Evangelion 3.0 with what appeared to be a combined Evangelion Unit-02 and 08 fighting what appeared to be mass produced Evangelions.