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25 years of Episode 26? Congratulations!

A little late on this, but March 27, 2021 was the 25th anniversary of Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Episode 26.

That’s right, it’s now 25 years since Evangelion ended. It’s 25 years since we saw Rei from the alternative universe running to school with toast in her mouth. And it’s 25 years since everyone landed up clapping and saying “Congratulations” to Shinji!

Neon Genesis Evangelion, the TV series, has been on the planet in full for a quarter of a century now. And what a cultural phenomenon it’s been! The franchise remains as strong as ever, and Shin Evangelion is now highest-earning Evangelion movie of them all.

To all the children…Congratulations! And don’t turn into tang!

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Megumi Hayashibara in historic old VHS

There has literally been too much Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 : Thrice Upon a Time news for us to cover, coming all at once. While we wait a little longer for things to settle down so that we can post coherent news items, here’s a little blast from the past.

Remember FreakyFilmFan4Ever’s seeming discovery of a pre-release (July 1995) Evangelion screening in the US? Well, it turns out it wasn’t pre-release after all, and was very likely from 1996. It’s still one of the first US Evangelion screenings, if not the first, for which it remains cool and historically important.

But, as it turns out, there’s another gem on that tape – during that 1996(?) convention, a couple of fans visited the great Megumi Hayashibara herself in her hotel room! That’s right, folks! An early meet-and-greet, possibly the very first in the US, with Megumi Hayashibara, the voice of Rei Ayanami, Yui Ikari, Eva-01, Pen-Pen and so, so many other characters across anime! Behold the proof, in classic 1990s VHS quality!

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March 22 feature length program on Shin Eva

The recent few days have been an incessant hurricane of spoilers for Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon A Time on our forums. It’s been hard to keep track of news in the face of the first new Evangelion content in eight and a half years!

However, in the midst of the storm, the ever-wonderful GhostlyOcam retweeted two posts making a spectacular announcement.

Japanese broadcast network NHK will be airing a feature-length program about the making of Shin Evangelion/ Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 on March 22 –

NHK original tweet on feature-length program on Shin Evangelion

Ocam further notes that the program will feature behind-the-scene footage that encompasses four years of the film’s production. That is historical in itself because it is rarely allowed.

Well, hope we hear some interesting tidbits come March 22. Chalk that down to one more thing we hope leaves Japan’s shores and heads out into the world!

Hikaru Utada to release video for “One Last Kiss”

On midnight March 9th in Japan (1500 UTC March 8th), there will be a release of the music video for Hikaru Utada’s “One Last Kiss, ” which is the ending theme for 3.0 + 1.0. it is produced by none other than Hideaki Anno himself. The video will premiere on Utada’s Youtube channel.

It is unknown as of this writing whether the video will be live action or a footage film comprising of scenes from 3.0+1.0. More information can be found on Khara’s Evangelion page. https://www.evangelion.co.jp/news/shin_themesong/

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We’re in the Eva endgame now!

Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 has had its international online premiere on-schedule. EvaGeeks Forums is pleased to announce that the Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 Spoiler subforum is now password-protected. (PASSWORD: spoilmerotten )

Feel free to discuss the premiere and new information in there! It’s accessible to guests and members alike. If you’re looking for juicy information, do so to your heart’s content!

For those who wish to stay spoiler-free, the regular (STRICTLY Non-Spoiler) Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion subforum is open for business under the Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 spoiler policy. We’re being strict to prevent deliberate or accidental spoiler leakage.

A Friendly Reminder from Shuichi Iseki

Today, we have a friendly reminder from Shuichi Iseki on his Twitter account for Eva fans wishing to avoid spoilers. Iseki has worked as an inbetweener for 3.0 as well as a key animator for 3.0 + 1.0 in addition to other works such as Kill la Kill.

“It’s still early, but most likely there will be a release of spoilers after the film’s release on Twitter, so you should refrain from using it on March 8 if you don’t want to get spoiled.” (Special Thanks to GhostlyOcam for the translation)

All folks who wish to remain unspoiled should take heed of this advice. Make sure to mute key words and hashtags, so you may be more at ease over the next fews days and weeks. No need to cut yourselves off your Twitter accounts entirely.

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Theater pamphlet with spoilers

Zeruss on Discord brought my attention to the tweet below showing the Shin Eva theater pamphlet with its spoilery information booklet.

From the official Khara twitter, thanks to Zeruss for pointing it out
Sealed information booklet

A crude translation reveals that the booklet is A4 size, 80 pages, all color, with a warning sign saying “There are only spoilers!” and adding that “Like Q, it is in a plastic bag like the one in the picture. You may need scissors to open it neatly.”

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Last-minute lore explorations from Arqa

Former EvaGeeks founding member Reichu continues to explore the deep lore of Evangelion New Theatrical Edition (Rebuild) in her Arqa-Apocrypha blog, with two new pre-release posts (Post 1, Post 2) and two more(Post 3, Post 4) plus a guest post by BlueBasilisk, with the promise of even more to come. These summarize several of the theories and deep explorations into lore that she and her fellow discussants have conducted and set the stage for analyzing Shin Eva.

Those familiar with Reichu will remember her work on the Eva commentary as well as her deep explorations of NGE lore in the mid-2000s. These helped bring in many, many newcomers to the NGE fandom (yours truly included) and give EvaGeeks its raison d’etre.

Even though Reichu is no longer a part of this site, she continues her signature theory-crafting and her blog is the place to go to for exploring Evangelion’s deepest secrets. Be sure to keep an eye on it, folks! Or if you want to discuss it before Shin Eva releases, feel free to do so in this forum thread.

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21 Shin Eva showtimes and thank you messages

Aeon Cinema is going to be playing Shin Eva for 21 showtimes on the first day alone, which means it’s playing in all venues even with lockdown business hours!

Tweet reposted by GhostlyOcam on the forums

As noted by user @gotamai, this makes consecutive repeat viewings easier. The 175 minutes in the schedule isn’t some sort of expanded Shin Eva runtime, but rather an extra 20 minutes to allow patrons to exit and staff to clean/sanitize the movie theaters between screenings.

Shinjuku Wald 9 theater posted a special message in anticipation of Shin Eva’s release on their website

From Shinjuku Wald 9 theater website

GhostlyOcam offers the following translation on our forum, revealing a very touching message –

To everyone who loves Evangelion.
The wait has been long, but we’re happy and a bit lonely when that time finally comes.
Because just like for everyone, “Eva” is also very special to us. So let’s see it together, until the very end.

“Thank you, all of EVANGELION.”
– Shinjuku Wald 9

Shin Evangelion Theatrical Edition: || Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
In theaters March 8, 2021.

Original from Shinjuku Wald 9 website; Translation via GhostlyOcam

In addition, JoelCrNeto reports that the T.JOY cinemas have a message board for people to thank the Evangelion franchise, image below.

As always, thanks to our ever-vigilant forumgoers for keeping an eye on social media!

This is the end of an era, folks, and it’s coming. If the messages from Shinjuku Wald 9 and T.JOY cinemas are any indication, expect moviegoers to bring along their tissues.

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Eva simultaneous viewing event details

In my previous post I missed on the details for the simultaneous viewing events, which seem to be held in a talk show format complete with a celebrity host(MC) and guests. The URLs and details for the events are as follows, translated from the Khara Evangelion page

1st night: “Evangelion New Theatrical Version: Introduction” Simultaneous Viewing Event March 5th (Friday) 20: 00-22: 30

MC: Akira Kawashima (Kirin), Guest: Seitaro Mukai (Tianjin), Yuki Kashiwagi (AKB48)

Event URL: https://youtu.be/tSeNtQ_PP60

-End of March 5th viewing details

2nd night: “Evangelion New Theatrical Version: Destruction” Simultaneous Viewing Event Saturday, March 6th, 20: 00-22: 30

MC: Akira Kawashima (Kirin), Guest: Seitaro Mukai (Tianjin), Takumi Bando, Azusa Noda

Event URL: https://youtu.be/5_D24B4_ckw

-End of March 6th viewing details

3rd night “Evangelion New Theatrical Version: Q” + “Evangelion New Theatrical Version + Shin Evangelion Theatrical Version Opening 12 minutes 10 seconds 10 frames” simultaneous viewing event March 7th (Sun) 21: 45-24: 30

MC: Koji Higashino, Guest: Seitaro Mukai (Tianjin), Reina Triendl, etc.

Event URL: https://youtu.be/Pa8zVBMG078

-End of March 7th viewing details

March 7th (Sun) 24: 00- Only “Evangelion New Theatrical Version + Shin Evangelion Theatrical Version Opening 12 minutes 10 seconds 10 frames” premieres

Khara Co. Ltd. YouTube Channel. Event URL: https://youtu.be/uFuWWr3481w

-End of March 7th/8th midnight premiere details

In addition, there will be live streaming from the Prime Video Japan official twitter (@PrimeVideo_JP) with the event hashtag being “Eva simultaneous viewing strategy” ( ヱヴァ同時視聴作戦)