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Next time 3.333 preview out on Youtube

When it rains, it pours when it comes to 3.0 + 1.0 news. Now we have the next time preview from Evangelion 3.333 out on Youtube, embed below –

From the Studio Khara twitter account, https://twitter.com/khara_inc/status/1365279084163473408

While this trailer’s contents had been rumored about previously, it’s good to see this actually out there! One more thing to make our mouths water for the March 8 release, folks!

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“One Last Kiss” available March 9

Hikaru Utada’s “One Last Kiss” will be available for streaming and downloads beginning March 9, one day after the March 8 release of Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0. Utada fans, be ready!

Via Utada Hikaru’s official twitter. Thanks to JoelcrNeto on the forum and Zusuchan on Discord for bringing this up.

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Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 releases March 8

Ladies and gentlemen, the new release date for Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon A Time is March 8.

From the official twitter account

GET HYPED, FOLKS!

Also, a new image courtesy of the ever-reliable GhostlyOcam, showing Shin Eva’s runtime. (EDIT: The image is a screencap of the relevant page on the Khara website which appears to be down at the moment)

Image provided via GhostlyOcam, source:

Shin Eva’s runtime is 155 minutes, which is 1 minute longer than the previous Eirin report (and validates it!) and puts it as a contender for one of the longest animated movies of all time. That ought to be something to look forward to on March 8!

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Shiro Sagisu Shin Eva music sneak peek

Shiro Sagisu gave us a sneak peek of one musical piece in Shin Eva via twitter. This particular piece sounds like it’ll be Shin Eva’s rendition of Decisive Battle. Courtesy of GhostlyOcam on the forums.

The robot-translation of the tweet appears to be interesting.

It’s the familiar emergency music (do you say it yourself?) I hope it ends with a peaceful major chord like this ending …

(Google translation of tweet text)

Is Sagisu hinting at something in the Shin Eva ending, or is it a simple wish he expresses here?

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Shin Eva runtime and classification revealed

Shin Eva has a 2 hour 34 minute runtime and is classified as “G” for General Audiences (all patrons admitted) by Eirin, Japan’s Film Classification and Rating Organization. Courtesy of @macgyjp on Twitter –

Thanks to forum user GhostlyOcam for both the initial heads-up and the following translation of the tweet’s text –

Shin Evangelion Theatrical Edition
Shinji Ikari, who was the cause of Third Impact has lost his will to live… Will he be able to recover? An animated film that continues the story of Evangelion New Theatrical Edition: Q from 2012. (2 hours 34 minutes)

Examination Date: 2021-01-18/Eirin Number: 121619
Company (Country of Origin) – [Distribution] Toei, khara (Toho, Toei)

Translation by GhostlyOcam, original tweet by @macgyjp as linked above.

The Eirin site is unavailable for users outside of Japan, so we’ll have to wait for someone there to look up the Eirin Number. But this is solid information that the new movie is much longer than previous entries in the franchise (particularly Evangelion Q, which was only 1 hour 36 minutes long).

UPDATE: It is reported that the Eirin link has been pulled down, which suggests it was put up prematurely. However, there is no reason to doubt its veracity – it’s the real deal, folks.

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3.0 + 1.0 bad news…and a little good

Bad news first, Khara has announced on twitter that 3.0 + 1.0 would be delayed due to the worsening pandemic conditions in Japan, with no indication of when it would be released again. The official statement released on the Khara’s Evangelion website included the announcement that the release of Shiro Sagisu’s soundtrack, originally scheduled for February 10, would be delayed too.

Notice of postponement of release of “Shin Evangelion Movie Version

First of all, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to all the victims of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19). We would also like to express our gratitude and respect to the medical professionals and their stakeholders who are still responding.

We have taken seriously the situation of the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) and the issuance of a state of emergency by the Japanese government, and have carefully considered it. As a result, we decided that the convergence of the spread of infection was the highest priority, and we refrained from releasing “Shin Evangelion Theatrical Version”, which was proceeding toward Saturday, January 23, 2021, and decided to postpone it again. In addition, we are carefully considering the time when you can enjoy this work with peace of mind on the new release date.

We sincerely apologize to everyone who is looking forward to it, and we apologize for the inconvenience. As soon as it is decided, we will inform you about the future release schedule on the “Evangelion” official website and official SNS. In addition, please keep the Mubichike card you have in a safe place as it can be used even after it has been postponed.

Due to this postponement of release, “Shiro SAGISU Music from” SHIN EVANGELION “”, which was scheduled to be released on February 10 (Wednesday) as a music collection CD of this work, will also be postponed. We will inform you of the new release date after considering it as soon as the release date is decided.

Thank you for your understanding.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 Khara Co., Ltd. Distribution: Toho Co., Ltd., Toei Co., Ltd., Khara Co., Ltd.

https://www.evangelion.co.jp/news/shineva2/ Translated via Google Translate and corrected and formatted slightly for this page.

I think I can voice everyone’s immense frustration by saying “NOT AGAIN!” because we were all expecting to see the movie released in less than 10 days’ time. At the same time, this isn’t exactly surprising or unexpected, given Japan’s worsening coronavirus emergency.

As for the good news in the thread title? We can be happy with the fact that the movie is entirely complete, and can be released on far shorter notice than was previously possible. Hope it comes out soon.

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Episode 08 Commentary open

EvaGeeks is pleased to announce that the Fan-Geek Commentary for Episode 08 is now open for comments. Comments are open to all forum members in this thread. Folks interested in volunteering to be commentary editors, please let us know over here. Enjoy!

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3.0 + 1.0 merchandise out on January 8

3.0 + 1.0 theatrical merchandise will begin to be released on January 8 at select theaters.

Courtesy of Khara’s official twitter account, again –

Some of the genuinely spoiler-filled merchandise, such as the 80-page pamphlet accompanying the movie and containing production drawings and cast interviews, is not going to be available until the 23rd of January. It seems reasonable to infer that the merchandise being released at this point will spoil little, if anything, beyond that seen in pre-release trailers.

Thanks to SailorStarDust for letting us know and Joseki for correcting a misunderstanding about the merchandise being released on the 8th.

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3.0 + 1.0 XMas trailer with “One Last Kiss”

Khara wishes us all “Merry XMas” by giving us a new 3.0 + 1.0 trailer for Christmas Eve (Christmas Day in Japan) featuring Utada’s “One Last Kiss”. Watch it below.

Khara’s Merry XMas trailer and tweet. Thanks for the heads-up, Gendo’s Papa!

Additionally, they’ve got a new poster for 3.0 + 1.0 up, but that’s small potatoes compared to the trailer. A full breakdown of the trailer will probably take some time to come, it’s dense enough. Feel free to discuss it in here.

UPDATE: It’s been brought up in the thread that Redditor u/ToBeFrozen has put up every shot of the new trailer on the Evangelion Reddit. Feel free to go over and soak in those gorgeous details!

Like Khara says, Merry XMas, folks!

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Back-to-back screenings, US release, Khara’s spoiler warning

The social media thread is heating up and we also have news of back-to-back screenings of Evangelion 3.333 and 3.0 + 1.0 . From the official Evangelion website we have a schedule showing both regular and IMAX screenings of both movies.

The left column shows back-to-back screenings of Evangelion 3.333 and 3.0+1.0 in IMAX, the central one in regular theaters, and the right column shows 3.0 + 1.0 screenings only. Thanks to user IntermediateO for the heads-up.

Courtesy of user Tajai in the social media thread, we’ve also heard from Yusuke Matsui (The CGI director for 3.0 + 1.0) saying they’re working on arrangements for the safe showing of the movie in US theaters. An international release may not be far away!

Top it all, Studio Khara issued a warning on twitter asking fans to mute social media if they want to stay spoiler-free. Since 3.0 + 1.0 has apparently been screened to people who besides Staff, random spoilers on social media are likely to turn up.

We wish you folks happy holidays (Or Merry Christmas/ Happy Hannukah/Kwanzaa if you prefer it that way). Hope you stay safe and spoiler-free!