Operation 0706 is to be continued on July 6

Operation 0706 is to be continued on July 6. This date marks two years since the July 6, 2019 AVANT 1 screening, and Khara is to mark this anniversary with a partial online screening of Shin Eva.

Further details are on the official Evangelion website.

In short, the first 18 minutes and 47 seconds of Shin Eva screen on the Khara YouTube channel starting 8:00 p.m. Japan time. Next is behind-the-scenes making of for one of the movie’s battles. At 9:00 pm the Director’s Cut version of “Shin Evangelion’s All Night Nippon” follows. This includes messages from the Evangelion cast that could not be originally broadcast on the program on June 21.

The website announces that there are no plans on archiving the event and requests viewers to watch it live.


Evangelion Movies Available Worldwide on August 13th

Khara announced today that all 4 Evangelion Theatrical movies will be available on Amazon Prime Video on August 13th.

There will be a global launch that covers over 240 countries and for most of the world, it will be the first glimpse of the newest and final Evangelion:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME. The Amazon Prime twitter account tweeted:

They’ve also mentioned that it will be available for free for Prime members.

Additionally, Hideaki Anno includes a message for fans:

“I’d like to thank every Eva fan in the world for your continued support.

We were looking for the best way to offer the movie to fans overseas as early as possible in a challenging situation with movie theatres during COVID-19, and are happy to have found Prime Video as a partner to stream it globally. We highly recommend watching it on a big TV screen for the best viewing experience.”

Variety reports that Amazon Prime Video will make the movies available in 10 different language dubs and 28 language subtitles. The dubs include English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. There’s currently no information about the English dub cast.


Eva Q Visual Story releases today

The Eva Q Visual Story releases today! The official Khara twitter announced that the Evangelion Q Complete Recordings Visual Story version would be released today, June 30. This was announced on twitter June 28 Japan time so it should be out by now. Sorry, folks, it seems we were slow to pick up on this!

Via GhostlyOcam on the forum

The visual story includes all the scenes in the order of the story and all of the dialogue. It is a part of the CRC. Further details are available on the Khara website. Based on the Google Translate and DeepL translations, it appears that the following is available:

The visual story is based on the Q: 3.333 version which was reshot in 2K resolution. To reproduce the high resolution images, a high-color, high-saturation printing process by Dai Nippon Printing is being used.

Q art director Takeshi Honda drew the cover illustration of Kaworu and Shinji in their plugsuits. A B4 pinup version of the cover in full color is included. A condensed version of 3.333 with all scenes and dialogue is included along with a “Music Cue Sheet” and an “Additional Script” that contains announcements and additional dialogue.

For more details, check out Khara’s site!


Past 9.5, getting close to 10 billion

Shin Eva has crossed the 9.5 billion yen mark and is on track to cross the 10 billion yen milestone in early July.

This was confirmed a few hours ago by the eigarankingnews twitter feed, courtesy of Gendo’sPapa on the forums.


Courtesy of Gendo’sPapa on the forums

Additionally, Shin Eva is currently the 43rd highest grossing film of all time at the Japanese box office. An entry into the top 40 is likely with its current trajectory.

Keep those fingers crossed, folks. And if another push is needed, you can count on new goodies like those Kaworu and Mari posters!


Hikaru Utada has come out as Non-Binary

Hikaru Utada has come out as Non-Binary! Many of us here at EGF would like to say “Congratulations, Hikki!”

Utada is well known to Evangelion fans for singing the theme songs to the Rebuild of Evangelion movies. This is only a part of her substantial body of work.

Utada made this announcement on a June 26 social media livestream with Evangelion director Hideaki Anno. Details from the Japanese site Genxy say that Utada had said “I’m non-binary. Happy pride month!” during the chat before the talk with Anno. The announcement was made following this Instagram post from last week

I’m sick of being asked if I’m “Miss or Missus” or choosing between “Miss/Mrs/Ms” for everyday things :( It makes me uncomfortable to be identified so markedly by my marital status or sex, and I don’t relate to any of those prefixes. Every time, I feel like I’m forced to misrepresent myself. I long for an alternative option, one that anybody of any gender or social standing could use.

…After writing thus far I looked it up and discovered that “Mx.” (pronounced as “mix”) has been suggested! That’s awesome and I hope it becomes more widely used. I’m afraid my idea for a neutral prefix has come too late…

Text of instagram post by Hikaru Utada


Shin Eva becomes 49th highest grossing

With a weekend gross of 93.3 million yen, Shin Eva becomes the 49th highest grossing Japanese film of all time. It beat Cold Blue: The Movie to make its place on the top 50 list. Since its last theatrical run is ongoing, its ranking is bound to increase over the week.

(WARNING: THE IMAGE USED IN THE FOLLOWING TWEET IS A MASSIVE SPOILER) This was confirmed by the eigarankingnews twitter feed. Thanks to GhostlyOcam on the forums for pointing this out!

This week is already full of goodies like the Shinjuku Wald 9 stage greeting event and Mari and Kaworu mini-posters. Reaching the mythic 10 billion yen mark by the end of the month seems a distinct possibility!


Mari and Kaworu mini posters coming out 6/26

Mari and Kaworu mini posters will be given to cinema attendees beginning June 26. This was a surprise announcement via the Khara official twitter feed.

Official twitter account, courtesy of hui43210 on the forums

This is described as a “Last” attendee gift for a total of 1 million people nationwide. The “Makinami Mari Illustrious” and “Nagisa Kaworu” mini posters come with cast autographs and a message from each cast member. Mari is drawn by Atsushi Nishigori and Kaworu is drawn by Masayoshi Tanaka.

The posters on the official tweet are in indistinct silhouettes for now, so they should be safe to look at for the spoiler-averse. (If you’re really averse to spoilers, it’s probably safer to avoid even the silhouettes)


3.333+Shin screening and Blu-ray release

The previously cancelled Q:3.333 + Shin screening will be held as a special event on June 27 in the Shinjuku Wald 9 theater. A stage greeting will be held prior to the screening. Additionally, Evangelion 3.333 will be released on Blu-ray in the UHD format on August 25.

From Khara official twitter, courtesy of GhostlyOcam on the forums

The original scheduled screening of 3.333 was in January, and this release is in August. This gives a 7-month gap between theatrical and home video release, which is common. It also makes an October or November Blu-ray release for Shin Eva very likely.


Shin Eva grosses 9.23 billion, new trailer

Shin Evangelion has crossed the 9.23 billion yen mark. It is now apparently the largest moneymaker that Toei has distributed.

Courtesy of Gendo’sPapa on the forum

Khara has also put out a new trailer on YouTube. We will not link to this trailer since forum-goers who have watched the movie have warned of spoiler content. However, if you wish to see characters from the movie say their most iconic lines from the movie, feel free to head over to YouTube.


Music from Shin Evangelion available(UPDATED)

Shiro Sagisu’s Music from Shin Evangelion album is now available in its entirety on streaming music services, including Apple and Spotify! You can digitally purchase it on the iTunes Store, Recochoku, mora and animelo mix.

Via official Evangelion twitter feed, courtesy of GhostlyOcam

Many thanks to GhostlyOcam for bringing our attention to this. Feel free to discuss this release in the music thread!

UPDATE: It turns out that the music isn’t available to everyone everywhere on Spotify. The Spotify availability map, as of the last update, shows availability across East and South Asia.

Spotify availability map for Music from “Shin Evangelion”, courtesy of GhostlyOcam

Nuclear Lunchbox reports that the entire soundtrack is available on the EVA-EXTRA application, but isn’t clear if it’s paid-subscription only. The Spotify account needs to be linked to the region as well. Using an American Spotify account in Japan won’t make the Shin Eva soundtrack available, for example.

Further information should be available soon.