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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)

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Shin Eva online premiere on Prime Video

Khara announced that the first 12 minutes, 10 seconds and 10 frames of Shin Eva will be premiered on Prime Video Japan, Youtube and Twitter on March 8. Thanks to user Joseki for bringing this up on the forums! In their own words, this is the world’s fastest release of Evangelion. This is the youtube link to the event (not up yet)

Additionally, the same page announces a simultaneous viewing event for the three previous movies. Evangelion Jo (1.0), Ha (2.0), and Q (3.0, possibly 3.333) will be screened on the the official YouTube channel of Amazon Prime Video and twitter for 3 days, March 5 (Friday), 6 (Saturday), and 7 (Sunday), 2021. During the Q simultaneous viewing event on March 7, a new unreleased part will be added to the video released at the opening screening event “Operation 0706” held in 2019.

We have also decided to release “Evangelion New Theatrical Version + Shin Evangelion Theatrical Version Opening 12 minutes 10 seconds 10 frames”. This opening video will be streamed live on Prime Video’s official YouTube channel and twitter, and will be premiered on the official Khara YouTube channel.

Google translation of key paragraph from announcement page

While this might be a combination of AVANT 1 (screened in 2019 in Paris) and AVANT 2 or a lengthened version of AVANT 1 with extra cuts, the separate mention of “Operation 0706” possibly suggests that the footage might be new. Either way, it looks to be interesting.

There is a 2 week period during which the premiere video may be watched by Amazon Prime members at the URL link below –

In addition, after distribution, you can watch it exclusively on Prime Video for 2 weeks only! If you are a Prime member, you can enjoy “Evangelion New Theatrical Version + Shin Evangelion Theatrical Version Opening 12 minutes 10 seconds 10 frames” as many times as you like during the period. Prime Video “Previous Evangelion New Theatrical Version + Shin Evangelion Theatrical Version Opening 12 minutes 10 seconds 10 frames” URL: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B08XQG9V6T March 8th (Monday) 0:30 to March 21st (Sunday) 23:59, 2021 Unlimited viewing exclusive distribution * This URL will be valid from 0:30 on March 8, 2021 (Monday).

Google translation of Khara’s announcement page

What do you think? Feel free to join in on the discussion in the forum thread.

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Shin Eva screening times

Shin Eva will be screened on March 8 at the Grand Cinema Sunshine in Ikebukuro, Tokyo as early as 7:00 am with the final show at 17:15 for a total of 19 showtimes, which is significant thanks to the limited screentimes caused by the continuing state of emergency in the four key Japanese prefectures of Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama. This is still significant considering the limited business hours imposed on theaters.

Courtesy of the one-and-only GhostlyOcam on EGF

For those eager to see the movie release as soon as possible, don’t worry, it’s gonna be out there in 5 days! And for those eager to be spoiled as soon as possible – and we know you’re out there (wink, wink) – don’t worry either!

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Shin Eva/Shinji unofficial Ogata image song

A tidbit from user GhostlyOcam (who is awesome) – Megumi Ogata has a new song for her new album written by Junichi Sato (of the band fhana) that she considered an unofficial “image song” for Shin Eva and Shinji.

Courtesy of GhostlyOcam via the link above

GhostlyOcam also provided a translation of the quoted tweet –

(Quoted Tweet)
I asked Junichi Sato (of fhana): “What if we make a song as if it’s an insert for the final Eva film?”
He doesn’t know how the films ends and I didn’t tell tell him, yet. But what he wrote is a ‘best of the best’ song.
The lyrics are my final feelings as Shinji ≒ Please listen to it after watching Shin Eva.

(Quote Tweet)
The song’s title is “Repeat”, completely from my personal feelings.
As Shinji who has been a part of me for the last 25 years ≒ It is my feelings as Shinji after finishing the final film.
As Shinji, who’s still alive in me even after Shin Eva is finished.
(So it’s not an official song, please understand)

Via GhostlyOcam on the forums

This shows how deeply Evangelion influences both its creators and its fans – Shinji Ikari is still “a part of” his voice actor a quarter-century after his debut, and will remain a part of Megumi Ogata even after his journey in Shin Eva is finished. Official song or not, I think there are many of us who would understand her feelings.

Ogata’s album is out on April 21:

Via GhostlyOcam, as ever!

Megumi Ogata fans in particular and Evangelion fans in general, you have something to look forward to even after Shin Eva releases!

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Shin Eva: Keep calm and stick to schedule

A few things have happened lately. Like other news outlets have reported, the Japanese prefectures of Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama have requested an additional two weeks of lockdown, with understandable public frustration.

Via Ghostly Ocam on the forum

This means that theaters in those prefectures will have to continue to operate under lockdown conditions, with reduced operating hours and additional seating restrictions. This is likely to bring down the opening week totals for Shin Eva, given the large population in those prefectures.

That being said, it appears that the movie is NOT in any danger of a delay, and tickets go on presale at midnight Japan time on Friday, March 5 (47 hours and 30 minutes from now)

Via Ghostly Ocam on the forum

So don’t worry, folks. We’ll get our Shin Eva fix.

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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.