‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ final rebuild coming this January


After years and years of waiting, the last Neon Genesis Evangelion movie now has a release date. The final “Rebuild of Evangelion” will be out on January 23, 2021.

Neon Genesis Evangelion received multiple movies over the last decade or so. The fourth and final rebuild will go by Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. It will come to Japanese theaters on January 23 next year.

There’s no information yet about a potential Western dub or release.

Last “Evangelion” movie to release 2021

According to the anime streaming site Crunchyroll, the new trailer came out. The trailer before today’s screening of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train. The movie will receive direction from Hideki Anno, the anime’s original director.

This upcoming movie will be the culmination of a 30-year journey for Hideaki Anno. The original Evangelion came out as a series, running from 1995 to 1996 in Japan. Due to a lack of funds, the ending was so abrupt that Anno received death threats.

The infamous “Congratulations” ending was not a satisfying endpoint for the best anime of all time. A feature-length End of Evangelion came out in 1997 to resolve the finish.

The original series received an HD overhaul and retelling through the Rebuild of Evangelion. The first movie Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone in 2007. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance followed in 2009.

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo came out in 2012 in Japan. The new release means the last movie comes nine years after the last one.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion has an enduring legend across anime fans. Watchers regard it as one of the best, if not the best, anime of all time. Its deconstruction of the shounen and mecha genre became a codifier for many other works.

The final Rebuild of Evangelion will be the end of an almost three-decade-long journey. Even then, there’s no precise info if the movie will get an English dub.

The last three movies premiered three years after the original showing in Japan. Following this logic, a US theatrical release will only happen in 2024. Even then, the show should have better backing now.

Netflix currently owns the official streaming rights to the series. They have the original series in full HD, together with the End of Evangelion movie. While they don’t have the remakes in their listing, that can change at any point.

Neon Genesis Evangelion will end with 3.0+1.0 on January 23. The original 3.0 movie ended with a cliffhanger, so there’s more mystery to answer. The last film would’ve released this year, but the pandemic delayed its release.

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