GKIDS is offering anime fans in North America the opportunity to see the newest animated tale of Shinji and his fellow EVA pilots on the big screen. A definite release date for Western fans to view the EVA units on the big screen has yet to be announced. However, it’s been confirmed that the finale of the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series is set to arrive later in 2022.
Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 releasing in North American theaters
The film originally debuted in Japan in March 2021. It became one of the year’s highest-grossing films, then launched abroad on Amazon Prime Video in August 2021.
GKIDS, the anime distributor, recently announced that it had acquired the film’s rights. No specific date has been set as of this writing; GKIDS intends to release Thrice Upon a Time in theaters before the end of 2022.
GKIDS announced the news via their official Twitter account, with the film trying out this new NERV saga and being hailed by fans as one of the best anime films of all time:
Following the theatrical run, GKIDS will release Thrice Upon a Time on home video. The original 26-episode anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and the films Evangelion: Death (True)2 and The End of Evangelion are already available on Blu-ray and digital download-to-own.
The fourth and final installment of the REBUILD OF EVANGELION films, EVANGELION 3.0 + 1.0 THRICE UPON A TIME, brings an epic conclusion to the tale of Shinji and his fellow Eva pilots. It contains beautiful graphics and a thought-provoking narrative that has made EVANGELION a global pop culture phenomenon.
The plot follows Misato and her anti-NERV organization Wille as they arrive in Paris, a city that has become red due to core-ization. The crew of the flagship Wunder arrives at a confinement tower. They have only 720 seconds to rebuild the city. Shinji, Asuka, and Rei (Provisional Name) are wandering around Japan in the meantime. Mari’s enhanced Eva Unit 8 must intercept a swarm of NERV Evas.
The Evangelion series: a rundown
From October 1995 until March 1996, the original Evangelion anime aired. The tale follows Shinji Ikari, a teenager recruited by his father to join the shadowy organization Nerv and operate the titular mecha. The story is set in an apocalyptic future where humanity is plagued by giant monsters known as Angels.
Many believe the series to be one of the most influential anime. The series influenced famous and legendary titles such as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Jujutsu Kaisen. Neon Genesis Evangelion also impacted Western entertainment culture. References, homages, and tributes to it appear in shows like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, and Ricky and Morty.
Anno devised the Rebuild of Evangelion series to rework and expand on the original conclusion of the anime. Some fans and critics deemed the series to be unclear and too abstract. Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone was the first film to be released in 2007, followed by Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance in 2009 and Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo in 2012.
There are currently no new plans to bring Evangelion back to the realm of anime. However, a recent poster showcasing the “Shin Universe” featured Eva Unit 01 with Godzilla, Kamen Rider, and Ultraman. With Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno working on this new Shin universe, many fans are asking if we’ll witness a future crossover that combines all of these great masterpieces into one plot.
Will you see Evangelion: Thrice Upon A Time when it hits theaters later this year in 2022? Let us know in the comments.