Much to my chagrin, I forgot to include the final film in Hideaki Anno’s Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy in my 2021 movie preview. In my defense, though, the film fell off my radar thanks to a troubled production schedule that’s been hampered by delays (seemingly since day one). But earlier this month, the Khara studio (which Anno created for the Rebuild project) announced that they’d completed all of the film’s photography and editing.
The final Evangelion film — which now boasts the cryptic and ungainly title of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time — will finally arrive in Japanese theaters on January 23. The film’s final trailer is full of fascinating and striking imagery, including a battle between a pair of Evangelion Unit-01s, and it certainly feels of a piece with other footage that’s surfaced to date.
At this point, I have no inkling as to whether Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 will be good or bad. With the third film, 2012’s Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Anno took the series’ storyline in a totally new direction, so who knows how the fourth film will wrap things up? All I know is that I’m deeply curious concerning the conclusion to Anno’s recreation of his influential, groundbreaking, and controversial anime series.
That, and the final film will almost certainly be completely, totally, utterly bonkers (for better or worse).