The final Evangelion movie is out and here are the first 12 minutes

by Natalie Lim

The final Evangelion movie: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon A Time has been released and here’s the preview of its first 12 minutes.

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Fans of the series have waited a good nine years for its debut. The movie was originally set for completion in 2015, but numerous delays pushed it to 2020. And just when you think that things couldn’t get any worse, COVID-19 happened and its release was once again, impeded.

But we don’t have to wait much longer. Though the highly-anticipated film has not reached the shores of Singapore yet, it has premiered in Japan’s theatres and its IMAX, MX4D and 4DX screenings will be released nationwide soon.

Evangelion movie: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon A Time

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Photo: Evangelion Fandom

There are four films in the Rebuild of Evangelion series. The first is titled “Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone”, the second “Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance”, and the third is called “Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo”.

If you’ve been following the series, you’ll know that the release of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo sparked controversial debate and left many of its audience confused. So we can’t help but wonder if the final film will be worth its excruciating wait.

The internet is our best guide and here’s what we’ve garnered from the lucky ones who have watched it.

Apparently, Evangelion movie: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon A Time has a runtime of 155 minutes and is by far, the longest movie of its series. Its plot is said to be “full of beauty and humanity”, the animation “10/10”, and provides an “incredible, solid and clear ending” for the series.

The final Evangelion film

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Photo: Vox

It has been a bittersweet journey. The mecha anime started as a television series in 1995 and was first titled Neon Genesis Evangelion. The story focuses on a teenage boy recruited by an organization named NERV, and he controls a giant cyborg called an Evangelion to fight monstrous beings known as Angels. The show takes place largely in a futuristic Tokyo and also centers on other Evangelion pilots and members of NERV as they try to prevent another catastrophe.

The 26-episode series received critical acclaim but also garnered controversy, due to the fact that the anime faced a distinct genre shift. Though originally planned as an action/adventure anime, it repositioned itself as psychological fiction — from the words of creator Hideaki Anno himself, the plot of the series reflects his four-year depression.

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Photo: IMDb

In 1997, Anno and Gainax released the feature film The End of Evangelion, which led to a rebirth of the anime industry and propelled Evangelion as a cultural icon.

Over the years, many other mecha animes have surfaced, with the recent DARLING In The FRANXX being held in comparison to the Evangelion series. However, true EVA fans know that nothing ever comes close to our OG god-like humanoids.

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