Final Evangelion Film Gets Delayed Due To COVID-19

To all the shut-in NEETs who were finally planning to leave the house; NO! Not to get hit by Truck-kun, but to rather enjoy the last instalment of Evangelion in theatres.

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Curb your anxiety, as it seems that the fourth and final Evangelion movie can (not) get released just yet, as the pandemic strikes again disguised as the 19th Angel.

Unfortunately, this parallel world does not have NERV to fight back this cruel Angel, but who knows, maybe this is the first step towards Tokyo-2 and potentially Tokyo-3.

Following the new wave of COVID-19, Japan has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo-1 and ten neighboring prefectures, in effect until February 7.

This has resulted in movie theatres reducing their capacity by half and also drawing the curtains by 8 in the evening.

As containing the virus is the highest priority, Studio Khara has decided to once again delay the opening of the new Evangelion movie.

As a result of careful consideration in response to the issuance of the state of emergency, we decided that the convergence of the spread of infection was the highest priority, and refrained from releasing “Shin Evangelion Theatrical Version” on January 23, and postponed it again. I have decided. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to all of you waiting again.

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Along with it, the movie’s theme song, “One Last Kiss,” performed by Hikaru Utada, has also been delayed from its January 27, 2021 release.

Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time, which was originally scheduled for screening beginning from June 27, 2020, already got pushed back to January 23, 2021, due to the pandemic.

But once again, as the situation in the nation worsened with the new wave of the virus, Studio Khara was forced to delay the premiere. The studio has not yet finalized the new release date for the movie.

Final Evangelion Film Gets Delayed Due to COVID-19
Neon Genesis Evangelion | Source: IMDb

Although, the good news is – the production of the movie is done, and only the screening has been delayed. So, fans can rest assured that they won’t be waiting for it long.

As the saying goes, ‘Third time’s the charm,’ so let’s hope for the best this time, and if it all goes well, we can finally feast on some new Eva content after eight years.

About Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Japanese anime television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, directed by Hideaki Anno and broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996.

This series revolves around Shinji Ikari, who was recruited by his father to battle giant monsters (called Angels) in enormous mecha suits (called Evangelion).

Shinji has a hard time bearing this responsibility, and his inner conflict about these events leads to introspective episodes covering a range of religious and existential questions.


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