The distributor has acquired rights to the movie, ‘Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time,’ a year after its resonant release in Japan.
Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time was released in Japan last year. The film served as a finale to a series of movies spun off creator Hideaki Anno’s original 1995 anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion -- beginning with Evangelion:1.11 You Are (Not) Alone in 2007 and followed by Evangelion:2.22 You Can (Not) Advance in 2009 and Evangelion:3.33 You Can (Not) Redo in 2012.
“GKIDS is honored to represent the epic conclusion of a story over 25 years in the making,” said GKIDS president David Jesteadt. “Like with so many others, Evangelion was critical in expanding my idea of what animation could be, and I look forward to joining other fans in theaters to celebrate the end of the saga with Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time.”
Here’s GKIDS’ official synopsis for the latest film:
"From legendary director Hideaki Anno, Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time is the fourth and final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion films, bringing an epic conclusion to the story of Shinji and his fellow Eva pilots, with the stunning visuals and thought-provoking storytelling that has made Evangelion a global pop culture phenomenon.
Misato and her anti-NERV group Wille arrive at Paris, a city now red from core-ization. Crew from the flagship Wunder land on a containment tower. They only have 720 seconds to restore the city. When a horde of NERV Evas appears, Mari's improved Eva Unit 8 must intercept. Meanwhile, Shinji, Asuka, and Rei (Provisional Name) wander about Japan."
In 2021, GKIDS released Anno’s 26-episode series, along with the films Evangelion:Death (True)2 and The End of Evangelion, on Blu-ray and digital for the first time in North America. The label also holds North American distribution rights for Anno’s prior series, NADIA: The Secret of Blue Water.
No dates for the latest film’s theatrical and home video releases have been revealed as of yet.