Our first look at the final chapter in the Rebuild of Evangelion series after a 5-year(!) wait.
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1 Aug 2017 - 1:12 PM  UPDATED 1 Aug 2017 - 1:20 PM

A new Neon Genesis Evangelion key visual proves that the fourth film in the recent Rebuild of Evangelion series is still on the way.

Studio Khara unveiled the first visual for Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0+1.0 on the film’s website, hinting at a bleak red coloured world set after the events of the third film in the Rebuild series, Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo.

The meaning of the caption - which according to Polygon reads, “after that, and the end. Not, and Anti,” - is unclear, but fans will be glad to see the movie is still in production. A release date for the film was not revealed but if this teaser is anything to go by, we expect to see more news by the end of the year. For now, we recommend anyone who hasn’t experienced the series before to watch the original anime series and End of Evangelion film prior to the Rebuild tetralogy.

Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0+1.0 was first teased at the end of the third Rebuild film’s theatrical release in Japan in 2012, with an announced Winter 2015 release. According to animation director Takeshi Honda and an announcement at the Shin Godzilla vs Evangelion Symphony concert in Japan, however, production only began late last year. After taking an exhaustingly long time producing the third film, director and series creator Hideaki Anno needed a break from the series. Anno further blamed the half a decade long delay on the production of his 2016 Godzilla reboot film, Shin Godzilla.

After it was released, I was broken,” Anno wrote in a post on the official Evangelion website. “I fell into what’s called a depressive state, the natural result of having spent six years grinding down my soul making Eva again.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a cult classic psychological mech drama series created by Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla, Sailor Moon S, Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion) and Studio Gainax (FLCL, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking). After a powerful alien species begins to invade Earth, a secret organisation enlists a group of teenagers to pilot giant robots to save the world. A tale with raw dark emotion, the original 90s anime mirrored Anno’s own experience with depression and mental health, with incredible characterisation and a bold art style.

The animated series was first released in 1995 with various spin-offs and adaptations, including a manga series, radio drama and even amusement park rides. The Rebuild film tetralogy is a reboot of the original series by Anno and Studio Khara (Gravity Daze the Animation: Ouverture, Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot, Utada Hikaru’s Beautiful World animated MV), initially seen as a retelling of the TV series’ story before introducing new characters and a more advanced plot in later films.

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