Updated: Aug 3, 2021
Written by: Adrian Andulan | Published on: July 06, 2021 at 11 PM PHT (GMT+8)
The official Twitter account for Amazon Prime video confirms the release of the final chapter for the Evangelion film series, based on the groundbreaking 90’s anime of the same name, having its global premiere on August 13, 2021 on the streaming platform.
"Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time” is the latest movie in the Evangelion film franchise based on the original anime television series by Hideaki Anno. The final film, alternatively entitled “Shin Evangelion”, has already been released in the Japan cinemas since March, and has so far become a box office hit. The move to Amazon Prime Video will be the film’s global release, exclusive to the platform but available to 240 countries and territories worldwide courtesy of Amazon Prime Video. Along with the final film, the first three films in the series will also be available for streaming.
The film series is part of a re-imagining of the famous 90’s anime called “Neon Genesis Evangelion”. With the series aptly named “Rebuild of Evangelion”, the films are part remake and part alternative storylines to “Neon Genesis Evangelion”. The original anime, released back in 1995, tells the story of Shinji Ikari, a teenage boy who finds himself caught in a war between humanity and otherworldly beings called “Angels”, and must learn to pilot humongous humanoid robots to battle these creatures. The series explores familiar anime tropes of mecha action and slice-of-life comedy, but mixed with dark psychological drama and existential themes. The anime became a huge cultural phenomenon back in the 90’s, and still remains as one of the most well-known and universally acclaimed animated media franchises to come from Japan.
The Hideaki Anno himself is part of the production of the films, having started back in 2007 with the release of the first film entitled “Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone” and maintaining a presence throughout all four films. The first film is a retelling of the first 6 episodes of the anime. The subsequent films in the series (“Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance” released in 2009, and “Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo” released in 2012) take a new approach, diverging to the possible storylines not tackled in the original anime.
Plot: After the events of the third film, Shinji Ikari must find the will to live and the strength to fight against those who wish to make the Instrumentality Project continue. Together with the organization WILLE, they must take one last stand to defend humanity.