Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

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Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.
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Japanese theatrical poster
Directed by Hideaki Anno (chief)
Mahiro Maeda
Kazuya Tsurumaki
Produced by Hideaki Anno
Toshimichi Ohtsuki
Written by Hideaki Anno
Based on Neon Genesis Evangelion 
by Hideaki Anno (story) and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (characters)
Starring Megumi Ogata
Megumi Hayashibara
Yuko Miyamura
Maaya Sakamoto
Akira Ishida
Music by Shiro Sagisu
Cinematography Toru Fukushi
Edited by Young Mi Lee
Distributed by T-Joy & Khara
Release dates
  • November 17, 2012 (2012-11-17)
Running time 96 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $60,487,945[1]

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. (ヱヴァンゲリオン新劇場版:Q Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Kyū?, "Evangelion: The New Movie: Q", where the "Q" stands for "Quickening") is a Japanese animated film directed by Hideaki Anno and the third of four films released in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy, a remake of the original anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was produced and co-distributed by Anno's Studio Khara and released in Japanese theaters on November 17, 2012.


Asuka Langley Shikinami and Mari Illustrious Makinami are sent in Evangelions Unit-02 and Unit-08 into Earth orbit to retrieve a container in which Unit-01 and Shinji Ikari are sealed. After Asuka grabs the container, it releases SEELE-built Evangelion Mark.04 drones. Mari cannot provide support due to her premature reentry, leaving Asuka to battle the drones alone. As she cries for Shinji to do something, Unit-01 awakens and destroys the drones before deactivating and descending back to Earth with Asuka. On Earth, Kaworu Nagisa watches and says he has been waiting for Shinji.

Shinji is salvaged from Unit-01 and fitted with an explosive choker by WILLE, an organization formed to destroy NERV and its Evangelions, led by Misato Katsuragi and Ritsuko Akagi. He is given a physical examination, but otherwise observed indifferently by nearly everyone. When Shinji demands an explanation, more of SEELE's drones attack. WILLE manages to launch the flying battleship Wunder and destroy the drones.

After the battle, Shinji discovers that Unit-01 is now the energy source of the Wunder and, if the choker is not detonated, he is unable to pilot an Evangelion. Ritsuko tells him that his fellow occupant of Unit-01, Rei Ayanami, was not found inside it. Asuka also reveals that he had been sealed away for 14 years and that none of the EVA pilots have aged during that time. Evangelion Mark.09, seemingly piloted by Rei, then intercepts the Wunder and retrieves Shinji. Despite Ritsuko urging Misato to kill Shinji, she hesitates until they are out of range.

Rei brings Shinji to what remains of NERV Headquarters, where his father Gendo informs him that he is to pilot a new Evangelion, Unit-13, with Kaworu. While at NERV, Shinji bonds with Kaworu as they practice piano duets together, though he finds that Rei has no memories from before and only follows orders. When Shinji asks Kaworu what happened to people he knew, Kaworu takes him to the ruins of the Geofront and Tokyo-3, explaining that Shinji's awakening of Unit-01 caused Third Impact and further decimated the world. He also reveals the aim of the ongoing Human Instrumentality Project: to kill all lifeforms on Earth, allowing for the creation of beings that bear the Fruit of Life.

Fuyutsuki invites Shinji to play shogi with him and reveals that Shinji's mother, Yui Ayanami, is inside Unit-01 as the control system and Rei belongs to a series of her clones; the Rei which rescued him from the Wunder is only the latest clone and exhibits none of the personality traits of the original. The revelation causes Shinji's mental breakdown. On the day of the operation, Shinji is unsure whether to follow Gendo's orders or Misato's plea to not pilot an Evangelion again, so Kaworu removes Shinji's choker and wears it as a sign of trust.

Shinji and Kaworu pilot Unit-13 into Terminal Dogma on their mission to use the Spears of Cassius and Longinus to undo Third Impact; Rei follows in Mark.09. When Unit-13 reaches Lilith's corpse, Kaworu realizes that both spears are the same type, not two different types as first expected. He pleads with Shinji to not remove them, but to no avail. Asuka and Mari arrive in their EVAs to stop Shinji. Nevertheless, Shinji removes the spears, causing Lilith to explode into LCL. By Gendo's order, Mark.09 decapitates Mark.06 to release the Twelfth Angel, which is absorbed by Unit-13.

The awakened Unit-13 flies out of the Geofront and rises into the sky, starting Fourth Impact. Kaworu reveals he is the First Angel, now "cast down" to the Thirteenth. The choker detects Unit-13's awakening and activates. Rei loses control of Mark.09, which boards Wunder on its own in an attempt to take control of the ship. Rei ejects from her EVA, and Asuka blows up Unit-02 to destroy Mark.09. To halt Fourth Impact, Kaworu allows the choker to kill him before Shinji's eyes. Mari then ejects Shinji's cockpit from Unit-13. WILLE recovers Unit-02 and Unit-08, then retreats. Asuka recovers an unresponsive Shinji and drags him through the remains of Tokyo 3, with Rei following.


Character Japanese English
Shinji Ikari (碇 シンジ Ikari Shinji?) Megumi Ogata Spike Spencer
Kaworu Nagisa (渚 カヲル Nagisa Kaoru?) Akira Ishida Jerry Jewell
Asuka Langley Shikinami (式波・アスカ・ラングレー Shikinami Asuka Rangurē?) Yuko Miyamura Tiffany Grant
Rei Ayanami (綾波 レイ Ayanami Rei?) Megumi Hayashibara Brina Palencia
Misato Katsuragi (葛城 ミサト Katsuragi Misato?) Kotono Mitsuishi Allison Keith
Ritsuko Akagi (赤木 リツコ Akagi Ritsuko?) Yuriko Yamaguchi Colleen Clinkenbeard
Mari Illustrious Makinami (真希波・マリ・イラストリアス Makinami Mari Irasutoriasu?) Maaya Sakamoto Trina Nishimura
Kozo Fuyutsuki (冬月 コウゾウ Fuyutsuki Kōzō?) Motomu Kiyokawa Kent Williams
Gendo Ikari (碇 ゲンドウ Ikari Gendō?) Fumihiko Tachiki John Swasey
Midori Kitakami (北上 ミドリ Kitakami Midori?)[*] Mariya Ise Tia Ballard
Sakura Suzuhara (鈴原 サクラ Suzuhara Sakura?)[*] Miyuki Sawashiro Felecia Angelle
Shigeru Aoba (青葉 シゲル Aoba Shigeru?) Takehito Koyasu Phil Parsons
Kohji Takao (高雄 コウジ Takao Kōji?)[*] Akio Otsuka Greg Dulcie
Hideki Tama (多摩 ヒデキ Tama Hideki?)[*] Anri Katsu Aaron Roberts
Makoto Hyuga (日向 マコト Hyūga Makoto?) Hiro Yuuki Mike McFarland
Sumire Nagara (長良 スミレ Nagara Sumire?)[*] Sayaka Ohara Krishna Smitha
Maya Ibuki (伊吹 マヤ Ibuki Maya?) Miki Nagasawa Caitlin Glass

^ New character.


The film's initial teaser trailer, shown after the end credits of Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance in the style of the "next episode" previews in the original TV series, described Shinji and Rei still remaining frozen within Unit-01, Tokyo-3 and the Geofront being abandoned, "NERV personnel [being] held in confinement," "Eva Mark-06 descend[ing] on Dogma," "the quickening Eva Unit-08 and its pilot," and the assembling of "the children chosen by fate." Scenes shown included the impaled Unit-01, Kaworu meeting with four shadowy figures, Gendo and Fuyutsuki in mountain climbing gear, Kaji yelling while pointing a pistol at someone, Mari confronting four Rei clones, a private conference between Mari and an unknown person, and a restored Asuka wearing an eyepatch (despite none of them appearing in the final film).

On August 26, 2011, a 15-second teaser trailer was shown after the Evangelion 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance television broadcast, featuring footage of Asuka piloting Unit-02 in space and a tentative release date in the fall of 2012.[2] On January 1, 2012, the official website was updated to reveal the official English title, You Can (Not) Redo, and a tentative release date for the fourth and final film in 2013.[3] The "EVA-EXTRA 08" live screening in Shinjuku revealed that the film would be released in Japan on November 17, 2012.[4]

A 30-second trailer streamed on Nico Nico Douga on October 17, 2012, showing Shinji, Rei, Kaworu, Mari, and Asuka.[citation needed] A full trailer, the fifth promotional video for the film, was released on November 1, 2012, containing both footage from the August 26 Nico Nico Douga trailer as well as previously unseen footage. It also featured a new song by music composer Shirō Sagisu, titled "The Wrath of God, in All Its Fury". On November 14, a one-minute 48-second trailer was released privately on Hikaru Utada's YouTube channel. It features Hikaru Utada's new song, "Sakura Nagashi". On November 16, 2012, the first six minutes and thirty-eight seconds of the film were aired on Nippon Television to promote the film's release at midnight on November 17.[5] An additional 17-second trailer was released on November 18, showing EVA Units 02 and 13, the airship Wunder, and the main cast of Evangelion thus far.

A new three-minute trailer was released on April 17 as the promotional video for the 3.0 video release, renamed Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo.


The film was released in Korean theaters in April 2013. The Japanese Blu-ray and DVD was released on April 24, 2013.[6]

The film has been licensed by Funimation (North America), Madman Entertainment (Australia) and Manga Entertainment (United Kingdom) for home release on Blu-ray and DVD.[7][8] The US announcement was revealed once their Facebook page reached over 1 million likes and was later provided with a release date for February 2014.[9] However due to more demand on theatrical screenings the home release was delayed.[10] After numerous months with lack of information regarding both the theatrical release and home release, a FUNimation post on Facebook assured fans that the distributor is working closely with Studio Khara to ensure the English dub is closer to Khara's vision.[11] As a result, both the Australian and United Kingdom releases (both originally given a March 2014 release date) have been postponed until the situation has been sorted.

Before the delay, Madman organized screenings of 3.0 as part of its Reel Anime film festival in select cinemas across Australia from September to October 2013.[12] In the US, the film was screened as part of the Jpop Summit Festival 2013 in San Francisco on July 27, July 29 and August 4, 2013. It was also screened at Otakon 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland and at Anime Weekend Atlanta on September 28. The premiere of the English dub was screened at New York Comic Con on October 11, 2013, which was previously announced as a subbed screening.[13]


The theme song for the film, "Sakura Nagashi" (桜流し?, lit. "Flowing Cherry Blossoms"), was provided by Japanese-American singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada, who also wrote the themes for the previous two films. Utada, though currently on hiatus, agreed to a standalone release.[14] The song was created with help from English songwriter Paul Carter.[15][16] A soundtrack album with the film's score by Shirō Sagisu titled Shiro SAGISU Music from "EVANGELION: 3.0" You Can Not Redo which contains the "full" music track from the film as well as several bonus tracks not included in the film was released on November 28, 2012.[17] Another soundtrack disc contains the film edited version of the music, titled Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo Original Soundtrack was released on April 24, 2013 bundled with the first press edition of the film's home video release.


Box office[edit]

The film was released in Japan on November 17, 2012. It earned Japan's second-highest weekend box office of 2012 with 1,131,004,600 yen (US$13,913,200).[18] The film subsequently grossed the equivalent of over US $60 million at box office.[19]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2013 36th Japan Academy Award Animation of the Year Nominated
46th Sitges Catalonian International Film Festival - Anima't Award Best Animated Feature Film Nominated


The fourth and the final film, Evangelion: Final, was previewed in a post-credits trailer. It shows EVA Unit 8+2, an apparent fusion of Unit-02 and Unit-08, seemingly fighting dark green copies of Mark.06. Misato's narration of the trailer suggests Shinji who "still lack[s] the will to live" finding a "place that teaches him hope", the implementation of the Human Instrumentality Project, and a final stand by WILLE and the Wunder (with the customary promise of fan service, "up to the end").


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  2. ^ "3rd Evangelion Remake Film to Open Fall 2012". Anime News Network. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Final Evangelion Remake Film to Open in 2013". Anime News Network. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo Film Trailer Posted". Anime News Network. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Evangelion: 3.0 Film's 1st 7 Minutes to Air Before Opening". Anime News Network. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.khara.co.jp/news/2013/02/000272.html[dead link]
  7. ^ "Funimation Licenses Evangelion 3.0 Film". Anime News Network. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Evangelion Art Exhibition Tour coming in 2013 « Madman Entertainment News". Madman.com.au. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  9. ^ "Funimation reached 1 million likes on Facebook!". Funimation. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "It has been announced today...". Funimation. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Any Word on Evangelion 3.33". Facebook. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  12. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151611975698478&set=a.94848698477.106907.48390358477&type=1
  13. ^ http://funimation.tumblr.com/post/63108030833/evangelion-3-33-english-dub-premiere-at-new-york-comic
  14. ^ "Hikaru Utada Sings Evangelion: 3.0's Ending Theme". Anime News Network. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Sakura Nagashi.JP Official Website. [1], EMI music JP.
  16. ^ Paul Carter on IMDB. [2], IMDB, Dec 2012
  17. ^ "Amazon.co.jp: Shiro SAGISU Music from "EVANGELION 3.0"YOU CAN(NOT)REDO.: 音楽". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  18. ^ "Evangelion: 3.0 Earns Japan's Highest Weekend Box Office of 2012 (Updated)". Anime News Network. November 19, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=evangelion3.htm

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