Rebuild of Evangelion

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Rebuild of Evangelion
ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版
(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban)
Genre Mecha, Post-apocalyptic
Anime film series
Directed by Hideaki Anno
Kazuya Tsurumaki
Masayuki
Mahiro Maeda
Produced by Hideaki Anno
Toshimichi Otsuki
Written by Hideaki Anno
Music by Shiro Sagisu
Studio Studio Khara
Licensed by
Released September 1, 2007 – ongoing
Runtime Theatrical edition:
302 minutes (ongoing)
Uncut edition:
309 minutes (ongoing)
Films 4 (List of films)
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Rebuild of Evangelion, known in Japan as Evangelion: New Theatrical Edition (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版 Evangerion Shin Gekijōban?), is a Japanese animated film series and a reboot of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion anime TV series, produced by Studio Khara. Hideaki Anno served as the writer and general manager of the project, with Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masayuki directing the films themselves. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Ikuto Yamashita, and Shirō Sagisu returned to provide character designs, mechanical designs, and music respectively.

The film tetralogy utilizes newly available 3D CG animation and provides new scenes, settings, and characters, with a completely new conclusion in the fourth film. Another stated intention of the series is for it to be more accessible to non-fans than the original TV series and films were.[1][2]

Titles[edit]

Episode Release date in Japan Release date in U.S. Running time Gross revenue
(Japan only)
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
(ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序
Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Jo
)
September 1, 2007 November 17, 2009 98 minutes (theatrical)
101 minutes (uncut)
$18,759,980
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
(ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:破
Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Ha
)
June 27, 2009 March 29, 2011 108 minutes (theatrical)
112 minutes (uncut)
$41,028,401
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
(ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q
Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Kyū
)
November 17, 2012 January 10, 2014 96 minutes $59,322,116
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0
(シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版:||
Shin Evangerion Gekijōban:||
)
[3][4][5]
TBA TBA TBA

The concept of jo-ha-kyū (序破急?), which roughly corresponds to "beginning", "middle", and "end", originated in classical gagaku music and is best known to describe the acts of a noh play. In lieu of the traditional classification, the production team has chosen to represent kyū (?, [ˈkʲu͍ː], "hurry") with the Roman letter Q, for "quickening." With the premiere of the third film, it was announced that the symbol to be used for the final film would be the musical symbol known as the final barline (𝄂 or ||).[3] However, according to an article published by Anime News Network, it is actually the end repeat sign (𝄇 or :||).[4] The intended Japanese pronunciation of this symbol has not been stated.

The film titles, in contrast to the normal katakana spelling of Evangelion (エヴァンゲリオン Evangerion), replace the e () and o () characters with the obsolete we () character and the infrequently used katakana wo (), respectively. The change is purely a stylistic one, as there is no change in pronunciation and all appearances of the Latin spelling of "Evangelion" remain the same. The final film reverts to the original katakana spelling, but adds Shin (シン?) to the title; as it is written in katakana and not kanji, the meaning of shin is ambiguous and it can be alternatively translated as either "new" ( Shin), "true" ( Shin), or even something else entirely. As was done with episode titles in the original series, each film has an original Japanese title and a separate English international title picked out by the Japanese studio itself.

Production[edit]

Anno initially began work on Rebuild films in the fall of 2002, spending nearly six months on pre-production before being delayed by various other projects (such as Cutie Honey, the Re: Cutie Honey OVA, and even a few movie roles).[6] This included watching the entire original series back-to-back.[7] In the December 2006 issue of Newtype, Anno revealed he was happy to finally recreate Eva "as he wanted it to be" in the beginning and that he was no longer constrained by technological and budget limitations.[8]

The release schedule of the Rebuild movies has experienced many delays, with the first film pushed from its original summer release date to fall 2007, and the second film's release date shifted from 2008 to summer 2009. The third film, initially announced as a simultaneous release with Evangelion: Final in the summer of 2008,[9] was released in the fall of 2012. The final film, briefly listed on Khara's website as a 2013 release,[10] currently has no official release date (though the magazine OtonaFami has claimed it will be released in the winter of 2015, in time for the franchise's twentieth anniversary).[11] 2015 is also the year of the fictional setting of the franchise.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evangelion: New Cinema Edition". Newtype. October 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-17. It will be a work that can be enjoyed even if you have not seen the TV series. I want old hard-core fans and even fans who just know Eva from pachinko to view it as a single (i.e. stand-alone) movie. We welcome first-time viewers… 
  2. ^ "Anime News Service - September 4th-8th Anime News". Animenewsservice.com. 2006-09-08. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  3. ^ a b "次回 シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版". Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "4th & Final Evangelion Anime Film Titled (Updated)". Anime News Network. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q 公式サイト" (in Japanese). Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Personal Biography: Hideaki Anno - Scriptwriter, director, etc.". Khara. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Second Impact". Newtype USA (Houston, TX: A.D. Vision) 5 (12): 30–31. December 2006. ISSN 1541-4817. 
  8. ^ "Anime News Service Archive December 2006". Animenewsservice.com. 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  9. ^ "Anime News Service - September 9th-22nd Anime News". Animenewsservice.com. 2006-09-09. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Final Evangelion Film No Longer Listed in 2013". Anime News Network. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "OtonaFami Lists 4th & Final Evangelion Film in 2015". Anime News Network. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 

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