Rebuild of Evangelion

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Rebuild of Evangelion
(Evangerion Shin Gekijōban)
Genre Mecha, Post-apocalyptic
Anime film series
Directed by Hideaki Anno (Chief director)
Kazuya Tsurumaki
Mahiro Maeda (Film 3)
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)
Anime and Manga portal

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]


Episode Release date in Japan Release date in U.S. Running time Gross revenue
(Japan only)
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Jo
September 1, 2007 November 17, 2009 98 minutes (theatrical)
101 minutes (uncut)
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Ha
June 27, 2009 March 29, 2011 108 minutes (theatrical)
112 minutes (uncut)
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Kyū
November 17, 2012 February 2, 2016 96 minutes $60,487,945
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0
Shin Evangerion Gekijōban:||

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.


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.

In 2012 the final film was briefly listed on Khara's website for a 2013 release.[10] Later, in the August 2013 issue of OtonaFami, it was announced that it would be released around winter 2015.[11] Despite implications that the film might be delayed due to Anno's other commitments in October 2014[12] this date was echoed in the January 2015 issue of Weekly Bunshun.[13] The film was delayed even further to an unknown date due to Anno's involvement with Godzilla: Resurgence.[14]

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  1. ^ "Evangelion: New Cinema Edition". Newtype. October 2006. Retrieved August 17, 2007. 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". September 8, 2006. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  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. November 17, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 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 October 13, 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". December 31, 2008. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Anime News Service - September 9th-22nd Anime News". September 9, 2006. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Final Evangelion Film No Longer Listed in 2013". Anime News Network. November 19, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "OtonaFami Lists 4th & Final Evangelion Film in 2015". Anime News Network. October 10, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Anno Jokes That 4th New Evangelion Film Might Be 4-6 Years After 3rd One". Anime News Network. October 28, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Magazine: Final Evangelion Film Slated for Fall-Winter 2015 With Utada Song". Anime News Network. December 26, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ "『シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版』及びゴジラ新作映画に関する庵野秀明のコメント" (in Japanese). Evangelion's Official site. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 

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