Back in 1995, Hideaki Anno created the original Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. Composed of 26 episodes and a 1997 film titled The End of Evangelion, the series has continuously been hailed as part of the resurgence of anime along with it's evolution into a denser medium by exploring the human psyche with the use of Freudian and Jungian theory along with delving into various theologies. Then, in 2007, Anno decided to release the first of what would become a four-film saga titled Rebuild of Evangelion.
While the films retained the premise of the series, focusing on teenage boy Shinji Akari who is recruited to pilot one of several giant bio-machine mechas called Evangelion in order to protect mankind from alien beings called Angels, the films were Anno's attempt to make a more accessible and action-oriented version. It was a long road with the second film released in 2009 and the third film released in 2014 before a near six-year gap that saw the final film be released last year in 2020. And while there has often been a gap between the film's getting a release in native Japan before getting an internationl release, thanks to Amazon, fans outside of Japan will get to see the concluding chapter next month when it's released on Prime on August 13th. Titled Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, you can check out the official trailer announcing it's arrival below:
Amazon Prime Video will make it available with ten different language dubs (including English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian) and provide subtitles in 28 languages. In addition, Amazon will make the previous three films in the series available on its service. While the first film was essentially a remake of the first six episodes of the original series, the following films have increasingly diverted from the original story of the anime, partially due to the films having a bigger budget and updated effects that were not available to Anno who infamously had to cut corners with animation for the original 25th and 26th episode. Now though, Anno's vision has come to fruition with a more baffling and wild story with the fourth film set to also be the longest of any of the films (having a runtime of 155 minutes). But for fans of the franchise, every additional minute will be worth it. Stay tuned!