With over half a decade in the making, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time enters the last legs of its production — with release slated for January 23, 2021. In a tweet yesterday, Studio Khara announced that mainline vocal recordings have been completed. The tweet goes on to remind readers that 65 days remain before the film reaches the public.
Here is a rough translation of the tweet:
#Shin Evangerion Gekijouban
Recording of all voices including retakes and main is finished!
Thank you as well to all the actors for recording.
#Shin Eva 65 days to go public@khara_inc via Twitter
Hype runs high for Thrice Upon a Time, which will reportedly be the last of the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy. The four-film series has been a retelling of Neon Genesis Evangelion, a popular anime television series that delves into a post-cataclysmic world where humans fight a protracted war against powerful beings known as Angels. Studio Khara recently released the official trailer for the film, which garnered a very positive response.
Thrice Upon a Time ran into severe roadblocks during its production. While the film was expected to release in 2015, difficulties with the film preceding it brought producer and director Hideaki Anno into a bout with depression. In a post translated by SoraNews24, Hideaki noted that his mental state came as “a natural result of having spent six years grinding down [his] soul making Eva again.”
While the talented creator had battled depression before and had channeled his trials into the Evangelion TV series, Hideaki found himself at a loss with the Rebuild film series; fatigue and a purposelessness had been setting in, along with what he reportedly said was “decaying psychological unease.”
So, Hideaki took a break from the Rebuild series, instead working on Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises as a voice actor and on Shin Godzilla as co-director and writer. Only after the completion of Shin Godzilla in 2016 did Hideaki find himself available for Rebuild once again, and in November 2016 it was stated that Thrice Upon a Time (then only referred to as the fourth film) was in production. Studio Khara’s official twitter account then tweeted in April 2017 that the film’s development was progressing well.
Though scheduled to premiere in Japan on June 27, 2020, Thrice Upon a Time saw the release delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The studio did not reveal the new release date until this October when it posted the official trailer.