When it rains LCL, it pours.
Just scant weeks after the original series and its attendant films appear on streaming for the first time, Neon Genesis Evangelion’s rebooted movie series, the Rebuild films, are finally showing signs of life for the first time in a while. (Some background: in 2007, a new four-film adaptation of Evangelion, helmed again by director Hideaki Anno, began with the release of Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone. The third film came out in 2012, and fans have been waiting for the fourth ever since.) The fourth film of the series, titled, for now, anyways, Evangelion 3.0+1.0, just debuted its first footage during a special presentation at Japan Expo in Paris.
The footage, featuring the first ten minutes of the movie, was also livestreamed, and let me tell you all, it is bonkers. Featuring Mari, a protagonist new to the Rebuild series, piloting her Eva in the post-apocalyptic ruins of Paris, the opening moments of 3.0+1.0 are full of ridiculous combat, dizzying visuals, and high-speed technobabble that I don’t understand because it’s spoken in Japanese and subtitled in French. But apparently there’s something about the Vatican—does the Vatican have Evas? What if the Vatican has Evas?
This footage, while stunning, also manages to answer absolutely none of the million questions asked by the previous film, which is disappointing but unsurprising. But on the other hand, there’s some wild stuff with the Eiffel Tower. So who’s to say what’s good or bad.
The footage is viewable online, through an archive of the livestream from Japan Expo. It's all in Japanese, though, so here's a resub of the footage in English:
Evangelion 3.0+1.0 is slated for release in 2020, only about five years later than expected.
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