Rebuild of Evangelion

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Part of a series of articles on the
Rebuild of Evangelion
movie series

Rebuild of Evangelion (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版 Evangelion Shin Gekijōban, lit. "Evangelion New Theatrical Edition") is a series of four movies by the creators of Neon Genesis Evangelion, which form an alternate retelling of the original TV series. "Rebuild of Evangelion" constitutes a separate continuity from the continuity of the original TV series and associated movies, Evangelion: Death and Rebirth and The End of Evangelion.

The Rebuild movie series is intended to be more accessible and understandable to non-fans of the original series, even if new viewers have never seen the original series at all, while at the same time satisfying fans of the original series.

Production History

On February 17, 2007 series creator Hideaki Anno released an official statement in a form of a movie poster that was shown in 50 cinemas in Japan, providing an explanation for his motivations in creating a new version of the franchise, and stating that the release date for the first film in Japanese theaters was September 1st, 2007.

Many who worked on the original Evangelion production team returned to work on Rebuild. Hideaki Anno has written the script for the first movie and will be the general director and manager for the entire project. Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masayuki directed the movies while Yoshiyuki Sadamoto provides character designs and Ikuto Yamashita provides mechanical designs. Shinji Higuchi and Tomoki Kyoda provided storyboards for the first movie.

Storyline

“Rebuild of Evangelion” was originally presented as an alternate retelling of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion: the first three movies were intended to be an “alternate retelling” of the series, while the fourth and final film is promised to be an entirely new, alternate ending to the series.

Major differences include that while Kaworu Nagisa was originally introduced very late in the series in Episode 24, in Rebuild of Evangelion he was briefly present in the first film. In addition, a new female major character named Mari appears starting from the second film.

The plot of the first Rebuild film ends with “Operation Yashima,” the battle against the Angel Ramiel in Episode 06 which concluded the introductory story arc. The plotline of the second film ends in the battle against Zeruel in Episode 19, but the story greatly differs from that of the original series, with the added developments of Kaworu's alternate role and Mari's entrance to the series. The third movie in the Rebuild, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, has just about no relation to the orignal TV series or End of Evangelion, skewing out of the alternate events occurring in You Can (Not) Advance and setting up the final film in the series.

Films

English Title Japanese Title English Translation Release date
Evangelion:1.0
You Are (Not) Alone
ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序 (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Jo) Evangelion New Theatrical Edition: Prelude September 1, 2007 (Japan)
Evangelion:2.0
You Can (Not) Advance
ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:破 (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Ha) Evangelion New Theatrical Edition: Break June 27, 2009 (Japan)
Evangelion:3.0
You Can (Not) Redo
ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Q) Evangelion New Theatrical Edition: Quickening November 17, 2012 (Japan)
Evangelion:3.0+1.0
Thrice Upon A Time
シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版:||(Shin Evangelion Gekijōban: || ) New Evangelion Theatrical Edition: 3.0 + 1.0

Trivia

  • The Japanese title for Evangelion 3.0+1.0 contains a musical repeat sign. While no official meaning for the repeat sign has been announced by Anno or Gainax, fans speculate that the inclusion of such a symbol may indicate either a "repeat" in events or possibly time travel shenanigans. This, however, has been widely considered as extremely unlikely and the inclusion of the symbol is most likely stylistic.
A Musical Repeat Sign

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