On March 8, 2022 Studio Khara celebrated the first-year anniversary of Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time. It commemorated the final film in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy with a special Twitch Watch Party stream. As viewers in Japan watched the film alongside presenters, the Evangelion 3.0+1.0 cast sent congratulatory messages and letters to the fans and staff. The official Evangelion Twitter account translated the messages into English and posted them up on March 12, 2022 for the franchise’s global fans.
The cast comments included messages from the principal voice actors involved with the film.
— エヴァンゲリオン公式 (@evangelion_co) March 12, 2022
The Evangelion 3.0+1.0 cast comments included messages from
Megumi Ogata (Shinji), Megumi Hayashibara (Rei), Yuuko Miyamura (Asuka), Maaya Sakamoto (Mari), Akira Ishida (Kaworu), Kotono Mitsuishi (Misato), and Yuriko Yamaguchi (Ritsuko). Fumihiko Tachiki (Gendo), Motomu Kiyokawa (Fuyutsuki), Miki Nagasawa (Maya), Takehito Koyasu (Aoba), Hiro Yuuki (Hyuga), Sayaka Ohara (Nagara), Miyuki Sawashiro (Sakura), Mariya Ise (Kitakami), and Anri Katsu (Tama) made up the second batch of congratulatory comments. The third batch consisted of Tetsuya Iwanaga (Kensuke), Tomokazu Seki (Toji), Junko Iwao (Hikari), Koichi Yamadera (Kaji), Kouki Uchiyama (Ryoji), and Ryunosuke Kamiki (Shinji).
Check out the full set of messages in the gallery.
Besides the Evangelion 3.0+1.0 cast comments, the commemorative stream included a question-and-answer section with Hideaki Anno himself. Some of the questions came from fans.
One question asked about the Showa-era songs Mari sings in the film. Anno said he chose them himself, with an eye on lyrics that suited the scenes’ themes. Another question asked if the main Evangelion story truly was over. Anno said that he’d ended the series thrice at this point, and it was time to call it. One question asked whether the character of Mari was modeled after Anno’s wife, manga creator Moyoco Anno. Anno acknowledged that people are free to interpret works as they see fit, but that he’s saddened by the way such baseless speculation can affect staff members and their families, and as such firmly rejects that particular point. Other questions were compiled into a thread, which is linked here in Japanese.
Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time and the other Rebuild of Evangelion movies are available on Amazon Prime Video in some regions. The original series is available on Netflix.