Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 Delayed Due to Concerns Regarding COVID-19

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Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0: Thrice Upon a Time, the fourth Rebuild of Evangelion movie also known as Shin Evangelion, has been postponed due to concerns regarding COVID-19. The update came from the official Evangelion Twitter account. Slated to release on June 27, 2020, this date has been pushed back due to the on-going pandemic. An official announcement regarding a rescheduled date for the release of the highly anticipated animated film will be delivered through the official Evangelion website. [Thanks, ErrenVanDuine!]

For fans that made reservations to see the film, the exclusive merchandise that would have accompanied the release of Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 will still be distributed. However, fans will have to check the sales page where their reservations were made in order to follow instructions on how to receive these goods.

Various collaboration events have been taking place in order to promote the upcoming release of the film. Recently, Evangelion and Honda teamed up for a collaboration. Promotional videos featured main characters Rei Ayanami, Asuka Langely, and Shinji Ikari alongside the Honda Hatchback. There is also a Curry House CoCo moped contest.

Related to COVID-19, Japan has recently called for a nationwide state of emergency. This will apply to all forty-seven prefectures in Japan. The state of emergency will last until May 6, 2020.

Neon Genesis Evangelion originally began its run in Japan in October 1995. Evangelion: Death (True)2, the edit of 1997’s Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth, appeared in 1998. The End of Evangelion appeared in 1997. The Rebuild of Evangelion films, which offer a different take on the story, began airing in Japan in 2007 with Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo appeared in 2009 and 2012.

Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 currently has no release date and has been delayed multiple times. It originally had a 2016 release window.

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