Evangelion was a worldwide sensation when it debuted in the 90’s, and as Blu-ray Disc sales of the newest movie adaptations indicate, it’s still brilliant today.
The third and latest movie in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy, Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo (Evangelion Shin Gekijouban Q), has sold over 12,000 copies last week, ranking number 1 on Oricon’s weekly Blu-ray chart for the third week in a row since its release on April 24. In total, the Blu-ray Disc sales for the Rebuild series have broken through 1 million copies.
The news of Rebuild of Evangelion’s commercial success comes as no surprise, as the latest movie was screened in theatres from November 17 of last year to April 19 and gathered a whopping 5 billion yen in the box office.
Incidentally, the Blu-ray discs for the first two movies also ranked number 1 in Oricon’s chart for three weeks in a row, a feat no other franchise has accomplished before. Of course, the third movie might stay in the top spot next week, as well.
The Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy is a remake of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion from the same director, Anno Hideaki, and animation studio, Gainax. As educated fans of the anime would know, Hideaki went through a four-year period of depression before directing Evangelion, which helped form the psychological elements of the anime. Fortunately, he wasn’t depressed while directing the Rebuild series.
However, Evangelion 3.33 actually became a subject of controversy on the Internet because of its deviation from the original storyline. After the first two films closely followed the original, Evangelion 3.33 confused some fans with its unfamiliar storyline and unanswered questions. Hopefully, the next installment will tie up loose ends and bring the revised series to a satisfactory conclusion.
The fourth and final installment will come to theatres sometime this year. How many copies do you think that one will sell?