After years of getting delayed, it looks like the final Evangelion movie is getting yet another delay. Four prefectures in Japan have declared a new state of emergency, and they are Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba. They announced the state of emergency because of a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in the area. The planned state of emergency will last from January 8 until February 7, 2021.
The staff apologized for this latest delay and promised to announce a new release date in the days to come. Unfortunately, the movie is not the only thing getting a delay either. They also announced that the “SHIN EVANGELION” music CD release by Shiro Sagisu will also be getting delayed from its originally-planned February 10 release.
The movie itself has finished recording dialogue last November. Previously, director and creator Hideaki Anno stated that the anime will be coming later than expected. The movie was supposed to open in Japan on June 27, 2020 after eight years of waiting. Unfortunately, COVID-19 delayed the anime a bit further, and they moved the premiere in Japan on January 23, 2021. Unfortunately, that is also getting delayed as explained earlier.
Studio Khara will once again be animating the movie, with creator Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla) also returning to direct it as well. Hideaki Anno’s Studio Khara announced the film back in 2012. Unfortunately, Anno’s personal issues, as well as other issues, kept pushing the film back.
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source: Evangelion official Twitter Page