Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time may be out in Japan already, previously taking the #1 spot at the Japanese box office, but it has not yet hit the international market. Now, in one of the scenes, creator Hideaki Anno wanted to go old school, using old animation styles that existed before studios in Japan went digital. That included the use of an animation shooting table… which unfortunately, Khara does not have. Fortunately, his old mentor, Hayao Miyazaki’s studio, Ghibli, has one.
— (株)カラー 2号機 (@khara_inc2) May 11, 2021
Ghibli is as old school as you can get, so it ain’t surprising that they still have a relic of the past still functioning well. Khara apparently took their artwork over to Ghibli and shot the sequence there. The video above showed the process of of how animators used to do it before the digital age of anime.
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… before getting delayed again.
Studio Khara has once again animated 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: Sora News 24