The End of Evangelion Film to Screen in U.S. Theaters in March!

It was announced on Wednesday by GKIDS that they will be screening The End of Evangelion film in U.S. theaters for a limit time. It will be screened in Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The movie first premiered in Japan in 1997 as an alternative ending to the popular Neon Geneisis Evangelion anime series. GKIDS licensed the write to screen the movie in North American theaters, home video, and EST rights for the film in 2020. The company also released the Blu-ray Disc and digital download to own in the same year.

GKIDS also screed the Evangelion 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon A Time film in selected IMAX theaters in the United States in November 2022. It was also screen in regular U.S. theaters in the December of the same year. The company also released the movie on Blu-Ray Disc and in Collector’s Edition 4K UHD format on October 17.

The company describes the movie:

This final movie version was created as an alternative ending to the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION TV series, remaking the final two episodes from the series. SEELE plans an attack on NERV after failing to create a man-made Third Impact. After reaffirming both her own and her mother’s existence in a state of despair, Asuka returns and begins the counterattack. However, new enemies descend from the heavens. Meanwhile, Shinji witnesses the horrifying wreckage of Asuka’s EVA-02 while piloting EVA-01. Mass production models surround EVA-01 and perform a solemn ceremony. What does it mean to complete a human heart?”

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a highly influential and widely acclaimed Japanese anime television series created by Hideaki Anno. It originally aired from October 1995 to March 1996. The series is renowned for its complex narrative, deep psychological themes, and groundbreaking animation.

Set in a futuristic world where humanity is under threat from mysterious beings known as “Angels,” Neon Genesis Evangelion follows the story of Shinji Ikari, a reluctant teenage pilot who is recruited by the organization NERV to pilot a giant bio-mechanical robot called an “Evangelion” to combat the Angels. As Shinji becomes involved in the conflict, he grapples with his own insecurities, complex relationships with other pilots, and existential questions about the nature of existence and identity.

The series delves into psychological themes such as depression, trauma, loneliness, and the search for meaning, exploring the inner struggles of its characters as they face the pressures of piloting the Evangelions and the weight of their responsibilities.

The anime garnered widespread critical acclaim for its intricate storytelling, character development, and thought-provoking themes. It has since become a cultural phenomenon, influencing numerous other anime series, films, and works of fiction. The series has also spawned several movies, including “The End of Evangelion,” which serves as an alternate ending to the TV series, and various manga adaptations and spin-offs.

Source: GKIDS Film’s YouTube channel

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