It’s not even a day since Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway just dropped on Netflix an we’re getting yet another announcement of a long-awaited film going into international streaming.
Evangelion 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon a Time is the last installment in the Rebuild of Evangelion movies that started way back in 2007. To put that into perspective, this movie tetralogy is already as old as the actual Evangelion pilots in the story. Initially planned for a 2020 release, it got delayed due to the pandemic in a similar fashion as Gundam Hathaway was delayed.
In late 2018, Netflix acquired the international streaming rights for Neon Genesis Evangelion and its subsequent movies and premiered on the streaming service on June 2019. This didn’t include the Rebuild of Evangelion movies though and fans of the franchise were left to speculate when or who would get their international streaming rights.
Along with Thrice Upon a Time, the previous three film installments are also coming to Prime Video on the same day: Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone, Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance, and Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo. You will also notice that this version of the last movie is “3.0+1.01”, which is the version that included changes and was recently re-screened in Japanese theaters.
With two films dropping and more mecha anime series to air during the latter half of 2021, it does looks like I’ll be writing more reviews, which I totally appreciate as we did had a mecha drought for the last several years.