Despite being delayed twice and finally released on a Monday, the final Evangelion movie titled Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time had quite a decent showing for itself on its first day in Japanese theaters. According to an official report from studio Khara, the movie beat out the third movie of the reboot series by over 20% by selling 539,623 tickets for 802,774,200 yen (approximately $7.4 million) on its first day! The movie is being shown in 466 theaters in Japan, which includes regular screenings, IMAX, MX4D, and 4DX. That’s still nowhere near the box office bombshell that is the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba movie, but it’s still very impressive.
The movie is the “final” movie of the franchise (though at one point a lot of us were certain that End of Evangelion was the “final” ending so let’s just take it with a grain of salt) and is the latest addition to the franchise since 2012. They released the first two movies of the current reboot series in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
If you’ve been an anime fan for any real length of time, you’ve no doubt at least heard of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. Just in case, however, let’s take a trip in the Wayback Machine and recap what you’ve missed out on over the last few decades.
Originally a television series created by legendary director Hideaki Anno, which debuted in the fall of 1995, this series has become one of the most revered titles in anime history thanks to its remarkable story and clever use of symbolism to tell its story. In the anime, the story revolves around a teenage boy named Shinji Ikari who is called upon by his distant and estranged father to pilot a dangerous giant robot to do battle against the mysterious angels who are attacking Japan. While it may not sound like much just from that vague description, the series has gained a legion of fans that have followed the story through multiple releases and formats over the years.
While I’m not the biggest fan of the franchise (understatement of the year), I’ve grown to appreciate its place among anime’s most influential series in history. You can currently view the entire television series in its entirety on Netflix, though if you want the full experience, I suggest hunting down a copy of the original DVDs.
Source: Anime News Network