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‘The End of Evangelion’ Is Coming To North American Theaters

One of Animation’s Magnum Opuses Reaches Theaters

Following the immense success of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise as a whole, GKIDS has now announced that they will be re-releasing what is known to many fans as the peak of the series, The End of Evangelion. This announcement of a theatrical re-release is a thrill for fans as this would be the first time that North America gets to experience the film in such a way. This announcement not only speaks to the integrity of how the series has held up in so many people’s hearts for so long, but it also speaks to just how far-reaching this type of entertainment media has become throughout the years.

The Announcement Itself

It appears that GKIDS intends to hold the film for two nights only, March 17 and 20. This might seem like a weird decision given that the days of these two nights are a Sunday and a Wednesday, respectively. Either way, there should be no problem for fans to fill seats in popular theaters across North America. Select theaters will include Cinemark and AMC. From what can be seen, there are no plans to include the release in local theaters. 

Tristan MacAvery as Gendo Ikari | Image via Toei Company

The Film’s Impact

When it comes to talking about The End of Evangelion on its own, it’s important to note that the film was intended as an alternative ending to the series that precedes it. Although the series makes its case for a great and impactful ending, the film serves as a more concrete and easier-to-follow conclusion. This is not to say that the plot of the franchise is easy to follow because it most certainly isn’t. Thankfully, there are several videos out there now that can make the experience easier for newcomers, but it’s truly fascinating to imagine how they must have figured it out and how mastermind Hideaki Anno came up with it in the first place. A grim yet fascinating question that is presented by the film’s official synopsis brings a lot to think about: “What does it mean to complete a human heart?”.

Are They (Not) Finished?

Given this rather sudden announcement from GKIDS, it begs the question of whether the franchise will pursue any sort of further storytelling or spin-off. Most fans would rather see it stay as is with the exemplary final installment, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, to take as a last hurrah. One feasible possibility could be that of crossovers with other forms of media like video games. Just as long as the integrity of the franchise itself is maintained in terms of not deviating from what has already been told, fans should be fine with it. For now, though, it’s time to get some tickets and go see Shinji debate whether or not to get in the robot.

Image via Toei Company

The End of Evangelion (1997) Official GKIDS Trailer

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