Photographic evidence that the fourth and final new Evangelion anime movie has started production

Director and voice cast of groundbreaking, long-stalled anime franchise gather for formal ceremony.

The Evangelion anime franchise started with a pretty breakneck pace, with 26-episodes in 1995 and ’96 plus a pair of movies, Death and Rebirth and The End of Evangelion, in 1997. At the time, everyone thought that the second film was the last we’d see of director Hideaki Anno’s groundbreaking anime (“end of Evangelion is right there in the title, after all), but then in 2007, Eva returned to the big screen with the first installment of Rebuild of Evangelion, a movies series that’s either a reboot, sequel, or some combination of the two.

A second Rebuild film came in 2009, and the wait was just a little longer for the third, which was released in 2012. As for the fourth, and supposedly final, Rebuild of Evangelion movie? Well, fans are still waiting…but at least there’s now photographic evidence that the staff feels it’s entered actual production.

弊社新年会と『シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版』打ち入りでした。ご多用の折、本当にたくさんの関係各位、キャストの皆様にお越し頂き、誠にありがとうございました。本来ならこの場にいて下さるはずだった方々の想いとお力もお借りして、最高の作品… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


株式会社カラー (@khara_inc) January 31, 2019

Studio Khara, Evangelion’s current rights-holder, recently tweeted a photo from its company shinnenkai, or start of the new year party. But what’s more important is what comes after the plus sign in that banner, which translates as “New Evangelion Movie:||: Start of Production” (:||, a musical notation mark meaning “repeat,” is currently an official part of the movie’s title, because nothing in Evangelion is ever simple or direct).

Among those in attendance were Anno, sporting a brown blazer, and several members of the anime’s voice cast.

Megumi Ogata, voice of Eva protagonist Shinji, clinks glasses with Anno while standing between the director and legendary voice actress Megumi Hayashibara, who portrays the stoic Rei.

「シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版」打ち入りでした! 「終わりの始まり」にふさわしく、こんなに豪華な声優陣が集結しました…! 音声収録はまだ先ですが、皆様に楽しんで頂けるように頑張りたい。と、キャスト全員で挨拶させて頂きました。 楽… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


緒方恵美 (@Megumi_Ogata) January 31, 2019

“It’s the beginning of the end,” tweeted Ogata, and if the wait has been excruciating for fans, it hasn’t been easy for her either. “[Evangelion is] a project where I feel, where I have to feel, ‘I want to go on living until I can record my final performance for it,’ and I’m so happy to be involved with such an anime. I will survive, until my final recording, no matter what.”

シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版の打ち入りをおこないました。来てくださった皆様、キャストの皆様、本当にありがとうございます。頑張ってつくります! https://t.co/Pvm2QcEHOB


evangelion_official (@evangelion_co) January 31, 2019

▼ Anno addresses the attendees and leads a group clap as the party comes to a close.

『シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版』打ち入りでした!最後の打ち入り!🍻 皆さんも一緒に一本締めしましょう👏 https://t.co/wYkf6CHSu8


(株)カラー 2号機 (@khara_inc2) January 31, 2019

Other members of the all-star cast who showed up included Sailor Moon herself, Kotono Mitsuishi, who voices Misasto…

新年会&シンエヴァの打ち入りでキャストも大集合でした❣️何だろ、関わってる時間が長いんだけど、新鮮!そして刺激的で興奮せざるをえない人達です! #エヴァ #シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版 #葛城ミサト https://t.co/PcpSBTyNEa


三石琴乃@琴ちゃわんdeもう一杯! (@kotochawanmoon) January 31, 2019

…and Fumihiko Tachiki, who, like his character Gendo, sports glasses and some impressive chin hair.

2020年公開へ向け、『シン・エヴァンゲリオン』劇場版、始動❗️ レイと息子シンジと共に 一月末日 #カラー https://t.co/LHwt4aGOzg


立木文彦 (@Fu_minT61) January 31,

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