Fans of anime classic Neon Genesis Evangelion have waited five years for the final installment in its feature film revival franchise. The series’ official website has offered a sign of life that Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 really exists with a very, very small teaser.
The anime’s homepage now has a big colorful poster for the film, the fourth in the so-called “rebuild” series. An English translation of the poster’s text reads, “After that, and the end. Not, and anti.”
We don’t quite know what that means or how it relates to the film, but the art is enough to excite longtime fans. The previous Evangelion film, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, hit Japanese theaters way back in November 2012, leaving viewers in the lurch for a half-decade as they waited for the franchise’s conclusion.
Although billed at first as a retelling of the 1995 anime series, the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy quickly evolved into a full reboot, with new characters and a new storyline. That’s made it required viewing for those who loved the original TV show, as well as inviting newcomers into the fold.
Studio Khara, who’s producing the feature films, announced that development had finally begun in late 2016, despite a teaser at the end of the 2012 film confirming that 3.0 + 1.0 was already in the works. The film was later announced for a winter 2015 release. But director Hideaki Anno revealed that year that his struggles with production on that third film led him to take a break from work on its sequel. His work on the Shin Godzilla movie, which debuted in Japan last fall, also kept him from the Evangelion project.
We still don’t know when to expect the final Evangelion film, but this tiny teaser is a reminder that it will come sooner than later. In the meantime, fans can always rewatch the anime’s original feature film ending, The End of Evangelion, for one heck of a conclusion to the series.