Director Anno took inspiration from his hometown of Ube
The newest visual for upcoming anime film Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time may have been overshadowed by the announcement of a delay to its Japanese release, but that didn't stop keen-eyed fans from trying to work out where director Hideaki Anno took inspiration from.
Newly released poster:
Japanese Twitter user Miki was one of the first people to find the location in which the poster is based off, Anno's hometown of Ube, Yamaguchi, in one of Japan's most western-most regions. The location is just past Ube-Shinkawa station on the Ube Line and likely taken from the next train crossing, or maybe they snuck on the tracks?
Here's an image from Google Maps (sans Shinji):
Here's where the location is (red circle) on an overhead map showing how far the bridge is from where the train crossing is:
You can explore Anno's hometown via Google Maps as well:
I think it'll be safe to assume that people will try and recreate the poster when people are allowed to leave their homes, but be warned, that's an active train line from JR West. They do not take kindly to people walking over the tracks, with fines up to 200,000 yen (US$1,860) and up to 2 years in prison.
Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time was scheduled to be released on June 27, but has been delayed indefinitely until cinemas in Japan re-open and they can find a new date for the film.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.