Japanese commentors sparked rumor due to recent post
With so much information on the upcoming Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time anime film up in the air, it's no surprise that fans keen for any little bit of information would inspect anything released about the film, including a recent Twitter message from Hideaki Anno celebrating the 25th anniversary of the franchise, which asked fans to wait a little longer on the final Evangelion film while they finish it up.
The images of the original Tweet showed a proposal of Neon Genesis Evangelion, dated September 20, 1993, and what the team at Khara is currently working on for the final Evangelion film, the rush check on the D-part of the film, dated October 2, 2020. On the image that shows the D-part, a timecode is shown at the top – that read '5:59:50:00' – which is very common in media production, live-action or otherwise. Though people who don't know about video production might be befuddled by the inclusion of the timecode.
This inclusion caused rumors to spread that the film – which was already hinted at to be over 2 hours long – might actually be 6 hours long! While it would be interesting to see a 6 hour long Evangelion film (which would be longer than the 70mm version of Final Yamato, and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, the current two top longest animated films ever), Khara quickly nixed the rumor in a tweet saying that "a 6 hour long 'Shin Eva' is impossible."
以下簡単な説明ですが『シン・エヴァ』6時間とか絶対あり得ませんのでご安心を！— 株式会社カラー (@khara_inc) October 7, 2020
Khara went on to explain that the timecode is a relic from filming in analog where film was recorded on one-hour rolls. While rolls don't exist anymore and everything is digital, filmmakers still use the same timecode techniques to denote recordings on hard drives, which is then recorded as metadata in the video or audio to then be easily accessible in future editing sessions.
While it would be nice for a 6 hour long Evangelion film, I personally don't think I could handle watching a movie for that long, The Hateful 8 in 70mm was bad enough!
Source: Khara on Twitter
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.