The 35th biggest domestic Japanese film of all time streams on August 13
We previously reported that the "final" Evangelion film's revised version, Evangelion 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon a Time, would be launching on Amazon Prime Video around the world on August 13, other than Japan. This changed today with the announcement that the 35th highest-grossing film in Japan will also be launching on Amazon Prime Video on the same day in Japan, complete with all the subs and dubs as the international release. A new poster was released to coincide with the news.
In the words of franchise creator Hideaki Anno, this full-scale domestic and international rollout was the "best way to offer the movie to fans overseas as early as possible in a challenging situation with movie theatres during COVID-19." Evangelion 3.0+1.0 is leaving a majority of Japanese theaters on July 21 after grossing more than 10.15 billion yen (US$91.21 million) at the box office, the highest-grossing film of the year inside the country.
All the previous films are already streaming on Amazon Prime Video in Japan, though it's not mentioned if they will be getting more language options or subtitle options when 3.0+1.01 releases. Prime Video in Japan also streamed the first 12 and bit minutes of 3.0+1.0 in anticipation of the Japanese theatrical release.
Evangelion 3.0+1.0 finally opened in Japan after being delayed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 8, breaking franchise records on the first day and eventually becoming the highest-grossing film in the franchise in Japan in less than a month, then the highest-grossing worldwide in 35 days, and finally the 9th highest-grossing anime film in Japan of all-time. It is the longest film in the franchise (not including compilations or special screenings). An updated version of the film, Evangelion 3.0+1.01, was released in Japanese theaters on June 12. Evangelion 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon a Time will stream on Amazon Prime Video in 240 countries, including Japan, with English subtitles and dubbed from August 13.
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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.