The theatrically popular anime film is also popular on streaming
Last Friday saw the streaming release of Evangelion 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon a Time around the world, delighting fans that might have missed out on a theatrical screening if traditionally rolled out in theaters during this time. To the delight of Amazon, the "final" Evangelion film broke streaming records domestically, becoming the most viewed 1st-day release for the platform since the service launched in Japan in 2015.
Oricon reported on the news last night, with comments from Japanese fans saying they're excited to watch at home and interested in seeing the different language versions of the "final" film alongside the first three films in the series. A new dub for the first three films was made for the Amazon release alongside Evangelion 3.0+1.01's English dub.
The above trailer previews the languages the Rebuild of Evangelion films are dubbed in, including Japanese, French, German, Chinese, Castilian Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Italian, and finally English.
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). The film finished in Japan on July 21, grossing 10.23 billion yen ($91.93 million) at the Japanese box office to be the 35th highest-grossing film in the region.
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.