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Is Evangelion Thrice Upon a Time The Ending of The Series? Possible Spinoff Teased by Hideaki Anno Explained

New Evangelion anime spinoffs could be released

By Iyane Agossah

August 13, 2021

Evangelion Thrice Upon a Time, the final Rebuild movie is releasing worldwide today, August 13, 2021, 13 years after the first movie, and Hideaki Anno teased in an interview more could be coming after this “ending”, hinting at a spinoff that might focus on Asuka and Mari. Here’s what you need to know.

Note that this article contains spoilers for the third Eva Rebuild movie if you’ve never seen it yet.

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Is Evangelion Thrice Upon a Time The Ending of the Series?

Hideaki Anno already stated several times in the past that there won’t be any more Evangelion sequels after Thrice Upon a Time. This is the definitive ending to the series. He also talked about his relationship with Eva and how he wanted to end it on the documentary NHK published. It contains spoilers so be sure to watch it only after having seen Thrice Upon a Time.

With that said, it’s possible we’ll get more anime form spinoffs in the future. During a group interview, reported by our peers at Collider, director Hideaki Anno was asked whether he still has some plans left for the Eva franchise or not. Anno answered that while no sequels will be coming and that the story of Shinji Ikari is over, it’s possible we might get spinoffs. He mentioned the 14 years time skip specifically.

“There’s always the 14-year gap in the story, so in some form, I want to shed light into that. At this point, I don’t feel that I’m going to continue the story where I left off.”

This is referencing the time skip that happens between movies 2 and 3. and if he mentioned this timeframe, in particular, it’s very likely it would be one or more spinoffs focusing on Asuka and Mari. This seems like the most logical choice as they’re the two characters who’d be the most interesting to follow during these 14 years.

More on Hideaki Anno, Evangelion

Hideaki Anno is currently working on several live-action movie projects. He was the director of Shin Godzilla which was released in 2016. And now he’s working on Shin Ultraman, planned for 2021, and Shin Kamen Rider coming in 2023. I personally wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up making a Shin Gundam movie after all that.

The very first Rebuild of Evangelion movie was released on September 1, 2007. The second one was released on June 27, 2009, and the third movie on November 17, 2012. Counting the TV series, it would mean the series started in 1995, it’s pretty fair that Eva is finally ending now.

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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