We May Not Have Seen the End of Evangelion Just Yet
By Yung Namahage • 1 month ago

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time felt like a fitting conclusion for the longrunning franchise. Finally, it seemed Shinji, Rei, Asuka and everyone else can put their traumas to rest and move on with their lives, and hopefully the fans can do the same. Even before its release, creator Hideaki Anno was adamant it would be the definitive end of Evangelion, after he had planned to give up on the series for years. But now it seems Anno has changed its tune.

Talking to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, Anno mentioned he's currently workin on a special 50th anniversary project for Space Battleship Yamato, and how in his old age he felt especially burnt out since the pandemic. When asked about the future of Evangelion, he replied:

"Hmm, there may be something to that. The prospect of an Evangelion sequel made by someone other than myself could exist. I haven't decided yet -- or rather, it's better for the work if there's a high degree of freedom. Whether it's commercially viable or interesting would depend on the content. It's not like I'm saying I'll never make another one again or anything like that."

Following on from the end of the last movie wouldn't make sense at all (which is par for the course with Eva), so it's likely if the series does return, it'll be a complete reboot with Anno passing the torch to someone else. Not a reimagining like the Rebuild movies that Anno directed, but something totally brand new from a different director. There might not be Shinji and the usual cast, but there'll probably still be fucked up angels, daddy issues and depressed pilots. 

What do you guys think? Could a new Evangelion series work without Anno? Let us know below!