3rd ‘Evangelion’ reboot to hit cinemas in fall 2012

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The third installment of the four-part rebooted “Evangelion” film series, “Evangelion: Shin Gekijo-ban: Q Quickening” (Evangelion: new theatrical version: Q Quickening), will open in the fall of 2012 in Japan.

The news was revealed after the television premiere of the second film, which was broadcast in late August. The announcement was made in the form of a teaser revealing some scenes from the third film.

With new scenes and different elements from the original TV and feature film versions of the “Neon Genesis Evangelion” anime franchise, the theatrical remake series made its premiere in 2007 with the release of “Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone.”

The second film, “Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance,” was released in 2009.

Details of the third installment have yet to be revealed, but the news is certain to attract a lot of attention.

To celebrate the television premiere of “Evangelion 2.0,” a series of promotional events have also been planned as part of “EVA0826 Campaign.”

More than 30 projects featuring the anime will be showcased by the Lawson convenience store chain, videogame maker Sega Corp., the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park, toymaker Bandai Co., anime shop operator Animate and many other businesses. They also include the much-talked about “Riaru Dasshutsu Game” (Real Escape Game), which will take place at the Fuji-Q Highland.

But the announcement of the third anime feature has attracted the most attention from fans, as well as the business sector.

The second film earned 4 billion yen at the box office in 2009 in Japan, with at least 1 million copies sold on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The exciting sales gave new steam into not only the Evangelion series, but also the anime industry as a whole.

For more information, visit (http://www.evangelion.co.jp/).

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