The official Twitter account for the Evangelion franchise has announced that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the “final” Evangelion film, has been rescheduled to March 8, 2021. The IMAX, MX4D, and 4DX screenings will all start on that day as well.
To commemorate the new opening date, participating theaters will start handing out three million leaflets, featuring an exclusive illustration of Asuka by chief animation director Atsushi Nishigori, to filmgoers on March 8, 2021. The leaflet will be B6-size, folded twice.
The staff had delayed the film from January 23, 2021, after careful consideration due to the new state of emergency declared in four prefectures in Japan on January 8, 2021, and then extended to a total of 11 prefectures. The state of emergency will end on March 7, 2021 in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures.
The film had an earlier delay due to concerns over COVID-19 and its spread inside and outside of Japan. The film was originally scheduled to open in Japan on June 27, 2020.