This week, we don't just watch Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.01 Thrice Upon a Time — Amazon just dropped the bucket-load of all the Rebuild films, another vision of the classic anime series. This project has been in the works for 15 years, so don't blame its existence upon the poorly received Netflix dub.
Release date: Aug. 13 (Amazon Prime Video)
Directors: Hideaki Anno (chief director), Mahiro Maeda and Katsuichi Nakayama
Starring: The voices of Spike Spencer, Amanda Winn Lee and Allison Keith-Shipp
Run-time: 155 min
Age rating: 16+
Rotten Tomatoes: 100% (only five reviews)
The fourth chapter in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy, Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is part of an effort to make the original TV series a bit easier to understand. Haven't seen the previous Rebuilds? Amazon has them all now, and we've got links below.
Oh, and we're getting a whole new ending. Critics have argued, though, that the new ending is just as ambiguous as the previous one.
While Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time has been out in Japan (where it made over 10 billion yen at the box office in about four months), Amazon Prime's release of the film marks its first offering in the U.S. and abroad.
As for the story, the film finds the Wille organization trying to get Paris up and running, but must deal with an attack by Nerv. At the same time, Asuka, Rei and Shinji are together, exploring the outskirts of Tokyo-3. We'd try to explain what comes next, but why would we want to spoil your fun?
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Just make sure to set a bit of time aside to watch and process it all. At 155 minutes, Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.01 Thrice Upon a Time is longer than even the uncut versions of past Rebuild films, by a significant amount. This film is 43 minutes longer than Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, and 54 minutes longer than Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone.
Here's everything you need to know about how to watch Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.01 Thrice Upon a Time online. Plus, check out the trailer below:
How to watch Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.01 Thrice Upon a Time online with a VPN
If you're stuck abroad — away from countries where Prime Video is working properly — you will likely run into geofenced restrictions on the platforms and services you can use. But with the help of a virtual private network (VPN), you can watch Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.01 Thrice Upon a Time, no matter where you are.
Based on our testing, the best VPN is ExpressVPN, which is easy to use and delivers fast internet speeds, making it simple to set up for streaming. It also works on practically any device, including iOS, Android, the Amazon Fire TV Stick, the Apple TV, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.
Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN, is a top choice for those looking to watch Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.01 Thrice Upon a Time. It's got a solid mix of safety, speed and ease-of-use. Plus, you get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year. If you've never used a VPN before and are curious and not sure, there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give it a try.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a UK service, you'd select UK from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to your website or streaming service of choice and tune in.
How to watch Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.01 Thrice Upon a Time online
Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.01 Thrice Upon a Time hit Amazon Prime Video on Friday, August 13. It's available only through Amazon Prime Video; it's not even in theaters.
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is exclusive to Amazon Prime Video. The streaming service requires a paid subscription, but you can check out everything Prime has to offer with a one-month free trial. Prime Video's library includes original movies and series, like Sound of Metal, One Night in Miami, The Boys and Fleabag.
- EVANGELION:1.11 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE.
- EVANGELION:2.22 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE.
- EVANGELION:3.33 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO.
Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time cast
The big news about Amazon's release of the Rebuild of Evangelion movies is in the English voice cast. The original English-language voice actors are back, including Spike Spencer as Shinji Ikari, Allison Keith as Misato Katsuragi and Tiffany Grant as Asuka.
Some actors, such as Tristan MacAvery (who voiced Gendo), are not returning.
- Spike Spencer as Shinji Ikari
- Amanda Winn Lee as Rei Ayanami
- Allison Keith-Shipp as Misato Katsuragi
- John Swasey as Gendo Ikari
- Mary Faber as Ritsuko Akagi
- Tiffany Grant as Asuka Langley-Shikinami
- Deneen Melody as Mari Illustrious-Makinami
- Sean Burgos as Ryoji Kaji
- Daman Mills as Kaworu Nagisa
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