After nearly a year without any word of future plans of a home video release, Funimation finally announced today that it would work directly with Studio Khara in producing a final version of the third Evangelion movie for distribution.

Funimation confirmed that Studio Khara will be personally creating the subtitle tracks for the English release of Evangelion 3.33: You Can [NOT] Redo. In excitement for this change of plans, Funimation had this to say:

“This is a unique opportunity that presented itself to us, and since the plot for Evangelion 3.33 is so different from previous story lines, we are thrilled that the creator has asked to be so heavily involved in this project.”

Evangelion 3.33 was originally slated for a February 18th release date earlier this year after being screened in select theatres across the United States. However, unknown complications during production of the film’s English dub halted progress and the release date was indefinitely delayed. Without any explanation or news on the release for months, much rumor and speculation has spread across the internet as to why this occurred. Experiences with localization issues like this before by other licensing companies indicate that the production studio in Japan may have found the English subtitles unsatisfactory and requested for a re-editing of the translations. No clear explanation has been given by Funimation yet, but according to the announcement they are currently working on a release date.

Evangelion 3.33: You Can [NOT] Redo. is the third installment in a four-part movie rebuild of Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series, and debuted in Japanese theatres in late 2012. Studio Khara is animating the rebuild movies with Anno as director, and there has been no word yet on the production schedule of the fourth and final film. Evangelion 1.11: You Are [NOT] Alone. and Evangelion 2.22: You Can [NOT] Advance. will be premiering on Adult Swim’s Toonami block this Saturday as part of a special month of movies.

-Andrew (Head of A7)

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