Despite the many problems and unwanted changes to the Netflix version of Neon Genesis Evangelion, making the series so easily available has had the intended effect of bringing in new fans and reminding some older fans why they fell in love with this franchise in the first place.
After being released on Friday it’s not uncommon for some people to have poured their entire weekend into Netflix to binge all the available episodes of the series as well as the two followup movies The End of Evangelion and Evangelion: Death (True)2.
If you’re a newcomer to the franchise and fall into this camp, we have good news for you because there are three more movies for you to watch which are even more transformative than the two available on Netflix.
Called Rebuild of Evangelion, this tetralogy is a complete retelling of the main story that not only mixes up the story with new plots and characters, but also uses 3D animation.
You may have noticed that we called these new films a tetralogy but previously mentioned that there are three movies to watch. That’s because the fourth movie – confusingly named Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 – is not out as of yet after many years of waiting.
With a 2020 release date for that fourth movie, at least in Japan, there’s still lots of time to watch the first three movies, but again the process of tracking them down to actually watch is a chore, much as it was for the series before it landed on Netflix.
The movies are not on any big streaming platforms we can find at the time of writing but the DVDs and Blu-rays are listed on most online retailers. The only challenge you will face here is that of availability, as all of them are years old at this point with the release dates being 2007, 2009 and 2012 respectively. Shop around and drop them into your wishlists while you wait.
Many have speculated that the three movies (we’ve listed them below for easier searching) will be made more widely available after Neon Genesis Evangelion hit Netflix and before the fourth movie came out. There’s no real evidence for this aside from the fact that it would make sense to keep the hype train rolling before 3.0+1.0, but it may be mostly wishful thinking.
- Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
- Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
- Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
If you want an explanation of how these new films stack up to the other incarnations of the franchise, you should know by now that trying to explain anything about Evangelion is a rather complex, vague thing.
Some people have tried but we highly advise you to go into this blind and then look for explanations later.