Oh boy. Since you missed the latest instalment of Anno’s Wild Ride: You Can (Not) Get Off, here’s a brief recap:
On September 5, 3.0 aired on Japanese television for the first time. A while ago we got wind that there was supposed to be some sort of announcement or news during the airing.
Now, a little bit of backstory: 3.0 and 4.0 were originally supposed to come out together, on the same day. Then 3.0 expanded into a full-length film and 4.0 was delayed. It’s been … several years, with almost no word. The fans thought that, at last, that we’d get some sort of something. And there were rumours going around of a new Evangelion anime, of all things, to cover the fourteen-year timeskip. Everyone was flipping out.
And so we all jumped on livestreams to watch 3.0. On /a/ alone there were 20+ Evangelion threads maxing out the 500 post bump limit. It was incredible, like the original 3.0 release threads. And then came, well, the ending.
And do you know what the master, Anno, had in store for us?
That’s it. That’s it. No trailer, no anouncement, no release date. Just a title card displaying that he is indeed changing the name of the film to 3.0+1.0, as he revealed on a random fence post a few months back.
That’s what we’ve been waiting since goddamn fucking May for. I’ve never seen /a/ cry so badly except perhaps for when Kyoto “Miss Fanservice” Animation released the fujoshi-pandering Free!.
This anon sums up my feelings:
It’s starting to resemble the shitstorm prior to End of Evangelion. I’ve heard rumour that a member of Studio Khara tweeted that they’ve already received two death mails, though I’m unable to confirm this at time of writing.
Someone then pointed out that the website had updated and people stampeded towards it, causing the Evangelion website and some of the major fansites (such as EvaGeeks) to go down due to traffic. Several hours later someone managed to access the website. Guess what the big update was?
Yep. You guessed it.
On this day the fanbase received a grim reminder: We lived in fear of Anno’s power. Anno could completely not give a shit and release a film of himself masturbating in front of a camera for two hours and people would still go see it.
Today the hopes for seeing what the hell’s happening with 4.0 - also known as 3.0+1.0 - have come tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling down.
So, what the hell does 3.0+1.0 mean? There are a few theories.
- Anno has decided to teach us basic maths.
- "4" is unlucky in Japanese culture, so he would want to avoid its use.
- It possibly confirms the timelooping theory, since it’s linking the end with the beginning (“So, the beginning and end are one and the same” etc.).
- It relates to the idea that “EVA is a story that repeats”. See (2).
- It’ll cover the fourteen-year timeskip, a la an “upgraded” 3.0. Alternatively, it’s signifying that the fourth film is a direct sequel to 3.0 - you can’t run from your mistakes.
- Since multiplication can also be written with the dot at the bottom instead of in the middle (and Wevangeliwon has been known to pull out its special snowflake markers), this could actually be 3*0+1*0 … or, Evangelion 0.0.
- It’ll actually be a recap film of the first three, to be followed by a fifth film (that will “break the cycle”). This would also be a hilarious contuinty pun, since 3.0+1.0 = 4.0, and 4.0 sounds like death in Japanese, and Evangelion: Death was the original recap film.
One thing’s for sure: Anno still has it and is undoubtedly laughing at our tears. Just what you’d expect from the master, Mr Anno.
Do you have a problem with the fourth film? What’s wrong, is Evangelion 2deep3+1u?
What happened with all this 3+1 stuff? I feel a bit out of the loop. Is the last movie called 3+1? Was there an announcement of some kind?