Threats and insults also accompanied the premiere.
Through its official website, Studio Khara confirmed that various staff members have received insults, intimidation, and even criminal threats for the latest Evangelion film.
In its statement, the study led by Hideaki Anno revealed that after the premiere of the film, “acts of defamation, threats, and intentions to commit crimes against individual members of the Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time production ” have been reported.
Khara declared that he will protest against “these acts that undermine” the dignity of the members of the study, and that they originate from a personal dissatisfaction with the release of the film. The study also stated that it will take legal action seeking compensation for damages that include death threats, defamation, and other related crimes.
Studio Khara commented that it will approach the National Police Agency of Japan and other international agencies for the investigation of the origin of the threats.
These types of incidents are not new to Evangelion. In a new interview conducted as part of a documentary on the making of Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0, Hideaki recalled a sad anecdote that led him to abandon the production of animated series. After the original Evangelion anime became a phenomenon, the creator remembers how he found an internet post where people discussed “the best ways to assassinate Hideaki Anno.” “When I saw that, I thought, ‘Who the hell cares anymore?’ And I felt like I would never want to do anime again. ”
At the end of the interview, Anno revealed that the only thing that brought him back to animation is the commitment he felt to bring an end to what he had already started. But more importantly, the strong obligation he felt to his audience led him to finish this project. “It’s the only way I can do the most good for the most people,” he concluded.