It’s been a long time since Evangelion 3.0 was released to theaters in 2012. It may be hard to forget, given the puzzling series of delays before Funimation finally released it in English earlier this year. However it’s approaching four years since the third installment was released in Japan. In case you missed it, director Hideaki Anno published a post explaining that Evangelion 3.0 had left him burned out and in a depressed state. And as a result, work on the fourth and final film, currently known as Evangelion 3.0+1.0 has been slow, or better yet, elusive.
Apparently, Anno spoke to Oricon Style, where he apologized for the delay, and for taking time away from Evangelion to direct Godzilla Resurgence. He explained that Evangelion is his soul, and that it has worn him down to nothing, and that after 3.0, he wasn’t sure he was going to make another Eva film. He went on to explain that while Godzilla has delayed Evangelion, it has also revitalized him, and that without it, it is uncertain if he would return to Evangelion at all.