As the Kotaku, Anno said that originally the plan was to release the film timed with the 50th anniversary, but there were delays, also due to the pandemic. “I got a lot out of the TV show fifty years ago, and fifty years later, I started this project with the feeling that I’d like to return the favor in a small way,” he said, sharing his fascination with the series when he was in grade school.

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