During an interview on Godzilla Resurgence, although the press event staff asked the audience not to bring up Evangelion, Hideaki Anno chose to open with an official statement on the delay of Evangelion 3.0+1.0, Gainax’s fourth and final film of the Evangelion remake series. First of all, he apologised to Evangelion fans for his directorial work on the new Godzilla film taking precedence, saying “I have kept you waiting for the new Evangelion for a very, very long time. I am truly sorry.”
Anno went on to explain the hold-up, and was quoted as saying “Evangelion can only be described as my soul. It’s a work that chips off parts of me.” The previous film, Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, had chipped away until he had no more energy left to make another. He thought he wouldn’t be able to complete the series, until he got the offer from Toho Entertainment to direct Godzilla Resurgence and take a much-needed break from Evangelion.
Anno continued, “I went into talks with Toho, and it saved me. I think this is how I’m able to keep making Evangelion. However, since it is a fact that I’m making everyone wait, I deeply apologise for that.”