Hideaki Anno: The Final Challenge of Evangelion

Conflict, struggles, and success in the life of a legendary animator

Anime's legendary Evangelion franchise is finally coming to an end. NHK spent four years with exclusive access to director Hideaki Anno, documenting the creative process behind the final installment, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. For the first time, the camera is allowed inside Anno's studio, a place where he has hitherto shunned all long-term documenting. Anno hinted at the outset that filming him would be a challenge, and he was right. The documentary attempts to capture the real man -- and why master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) describes him as one who sheds blood for his films.