Oh yeah, it’s sort of confusing, isn’t it. Let me try explain!
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) - original series, lit. “New Era, Evangelion”
End of Evangelion (1997) - parallel, “true” ending movie to the original series
Rebuild of Evangelion (2007, 2009, 2012, ??) - a series of four theatre movies, an expansion to the Evangelion universe, neither a sequel nor a remake, but just as the title says, a “Rebuild” after the “End”
The most simple way to refer to the movies would be by their Western titles:
- Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone (1.01, 1.11 DVD/BD releases)
- Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance (2.22 DVD/BD)
- Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo (3.33 DVD/BD)
The Japanese titles, however, use another version as well. The first three movies are titled after “Jo-ha-kyu”, a Japanese concept for movement used in many arts (including music). It’s a bit complicated, so head over to the wiki article if you want to find out more. Translated, they mean “beginning, break, rapid”. So it’s basically:
- Evangelion, The New Movie: JO (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序)
- Evangelion, The New Movie: HA (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:破)
- Evangelion, The New Movie: Q (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q)
Now, one of those three stands out, right - the third movie’s title isn’t “KYU” but “Q”. One reason is the obvious sound similarity, but many believe this would not be enough for Khara to suddenly break the uniformity… and I agree.