Back in December 2020, JR East announced that they would hold a stamp rally in order to commemorate the release of the upcoming EVANGELION 3.0+1.0 movie. Fans of the series could travel to various stations and scan a QR code to obtain stamps related to the series. However, with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Tokyo and the government putting the entire area on the State of Emergency, JR East has announced that the stamp rally will now be unfortunately postponed.
JR East initially stated the following about the EVANGELION stamp rally:
From those who traveled around all 50 stations where character panels in the Greater Tokyo area will be installed and collected stamps of characters appearing in the EVANGELION 3.0+1.0 series on their smartphones, 50 people will be given a Stamp Rally Original Railroad Clock by lottery.
In addition, original prizes (limited quantity) are available for those who collect character stamps from 5 stations and shop at the goal store and those who collect character stamps from 25 stations.
The stamp rally was initially slated to start on 18 January 2021 and run until 7 March 2021. Now it looks like fans will have to wait a bit longer in order to embark on the journey to collect all the stamps.
COVID-19 has continued to wreak havoc on the Japanese entertainment industry and many other industries with no viable end in sight. The JR East EVANGELION stamp rally is just the newest cancellation or postponement. The best that we can do at this point is just do what we can to mitigate the spread of the virus and hopefully sooner rather than later, things will get back to normal.