They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Yoiko no Rekishi Anime: Ookina Kabu (Kabu), Evangelion Shito, Hakata Shuurai, Evangelion: Another Impact (VR), and more!
8: Yoiko no Rekishi Anime: Ookina Kabu (Kabu)
Japanese: よい子のれきしアニメ おおきなカブ(株)
MAL Score: 6.02
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Strongly recommended if you want a peak behind the scenes of Studio Khara, or a very empathetic depiction of mental health.
The artwork is done in the style of Moyo Anno’s manga/anime “Insufficient Direction”, which I generally loved. I suppose it’s not a visual masterpiece, but it’s perfectly suited to the pseudo-children’s tale it’s framed as.
7: Evangelion Shito, Hakata Shuurai
English: Rebuild of Evangelion: Hakata Angel Attack Alternative
Japanese: エヴァンゲリオン 使徒、博多襲来
MAL Score: 6.03
A short movie screened at Canal Aqua Panorama in Fukuoka City.
6: Evangelion: Another Impact (VR)
English: evangelion: Another Impact
Japanese: evangelion : Another Impact（VR）
MAL Score: 6.40
The all-consuming sense of scale of “evangelion: Another Impact (Confidential)”, which was released in the 2015 Japan Anima(tor)’s Exhibition, gets retouched upon in all new short VR movie.
Another time, another place. An activation test of a decisive weapon was underway. With its development and operational trials shrouded in complete secrecy, the Another Number – Unit Null, suddenly breaks free of human control and goes berserk.
For what purpose was Another Number – Unit Null created?
The story of an Evangelion’s activation, rampage and howling in another world…
(Source: Official Site)
Uh, it’s actually kinda interesting, seeing an Eva go rouge and creating a microimpact, but it’s kinda dull, as we know nothing else really.
Pretty good CGI not complaining here, but isn’t mind-blowing
Good sound design, an Eva standard. Pretty good but not as good as some of the other entries in the series.
Literally none lmao
I enjoyed it I guess
Fuck Sonic CD. worst pinball level in Sonic games. Oh and this anime was an enjoyable, albeit generic experience.
5: Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor: Reboot
English: Mobile Police Patlabor: Reboot
MAL Score: 6.53
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The characters feel really modern, so if you arent crazy about 1990s character sterotypes and prefer the modern ones youll love this, though this is the one thing that kept me from giving it a 7-8/10. As for sound it was average, cant say patlabor is famous for music to begin with.
Overall its Definitely worth your time its 7 minutes. You can watch it free as of January 2017 on Animator Expo( official source).
Most of the production, direction and writing seems to be on point, nailing the down-to-earth, laid back spirit of the original, with lush detail and great value. The adaptation to modern times seems effective and smart enough, by which I mean it’s basically our current times but with labors, so again, in the same spirit of the original, but as a proper reboot.
The CGI blends quite well with the 2D and the music is a definite standout.
I would’ve appreciated a bit more of effective comedy, since we only get a glimpse of what could be and it’s not quite hilarious, so that’s a concern.
My other main concern is character design, since it’s both cartoony AND a bit stiff, which is pretty much the worst of both worlds. I’m aware that the original had a similar issue, sorted out with very lax morphing of expressions and some great talent behind the pencils and direction, so I’m not terrified, but hardly impressed either.
All in all, it’s just 7 minutes of a glimpse into a promising new series about being a good cop in our current world, but with plenty of giant, clunky robots, so might as well check it out.
4: Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
English: Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
MAL Score: 7.61
Fourteen years after the Third Impact, the Earth is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, human civilization is in ruins, and the people Shinji knows are almost unrecognizable. Trapped inside Evangelion Unit-01, he is recovered from space by Asuka and Mari, only to find himself a prisoner of Wille, a military faction led by his former guardian Misato Katsuragi. Cold and bitter, his former allies view him with suspicion and refuse to support him as he comes to terms with the consequences of his actions.
A hurt and confused Shinji is rescued from Wille by Rei and returned to Nerv headquarters. There, he meets and quickly befriends the enigmatic Kaworu Nagisa, who offers him warmth and insight into the state of Nerv’s war with the Angels. But Shinji and Kaworu’s brief respite lies on the eve of a new battle, one in which Shinji finds that his enemies are no longer Angels but former comrades. In this bitter confrontation to determine the future of the world, Shinji will learn first-hand that the past truly cannot be undone.
I saw Rebuild 3.0 about a month ago, and during that time I didn’t think much of it. It was just another movie in the series, and I didn’t analyze it to any significant extent. The action was intense, the plot seemed interesting at the time, the animation quality was superb.
Recently however (coinciding with the UTW BD subs release), there has been an influx of discussion posts about 3.0, and I figured that there had to be a reason for such a community reaction to the movie; there must be more to think about. So I went to re-watch the movie again with a bit more acuity and that’s when I came to a conclusion:
The movie was a huge cop-out.
Evangelion 3.0 answered no questions. I am in no way exaggerating when I say that the movie was better at taking away things that we previously knew rather than clarifying anything for us in the Rebuild series. This is itself is not a bad aspect of the movie, as it can be attributed to two things
a) Studio Khara wants us to ask a lot of questions and get curious so that we’ll buy 4.0
b) Anno is trying to be clever and allow the viewers to emulate Shinji’s confusion after 14 years in sleep by giving the viewers that same confusion.
The second option seems much more likely, and in such a case I could say that it was executed well. Shinji probably had no idea what in the world was going on during the entire movie, and I can reciprocate that feeling. If I had to make a list of everything that was left unanswered or simply pulled out of Khara’s ass, it would have to be:
1. Why did there have to be a 14 year time skip? The teaser at the end of 2.0 did not imply a time skip in any way and I don’t think there was even a need for such a long one. I expected the story to pick up immediately after Kaworu speared Shinji and it could have easily done so with much less clumsy exposition (“Hey Shinji, let’s play play Shogi. Oh yeah by the way your mom is the soul of Unit 01 and all Reis are clones of your mom. Oh, and you suck at Shogi.”)
2. Why was everyone a dick to Shinji when at the end of 2.0 it seemed like everyone was fine with him going all out and even egged him on? It was also clear at the end of 2.0 that Shinji did not cause enough damage to obliterate the Geofront as shown in 3.0, as Kaworu stopped him beforehand and everyone had evacuated to a shelter of some sort. The desolate wastelands and weird spinning moons and chalices were never explained and were most certainly not Shinji’s fault (as the teaser in the end of 2.0 shows a clear afternoon sky and a calm Geofront shortly after Shinji gets speared).
3. Why did WILLE need to break from NERV? It was not NERV’s fault that Shinji’s supposed Third Impact happened, and it’s not like anyone knew of Gendo’s Human Instrumentality plan (which I assume was already on the way, because Kaworu seemed prepared enough). There’s doesn’t seem to have been a need for Misato to have broken from NERV, as NERV wasn’t doing anything wrong. It feels like the existence of WILLE in 3.0 is just there to give a conflict without any real depth.
4.What’s the significance of having the two spears be Longinus types? How does that even happen and why in the world did that make a difference?
5. Was there any reason to have Unit 06 to contain the Twelfth Angel? I thought Kaworu was pretty comfortable using Unit 06 and I’m not sure why the Twelfth Angel would even be needed to start Instrumentality. Also, how did Kaworu “fall” from the first Angel (which is supposed to be Adam) to the Twelfth Angel and why did that make a difference? Heck, I’ll go as far as to say that the entire scene at the bottom of the Geofront was just pulled out of Khara’s ass, there was literally no context for anything (Lilith is dead for some reason. Just go with it, we’re not going to explain.)
Those are just five big ones that I named off the top of my head, but I’m sure there are plenty of other plot holes and unexplained things that I’m missing. 3.0 definitely had the well-choreographed fight scenes and beautiful animation to surpass it’s predecessors in spectacle, but it was just that: spectacle. Every significant plot device (WILLE and Wunder, two Lances of Longinus, Adam’s Vessel, etc.) just appeared out of thin air and was force-fed into our minds at a lightning-fast rate.
Of course I don’t go into anything in the Evangelion franchise expecting answers. In fact, answers are the opposite of what I usually expect from anything Evangelion. However, there is a difference between using unanswered questions in context with previously known facts to generate suspense and curiosity and just taking a bunch of haphazard ideas, animating them, and throwing them in no particular order or significance into a movie that was three years in the making. In fact, I walked into 3.0 fully anticipating a high level of suspense and ambiguity. I would have left satisfied, but instead all I got was Studio Khara telling me, “Hey, everything that we told you before doesn’t mean shit. Now here, take all of these incidental plot lines and characters that we just came up with and expect you to care about with no context and go enjoy yourself a movie.”
In fact, none of these things would even have effected me if it weren’t for my biggest peeve with the movie: the way Rei was treated. Okay, sure I can buy that original Rei wasn’t salvaged from Unit 01. But don’t try to play off this new Rei clone as being developed in some way and expect us to care about her or feel anything when she makes the supposedly miraculous decision and decides to eject from Unit 09. No Hideaki Anno, we’ve spent two movies geting to know the first Rei and seeing her develop from the stoic white-haired nonchalant to a character that can actually warm up and make Shinji happy. It’s perfectly fine if she gets killed off for shock factor and for another burden on Shinji’s conscience, but that in no way works if you simply introduce another stoic white-haired nonchalant and try to develop her in the same way. Let me guess, this Rei dies/disintegrates/becomes an Instrumentality Trigger too? Big deal.
Maybe I had too many expectations of the movie. Maybe I shouldn’t have gone into 3.0 with security in my thoughts. Maybe I’m simply not watching it properly or maybe I even missed everything important in the movie (What more can there be? We already know that the all the imagery and symbolism is just there to look flashy). But even if I had a complete and 100% understanding of everything that could have led up to and been in the movie (which is not really the intention of the Evangelion series, and is probably not possible), 3.0 still had a lazy and bullshit execution of a plot. Sure, anyone can go ahead and tell me that I am meant to be confused all I want, but a line must be drawn between confusing your viewers intentionally and failing to make a cohesive and coherent storyline.
TL;DR: Hideaki Anno pulled 3.0 out of Khara’s ambiguous (albeit well-animated) ass.
Picking up where part 2 left off, You Can (Not) Redo — or Q Quickening, if you’d rather – begins with a mesmerizing six minute sequence in which Studio Khara blows 75% of their budget on Asuka retrieving Shinji’s unconscious body from outer space by shooting the shit out of some artificial angels. It’s lavishly animated and beautiful on multiple levels, keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat as pretty colors light up the cosmos. The action is insane, even jaw-dropping, perfectly setting the film up to be an action-packed thrill ride. And then Shinji wakes up.
Do you remember the preview at the end of Evangelion 2.0? Yeah, none of that happens in this movie. Instead, the remainder of the film is a joyless husk; a cheap imitation of NGE that plays out more like self-indulgent fanfiction than something written and directed by the original creator. Following a fourteen year (yes, fourteen) time skip, in which no one has aged a day — a minor inconvenience that is apathetically hand waved near the outset — protagonist Shinji Ikari enters a world in which everyone hates him but refuses to say why. Poor Shinji is just as confused as the audience by this, but all of his requests for clarification seem to result in a reply of “don’t touch anything”, “be quiet”, or “fuck off ya twat”.
Misato now commands a fleet of flying battleships, her goal being the destruction of remaining NERV personnel. While this could have been an interesting storyline had something — anything — built up to it, this motivation comes completely out of left field and feels extremely unsatisfying. It is then that Rei, who Shinji was told died in the last film, suddenly shows up to whisk him away to the now-desolate NERV headquarters. The audience is subsequently left wondering why the hell Misato’s fleet hasn’t completely wiped them off the map yet, as their staff consists entirely of Gendo, Rei, Kaworu, and Fuyutsuki. That’s not a joke either; their staff is literally half the size of the average internet forum’s before Shinji shows up.
By the time the fairly predictable climax rolls around, viewers will have been left utterly bored by almost an hour of nothing interesting happening. The film is mostly set in drab, empty environments — and if that was meant to be symbolic in some way, Khara failed miserably. Plot twists from the original Neon Genesis Evangelion occur in ways that are presented in a much less compelling manner this time around, and the bulk of these scenes simply feature Shinji being kind-of-but-not-really depressed and the expected yaoi ship-bait between the leading man and Kaworu. However, their interactions feel more manufactured than before; an attempt at shallow fanservice rather than a pivotal moment in the protagonist’s character arc… a character arc that hardly even exists in this film.
That’s not to say that their relationship was particularly well-written in episode 24 of NGE – far from it – there just wasn’t enough meat for it to be expanded upon at this level without some major rewriting. Their storyline works more for the concept than it does the execution in both instances, and the way it was presented in the original series, while certainly out of left field, made it seem like it had more depth than it really did. In 3.0, it just happens, because. It didn’t really seem to affect Shinji much outside of moving him to the next plot point. But it’s unfair to make such a blanket statement at this point in time; the final movie could definitely do some interesting things with Shinji/Kaworu.
Fans of human interaction and actual dialogue will no doubt be distressed by the fact that Kaworu is the only likable character and how the interesting dynamics and relationships of past Evangelion works have been completely discarded in 3.0. Rei has maybe twenty lines total, the majority of them being “I don’t know” and “that is not my order”. Gendo says all of one sentence to Shinji and only has a couple more lines after that. Ritsuko exists solely to deliver exposition and disappears after the first act. Misato is basically a new character. Mari speaks almost entirely in one-liners. Kaji doesn’t even appear.
The story as a whole is mostly inconsequential and serves only to undermine what was accomplished in the previous two movies. Nearly everything established or built up in 1.0 and 2.0 is either ignored or demolished in part 3, leaving the fourth and final movie to probably function better as a standalone piece than part of a film series. I hold NGE (and the other Rebuild movies) dear to my heart and consider The End of Evangelion to be among the finest films ever made — animated or otherwise — but even my love for this franchise cannot make You Can (Not) Redo look like a good movie. Sure, it excels in the A/V department (as expected), but it has no soul, meaning, or purpose. Anno’s heart is nowhere to be found in this glorified fanfic; it’s a stylish Eva knock-off at best.
This movie. Oh why this movie.
Coming from someone who has seen the series in it’s entirety multiple times, I can in fact confirm my verdict on this film without seeing it’s successor.
This film is bad. Really bad. “Cop Out” isn’t even coming close to describing it. We take all the established material from the previous films and just throw it away, like a used dish sponge.
We change characters without explanation, break canon with no explanation, do stupid things for no reason, and don’t even take a second to tell you what you need to know. Now, this may be okay in some fiction, but it never makes sense in this movie, as all the people who could explain and would are here, but won’t. getting from one scene to another isn’t even straight forward.
The teaser at the end of 2.0 may be implied to happen in between movies, but that is such an awful excuse for making this movie so nonsensical.
The story is no longer stand alone in the sense that it can be narratively coherent by itself. This movie is fully reliant on what it’s successor will do.
What is 3.0? insanity and set pieces. and even the set pieces fall flat.
If I could compare this film to something, I’d say it represents everything wrong with some of today’s anime. Recreating the same things over and over, overusing CG, relying soley on action, breaking continuity with no explanation, and breaking characters with no explanation.
This movie ends without answering anyone’s questions, and only creates more. Your only solace here are the visuals and the Soundtrack, both of which are great. Even then, they don’t make this movie worth watching.
2.0 was one step forward for Evangelion, and 3.0 was a trip and fall into the abyss.
3: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
English: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
MAL Score: 8.04
In a post-apocalyptic world, the last remaining human settlement in Japan is the heavily fortified city of Tokyo-3. Fourteen-year-old Shinji Ikari is brought to the headquarters of Nerv, an underground organization lead by his estranged father, Gendou. He requests that Shinji become a pilot of an “Evangelion,” a colossal android built to fight against monstrous and destructive alien creatures known as “Angels” that wreak havoc on the planet and threaten the survival of the remaining human race.
Although initially reluctant, Shinji is swayed by the idea of reconciling with his father, and agrees to aid in mankind’s perilous endeavor against its alien threat, as the pilot of Evangelion Unit-01. Thrust into the midst of a dangerous battlefield, Shinji must find the necessary courage and resolve to face against the Angels’ incursions before it is too late.
So yes, this is basically a retelling of the original Evangelion in movie mode, and it’s the first of 4 movies. This first movie covers the first six episodes of the original series, therefore not exactly innovative or anything shockingly interesting about the story. However, they did remove most of Shinji’s self-pitying/emo-ing/bitching moments, so it’s definitely one improvement from the original series.
The art is simply fabulous. The original series already had excellent artwork for its generation, and they’ve managed to improve it. Introduction of CG was definitely a great move, and it made scenes even better, especially the fighting parts. They completely redid the scene with the Angel Ramiel, replacing traditional hand-drawn Ramiel with CG designs. Needless to say, that scene turned into absolute eye-candy. Other uses and integration of CG were more subtle, such as introducing it into the graphs, computer charts, and background. The human character designs were sharpened a bit from the original, but otherwise remained unchanged. But it was integration of CG into this remake which really stole the light.
The sound remained mostly the same, but they did add new sound effects, most notably to the EVAs and Angels, and an excellent new ending song.
Characters remained virtually the same, except they cut out a lot of Shinji’s bitching/whining, so definitely a good move. Made the movie a lot more enjoyable, as we only seen about 5 minutes of whining, opposed to the half episodes of manbitching in the original series.
Seeing this movie was definitely fun to watch, because they basically took the original series, and remade with better graphics, with a few minor changes, so that it’s enjoyable to watch without feeling it’s the same as the original series, yet not different enough that it strays away from its original roots. This definitely will bring back nostalgic feelings from older fans whilst giving something new for them to watch and admire.
This movie is actually a good enough retelling that a newcomer to EVA can watch this instead of the original series, and will be able to know nearly everything that happened. (Of course, it’s not really recommended, seeing how it’s the original that was so profound and revolutionary.) After seeing this, I have high hopes for the following three movies, although I am a bit doubtful about the last one.
I just got back from seeing Evangelion 1.0 in theaters, and it was some experience. Though I didn’t end up bringing the boom box playing a ripped CD of Prince’s 1999 (and a bloody shame that is, too) it was still a real treat. The crowd was bigger than I had anticipated – I wondered if I might actually have the theater to myself, this being such a niche release and all, but it turns out I was dead wrong. While I wouldn’t say every row was packed – it wasn’t exactly a Transformers crowd (though one guy did have a Transformers T-shirt) – I would readily say that well over half the theater was filled out. Incidentally, I also believe I was one of roughly half the audience that was present who had bathed within the last 24 hours, and of that I am proud. There was some brief buzz and exchange before the movie started, but in quick manner, start it did.
Well, first things first: It shouldn’t be hard to tell from the trailers alone, but I can confirm that this movie is absolutely gorgeous. The animation is silky smooth, the attention to detail is breathtakingly rich, the CG is (contrary to some early rumors) largely well-incorporated, the Sadamato character designs are as beautiful, expressive and subtle as ever, if not moreso. Everything from the Evas to the heavy machinery to Misato’s lingerie is rendered in a level of painstaking detail that the budget of a now-multimillion-dollar franchise can allow for. (Although it seems their only revenue isn’t just from moviegoers and anime fans – Doritos® brand corn-based snack chips™ from Frito Lay® are now prominently featured in Misato’s apartment, and Tokyo-3 seems to have accepted a hefty investment from Pizza Hut®.) This is one visually eye-popping movie. Speaking of eye-popping, this has a shocking amount of T&A for a PG-13 movie – in addition to the most memorable fanservice shots from the show, prepare to see a lot of new takes on Shinji’s and Rei’s (and even Kaworu’s) naked buttocks, not to mention several surprise nip-slips from the latter (Rei, that is).
Audio-wise, the music is extensively and suitably upgraded from the show’s questionable production values. Shiro Sagisu’s new score contains a satisfying mix of new themes, extensively reworked versions of classics (a choral version of “Angel Attack” is particularly memorable), and even some faithful rehashes of songs from the original that have earned their places in fans’ hearts. His musical style is still decidedly… unconventional, and I’m still not sure if I personally prefer him to the likes of, say, Kenji Kawai or Kaoru Wada. But hey, he’s Anno’s choice for a composer, and I respect that. One certainly can’t argue that the music for Evangelion isn’t iconic. On the translation/voice acting side, there’s likewise some new and some familiar (in fact, that statement could pretty much apply to anything about the movie). Spike Spencer and Allison Keith naturally steal the show with their leading roles that they only continue to perfect over time. The various newcomers all get the jobs done; I wouldn’t necessarily pick them over the cast members they’re replacing, but at least there aren’t any stinkers (which is more than can be said for the last two times the show was recast…). Greg Ayres plays Kensuke a little too high-pitched (even by Greg Ayres standards), John Swasey is still no replacement for Tristan MacAvery, and while I’m generally a fan of Colleen Clinkenbeard, I’m just too used to Sue Ulu’s voice as Ritsuko to really accept her; conversely, Brina Palencia did a far better job at Rei than I could have ever anticipated (even as REI, she still stands out), the new Keel Lorenz has the deep and foreboding voice that he always should have had, and the new Kaworu (from the maybe 3 lines of dialogue he speaks) seems to get the character just right. The translation is effective, but seems to lack just a little bit of that Woolsey-ish magic that made the original so memorable. This being a Funimation production, the general dialogue flows more smoothly and naturally than most dubs, but it’s a little disappointing to see how they’ve altered a couple of iconic lines (fortunately, “I mustn’t run away” isn’t one of them). Also, SEELE no longer has fünky accents. Of this, I vehemently disapprove. It reminded me a lot of playing the newer, re-translated versions of classic video games like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV; the translations may be more accurate and natural-sounding now, but they’ve lost a little bit of that 90’s charm they once had. I wouldn’t quite say it ruins the experience, though.
Now, for the most important part: the plot. For the first half of the movie, I really had one word going through my head: rushed. Because that’s what it is. It really just seems like the movie is racing to knock off one highlight moment from the show’s first four episodes after the next. The pacing and even the dialogue feels rushed. It’s quite interesting, then, that by about the half-way mark (or what felt like the half-way mark, anyway – I wasn’t keeping time) the movie suddenly slows down not to relish action sequences or even to recreate familiar scenes, but to linger on moments of character interaction and inflection. The familiar scenes range from painstakingly recreated to subtly altered in significant ways, but cleverly hidden among them are several new scenes that, while easy to miss, imply some crucial new angles on the plot. The shocking scenes with Lilith and the SEELE moon base have already been remarked upon by all who have seen them, but less widely noted – and, in my opinion, even more significant – is a new scene of interaction between Gendo and Fuyutsuki, in which Gendo explicitly states that “the Children are acting out the scripts we wrote for them 14 years ago.” More chillingly still, he states that “soon Shinji will begin to get closer to Rei”, among other predictions that seem to break the fourth wall. (Keep in mind, while in Evangelion’s world “14 years ago” marked the beginning of Second Impact, in OUR world 14 years ago marked the beginning of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Hmmmmmm……)
Which brings me about to what is really the #1 theme of this movie, and which I suspect will become much, much more important down the road: recursion. The film simply does not stand on its own as an independent experience; I know I personally would hesitate before showing it to someone who hadn’t seen the series already. It rushes through a lot of the crucial scenes, and skips vast amounts of exposition, to linger solely on moments that are particularly potent for those who have seen the series before. I’ve had my suspicions for a while, but after seeing the movie I’m now quite certain that this is absolutely not a mere retelling of the series; Anno clearly knew when making this that the vast majority of the audience would be people who had already seen the series, and while it seems to play coy with this fact on the outside, it doesn’t take much digging (at least as far as I see it) to uncover that film is tossing a mocking wink and nod at viewers at every possible opportunity. In addition to the aforementioned altered and new scenes that drastically undermine the plot as we know it, there is that aforementioned theme of “recursion”. On top of Gendo’s dialogue with Fuyutsuki, motifs of “fate”, “recurrence” and “rebirth” are rampant. One new visual motif many have noticed is the rainbow, which shows up at a number of crucial scenes and as far as I can see is a new symbol of recurrence and rebirth. SEELE’s stepped-up logo now features actual, printed lyrics from the “Ode to Joy” – a song/poem that has quite a bit to say about fate. And with Kaworu’s remarks in the final scene, he might as well be looking straight at the audience and quoting Homer Simpson: “Why are you paying to see in theaters what you could watch for free at home [or in this case, have already bought multiple times]?? If you ask me, everyone in this theater is a complete moron, especially YOUUUUUU!!!!!!” I’ve heard a number of things (probably too much) about the second movie, and all I can say is I am now 100% confident that the 4.0 will be a complete, unabashed mindf**k directed squarely at a base of viewers who, in Anno’s opinion, should not still be paying to see essentially the same thing over and over anymore (in regards to the anime industry at large).
But like before, Anno’s beloved brainchild is not merely a disgruntled, cynical commentary on the world and the anime industry. It’s also a very personal journey and parable. For a good chunk of the movie I wondered if not even Evangelion could reach my heart anymore; it was once the case that I felt right there in Shinji’s shoes, sharing all his struggles and tribulations. Now, at 18, I don’t know if I can still relate to the 14-year-old character in the same way. I’ve developed differently over these years, and the struggles I face now are so different, yet so uncomfortably similar; yet all around, the ways in which I can and must face my troubles are different now. Maybe I felt so separated from the film for the same reasons I feel so separated from others; I’ve locked away my emotions, all my fear and sadness, and thrown away the key, someplace where even I can’t find it. I can no longer be so open, so in touch with those things as Shinji is. But there were crucial parts of the film that, ultimately, made even me remember what I truly hope for in life. Those few, tender, tantalizing moments of closeness and understanding that Shinji has with Misato and Rei near the end of the film are a reminder, a reminder I needed so very, very much, about what can be truly beautiful about the interactions between people. That simple motif of holding hands spoke more than any words could…
And so, as an anime fan, as a film enthusiast, and as a person, I am proud to say that I am back in the world of Evangelion, and I will be eagerly following the progression of this new series. The themes of rebirth and dogged hope are those which are deeply relevant to me this time around, and while I try to put the cracked and shattered pieces of my life together, I look forward to making the journey to love and self-affirmation with my old friend Shinji once again.
The movie covers episodes 1 through 6, beginning in much the same way as the series did, and ending with the 5th Angel’s attack. We see much of the scenes faithfully recreated, up until Misato comes to pick up Shinji, and they begin talking as fast as they possibly can. The dialogue moves by ridiculously fast, in an incredibly thinly-veiled attempt to cram as much of the series as they can into the space of a single movie, with horrible results. Their sacrifice of quality for the sake of quantity thoroughly destroys the pacing, which, upon retrospect, was a big part of what made Evangelion what it was. There were a lot of long, atmospheric shots that helped to build the tone of the series, and here, they’re gone.
In fact, even the overall style feels different. It seems to opt for darker, richer colours than the original, which honestly doesn’t suit the style of the original series at all. It could be argued that animation has since moved on from the original series, but then, look at End of Evangelion. That was fantastically animated, and kept with the style of the series perfectly.
Another thing it seems to have lost track of is the soundtrack. Another interesting part of how the original series was directed was how rarely they used background music, often opting for silence punctuated only by the cicadas. Here? Pretty much every scene has a musical score behind it. This is how normal shows function, not how Evangelion is supposed to function. And even then, some of it actually seems like something Gainax would have used in Gurren Lagann, as opposed to Eva. Even with their choice to use more music taken into account, it still feels like they could have done a better job, although this is a comparatively minor nitpick.
Another major point is that the dub is very badly done. Aside from the fact that all the acting is forcibly quite bad (although this is less the actors fault and more the fact that they have to talk very fast to keep up), one particularly noticeable thing is that most of the original cast has been replaced, mostly by much less fitting voice actors. Whilst some changes are welcome, for example Touji sounding considerably better than he ever did in the main series, most are very distracting. And even the ones who stayed don’t sound remotely similar to how they did 14 years ago. The most noticeable example is Spike Spencer’s performance as Shinji. For the first half of the movie, I was thoroughly convinced that they had replaced Shinji’s voice actor. With a female one, no less. Shockingly, Spike is still in the role, but sounds absolutely nothing like he should. How this could happen is an absolute mystery, considering he’s been playing nothing but Shinji and Shinji knockoffs for the last 14 years, but somehow he botched his performance quite badly.
Now, I know that a fairly basic argument against this is that it isn’t trying to be like the original series. This is somewhat thwarted by the facts that A: Pretty much everyone who watches this will be judging it by the standards of the series, and B: It doesn’t stand up very well on its own either. The pacing and dialogue have ruined any chance this had of being a replacement Evangelion in its own right, as well as the plot and directing being skimmed over. Considering the series always had a habit of throwing you in without knowing what the fuck was going on, imagine how that works when everything is thrown at you at a mile per minute. Hint: NOT VERY WELL. I can’t imagine a newbie to the franchise would have the slightest clue what the fuck was going on.
All in all, I was somewhat worried that Hideaki Anno might have lost it, what with being sane now. And to my surprise, I was right. This has completely failed. It doesn’t capture anything that made Evangelion a loveable series, and while it does clear out some of the faults it had, it doesn’t balance things out nearly well enough. The only redeeming features are a handful of new scenes, all of which are quite good, and strangely more in the vein of the show than anything else in the movie, most notably the final scene that raises an enormous amount of questions about Kaworu, and promises that the single greatest reason to watch this movie is the promise that the next one will do things very differently.
Final Words: What a disappointment. Let’s just hope 2.0 makes it worthwhile.
Voice Acting: 2/10
2: Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
English: Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
MAL Score: 8.34
When the threat of the Angel menace escalates, mankind’s defense force is pushed to its limits, with Nerv at the forefront of the struggle. Shinji Ikari and his partner Rei Ayanami are assisted by two new pilots: the fiery Asuka Langley Shikinami and the mysterious Mari Illustrious Makinami.
With the aid of their mechanized Evangelion units, equipped with weapons perfect for engaging their monstrous opponents, the four young souls fight desperately to protect their loved ones and prevent an impending apocalypse. But when startling secrets are brought to light, will the heroes’ greatest challenge prove to be the monsters…or humanity itself?
While the first Rebuild of Evangelion movie followed the series closely, events are drastically changed in 2.0. The plot vaguely follows episodes 8 to 19 of the series (and picks up from where the first Rebuild movie left off), but it’s during this film that the ‘remake’ starts becoming the ‘reimagining’ Anno said the Rebuild tetralogy would be. A treat for fans new and old, the new canon material does not disappoint. Twists and turns – as expected – are ever present, new characters enter the fray and the plot takes fresh, astonishing directions while retaining its mysterious, engrossing aura. The pace is near flawless and both veteran fans and new audiences alike will be able to watch with wide-eyed excitement and suspense as the new plot unravels.
The animation and art are one of the absolute stand-out elements in Evangelion 2.0. As in the first film, the Angels have been given a make-over, along with the Evangelion units, the futuristic, ever wondrous city Tokyo-3 and even the characters. Between them, the animation staff for the Rebuild tetralogy have worked on a huge number of highly acclaimed works, which includes the original Evangelion series. The team create an alarmingly beautiful world among all the chaos and destruction, with such intricate attention to detail, stunningly complex designs and action set pieces unlike anything before it. The art style is bold, clean and dazzling, and the animation is dynamic, majestic, smooth and ever fluid. Studio Khara have set a frighteningly faultless example to other animation studios – they’ve outdone themselves.
The music was composed and arranged by Shiro Sagisu – who scored not only the first Rebuild film, but also the original series and The End of Evangelion – and recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios with the London Studio Orchestra. Music has always been a very innate part of Evangelion; as integral as the Evangelion units themselves, and it’s no different in Rebuild. Sagisu creates a fine amount of stunning compositions that further bring to life Tokyo-3, the characters and the phenomenal action sequences. Rebuild 2.0 even has it’s own ‘Komm, süsser Tod’ moment where an upbeat song is played in contrast to a brutal sequence, with the lyrics adding a welcomed sense of irony, which is what we’ve come to expect and delight over from the Evangelion franchise. The ending song is provided by Japanese sensation Utada Hikaru, who offers a beautiful acoustic rendition of her famous track ‘Beautiful World’, a perfect companion piece to the ending, again in contrast.
Rebuild 2.0 excels in its characterisation. The charismatic Asuka is introduced, who adds a whole different vibe to the film and there is yet more original material for fans of the series, as established characters such as Shinji and Rei develop significantly, the latter in directions you may not expect. A completely new character – Mari – also joins the fray. Much of her motivations are shrouded in mystery, which allows the film to stay at a consistent pace and prevents it from becoming bloated, considering the amount of characters and plot developments already at hand, but her presence adds yet another exciting new element, along with some comic relief. Despite a cast of characters that were established almost fifteen years ago, they come across in Rebuild as very fresh, very unpredictable. These aren’t the same characters from the Evangelion series, they’re new interpretations, new versions; with a clean slate comes new directions, new experiences – in areas the film becomes as fresh to long-time fans as it is to new audiences.
Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0 is an absolute spectacle, as astonishing to the eyes as it is the ears. The second film is able to out-do the first installment in every aspect, all the while taking the story in thrilling new directions for fans both new and old. A remake would have been too easy for Anno and his team – instead they have gone above and beyond, recreating the Evangelion universe we’ve come to know and love, offering us new interpretations fifteen years on, proving – with some ferocity – that Evangelion is far from gone. Rebuild solidifies Evangelion as an absolutely exceptional franchise, continuing to awe-inspire fans the world over, reminding us all why we fell in love with it in the first place.
There never was an anime series in my entire life as an anime-consumer that moved, influenced and fascinated me as much as Hideaki Anno’s original NGE series. I can not describe every single detail about the original series’ ingenuity for it would take too much space in these few lines (since this is a review about the second rebuild film). Let’s just say that I have never encountered another anime series with more finely written, intelligent, charismatic, understandable and individual (probably the most important characteristic considering the whole bunch of archetypes today) characters combined with an exciting and cleverly told plot and a superb atmosphere from which we can learn a message that is important in all periods of our lives.
When I first heard about Anno and the old crew directing a series of Rebuild movies, I didn’t really know what to say. He said that the old NGE series was not fit for newer generations and that he would have to update it for them. He probably meant problems that emerged in society nowadays, so I trusted him. I was quite happy after watching the first movie that stuck pretty much to the original first quarter of the series and was looking forward to the second movie which should integrate new elements (although I was REALLY afraid of that new character wearing a pink (!) plugsuit). Then I saw the ratings on MAL and my excitement grew. What did they change? The answer: everything.
– The Characters:
In general, we can say that every fascinating character from the original series just turned into some kind of stereotypical alternative version. There is not a single trace left of what once was a psychological profile given to them. Not only did they simplify the characters, but also gave away their backgroundstories in some kind of ‘in-your-face!’ manner, so that subtlety became a foreign word. Of course, you may say, this is a movie and you can not rebuild complex characters within such little screen time. It’s not like they do not get any screentime in the movie, there’s plenty of it around, but the creators don’t use it at all (except for dull slice of life sequences and ecchi fanservice)!
I’d like to take a look at the changes from the original series and analyze what the new character’s personality is like, so as for people who haven’t watched the thing yet I’ll write down a
here, so I can go into detail:
Original: Lost boy who gains some confidence while working for NERV but always feels left alone, feels rejected by everyone, trying to find a personality on his own, craving for affection from anyone —– 2.22 Version: your typical shounen hero and also a harem lord
‘I wonder who of my love interests can cook better?’
Asuka Soryu Langley:
Original: Lost girl who strives for affection from anyone by any means necessary, is still haunted by past, inferiority complex —– 2.22 Version: Violent tsundere archetype randomly in love with the harem lord while being exploited for lots of fan-service:
(oh yeah, and she’s talking to a sock puppet, now THAT’s subtle)
Original: Scientific abuse incarnate, an artificial lifeform that is torn between substitutability and development of personal feelings towards society and her creator —— 2.22 Version: Kuudere archetype who discovers her random love for the harem hero
‘Whenever I think about him, my chest feels warm…’
Original: Being left alone by her father’s death, she has to encounter a harsh world after the second impact and makes her way to the top with discipline, although she hides an easy-going side inside which she only shows to people dear to her, craving for affection from anyone —— 2.22 Version: Supporting cast who’s just there to tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about the EVA mystery ‘in-your-face!’-esque. Misato’s fate is shared by every other character in this movie (except for Kaji, he’s there to make you laugh with silly attempts to speak the english language, best scene in the whole movie), so I spare you the ranting here.
and finally, my ‘favourite’ ‘character’ from this ‘movie’ (ok, that last quotation mark was just for fun)
Mari Makinami Illustrious (yeah, that’s her name, folks, I didn’t know it either, but I read it on the package of the DVD after watching the movie):
well, Mari, she… she’s… yeah, she has a nice rack… and… aaannnd… she wears glasses and… a pink plugsuit… and she is the most UNFITTING ‘CHARACTER’ FOR THE BLOODY DAMN NEON GENESIS EVANGELION FRANCHISE!!!!!
Ahem, sorry for that, but it’s true, a ‘character’ who’s there for the whole purpose of fanservice and hollywood action scenes has nothing to do with the (let’s say) ‘realistic’ world of Evangelion. She’s even enjoying the EVA fights, what’s this?! they always depicted the war against the angels as a terrible burden for the youngsters (which it IS) and she’s enjoying it?! And what about that parachute, ahh, nevermind, let’s go on…-.-
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– The Story:
Now, what I can say about the story in general is that they really tried to create something different and the way the movie ends, it really is possible they are going to change it into something else. But this doesn’t mean it’s going to be good, really.
The whole purpose of the background story in the original series was to be discovered by the audience bit by bit so that they could put all the pieces of the puzzle together and create their own interpretation of what’s happening. Now, Hideaki Anno assumes that kids these days don’t use their brains anymore so he presents the story with every bit and every little mystery directly in your face. You do not need to think about it, the characters will tell you everything you need to know. This simplification destroys everything the smartly presented plot of the original show stood for.
– The Design:
This is the most surprising thing about the whole movie. People tell me everywhere how great this thing looks and how smooth the 3D animations blend in. But you know what? It is not true, it’s simply not true! The 3D evangelions look like ingame graphics from a poorly programmed ps3 game. Not only do the ‘great’ 3D effects make EVA02 blend in like Krauser II on a K-On concert, they also allow us to discover silly programming mistakes like transparent school desks (if you don’t believe me, take a look at shinji’s classroom). And for the design changes… sheesh, you shall see yourself… (‘Test-Plugsuit’ and ‘Za biisuto’ eh, gosh…-.-)
Of course the drawings and character designs are ok, it’s Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, the original designer, after all (he tends to go for the ‘one piece’ hip, but that’s ok here).
– The Final Conclusion:
I am absolutely sad to say it, but ‘Evangelion 2.22: You can (not) advance’ is one of the worst pieces of celluloid anime movies I have ever seen, considering its predecessors. There is not a single shred of intelligence left in this bleak version of a once brilliant series. I trusted Hideaki Anno and his nakama, for I thought they were some of the few people left in the business taking their job seriously and trying to really give something to the audience instead of just taking their money for cheap entertainment. But that’s what happened and that’s what Evangelion 2.22 is, cheap entertainment. I still can’t really believe it.
And what’s even more important: What’s up with all the people who love this movie and call it masterpiece? I really could understand it if there are people who don’t know or don’t care about the original work (archetypes substituting real characters is common today) or watched it for tits, they will have their cheap thrills with the hollywood action and the countless fanservice ecchi moments and maybe really like it as the Gurren Lagann it wants to be (hey, GL is great, but NOT NGE!). But for the Neon Genesis Evangelion fans who loved the series for everything it stood for, all the attributes I mentioned before, everything that EVA 2.22 destroyed and spat upon, I do not understand them at all…-.-
Oh yeah, and here’s a little speculation to round out the review that requires a
Just a little conspiracy theory, my only hope that keeps me from screaming ‘zetsubou shita!’:
All of this ridiculous nonsense could just be Shinji’s first attempt of creating a new world, but based on his teenage dreams and thus filled with bullshit teenagers might find interesting and kakkoii. As a conclusion Hideaki Anno once again could draw the ace up his sleeve here and say: “This is nothing but fantasy bullshit, it doesn’t have anything to do with reality! Get a life, kids!” kinda like he did in the original series. That wouldn’t really make this movie much better, but it would not kill the whole franchise.
Until the next movie comes out, I’ll just pray every night that “sabisu sabisu~” was just an ironic hint to that outcome!
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Thanks for reading
A lot of the visuals were eye popping stunning. However, there were times that it looked a bit grainy, kind of like an image that had been upscaled. The music was a bit hit or miss, with some corny music playing at seemingly inappropriate times. But when it was hit, it was really good, especially the music that played at the end of the Bardiel and Zeruel fight.
The movie starts with pure action, and as expected from seeing the trailers, there was a good bit of action throughout this movie. To balance it all out, there is also some character interaction and development, enough to flesh out the characters like Asuka and Mari. I especially liked the cuts of Tokyo-3 bustling and filled with people doing their thing and living their lives. Asuka seemed much more likeable, probably closer to the definition of tsundere. Rei smiles a lot more and her caring of Shinji is made obvious. Asuka’s animosity towards Rei is, in no small part, due to Shinji. Mari is crazy, and she has a nice rack. Kaji got an unexpectedly large amount of screen time and seems to play a bigger role than in the TV series (whether this is true is yet to be seen). There’s also a good bit of Penpen, who does a bit of “almost” talking.
Overall, great movie, I enjoyed it quite a bit.
1: Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
English: Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
Japanese: シン エヴァンゲリオン劇場版:||
MAL Score: 8.72
Shinji Ikari is still adrift after losing his will to live, but the place he arrives at teaches him what it means to hope. Finally, the Instrumentality Project is set in motion and Wille make one last grueling stand to prevent the Final Impact.
The plot is very straightforward but full of unfamiliar terminology and lore exposition since the worldbuilding continues to be incredibly sparse compared to NGE. This has been a problem with the Rebuild films since 2.0 and it only got worse with each subsequent entry thanks to the timeskip. NGE had excellent lore and worldbuilding, it never gave you all the answers, but it gave you enough information to make sense of what was going on, while remaining consistent and believable whitin itself. Rebuild is a complete failure in this regard, and in Thrice everything feels more contrived, nonsensical and excessive than ever. Anyway, this movie gets so ridiculously meta none of this ends up mattering, so let’s move on.
Thrice runtime is 2 hours and 35 minutes long, it’s the third longest animated movie ever made. Two and a half hours of bad exposition/info dumps, asspulls, contradictions, unconvincing character development, in-your-face/condescending meta-narrative and mindless CG action. The only good part of the movie is when they are in the village. This segment is the only part where the writing and character interactions felt natural (even though character development felt extremely rushed and unbelievable). It’s also visually impressive, the 2D animation, background art and cinematography really shines, unfortunately this doesn’t last long and the rest of the movie mainly consists of bombastic action. It wouldn’t be so bad if at least the action was good, but sadly long gone is the quality of action scenes like Asuka vs the Mass Production Evas from EoE; elegantly choreographed and accompanied with well thought out composition and camera movement, the amazing 2D animation of this scene looks just as good today as it did 24 years ago. Now we have ugly CG Evas (that already look outdated) with unnecessarily convoluted designs, stiff animation and a camera that cannot be still for a second (the constant camera spinning was absolutely nauseating). It’s not just that they look bad, there’s also no tension or anything at stake since Asuka and Mari can easily defeat thousands of Evas by simply shooting them with their guns (what good are their AT fields?).
[ Beware of spoilers from now on. ]
What about the characters? They were always the strong suit of Evangelion. In NGE it took a realistically long time for Rei to behave like a human being in front of anyone that wasn’t Gendo, in Thrice she’s suddenly a cute baby full of curiosity, even though not long ago she was an emotionless doll, colder than ever during the events of the previous movie. Her character arc and relationship with Shinji are ruined with the awesome revelation that Rei was programmed to like Shinji à la Mikasa and is not choosing him over Gendo out of her own free will. I have to admit it was nice seeing Rei farming and hanging out with the old ladies, but this is the 2nd time we’re seeing her humanization in these movies, it feels very redundant. Shinji starts out very depressed because of the death of Kaworu then Rei (after winning his affection) dies in front of him and instead of falling further into depression he suddenly becomes a stoic chad who is unfazed when someone points a gun at him. He transforms into an overly optimistic character, absolutely motivated to play the hero completely out of nowhere and of course everyone keeps telling him how much he has grown up, “Wow Shinji you have grown, you’re a generic mecha protagonist now”. Such is his mental fortitude and gravitas that he can talk Cyclops Gendo (a literal god and 4D chess master) into submission, not bad for someone that a few days ago suffered from severe depression and PTSD (he was borderline suicidal). Asuka continues to exist only for blatant fanservice (she spends most of her screen time half naked for no reason) and to tsunderely have a crush on Shinji, we hardly see anything from her past that makes us sympathize with her or a justification for her toxic behavior and instead we get a last minute asspull revelation: Asuka was a clone the whole time, because that’s what Evangelion needed, more clones. Mari always felt like an unwanted guest on Evangelion, a Mary Sue whose dialogue consists almost entirely of one liners and only appears during combat/fanservice scenes, never having any meaningful interaction with any of the other characters. I’ve always hated Mari because RoE already had simplified versions of the original cast, with far fewer scenes to develop as characters than they had in NGE and she was stealing precious screen time from them. This is the final movie and we do not see another facet of Mari or an interesting origin story relevant to the plot, no, she is still the same one-dimensional character singing and fooling around during critical moments, her existence in these movies is never justified. Worst of all, out of all the movies, this one gives her the most screen time while far better characters like Misato and Ritsuko were put aside. Yes, Misato is once again relegated to a very minor role, most of her dialogue is just poor exposition about what happened to Kaji (Gendo and Ritsuko were also reduced to exposition spouting robots).
“No matter where you are, I’ll come get you, Puppy Boy”, yeah, yeah, shut up Anno’s wife self-insert.
This time around the Human Instrumentality is much more direct thanks to Gendo constantly explaining everything with unnecessary info dumps, “This is the world of your memories. Our senses can’t perceive the anti-universe. Therefore the LCL has created a virtual environment we can perceive”, it’s all dumbed down so even the dumbest normie can understand. It’s as if during the sandbox sequence from EoE there was some know-it-all character explaining the meaning behind all the symbolism and metaphors, ruining the atmosphere and leaving no place for interpretation. The Human Instrumentality should offer viewers more space for imagination and self-reflection. Fourth Impact, Another Impact, Additional Impact or whatever the fuck it’s called, basically consists of bad CG, superficial visual callbacks to EoE, Gendo’s backstory/introspection (admittedly this part wasn’t so bad) and happy send-offs to all the main characters that felt rushed and unearned. Yeah, Shinji is such a Gary Stu now he doesn’t even need psychotherapy through Instrumentality anymore, instead he is the fucking psychotherapist fixing everyone’s problems. Our protagonist was reduced to a plot device.
3.0+1.0 also went way too far with its 4th wall breaking elements. Once again EoE did it so much better, it just works better when it’s done subtlety (e.g., the death threats flashed on screen during the Third Impact). Shinji saying “Neon Genesis”, bad CG on purpose (Unit-01 vs Unit-13 fight in Tokyo-3) and uncanny valley giant Rei were just too much, instead of leaving me in awe or perplexed I was laughing and unimmersed.
Even the message of the movie feels wrong. The message of NGE was: “You are worthy of love, especially from yourself. Social interaction can be painful but you need to connect with other people in order to be happy, don’t be afraid/don’t run away”. The message of this movie is: “Say bye-bye to Evangelion, it’s time to grow up. Stop being a loser (otaku), go outside and touch grass. Get some pussy like I (Hideaki Anno) did”. It’s very meta but also very condescending, hypocritical and redundant. This meta-message felt so much more sincere and empathetic the way it was delivered during the live action sequence in EoE (“You were avoiding the truth by escaping into a fictional world”), mainly because there wasn’t a “gorgeous gal with big boobs” representation of Anno’s wife lusting over Shinji/Anno, and because ‘The END of Evangelion’ was supposed to be the end of Evangelion, but no, Anno had to make 4 more multi-million dollar movies in the span of 14 years just to tell us once again to move on from Evangelion, not content with that he’s also judging us as immature while simultaneously putting more butt shots in this movie than the entirety of the previous Rebuild movies and NGE combined. Meta-narrative aside Shinji literally ran away from HIS real world and all its problems, this is escapism at its worst. In both EoE and NGE Shinji rejects Instrumentality and decides to return to the real world even though that means being hurt, basically he decides to stop running away from reality and start facing it, this movie is the complete opposite. The realistically optimistic EoE: “Anywhere can be paradise as long as you have the will to live”. The overly optimistic and delusional 3.0+1.0: “Erase your reality and get yourself isekai’d to a different reality”. World resets are such cop-out endings, they don’t belong in Evangelion, they are incompatible with its anti-escapism message. And of course Shinji ends up with Mari, even though story-wise it doesn’t make sense since they hardly ever interacted with each other (plus Mari is really a 50-something year old woman making moves on a minor, that’s fucked up), but that’s just how it had to be because Shinji is Anno’s self-insert and Mari is Anno’s wife self-insert in this condescending allegory of growing up.
In the 90s Anno was struggling with depression and Evangelion was a way of therapy for him. So Eva has always been a deeply personal reflection of its creator, but its themes were universal and relatable, knowledge of Anno’s personal life was never necessary to understand and appreciate NGE. Unfortunately that’s not the case anymore. Shinji is suddenly a completely different person, he’s full of confidence and optimism, why? Because Anno is a different person now, he’s no longer in a dark state of mind. The only justification for Mari being a complete non-character is that she’s a representation of Anno’s wife, coming into his life to make it better. You need to know a lot about Anno’s personal life to justify Shinji acting so out of character, him and Mari ending up as a couple, Mari’s role, and the forced overly optimistic/happy ending (Shinji getting his choker removed is obviously a metaphor for Anno breaking free from the burden of Evangelion, specifically the burden of “Rebuilding” Eva, a burden he took upon himself when he didn’t have to). Having an underlying meaning behind all the in-world nonsense doesn’t make a story good, good writing does. There’s only one thing worse than knowing Anno ruined RoE’s narrative and characters for the sake of an extremely personal and overindulgent meta-narrative, and that’s being completely in the dark about all of this, which is the case for many new fans and casual viewers, and let’s not forget RoE main target was to attract those people.
On a side note this movie has one of the worst cases of unwanted fanservice during a serious moment I’ve ever seen, yeah I’m talking about the butt shots of Toji’s sister during that dramatic scene. Evangelion has always had lots of fanservice, but unlike this movie it was always used at the right times.
TLDR: Thrice Upon a Time does not give a satisfactory answer to the many unaswered questions left by its predecessor, Anno no longer treats his audience with respect and now feels the need to explain everything with bad exposition, character development is unconvincing or lacking because most of the runtime is wasted on awful CG action scenes (those first 10 minutes in Paris were so incredibly unecessary), the meta-narrative/4th wall breaking elements felt too intrusive and the message is condescending, hypocritical and redundant.
No one ever believed that the Rebuild films could possibly leave a legacy comparable to that of NGE and EoE, but I think I speak for many Eva fans when I say that we didn’t think Anno would disappoint us so badly either. In its advertising this film has been announced as “The end of Evangelion” (“Bye-bye, all of Evangelion”), but for me this is only the end of Rebuild of Evangelion. I don’t care about endless cycles, time loops and multiverses, for me the real end of Evangelion happened in 1997 and that’s the way it should have stayed.
Rebuild 1.0 was recap, Rebuild 2.0 was an alternate universe Hollywood action flick, and Rebuild 3.0 was an openly retarded, mocking parody of Evangelion. Their impressive lineup of animators offset their excessive CG, but they were vapid. Rebuild 4.0, however, feels like a real movie. It’s about growing up and leaving anime behind, but I want you to ask yourself why leaving anime behind would be synonymous with growing up? Is watching capeshit the true sign of a grown up? Or maybe reading /lit/’s Top 100 Charts and pretending you understood entry-level philosophers like Nietzsche or Hegel online is what true maturity looks like?
Anno is such an out-of-touch hypocrite. Not only would he be a part-time debt slave, part-time shut-in if it weren’t for the otaku who supported Evangelion back in the day, but he’s now perfectly content to shit on otaku despite being one himself. Does ANY part of these movies convey anything Evangelion originally stood for? Unit 01 transforms into a horse for fucks sake. If the countless new mechs and costumes didn’t make it obvious, the Rebuilds are just toy commercials to rake in the cash after Gainax screwed Anno out of the original series’ holding rights, and yet trying to give them meaning with this finale somehow made them all even more offensive.
Anno’s anti-escapism oozes with insecurity. He knows deep down he would never function as a salaryman due to his self-proclaimed autism, yet he fetishizes wageslaving as a response to “escapism” because deep down he understands had Evangelion not been the massive financial success it was, he would most definitely be a hapless debt slave nowadays, if not a NEET. He’s so insecure about his life and career being saved by those same “immature” anime fans he condescendingly passes judgement on, but just as he lacks the self-awareness to realize there’s nothing more pathetic than someone biting at the hand that feeds them, he lacks the humility to look in the fucking mirror.
Rebuild 4.0 lives up to its predecessor by being another obnoxious clusterfuck, and it ends with nothing mattering and Mari, of all people, deciding to fuck Shinji, so the ultimate and final message of the Rebuilds is, “Bro, just stop being depressed and wait for a pretty girl to literally fall out of the sky and give you the love you don’t deserve but desperately need.” It’s such an aimless, slapdash conclusion. Sure, I suppose the love one usually finds in real life is also unexceptional and happenstance, and I get that’s kind of what Anno was going for, but for a series as famous for allegory and metaphor as this, a conclusion of this nature feels bankrupt of any creativity or inspiration and instead just comes across like a scrap of cheap wisdom which could’ve easily come from a fortune cookie. You can tell Anno doesn’t share the mindset of his old depressed self anymore. Something as empathetic as the classic NGE cannot be written by the person he is now.
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you just can sit and gobble your popcorns and candys without the arduous task of thinking, don’t be objective don’t think that is for pretentious people just give this movie a 10 or 9.
This is just the equivalent of a marvel movie aesthetically stunning but hollow.
is trying to do what his 20 years old counterpart did 10 times better.
But that doesn’t mean that it has no value on its own.
Art is just outstanding, being able to see those beautiful places one after another is a pleasure.
Sound is not far behind, and the final theme song by hikaru utada is just amazing ( that by the way will stay with you more than the actual ending).
And there is moments in the film that you can see the old Hideaki the one that cares for the world that he help to bring to life and the one that make you raised questions about oneself.
but it’s pretty apparent for the lack of this moments that he just wan to get over and pute a final point to it giving you a ending that don’t challenge you to think anything a ending that don’t bring any retrospective and try too hard to not alienate no one that just one his brain off.
In conclusion, you will forget the ending the next morning.
At the end i just hope that the hope that this film talks so much about is that Anno Hideaki has overcome the curse of evangelion and be happy with what he created.
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1. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
2. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
3. Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
4. Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
5. Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor: Reboot
6. Evangelion: Another Impact (VR)
7. Evangelion Shito, Hakata Shuurai
8. Yoiko no Rekishi Anime: Ookina Kabu (Kabu)