Evangelion 3.0 First Impressions

Evangelion 3.0

Asuka, totally badass now.

Yes, I succumbed to the temptation and watched the “public copy” despite the drawbacks. In any case, there’s going to be at least half a year’s wait or more, so yeah. Note that this is not meant to be a review or whatever, just a list of my thoughts about it after ruminating over it for a day. Spoilers abound of course. Don’t read this and start bitching about me for spoiling the movie, you only have yourself to blame. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong about details though.

I felt pity for Shinji during the early minutes of the minutes, which is understandable since he got sealed up for fourteen years and woke up to a radically different world. However, the goodwill from the pity got exhausted pretty fast after he realizes the tragedy he caused and couldn’t deal with the guilt. I understand it’s a pretty hard to deal with having personally been responsible for the deaths of billions of people, but trying to shove all the blame away is just cowardly.

Of course, this comes to a head at the end of the movie when he’s thoroughly persuaded by Kaworu there is a way for the world to be restored. Even after Kaworu senses something wrong and tells him to NOT do it… Shinji chose a terrible time to be a decisive person. Well, I suppose at that point, Shinji’s despair had already hit the rock bottom which made cling too hard to the only chance of hope he thought he had left. It’s not that I’m trying to defend him, this is just what I think is a rational analysis behind his choices done in that deep hole he dug himself in to.

Also, I wonder what happened in the intervening fourteen years. Mark-06 apparently successfully reached Lilith and “killed” her, which was definitely not covered in 2.0. I wonder if the preview after 2.0 ended actually contained real events that happened but Anno chose to move the chronology forwards for 3.0. Would be a real killer if he did it in a flashback of those events in 4.0/FINAL, but knowing this franchise…. fat chance w

The new characters did not matter as much as I thought, having terribly limited screentime contained mostly to the first half-hour or so. The focus still remains squarely on the original pilots and important characters. Grown-up Sakura was pretty cute though.

The character that I felt underwent quite a bit of change was Asuka, who seems to have shed the bratty ego and knows how to eat humble pie when things call for it. She really feels like a much more reliable person now, which I suppose is the result of fourteen more years lived. In that way, it truly made me feel that the time has really passed but she still retains the sassy attitude that makes her Asuka. Her feelings towards Shinji remain as complicated as ever, though it’s hard to say she really hates him from her actions 3.0 given how she called out for him and went to give him a much-need kick at the end of the movie.

The new Rei is well…. quiet.

Quite a rare thing happened in 3.0 though, an actual picture of Yui got shown to Shinji by Fuyutsuki. I have to say that was one of the bigger surprises I had in the entire movie, but perhaps it was also a part that did not receive extensive spoilering w. Gendou seems much more megalomaniacal in this version too, even supplanting the SEELE council totally. And dear god, what is with that creepy giant Yui/Rei?

I will refrain on commenting on the visuals and other technical stuff until the blu-ray comes out. Probably will be extensive “improvements” and additions in that edition. My wallet is already ready Anno, you can take my money any damn time.

13 Comments

  1. Dawn Said,

    January 14, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    What was Asuka before this movie? Just a token tsundere who complained about your movements being 2 seconds too slow?
    While I wait for the movie, I’ll just go and watch Kaworu’s moving castle in the meantime.
    http://goo.gl/CMAun
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    Eva 4.0 where?

  2. kiryuu Said,

    January 15, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    14 year time skip.. that explains a hell of a lot.. I’ll have to go back and watch 1.11 and 2.11 before watching this one. lol

  3. Ashoka Said,

    January 15, 2013 @ 1:07 am

    I thought that Yui’s head was actually Liliths head, since Lilith just happened to miss a giant head and it exploded in to a cloud of blood like Lilith’s body.

  4. Skurai Said,

    January 15, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    Didn’t like that it was way too… guy on guy centric (kawaruXshinji) and that at the begining everyone just seemed mad at shinji without acually explaining why they truly were thus, that’s prety much the only things that annoyed me the rest was cool and will definitely join you in buying the blue ray

  5. jingoi Said,

    January 15, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    I’ll wait for the dub
    unrelated- I dl’d the one piece film z camrips.

  6. Kinoshita Said,

    January 15, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    Okay I am very confused with this third movie lol.
    Didn’t Kaoru in Mark 06 stop the third impact by throwing 1 of the spears into Eva 01 at the end of 2.2? So I guess some1 did pull out the spear and cause third impact? Than some1 else tired to start 4th impact, by using the original Lilith and Mark 06 which is part of Adam, but it was stopped by a sword and lance now (where the hell did the sword come from lol) But in this movie apparntly the sword is not a sword.
    Honestly I have no idea wtf is going on.

  7. Karry Said,

    January 15, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    People still bother watching Eva ? Gosh…

  8. Da5id Said,

    January 15, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    You forgot to mention Mari!

    OH WAIT SHE HAD NO POINT IN THE STORY OTHER THAN BEING THE ROBIN TO ASUKA’S TSUNDERE BATMAN.

  9. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 12:47 am

    >OH WAIT SHE HAD NO POINT IN THE STORY OTHER THAN BEING THE ROBIN TO ASUKA’S TSUNDERE BATMAN.

    wwwwwww exactly. Seriously, Anno. All those Mari fans are going to be so mad.

  10. TheVoid Said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 4:10 am

    Mari did help in getting Shinji’s entry plug out of Eva-13. But Ghost Kaworu that showed up briefly probably helped.

    Asuka herself didn’t really feel like she had a point until the end. She even blew up Eva-02 to take out Mark 09.

  11. edo Said,

    January 16, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    so they didn’t tell about the characters lives during the 14 years

  12. yo Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    I feel you might be pointing the finger too much at Shinji. To beat & incinerate the dead horse, this is a person who was thrown away by his father, never trained, never been in the military, is fourteen, has no role models, has no parental figures, only told what to do, never taught to think for himself, never expected to think for himself & to top it off, Misato goes from encouraging Shinji at the end of 2.22 to treating him as persona non grata in 3.33. Asuka having complicated feelings towards him is just icing. I don’t think being cowardly & choosing a poor time to be decisive even touches upon the tragedy that is Shinji.

    I’m a bit surprised he cares about killing off the planet. It probably has to do more with the very few connections he has lost – Touji, Hikari, Kensuke…. To taste happiness & lose it. I don’t feel rest of the world is there for him, evident to me by how he isn’t concerned Tokyo-3 is empty save four people.

    Really, it all goes back to Gendo creating a nearly-perfect puppet. One of the greater tragedies is how Kaworu, judging from the teasing lines from the prior movies, screwed up….again.

    In any case, I agree that time skip kind of sucked. Since it’s from Shinji’s perspective it makes sense, but ugh, couldn’t we still learn more in the movie? Stupid changed plot from the teaser in 2.22.

  13. susu Said,

    May 10, 2013 @ 2:16 am

    I understand that Shinji is to be pitied. The dude hasnt done anything wrong intentionally.
    But still, I have been told once, “whether your actions have good or bad intentions, all that matters is the outcome.”
    People have the right hate you, and they will. Your good will does not matter one bit if the result is the death of billions.

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