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.