Asuka is still the best
Finally watched Evangelion 3.33 properly and for better or for worse, my opinions didn’t change too much from my post earlier.
On the technical aspects though, Evangelion 3.33 definitely excelled a lot more this time around. I found myself pausing a lot throughout the movie, just for the sake of taking in the breathtaking visuals that showcase the world in ruins, fourteen years after the Near-Third Impact at the end of 2.22. It definitely makes for a more sobering experience as well, as Evangelion truly goes full post-apocalyptic.
Yeap, that’s the old NERV logo there
Even the Moon’s fucked
… that’s a lot of Eva’s lying around
The new Black Moon?
Earth and humanity is truly fucked and its up to these three kids to save the day!
I still stand by the opinion that the best part of the movie was finally getting some exposition on Yui. Interestingly, what I didn’t spot previous was that Kyouko also seems to be present in the picture that Fuyutsuki shows to Shinji.
Finally, a proper picture of Kyouko(?)
The soundtrack work for 3.33 also works quite well at evoking the emotions, yet it does get a little overbearing at times. I do love the new interpretations on the old classic songs from the TV series. While the 1.11 and 2.22 kinda just reworked or recycled the old tracks, 3.33 gives a new spin to most of the tracks it reuses. Appropriate given the scale of the Rebuild series right now.
Ultimately, 3.33 is still a very very radical step in giving the Eva mythos a “rebuild”. While 3.33 really doubled down on the whole idea, it does stumble a lot as well. Pretty much everything that’s happened in 3.33 barely had any direct connection back to 2.22, aside from the whole “Shinji almost destroyed the world”, what makes it worse is how Anno doesn’t give a fuck about connecting the dots. Instead the fourteen time skip is presented as-is, with barely any effort to try filling up the gap. And boy… a lot of things seems to have happened in that gap!
Instead, 3.33 feels a lot more like “oh hey, let’s just stuff a lot of pretty/cool/awesome/whoa things in to the movie and hope no one finds out we don’t really have a plan!” at times. I really don’t hope the whole Rebuild series ends up this way. By all the higher powers that deign themselves to look after us, I hope the fourth and hopefully final entry to the Rebuild series either ties back everything up nicely, or just plain goes to mindfuck us all properly. Otherwise, it’s hard to see Rebuild exceed the original series.
Meanwhile, I’ll be prepared for the “improved” Evangelion 3.33 release. Because we all know Evangelion fans are the easiest to milk, amirite?