Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo

Evangelion 3.33

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.

Evangelion 3.33

Yeap, that’s the old NERV logo there

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Even the Moon’s fucked

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… that’s a lot of Eva’s lying around

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Pretty clouds

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The new Black Moon?

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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.

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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?

15 Comments

  1. TheVoid Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    Look at all those aborted Eva fetuses. I bet they were made out of people to.

  2. bluemist Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    I’m holding off my watch until the final movie is available, but yeah by now they’ve covered all spectrums of what constitutes a Rebuild. Eva 1.0 was a carbon copy, 2.0 started mixing things up, and 3.0 is entirely a new thing altogether. Who knows what’s in Eva 4, but surely they had planned for this and explain everything by that time…

    …or explain nothing at all to milk more from us next time.

  3. OverMaster Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Hmmm, Kyouko (?) kinda looks like Mari. I wonder, I wonder…

    Although it might just be Sadamoto’s Only Six Faces Syndrome at work.

  4. jingoi Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    If I have to see Shinji get shit x10 from everyone I’m going to see it with a dub.

  5. Mentar Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    Honestly, looking at the 986124th redo to milk this franchise, I feel more convinced than ever that simply refusing to watch more of it after the second movie was the perfect decision… and your review only reinforces this view.

  6. tycoonajv Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    everybody from the movie are bitchy to shinji look what he did right now..hahahaha

  7. kyon22 Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    I vote for asuka to be the main character, she’s too bad ass.

  8. Rei Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=CGD2-57228&page=top get yourself a paperweight.

  9. Shinkirou Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    each time i watch eva rebuild , i become total clueless, too many questions arise but yet too little answers. each of the eva series preview didnt show something but as the following they totally skip plot and leaving huge hole in it, i dont mind they skip the 1st and 2nd, but the 3rd ? straight away fastword 14 years later?
    1) what happen to time before 14 yr?
    2) how sinji end up in space sleeping ?
    3)what happen dogma , mk6, lilith ?

    i wish the the final eva would perfectly answer all rather than skip some here and there, (hopefully dont start series like all the children end up willie base and revise counter attack plan right before the movie start). i fo wish Anno do it better in the final rather than leaving a huge gap hole. , eva is good series but……. too much gap hole will leave ppl clueless what is happening now and there

  10. NovaJinx Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    ^ It’s like I’m at Yahoo! Answers…

  11. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    Hahaha, Broken NERV logo paperweight. Goddamnit Annooooo!!!

    And yes, what the fucking fuck happened in the fourteen years? Because I’m goddamned sure 2.22 didn’t show all the destruction and LilithxMk06 shit. Seriously, fuck Anno.

  12. hurin Said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    1: 2.22 ended with the third impact. Although the process was halted, it seems that with the exception of a small part of NERV headquarters, all of Japan and probably the entire Asian continent has been destroyed.
    There is a three sided war going on between NERV, Ville and an unknown party that can make artificial angels (the nemesis series).

    2: The unknown party placed Eva-01 in orbit, Shinji and Rei were inside the plug.

  13. Manabi Said,

    May 2, 2013 @ 2:33 am

    @hurin: My guess would be the unknown third party is Seele. They certainly don’t seem to have humanity’s best interests in mind.

    Is that info from the movie book BTW? I know there’s books for movie 1 & 2 but I haven’t seen translations of them. The books for the other movies had a ton of information in them that was left off the screen.

  14. faehkerlohl Said,

    May 2, 2013 @ 5:55 am

    Okay, where do I have to head to actually read an explanation of what happened in the second half of this movie?
    I really feel retarded, watching this with two friends and we three can’t decipher any of this!

  15. doshta Said,

    May 7, 2013 @ 3:42 am

    Evangelion has things it’ll never explain. It presents you with situations, and those situations have feelings or significance.

    Felt like too much time was wasted on intro ship CGI. CGI in anime should be avoided.

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