|Posted by godaironin on November 20, 2012 at 6:15 PM|
On Saturday November 17th, the third of the New Movie Editions of Evangelion, You Can (Not) Redo, was released in Japan to record-setting crowds. Tightly kept under wraps, there were a lot of rumors around concerning what the plot was and if there were any new characters in the new film. The prevaling assumption was that 3.0 would follow the pattern set by the preceding two films that generally followed the plotline of the original series yet introduced a relatively small number of new and remodeled elements, characters, etc. in keeping the story fresh.
When the film was actually released however there was a tsunami of fan response. Gone was the familiar structure of the original series and in its place Hideki Anno had reached into his prior experience as an animator and storyteller to completly rework his own materpiece. It is an amazingly different film than everyone had expected.
While I haven't seen the film I found that it's practically impossible to find a "spoiler-free" review, such are the degree of changes made to the storyline and to the character arcs. Yes, it's still Shinji's journey but much has changed since 2.0 ended. If you're just reading this I won't spoil anything except to say that the man who gained notariety by breaking the mold went out and broke his own mold. It's as if the director of the films started work on the next part, muttered to himself "Oh, hell, just go for it!" and then started to flood in every crazy idea he had into the work, and then set about making it actually work. From the result I've seen from a distance, that's exactly what he's done.
This is also the first Evangelion work since the 2011 Tohoku disaster, and that sense of dread and doom from the catastrophe has been significantly incorporated into the work.
Even from just reading the plot synopsis and seeing the initial art of the film, you can tell everything's changed dramatically but it's still EVA. The heart is still there, and it might even be stronger than ever. I cannot wait to see this film.