Evangelion (series)

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The main male protagonist, now 28 years old, asking questions I also wanted to be answered.
The main male protagonist, now 28 years old, asking questions I also wanted to be answered.

As mentioned in the previous entry of this blog, today’s review is for the third Evangelion reboot movie titled Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, which in hindsight, really fits the plot of the movie. While this movie is a 2012 title, it will not replace the current ‘Anime of the Year 2012’ title holder, Another, mainly because this third movie of the series isn’t exactly much better than its two predecessors. Going past what you can see in the original TV series and End of Evangelion, is the new materials will finally reveal why on Earth Asuka’s name was changed in the second movie?

Story:-
Fourteen years after the world was destroyed by the Third Impact mega-explosion, the now-adult Ikari Shinji-kun (28-years old) broke free from the prison he is trapped in by his former NERV colleagues. But less than a month later, after mastering the piano, he destroyed the ravaged world again by causing the Fourth Impact mega-explosion. And that’s about it about this movie: piano playing, and the Fourth Impact.

An uncomfortable amount of air time is spent on Shinji's struggles with the piano.
An uncomfortable amount of air time is spent on Shinji's struggles with the piano.

As you can see in the paragraph above, this third movie of the reboot series has the thinnest plot between all the movies. I think this is because the writer doesn’t have any TV series plot to adapt anymore. Therefore, the third movie also has the slowest pacing when compared to its two predecessors, it is as if you are watching a typical mecha anime TV series, an example would be the currently airing Kakumeiki Valvrave which I have personally previewed for a few episodes. The flow of the original story is also actually the best of the three movies, mainly because the writer doesn’t have to do adaptation of the TV series anymore. So, in other words, the presentation aspect for this movie is definitely the best amongst all titles in the reboot series.

As for the original plot itself, unfortunately to say that the quality doesn’t measure to what seen in the original TV series at all, and to a lesser extent, the plots in the first two movies too. Personally I think the plot in first few episodes of the aforementioned Kakumeiki Valvrave is better than the one in this movie. And I have already taken into consideration the fact that the writer of the former has already commits one major cock-up story-wise in that first 4 episodes I have watched. I will elaborate on this one once I get to review it in the future. With this movie, the reboot practically reverts to your average cookie-cutter mecha title like Valvrave is.

But there is still one movie left for the writer to salvage the plot of the reboot series, just like how Kakumeiki Valvrave still have more episodes to repair the damage done by the cock-up I have mentioned above. Maybe after the Fifth Impact splits the planet in half, I will then can decide whether the original portion of whole reboot package is worth it or not.

Another good thing the third movie do have is that I like the Nagisa Kaworu of this movie is much better than the version in the TV series. Maybe it is because of the piano tutelage, but he is more forthcoming than he is in the TV series. Due to limited length of his character appearance in the movie, his character development is pretty much non-existent though, as if he is there only as a breathing plot device than a normal character. I hope he will appear again in the final movie just like what he says at the end of this one.

As expected, Asuka’s name change has not been explained, yet, in this movie, and by the time the movie ends, her character is worse than the one in TV series. I say this because considering the way the story goes so far, I don’t think her past will be touched the way it was done in the TV series, and this is a shame just like how the second movie omits the battle where she and Shinji fought the Angel with two cores. Only Rei managed to keep her character comparable with her TV series version. As of now, Shinji of this movie is a bit better than the one in the TV series, although he tried hard in this movie to reverse the situation.

The ending of this movie is less intense than the second movie’s, but still enticing enough to make me wait for the final movie slated for review in 2016.

Character Design:-
My comment from the review of the first movie still applies.

Voice Acting:-
My comment from the review of the first movie still applies.

Music:-
Finally, the ED theme of this movie is the best from all 3 movies to date. A definite improvement if you ask me. The OST has stagnated since the second movie though.

Animation/Direction:-
The third movie still retains the excellent animation quality seen in its two predecessors. Choreography of action scenes in this movie is up to par with the ones in the second movie too, which in turn is better than the ones in the first movie. The directing has been markedly improved, as mentioned above, mainly because of the original plot.

Conclusion:-
7 out of 10.
The original story is inferior to the TV series material, but this movie’s Kaworu do mitigate some of that weakness, and so are the improvements in the story’s presentation. The Fifth Impact movie hopefully will see him rise up like a phoenix, and hopefully also raise its final rating with him.

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This early scene in the movie is just the beginning of more deviation from the TV series by this movie.

As mentioned in my previous review, today’s post will contain my review of the second installment of the Evangelion movie titled Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. This movie is the second of four movies (if the ANN is to be believed) and my review of the first movie can be read here. This is a 2009 anime, but Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei will keep its throne for the time being.


The story in this anime has been heavily altered, and so are his role.

Story:-
An excerpt from my review of the first movie:-

A teenage kid was forced to become a child soldier pilot for a robot by his own father to fight some monsters called ‘Angels’. Things become difficult when it becomes clear that the boy has some ‘problems’ and his colleague-pilots don’t seem to be sane either. Can a trio of problematic robot pilots save the world from devastation?

While there are only 2 pilots in the first movie, there is another 2 added in the second, instead of one like what the TV version of this series portrayed. This early change in pilot numbers is just the beginning of many other changes, additions and omissions that this movie undergo through compared to what you can see in the TV version.

As I also predicted in the review of the first movie, the sequel indeed has deviated further away from the TV version, even more than I first thought. Unlike the two-gear pacing speed that the first movie has (early part of the movie has very fast pacing, the latter part is far slower), this movie’s pacing is more stable, but it is still fast. Let’s just say that the general pacing of this movie is in-between the first movie pacing in its first half and the pacing of the first movie’s second half. In general, if you want to make comparisons, the pacing of this movie is by far is the fastest compared to all the movie titles I reviewed before this movie, listed here.

Another obvious fact that you can observe in this anime is that the movie omits plenty of contents/stories/plots that is available in the TV series in their comparable time-frame, even more so than the first movie. This may not affect you if you haven’t watched the TV series, but if you do, some of the omissions may have a negative effect. For me, the complete omission of the arc where Shinji and Asuka fought the two-core Angel with synchronized movements is a bad decision made by whoever wrote the adaptation into this movie. That actual battle itself is not so important, but the training before the battle provides great value for character developments of both Shinji and Asuka (and their relationship too I suppose). The writers probably tried to compensate for this by modifying the original infected Eva Unit 3 arc plot by putting Asuka in it (Eva Unit 3) instead of Toji (as it is in the TV series), but it failed. IMO, if the aforementioned missing arc was included in the movie unaltered, before the altered infected Eva Unit 3 arc happened, the latter arc would have generated more impact that it currently does in the movie.

The fast pacing and many omissions (I think there are at least another two Angel arcs in the TV series removed from the movie, amongst other things), allows this movie to rapidly reached at least episode 22 or 23 of the TV series time-line. For comparison, the first movie spanned only the first 6 episodes of the TV series, but the second movie spanned the next 15 episodes or so. The next two movies is definitely going to be original stories not seen in the TV series. And I would also want to add that none of the reconstructed arcs in this second movie has surpassed their originals in the TV series, unlike the reconstructed 3rd Angel battle in the first movie that I think is better than the one in TV version.

Just like the first movie, there are some changes too happening in the movie, like the Asuka’s name change (why this happened, I don’t know), her lack of infatuation for Kaji, her obvious attention toward Shinji, her changed roles like the one in the aforementioned infected Eva Unit 03 arc and many more. Additions that was made in the second movie includes the extra additional pilot (also from Europe just like Asuka is), some original plots like the visit to the artificial aquarium and Shinji’s father visit to the moon and more. These changes and additions doesn’t have as much negative impact compared to the omissions mentioned a couple of paragraph above.

The good ending finished on a cliffhanger, kinda like Code Geass’ first season. Therefore, wait for the review of the third movie somewhere in 2013 or something.


Unfortunately for the main protagonist, so are his sexual preferences…

Character Design:-
My comment from the review of the first movie still applies.

Voice Acting:-
My comment from the review of the first movie still applies.

Music:-
The OST has regressed in quality, and the ending theme is just another variation of the ending theme of the first movie (that I didn’t like).

Animation/Direction:-
The animation quality matches the excellent quality seen in the first movie. Choreography is one of the few things that the second movie has improved from the first, with better fighting scenes in the reconstructed Angel arc and good battles in original ones. The director has stabilized the pacing compared to the first movie, but I don’t think he made a good choice of what TV arc he has omitted compared to what he includes (and made).

Conclusion:-
7 out of 10.
Slightly inferior to the first movie. With this movie, the whole TV series has been rebooted, and the next two movies should have original contents. I think Gainax should have made 5 movies, with 3 for the retelling of the TV series, and 2 for whatever original contents they want to have. Too many TV series contents has been omitted for my liking, even more than the first movie.


This area has just been devastated by a nuclear bomb, but our bad-ass main protagonist simply strolled out there as if nothing has happened. Those radiations must be nothing for him.

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Our emo poster boy returned, now with DAT player in tow. Compare with the earlier entry here.

Just after posting the Gakkou no Kaidan review, I went ahead and watch the first Evangelion remake. 2 hours later, the movie is finished and here is another review, the 2nd for this day.


The green one has now become the brown one.

Story:-
A teenage kid was forced to become a child soldier pilot for a robot by his own father to fight some monsters called ‘Angels’. Things become difficult when it becomes clear that the boy has some ‘problems’ and his colleague-pilots don’t seem to be sane either. Can a trio of problematic robot pilots save the world from devastation?

Well, for this movie there’s only 2 of them for now. Based on the first 6 episodes of the TV series (as claimed in the PDF file inside the torrent), this anime still retains the same story for the most part, with some modifications. Those who have not watched the TV series may enjoy the movie, but for those who do, the bad points of this movie readily become apparent.

The first negative is how some important scenes are simply missing. For example, Shinji’s first day at school where he was punched by Touji. For those who haven’t watched the TV series, they will be in a disadvantage because they will not know exactly why Touji is doing that. The explanation given by Kensuke is simply not enough to explain the context of that scene. There are few others like this such as the incident where Shinji is supposed to go home after rebelling against Misato and others, and each and every omission gives different negative effects on the storyline.

As the consequence of the first point above, the second negative would be the ridiculously high-pace presentation of the storyline, especially the ones that deal with the first 2 episodes of the TV series. This was done by omitting some details that was inside the TV series (like the installation of batteries in Misato’s car) and also reconstructions of some parts of the story (such as the meeting between Shinji and his father for the first time in front of the Unit 01). This was made worse by the fact that the pacing suddenly slowed down right after the second Angel was defeated, because it happened just right after I have accustomed myself with the torrid pace with which the movie started. It feels like slamming the brakes of a car that travels at 100km/h before driving at a more normal pace.

As mentioned above, this retelling of the TV series does several things differently relative to the original story; omitting certain parts of the story (some to the detrimental effect of the movie), adding original elements to it and also retelling existing parts in new light. It was the latter part where this movie has largely succeeded without major troubles. The way NERV deals with the third Angel is so original, it is even better than the version in the TV series.

Character developments are not as good as the ones in the first 6 episodes of the TV series, and the main protagonist is the one that suffered the most while the biggest gainer is Misato. It is really hard to judge this aspect for the time being, because it seems that the subsequent movies will deviate more from the original storyline, and I may have to retract some of what I have written above.


The ‘innovative’ monster is still here…

Character Design:-
Basically the same as my entry for this anime late last year. The Angels has also been redesigned, to mixed effect.

Voice Acting:-
Same as above.

Music:-
The OST seems to be better in this version, but Beautiful World is no Fly Me To The Moon.


…but it now has a brand-new drill.

Animation/Direction:-
The part where this movie has greatly improved upon, the animation in this movie is excellent, even in fast-paced scenes. Choreography is the same as the TV series, with the exception of the retelling of the third Angel, which is better. The older animation scenes has been remastered and new cooler animation is done for the scenes that has been retold, like the third Angel incident. The directing is at fault for the horrid overall pacing of this movie, but has done well in other parts.


Actually, if Gainax remake this and change this DAT player into an iPod or even a Zune, I will probably overlook it.

Conclusion:-
8 out of 10.
This movie ends well after a bad start. Now waiting for the next instalment this year, hoping that the strong ending that this movie has can be continued.


So that’s how the contraption that Asuka wears all the time looks like.