Fantasia Film Review: Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

(Source: Studio Khara)

(Source: Studio Khara)

Hideaki Anno’s Rebuild of Evangelion, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo has a completely new storyline from the TV Series.

In this reboot, the entire storyline has been reworked. The original plot from the TV series was intricate and complex enough. For the most part the roots are the same, but the storyline – a bit more linear this time – is still a surreal trip, although it feels a lot more solid.

If you have never heard of Evangelion, I will strongly recommend you start by watching Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone. Otherwise what follows will be just too hard to follow at all.

You will recognize the characters. Shinji Ikari returns back to earth after 14 years of absence. He’s rescued by a very angry Asuka Langley Shikinami and ignored by Captain Misato Katsuragi, both of them are now working for WILLE, an organization formed to stop NERV. Along with them is the new pilot Mari Illustrious Makinami, a new character introduced in the previous movie.

Most of the audience will emphatize with Shinji on the basis that he doesn’t get told what is going – because we aren’t told anything either. However, soon enough we learn that Unit 01 still exists – as the engine for WILLE’s prototype flagship, the Wunder, which Misato has no qualms about firing up to defend against an attack even though it’s untested.

NERV will manage a rescue, getting Shinji to once again meet with his very distant father, Gendo Ikari, a withdrawn Rei Ayanami and the mysterious Kaworo Nagisa who will become his best friend. Eventually he’ll get to see what remains of the world after the Third Impact. Gendo Ikari is still cooperating with Seele on the Human Instrumentality Project, basically to bring about another world wide catastrophe and rebuild it. You can probably guess they differ as to how it should be rebuilt.

The series is still technological, esoteric and mystical as ever. One very welcome scene is Shinji’s game of Shogi with Commander Fuyutsuki during which he reveals to him what happened to Yui Ayanami, Shinji’s mother. It’s a revelation we already know, but it’s enough to shatter Shinji’s already fragile mental state.

Visually it’s amazing. Rather than convert the entire series to CGI format, it remains animated with 3D CG elements blended into the animation. It’s quite a feat. I would strongly recommend this movie to Evangelion’s hardcore fans, love it or hate it this is one you can’t miss. Everyone else who happened to walk in by mistake will probably do better skipping this one and starting from the beginning.

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(Sources: 2013 Fantasia Film FestivalEvangelion’s Official Site)

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