Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Anime Movies - Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo

The opening was very interesting and intense. At first I had no idea what was going on though. Soon after thing became pretty clear and I got the general idea of the situation. The intensity of the situation had me literally pinned to my seat. Next thing the came to my mind was: It would be awesome to watch this in the big screen! It's been a while since I've watched an anime movie this intense.
The thing I noticed almost immediately was that they used a lot of tech talk while doing prep for certain actions. Honestly it was kinda annoying listening to that all the time... Guess that was pretty much the only thing I considered to be unnecessary.
Another interesting thing was that Shinji was not in the spotlight like he usually was in other Evangelion movies. This time it was mostly Asuka to my surprise. Well, at least at first. After that things went back to how they usually are with character significance.
Every time I felt like I finally grasped the situation, I was plunged back into confusion. That was my situation for the first 30 minutes of the movie. After that there were some more moments of clarity.
Another surprise was how things changed from the events of the last Evangelion movie plot. I felt like I was missing a big piece of the story. They probably did that on purpose so they could back track the events up until the present time. 
Lots of interesting revelations in this movie as well. This certainly helped me to see yet another level of cruelty, insanity and self importance of Shinji's father. I'm amazed how much of a monster that man is. Even EVA, Angels and other monsters are nothing compared to that man...
If you have seen other Evangelion movies, you definitely shouldn't miss this one because it offers quite a lot of answers that have been left unanswered in the previous movies. Also, it's action packed with some emotional drama and interesting story.

Asuka Langley Shikinami and Mari Illustrious Makinami are sent in Evangelion Unit-02 and Unit-08 into Earth orbit to retrieve a container in which Unit-01 and Shinji Ikari are sealed. After Asuka grabs the container, it releases SEELE-built Evangelion Mark.04 drones. Mari cannot provide support due to her premature reentry, leaving Asuka to battle the drones alone. As she cries for Shinji to do something, Unit-01 awakens and destroys the drones before deactivating and descending back to Earth, along with Asuka. On Earth, Kaworu Nagisa watches and says he has been waiting for Shinji.
Shinji is salvaged from Unit-01 and fitted with an explosive choker by WILLE, an organization formed to destroy NERV and its Evangelions, led by Misato Katsuragi and Ritsuko Akagi. He is given a physical examination, but otherwise treated coldly by almost everyone, including Asuka and Misato. Shinji demands an explanation, but before he can get it, more of SEELE's drones attack. WILLE manages to launch the flying battleship Wunder and destroy the drones.
After the battle, Shinji is told that Unit-01 is now the energy source of the Wunder and he is forbidden from piloting an Evangelion again, lest they detonate the choker. Ritsuko tells him that his fellow occupant of Unit-01, Rei Ayanami, was not found inside it. Asuka also reveals that he had been sealed away for fourteen years, though all Eva pilots don't age during that time. Evangelion Mark.09, seemingly piloted by Rei, then intercepts the Wunder and retrieves Shinji. Ritsuko urges Misato to detonate the choker, as Shinji can still cause an EVA's awakening and thus another Impact. However, Misato hesitates until they are out of range.
Rei brings Shinji to what remains of NERV Headquarters, where his father Gendo informs him that he is to pilot a new Evangelion, Unit-13, with Kaworu. While at NERV, Shinji bonds with Kaworu as they practice piano duets together, though he finds that Rei has no memories from before and only follows orders. When Shinji asks Kaworu what happened to people he knew, Kaworu takes him to the ruins of the Geofront and Tokyo-3, explaining that Shinji's awakening of Unit-01 caused Third Impact and further decimated the world. He also reveals the aim of the ongoing Human Instrumentality Project: to kill all life on Earth, allowing for the creation of beings that bear the Fruit of Life.
Fuyutsuki invites Shinji to play shogi with him and reveals that Shinji's mother, Yui Ayanami, is inside Unit-01 as the control system and Rei belongs to a series of her clones; the Rei which rescued him from the Wunder is only the latest of these clones, and exhibits none of the personality traits of the original. The revelation causes Shinji's mental breakdown. On the day of the operation, Shinji is unsure whether to follow Gendo's orders or Misato's plea to not pilot an Evangelion again, so Kaworu takes the choker off Shinji and wears it as a sign of trust.
Shinji and Kaworu pilot Unit-13 into Terminal Dogma on their mission to use the Spears of Cassius and Longinus to undo Third Impact; Rei follows in Mark.09. When Unit-13 reaches Lilith's corpse, Kaworu realizes that both spears are similar and pleads with Shinji to not remove them. Asuka and Mari arrives in their EVAs to stop Shinji. Despite Kaworu's pleas and an assault by Asuka and Mari, Shinji removes the spears, causing Lilith to explode into LCL. Mark.09 decapitates Mark.06 to release the Twelfth Angel, which is absorbed by Unit-13.
The awakened Unit-13 flies out of the Geofront and rises into the sky, starting Fourth Impact. Kaworu reveals he is the First Angel, now "cast down" to the Thirteenth. The choker detects Unit-13's awakening and activates. Rei loses control of Mark.09, which boards Wunder on its own in an attempt to take control of the ship. Asuka self-destructs Unit-02 to destroy Mark.09 after Rei ejects. To halt Fourth Impact, Kaworu allows the choker to kill him before Shinji's eyes. Mari then ejects Shinji's cockpit from Unit-13. WILLE recovers Unit-02 and Unit-08, then retreats. Gendo remarks that the outcome will do for now. Asuka recovers a unresponsive Shinji and drags him through a desert, with Rei following.

Director: Hideaki Anno (chief), Kazuya Tsurumaki, Masayuki, Mahiro Maeda
Producer: Hideaki Anno, Toshimichi Ohtsuki
Writter: Hideaki Anno
Music: Shiro Sagisu
Cinematography: Toru Fukushi
Studio: Studio Khara
Distributer: T-Joy & Khara
Release date: November 17, 2012
Running time: 96 minutes
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese

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