As an Evangelion lover, I’m frequently looking for info on when the last movie will be released, and if there is anything new like trailers or screenshots. Of course, up until now I haven’t found any useful information on the release, other than some sites saying it’ll be out this year, while others are guessing 2017. Either is fine with me, as long as I get to watch it before I die.
Anyway, that’s not the core point of this post. It’s what I find instead of release info that bugs me enough to even write this. I am well aware, that the third movie takes a twist in a new direction, and that many fans are not too happy about it. But god damn, can’t they just stop quarreling about it already? I mean, the story isn’t over until the last movie has been released, and we know what happened while Shinji was in his personal little dreamland, so why get angry now?
I have watched the original series, and End of Evangelion was a very nice ending to it, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only ending. Just think about how Gainax had to struggle with budget cuts during the making of the original series, and how it didn’t help Anno with his depression. He was forced into making a new series, and boy did he do just that! It was very controversial and violent for its time though, so the budget was cut out of fear of a failure, and Anno didn’t get to move in the direction he originally wanted, as there simply wasn’t enough money for it.
While Neon Genesis Evangelion is absolutely great, it wasn’t what Anno had in mind. I don’t have to mention how big of a hit it became though, do I? This is why he was given the chance to give the series a proper ending, by creating End of Evangelion. After many years of being one of the most popular anime series ever created, it has been given another chance to shine, and this time Anno has the budget to create the story he once wanted to.
Do keep in mind that the man isn’t under the influence of a depression anymore, and maybe his vision of the story has changed over the years. Yet, it’s still HIS story, and we should respect him for even wanting to work on such a massive project once again. Let’s just wait and see what he has in store for us, when the final movie has been released, and we’ve given it time to work on our minds.
On top of that, it’s named ‘Rebuild’ for a reason. It’s not a remake, but a continuation of the original series, hence why the first movie starts off where End of Evangelion left us hanging. They are all titled in a way you can interpret how you want. You can (not) redo. The (not) is up to us to understand as we want. I think Shinji CAN redo, and that is exactly what he is doing right now. The first 2 movies are almost an exact repeat of his earlier life, but because he chose to act differently, the third movie takes a turn we could never have expected. We can’t predict what will happen in the end at all, and therefore I think it’s way too early to judge the whole Rebuild movie series already.
I refuse to compare Neon Genesis Evangelion with the new Rebuild of Evangelion, which lets me enjoy them as 2 different series with the same core. To me, it’s like life itself. If I could relive my life, would I make the same decisions? Most probably not, either because I don’t know I’m reliving my life, or because I found a decision to be bad in my former life. The butterfly effect causes a different action to produce a different outcome, and I think that’s what Shinji is going through right now.
It also seems like Kaworu is the only one who knows what is going on, and still accepts Shinji for who he is, and what he does, because he fell in love with him many years ago. Their relationship might not be that kind of love we all expect from a couple, but there is no denying the chemistry between them… again. Granted, Kaworu was killed in the original series, and shouldn’t be able to remember anything in his new life, just like the Rei clone, which he once said he had a lot in common with. But he was cloned by Seele, which is german for soul, leading me to believe, that his soul itself lived on. With him being an angel, who can say for sure, that his death is the same as a humans? Wouldn’t it be possible for his soul to return to his newly cloned body in the future, and watch over Shinji from the moon? In the third movie he also told Shinji, that they would meet again. Will he show up in the last movie, or did he mean that history will repeat itself once more?
I could go on like this for a long time, but I won’t, as we all have our own opinion on this series, the characters, and how it all works. I just wanted to let out some steam, because all those people who dis the movies before they are even over really need to just wait for the ending, and THEN they can say whatever they want about the whole thing. I’m (im)patiently waiting for the last movie, because I want to know what happens before I judge the rebuild. I like it so far though, and think Anno is doing a good job. Now dear Anno; finish it!
What’s your opinion on this matter? Am I just being oversensitive? Isn’t Kaworu just the greatest angel ever to walk on God’s Earth? Erhm… Forget the last one 😀