I was excited about this movie…. That is past tense because I was excited but now I’m not. That’s because I watched it and although satisfied I feel it was the weakest movie in the series. Part of that is to blame on the crappy opening, it was animated okay but that space scene was seriously terrible and anyone who thought it was engaging or entertaining is lying to themselves I had no idea what we were going on. So the first seven minutes go something like this.
(Note this is actual dialog(Slightly modified))
Guy 1: Tuning RCS, activation confirmed. Switching to deceleration for some reason.
Guy 2: Something about lack of altitude: Igniting all engines, stage one.
Guy 1: No problems with the posture-control system whatever that is.
Guy 2: Beginning combustion, I didn’t say that with different words already did I?
Guy 1: Contact ring ready for separation. S1c combustion complete in case you didn’t see that on screen.
Guy 2: Reconfirming that I talked about a three letter abbreviation already.
Guy 1: Techno lingo has reached stage 1.
Guy 2: Techno lingo referring to what you are seeing.
Talk about engaging dialog to get us engaged in the movie. This continues for no joke the first seven minutes followed as Asuka spouting the same nonsense with some meowing cat girl song going in the background. Even though it was a fight sequence this opening was very weak by Evangelion standards which only left room for the plot to get better and it does after everyone insults Shinji for no reason for about fifteen minutes or so, poor guy just wants someone to tell him what’s going on. It’s sort of how I was feeling too.
Once all that is out of the way Shinji meets his love interest, Kaworu and stumbles into a room with Rei naked in it… again.
Once Shinji get’s all that nonsense out of the way he gets some partial explanations from Kaworu which save the movie in my opinion as it finally explains all the cool stuff that has happened during the time skip which by the way is exactly what this series need to be able to keep going after the 2nd impact. In case you don’t know what that is it’s essentially the end of the world. Thanks Shinji.
But in all seriousness, I know it’s hard for me to be believably serious but hear me out. The progressive scenes with Shinji spending time in the ruins of Nerv were really well done and all the stuff with Kaworu and the piano was the polish this movie needed. I know most of you came here for the female characters(Who didn’t) but honestly this installment of Evangelion unexpectedly moved away from that and really explored Shinji’s struggle and the world. It certainly makes you think and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
Before you go lets try and guess the English title for the last movie. The first three were
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
All these are amazing titles which make you think unlike the rubbish Japanese title. Evangelion New Movie Edition: Q Quickening… What a stupid title.
So have a guess at what the last title will be. My guesses are:
Evangelion: 4.0 You Can (Not) Survive
Evangelion: 4.0 You Can (Not) Forgive (In reference to his father)