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Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Kyuu
Quite the weak movie for the Rebuild series. While I figured the Rebuild movies would be featuring some form of reboot to the plot of the Eva TV anime, this movie alters things a bit too much. Taking place 14 years after the events of You Can Not Advance, Misato and a number of former members of NERV have now created a resistance movement to oppose the plans of the organization and SEELE, with Shinji reawakened to discover the significant changes his former allies and the planet have faced as a result of the last movie's events. Like the prior two films, depth's really lacking here as this movie introduces plenty of new terms tossed around to baffle first-time and veteran Eva fans alike. Like the viewers, Shinji's also tossed into things with no knowledge of what happened since the previous Rebuild movie, which doesn't make things all the more better when Misato, Asuka and other members of the resistance movement treat him like crap without any hints dropped as to why. Also much like the TV anime's 24th episode, Kwaoru's appearance and motives don't get explored in great detail and whatever motives he had to meet with Shinji are left unclear, even up to the movie's open-ended climax. It still feels like the movie's greater focus on Shinji will leave many supporting characters getting shafted in any relevant depth or development, especially as we still don't know much about Mari and Asuka's origins yet. I'm beginning to feel like the Rebuild movies are yet another cash-grab off an older popular franchise like Berserk or Dragon Ball Kai.|
The visual quality for this film hasn't changed much since the last two Rebuild movies, meaning you can expect a high-quality visual presentation with nicely-animated CG renderings of Eva units, highly-detailed visuals, fluid and intense battle scenes and the designs of your favorite Eva characters intact. The music consists of energetic and intense tracks that fit in with the tense mood of this movie, as well as the franchise's habit of showcasing mood dissonance by playing an orchestral piece during a later violent battle.
While still impressive in presentation, the quality of the Rebuild of Eva's storytelling has taken a big hit for me in this third film thanks to its heavy issues with delivering depth, leaving the audience in the dark on new terms and plot, and delivering a change to its story that I feel is too radical of a departure from the themes and elements of its 90s TV anime counterpart (which is saying quite a lot considering I'm not an Eva fan). I'm not even sure if I'm gonna want to see the final movie to the Rebuild series now with how weak the plotting was for this one.
Last updated Thursday, June 06 2013. Created Thursday, June 06 2013.