Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo Review
14 years later...
With the delays between instalments becoming painfully long, hitting chapter 3 (of 4) in the Rebuild of Evangelion saga is a confusing time, thankfully also for its protagonist.Shinji Ikari is a young teen boy who has no idea what is going on. No idea why his friends have turned enemies. And why he’s wearing a bomb collar around his neck. He was once recruited by a clandestine paramilitary organisation called NERV to pilot one of several giant robots called Evas (which can only be piloted by a few gifted, but precocious, teens) in an effort to stop the attacks of monstrous otherworldly beings known as Angels upon the fortified supercity of Tokyo-III, which was capable of being dropped underground in times of conflict.The last attack, however, saw Shinji – and his Eva – merge and evolve, in order to save his best friend, the girl that he loves (who also saved his life), Rei Ayanami. That evolution triggered the cataclysmic Third Impact, and, although Shinji appears blissfully unaware of it, 14 years have passed since those events, and nobody who survived is particularly happy to see the boy anymore. And as Shinji slowly discovers the truth behind what happened, and the devestation that he caused, he comes to realise why he has been abandoned and searches for redemption.
It feels like we’ve waited 14 years for this third chapter in the series to finally be released too, and it has been an eternity given the film was completed and released in Japan in 2012. Thankfully it was worth the wait and, actually, whether intentionally or not, this third chapter – with its time lapse – works well at slowly putting the pieces together to inform you about everything that has come to pass across the decade-and-a-half, as its main character appears just as in the dark as we are.
With spectacular battles in space and sea, and complex pseudo-religious ruminations on evolution, mass destruction, death and rebirth, Evangelion continues to fit the bill as one of those top-tier anime franchises which hits all the right spots (right up to and including a slightly menacing fascination with young children – there’s even more contrivance here to keep them young 14 years later).
Let’s just hope it isn’t another (1)4 years until the final part.
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