It had been over eight years since I seen Evangelion 3.0 in the Rebuild series and at last viewing, I wasn't enjoying the rather significant changes to the storyline being set in a post-apocalyptic world following the events of Third Impact. Eva 3.0+1.0 does devote much of its first hour exploring how the remnants of humanity are surviving in the post-Third Impact world, showing how a number of supporting characters are living their lives as Shinji is in a catatonic state following the events of the prior film. On the one hand, this does work somewhat decently as the film's nearly 2.5 hour runtime gives it a good amount of time to explore its new world and the new Rei clone from Eva 3.0 gets an opportunity to enjoy her newfound independence away from NERV and Gendo's influence. On the other hand, some major characters still get the shaft in regards to fleshing out their characters beyond some rather rushed means that the film offers up in its ending to attempt providing development to said characters, particularly with Mari and Kaworu.
The remainder of the film features the combined efforts of Misato, Asuka, and their resistance force attempting to halt Gendo and NERV's efforts to try triggering Instrumentality. This makes up much of the visual spectacle of the film with the forces of NERV and WILLE combating each other with Evangelion units and technologies of their own that feature fluid movement and nicely rendered and well-detailed designs of the Evas and technologies utilized. And while minimizing spoilers, I'll just say the direction that the film goes with resolving Shinji's character developments attempts to go in a more hopeful, positive direction compared to the more ambiguous ending of Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion. This likely has to do with the Rebuild series trying to be a more audience-accessible version of Eva given the film series' more streamlined storytelling and lacking the complicated philosophizing and controversy of the original 90s TV anime.
But whether or not this conclusion satisfies you will likely depend on whether your enjoyment leans more for the TV anime or Rebuild series. Personally, I'm more a fan of the manga adaptation of Evangelion published by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto that retains the darker story direction of the 90s anime while making the characters somewhat more palatable and reducing the heavy philosophizing coming from its dabbling into existentialism. However, many associate Hideaki Anno more with Evangelion, considering the franchise his magnum opus for the world of anime. If I had to pick among anime adaptations of Eva, I'd likely lean more for enjoying the 90s anime which in spite of its imperfections, had a more complex and engrossing storyline to dabble into. The characters in the Rebuild series are more tolerable, but the streamlining of its storytelling does make it lose much of the intrigue and complexity offered from the 90s anime. I expect there will be plenty of debate among Eva fans moving forward on what one would consider the ideal viewing experience for anime adaptations of the franchise with the Rebuild films having finally concluded. But I'll keep in my rabbit hole enjoying Sadamoto's spin of Eva in manga form.
Honestly, the rebuild movies have made me appreciate the anime alot more, but that being said, the fact that Shinji is actually a likable character make this much more easier to watch than the original anime, and especially the End of Evangalion. End of Evangelion is a masterpiece but has a super unlikable main character which hold back the movie trememdously imo. I did like the first half of the movie, but the second half just felt somewhat of a mess, still epic and psychological but nothing memorable. And the ship at the end just felt dissapointing and out of nowhere. Not a bad movie imo, I had a decent time, but yeah the manga is probably my favorite.
Taka: Never saw the original. I should after seeing the other one. People said Blood+ was the better one.
Oct 8, 2021 3:23:33 GMT
Old Man Dream: Look on Tubi. The whole series is up on it and yes, it's the best of the Blood anime that have been made. The movie adaptation, Blood: The Last Vampire, and later spinoff, Blood-C, don't hold a candle to it.
Oct 8, 2021 9:32:37 GMT
Master Menos: Seen them all actually, and I loved Blood+ the best, too. Would totally re-watch.
Oct 8, 2021 14:27:06 GMT
Taka: I remember watching Devils' Line. I can't remember any issues I had. I have to look at my comments.
Oct 13, 2021 2:07:17 GMT
Old Man Dream: One of those familiar vampire stories in a modern setting where the male lead hates himself because of his vampiric nature and is in love with a human woman. The execution of the whole story is pretty clumsy and from what I gather, the anime is...
Oct 13, 2021 9:20:17 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...rushing through 40 chapters of manga material to fit into 12 anime episodes. Definitely shows with how quickly it's creaming through events, with the main couple being bland between angsty male vampire and the human female devoted to him.
Oct 13, 2021 9:21:50 GMT
Old Man Dream: Besides that plot, said male lead's involved with a secret government agency tasked with controlling vampires that give into their bloodlust.
Oct 13, 2021 9:22:42 GMT
Old Man Dream: And adding more insult to injury, the new Injustice animated movie is a big mess.
Oct 14, 2021 1:39:37 GMT
Taka: I read through my comments. Bloodlust and rapes along with innuendos. The romance I never mentioned of - with the details you mentioned - I remembered now it was pretty bad.
Oct 14, 2021 4:39:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: I'm thankfully pretty far in the series. Just have 3 more episodes, which I should get taken care of by tomorrow evening. Kind of regret thinking this would be a good title to dabble into for Halloween.
Oct 14, 2021 9:17:57 GMT
Taka: Didn't catch the Injustice movie. Waiting for it to be digitally available. That's a shame.
Oct 15, 2021 1:57:55 GMT
Old Man Dream: The movie got leaked online a week early before its release date. The negative reception to it, especially with how regarded the comic book and video game versions of Injustice are, got me curious to see how bad it was. I won't spoil things unlike most...
Oct 15, 2021 9:18:08 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...folks are unfortunately doing. But I'll just say that it both tries cramming too much into an 80-minute film and alters things rather heavily compared to the game and comics.
Oct 15, 2021 9:19:07 GMT
Taka: That is a shame considering they split Long Halloween into two parts. I guess with Injustice, you are appealing to 3 groups: the video game folks, the comic book folks, and then the new fans.
Oct 16, 2021 5:59:49 GMT
Old Man Dream: It sounds like you're assuming the games and comics run separate stories. The video game series serves as the main story of the franchise, while the comics serve as prequel or interquel to expand on and fill in the details on events that weren't...
Oct 16, 2021 12:33:54 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...elaborated on within the video games.
Oct 16, 2021 12:36:18 GMT