The story 9/10
The story continues to follow the happy adventures of Shinji Ikari. That means he continues to fight The Angels to save mankind from destruction. Sounds stupid I know (even to a fan like me), but even with that silly setting it delivers an awesome story, with a few nice twists, great characters, a cool romance (be happy Ayanami fans, Shinji picks her, not Asuka). Just like the original show it still delivers a nice amount of philosophical questions like for who do you live, why do you live, is humanity worth saving and similar and such. While watching it I was amazed by the amount of detail delivered in terms of small hints about the whole Rebuild of Evangelion, for example is the whole thing a prequel or a form of twilight zone.
The animation 12/10
The animation…. It is amazing, the best animation ever seen, not open for discussion. Combination of 3-D and 2-D animation worked perfectly; there is no cheap CGI animation. No other anime comes close to it, maybe 5 centimeters per second. The Angel design was changed, for the better. They look massive and terrifying, alien and haunting. A giant meteor with wings, 150 meter high clock with thin legs, a massive thing that shoots crosses, all in all it looks epic. The fights were stunning, the scale and the force that the Eva and The Angels fight with was something truly amazing.
The sound 9/10
The sound was fitting; sometimes it was creepy, sometimes needlessly happy (again for the creepiness). Voice acting was superb, Shinji sounds like a scared 10 year old girl (so basically a perfect fit), Asuka sounds bitchy and Rei emotionless. All in all the sound was great; after all it is a high budged project.
The characters 8/10
The characters are still great, but don’t get the amount of development like in the original show (namely Asuka). Gendo still has his pose, but is given a little amount of humanity, Kaji still likes to manipulate people and Misato still drinks. Only problem is Mari. I honestly don’t see her role in the movie, only thing she does is annoy people. Everything she has done could have been done without her. As far as I am concerned she is here only for the fanservice, and she does that part poorly.
All in all 9/10
All in all watching this is a truly enjoyable experience. Fights, character development, story, music, ending, everything is superb and the movie is very rewatchable since every anime lover I know has seen it at least three times.