Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

Alt title: Rebuild of Evangelion: 3.0

Movie (1 ep x 96 min)
2012
4.043 out of 5 from 7,461 votes
Rank #1,215

Fourteen years after third impact, Shinji Ikari awakens to a world he does not remember. He hasn't aged. Much of Earth is laid in ruins, Nerv has been dismantled, and people who he once protected have turned against him. Befriending the enigmatic Kaworu Nagisa, Shinji continues the fight against the angels and realizes the fighting is far from over, even when it could be against his former allies. The characters' struggles continue amid the battles against the angels and each other, spiraling down to what could inevitably be the end of the world.

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theSentinel
6

Evangelion 1: you are (not) alone   great!!!Evangelion 2: you can (not) advance   great!!! Evangelion 3: you can (not) redo. . . . .you know what? lets change the name to;Evangelion 3: you will (not) be pleasedI dont know exactly where to begin, but I will start by telling you the major things that went horribly wrong here, then I will tell you the few things that were ok.1) 96 min of movie 15 min of important sh*t got done within those 96 min.to elaborate, this movie felt like the series, which showed waaaay to much unimportant crap.  Way too much scenery (and other weirdness), 15 episodes worth of Shiji sitting around trying to figure out what the f*ck to do, ect.  2) SPOILER  Suddenly we jump 14 years into the furture. "Shiji Ikari, you will never do anything again" . . . . wait WTF?  I though in the previous one they wanted him to man up and do somthing?   Ok well thats fine but WHAT THE F*CK DID I DO WRONG?  Oh im sorry we cant tell you that because I DONT KNOW WHY.they gave NO INFORMATION, you are left wondering what the hell happened.  Furthermore Shiji seemed to be sacking up a bit but in this one he didnt do ANYTHING TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE HELL WAS HAPPENING.  I felt like I was left out of a joke, but due to the fact that I was left out it just appears to be a sick joke.  Shinji could have said something like "would someone tell me what has happened, I cant remember anything.  Why is everyone mad at me?"   since everyone was giving him douchy looks for NO APPARENT REASON.  What is this curse?  Why the f*ck is Asuka mad too?  how many angels have they fought?  How many evas are there?  What happened to create WILLE?  Why are they fighting NERV?  Where did they get their giant ship from?  WHAT THEY HELL IS GOING ON IN THIS MOVIEthis  made the whole thing a massive clusterf*ck3) no continuity.  oh cool a giant awesome looking ship. . . . .  that you will see once at the beggining for 2 minutes and once at the end for 2 minutes.  Why does it look like angel bones OH THATS RIGHT WE ARENT GONNA TELL YOU SH*They lets play the piano to "speak" to one another.  hey lets play shogi to "speak" to one another.  Hey lets keep going back to the room scene and Rei's room scene to waste time NOT TELLING YOU WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON.  Shiji just ends up hopping from scene to scene screwing around doing whatever.  He ends up in weird places at weird times.  another thing that made this a clusterf*ckTHE GOOD:  wait there is something good?  in fact, yesanimation was good like the first two, but not as good as either in my opinion.  Subpar to the standard they created with Eva remake 1 and 2the soundtrack was ok lastly, even though no one told shinji sh*t and Asuka seemed to hate his guts right up until the end, they reverted back to showing that Asuka actually cares for Shiji from Eva Rebuild 2.  The problem was that Shiji reverted back to his Neon Genesis little bitch Shiji, which sucked because I thought he was really gonna grow a pair and be awesome.  I really liked the way that she was becoming attached to him, but at the beggining of Eva 3 it seemed like she just hated him and wanted nothing to do with him anymore.  SO WHY DID I GIVE IT A 7. . . . . . massive amounts of pity, but they have a lot of sh*t to get right in the next one, because as it stand Im not buying this sack of crap unless the last Eva remake makes it worth it.  I had really high hopes after  Evangelion 2: you can (not) advance.  It was awesome.  And they f*cked up this one really badly though.  just my opinion.

mrlandmine
7

Evangelion 3: You Can (Not) Redo or "Fuck it." SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU ARE STILL WAITING FOR A GOOD COPY OF THIS FILM TO WATCH, DO NOT READ ON. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED Boy, oh boy. So the new Evangelion film finally came out, eh? Well, time to watch a crappy camrip and see what I think of it. *An Hour and A Half Later...* Oh. Evangelion 3.0 You Can (not) Redo is finally out in Japan. Quite possibly, my most anticipated anime film since...um, hold on, let me get back to you on that. So, how does it fare with the other two? Well.... "Well, what, mrlandmine? Come on, tell us! Did Shinji save Rei? Does Misato fall in love with Kaji again? Is Asuka alive? Does Gendo realize how much of a dick he is? Does Shinji keep being a badass?" Yeah, let's talk about that. So, what's the story this time? Well, 3.0 takes place after the events of 2.0, naturally. Oh wait, I'm sorry let me rephrase that. 3.0 takes place 14 FUCKING YEARS after 2.0. That's right, ladies and gentlemen! It's a time skip! So, let's take a look at that 3.0 preview again, shall we? How much of that preview made into the actual film? None of it. Not a single frame. So, of course, this leads to more questions than The Dark Knight Rises did. What the hell happened in between the last two films? Who the hell is Mari, exactly? Why is Gendo such an asshole? Ok, i'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning. We start off in SPAAAAAAACCCCCCEEEEE (sorry) as Eva Unit 02 goes to retrieve...a thing. Honestly, I have no idea what it is. But, it's apparently important enough to be needed for something. So, as the scene plays out, we find out that Auska actually survived the Bardiel attack but now has a patched up plugsuit and an eyepatch. Really? Unit 01's dummy system almost crushed and she only loses an eye? You'd think she'd get a few broken bones along the way. But then again, it is a time skip. Not only that, but Mari's there too!...for some reason. Seriously, all she does is snipe some weird ass tentacle things then leaves. Yeah... So anyway, as Auska finally makes to the...thing, an angel appears out of nowhere! Oh noes! So how is it defeated? Well it turns out that Unit 01 was in the...thing the whole time and completely massacres this tentacle angel thing with EYE BEAMS. Good to know you haven't lost your touch with overkill, Unit 01. So, Unit 02 and Unit 01's cage start falling back down to the red earth after the victory. As it falls, Kaworu watches as it enters the atmosphere and says, "Welcome back, Ikari Shinji-kun. I've been waiting." Yeah, Kaworu's an odd character but we'll get to him later. In the next scene, Shinji's getting carried off to some place as a bunch of guys have some guns trained on him. Meanwhile, a girl asks him questions to make sure it is, in fact, Shinji Ikari. Turns out, he was inside Unit 01 and is just now waking up. But, where is Rei? We'll get to that later. Shinji makes on to the bridge to find Misato and the bridge bunnies from Nerv, along with some newer people. Let's see, there's a guy that looks suspiciously like Spike Spiegel, a guy that looks suspiciously like Jet Black, and some pink girl who looks like a humanized Pinkie Pie. So Shinji looks around to notice everyone giving him angry looks at him. He doesn't know why, but we'll find out soon enough. Shinji then notices some sort of collar on his neck that he can't seem to get rid of. So yeah, Misato apparently hates him now, Ritsuko has extremly short hair, and Aoba has a fucking beard. Something happened. But no time to find out! Another angel has appeared. They mention something about a Nemesis series but I have no idea what that's all about and the movie never mentions it again. Ever. Yeah. Shinji wishes to help too but Misato won't let him. In fact, she says that he'll never do anything again. Something clearly happened while Shinji was away. So what happens next? It turns out that they're on a some sort of flying battleship called the Wunder which has the firepower to take out an angel on its own. It also helps that Unit 01 is the very core that runs the ship. So they take out the angel and fly away to God knows where.  The next scene, we Shinji being detained as Ritsuko begins explaining a few things to him. He can't sync with Unit 01 meaning that he can't operate it anymore. Also, if he happens to cause another Awakening like in the beginning scene or the end of 2.0, the collar on his neck will kill him. Geez. Then later, as it turns out, the girl from earlier is actually Toji's little sister that was briefly mentioned in the last 2 films and was promoted from being an extra to being second lieutenant. Then Pirate Auska appears!...and she's mad. She punches the glass between her and Shinji causing it to crack. Shinji notices that nothing's different about her appearance. She mentions that it's something called "The Curse of Eva" and walks away. As it would seem, piloting the Evas seem to cease aging all together, which is clearly seen by both Auska and Mari. So technically, they're legal now which means fanservice all around! Also, this is never mentioned again throughout the rest of the film. Shinji starts asking about what happened to Rei and if she was saved or not. Ritsuko says only Shinji and S-Dat player were found, but not Rei. Then Rei appears and blows a hole in the Wunder. Rei beckons Shinji to come with her, but Misato says otherwise. Misato explains that she and the others don't work for Nerv anymore. They left and formed a new organization called Will-E, the worst fucking name anyone could give an organization. Will-E is determined to destroy Nerv, Seele, and the Evas. Shinji refuses to listen to Misato and goes with Rei. As they get away, Misato puts her finger on the detanator for the collar but trembles. They soon lose contact and let them go. Now, here's a scene I liked the most. No matter how cold she acts towards Shinji, her hand trembling on the trigger shows that she still somewhat cares for him. Aww, that's nice. Meanwhile, Big Bossuka decides that's Shinji's not an idiot, just a brat, thus giving him a new nickname. Then, the title comes up. Seriously? It's been 20 minutes and you're just now showing the title? A bit late, don't you think, Anno? Shinji wakes up yet again, this time at Nerv with Rei in a black plugsuit standing beside him. Shinji decides that Misato is a liar and starts following her. As they go down to the geofront, Shinji notices that he can still see the sky, which you normally couldn't 14 years ago. As they walk, Shinji finds a white haired boy playing some damn good piano music.  They later end up in the same place in the beginning of the first film where he met his Dad. Gendo then appears with, quite possibly, the silliest looking visor ever. Seriously, he looks like Cyclops from the X-Men if Cyclops had a chin beard and was a complete fucking asshole. Gendo tells Shinji that he will pilot a new Eva, Unit 13 with the white haired boy that he saw eariler. This is Kaworu. Like I said, we'll get to him later. So Shinji later goes to visit Rei, happy to see that he's saved her. But, something's off. She's living in some small room next to a tube of some sort. Also, Rei doesn't seem like the Rei from the last film. She's back to being cold and emotionless. Shinji tries to talk about her favorite books but she responds with "I don't know" and shows no emotion whatsoever saying that she's waits for orders and that's it. This is a very heartbreaking scene as you notice that Shinji didn't really save her and that something's terribly wrong. So Shinji, being Shinji, starts getting depressed again. But then, Kaworu invites him to play some piano. Shinji doesn't know how to play, but Kaworu insists on showing him how. They start becoming instant best friends and play piano together each day to pass the time. Because there is seriously nothing to do at Nerv other than walk around and talk to your Not-Girlfriend who may possibly be a clone. You see, in the original series, Kaworu was a bit...flamboyant. He went to the showers with Shinji, slept with Shinji (Not what it looks like), and stats that he 'loved' him. It's not as profound as you would think for Kaworu is a bit more than that. He's not gay or anything, he's just a bit...complex, if that's the right word to use. Oh, and he was also the last angel. The next day, Shinji notices 2 things. One, that his S-DAT player is broken and two, he's wearing one of his friends' shirt. Shinji goes to Kaworu and asks him what happened since he's been gone. This is when shit starts to hit the fan. It turns out, in the end of 2.0, as Shinji was getting Rei out of Zeruel, he caused Third Impact and wiped out a huge chunk of humanity. Not only that, but the whole earth is now red with a bunch of Evas scattered about for some reason. It's never explained, though. So, this breaks half of Shinji. The other half breaks when he meets Fuyutsuki, who's apparently not dead yet. Seriously, if you looked at this guy in the movie, he's like 10,000 years old now. He invites Shinji to play some Shogi, which was actually his mother's favorite game before she passed away. Turns out, he actually wanted to tell Shinji about his father's true intention.  Now, it gets weird. He hands a picture of his mother, Yui, whose maiden name was actually Ayanami. She was one of Fuyutsuki's old students that dated Gendo when they were with Gehirn. When they tested Eva Unit 01, Yui proposed direct entry into the cores. So they did that, and now her soul is planted inside Unit 01. When they tried to get her out, they only found her DNA which they then used to make the Ayanami series which are basically a shit ton of Reis. So yeah, the Rei that Shinji knew and the one wandering about now are clones of his mother and that Rei wasn't actually saved at all. She's still inside Unit 01 somewhere. We don't know if she's dead or not, however. Shinji is now completely messed up. He vows never to pilot an Evangelion ever again only to be calmed by Kaworu. Kaworu tells him that there is a way to bring everything back to normal. If they go down to Central Dogma and get both the Lance of Cassius and the Lance of Longinus, everything Shinji did would be undone. To regain Shinji's trust, Kaworu unlocks Shinji's collar through magical means and puts it around his own neck. Shinji then agrees to get into the new Unit 13, which looks similar to Unit 01 but has 4 eyes and arms and has a double entry system for two entry plugs. They can see each other but are seperated by an invisible wall. As Unit 13 is activated, Will-E takes notice of this and set off to Nerv to stop them. So, they go down with Rei's Unit 09 to Central Dogma where the floor is covered by a bunch of Eva skulls. Kaworu calls this the failures of infinity. Maybe it has something to do with all those destroyed Evas outside? So they go up to Lilith's corpse, but Kaworu notices something. He sees that the two lances look the same but he tries to figure out why. Before he can deduce however Auska comes out of nowhere and starts fighting Shinji, who is still determined to get the spears. They have a little fight, but in the end Shinji holds off Auska long enough to go and pull the spears.  Kaworu tells Shinji to stop but he doesn't listen. The spears are already pulled and Lillith explodes, revealing Kaworu's Eva Mark 06 which has been infected by an angel. Unit 13 then starts glowing and eats the core of the angel.  Then, everything goes to shit. It turns out the two lances weren't the ones Kaworu and Shinji were looking for and were instead planted by Gendo who puts Seele out of power and is clearly revealed as the main villian of the series. The sky turns red as the Door of Guf is opened and Fourth Impact begins. Shinji realizes his gigantic fuck-up as the collar starts to activate around Kaworu's neck. In short, there's a fight scene between Unit 02 and Unit 09 which is an Adams vessel, whatever that means. Unit 09 begins infecting the Wunder, which basically spams the Seele logo everywhere. Auska turns Unit 02 beserk again like Mari did in the last film, this time using something called Code 777. Meanwhile, Rei begins to become self aware and starts asking who she really is. Rei ejects out of the infected Eva as it fights Unit 02. Auska then decides to self destruct Unit 02 and ejects as well. Unit 09 is defeated and free reign is given to the Wunder. Meanwhile, Kaworu explains how he started out as the first angel but ended up as the 13th. Confused yet? So, since two souls are needed to carry the two spears, Kaworu ends up sacrificing himself to stop Fourth Impact. This causes his head to explode right in front of Shinji, which completely breaks him at this point. This is quite possibly the most powerful and emotional scene I have ever seen in an anime. The music sets the tone and it's just a really hard scene to watch without crying. As Unit 13 falls, Unit 08 comes and ejects Shinji out, causing 13 to shut down completly. The sky is turned back to normal, the door of guf is closed, and the day is saved for now as the Wunder flys off to somewhere. Later, Auska finds the entry plug containing Shinji and drags him out. Shinji is basically at the point where he doesn't respond and can't even stand up straight. Rei appears but doesn't say anything. Asuka states that they're going to where the Lilin are as she drags Shinji along with her. He drops his S-DAT player that he apparently had with him. Rei simply just stares at it leaving some hope for you shippers out there. They walk across the red earth as the movie ends and is played out with a new Utada Hikaru song. So, what did I think of 3.0? Not really that bad. They said they were taking a new spin on the Evangelion series and I'll be damned if they didn't. They are still some inconsistancies like what the hell happened between the last two films? Where's Rei and the others? Where the hell was Kaji? Hopefully, this will be answered (but probably not) in the last film in the RoE tetralogy. Oh, and about the last film, the preview shows Eva Unit 8+2 running around fighting some MP Evas, which are basically green Mark 06's. Unit 8+2 is also just Unit 08 and Unit 02 stitched together. Yeah, neat design there, guys. So yeah, that happened. 7/10.  

neoji
6

Three words to sum up 3.0: Confusing. As. Hell.  What is actually happening? Who the heck are all these random characters I've never seen before? What is going on? Why won't anyone actually explain to Shinji why what he did at the end of 2.0 was Very Bad? What was the point of saving Shinji if there was a large chance that he would act like an idiot and potentially destroy everyone again? Wouldn't treating him like a piece of mud and refusing to answer any of his questions only increase the chances of that happening? What? The plot had me in a permanant state of furious denial, all the characters seemed to have had personality transplants overnight (or in the last 14 years, boy what a time skip) and were staggeringly different to any previous portrayal of them. I even questioned at the start if Shinji had just accidentally fallen into some sort of parallel universe. The whole "curse of the Eva" to explain the ageless 14-year-old-28-year-olds failed to.. well.. explain anything.  The overall mood was very depressing, even by Evangelion standards, but the doom and gloom was accompanied by some rather awesome music. The soundtrack was ace. At least when confronted by the end of the world over and over, we'll have some nice tunes to go with it. And as expected, the animation was beautiful. Some - ahem one - of the scenes was very haunting, to the point of trauma, and that was the only scene where I felt that Evangelion 3.0 had exceeded my expectations.  Overall, a little disappointing considering the high standards of the rest of the franchise, but not a "bad" film by any means. 

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