I know I’m about two weeks late on the bandwagon, but theatres were so insanely packed for this movie that I couldn’t get decent tickets. After the first movie my love for Evangelion had dropped to new lows. After all, the so called “bold reimagining” of the original series in Eva 1.0 was nothing about less than 10 minutes of new footage in total. However, with the persuasion of three Japanese coworkers I decided to go watch it. The spoilers and plot summaries have been covered by stunning number of English blogs despite the fact that the movie is only available in Japanese with no subtitles, so I’m not going to do that. I guess I’ll post a few impressions and call it a day :P. *Makes sad face* I guess knowing enough Japanese to watch the movie isn’t anything special :(.
A very interesting tidbit of Japanese trivia to start with. Apparently, Evangelion is still really popular in Japan. Not not “popular”, popular to the point where every major theatre in Nagoya was sold out for an entire week. It’s one of those few animes that transcends the otaku barrier and is fascinating to even normal people, somehow. Every one of my coworkers was interested in seeing it, from the older generation who are 40+ and those who are in the 20’s. I can’t think of an another anime that could do that. It was seriously nostalgic to hear Asuka’s “Anta baka?” and “Baka Shinji”. Reminds me that the last time I saw Asuka animated was more than 10 years ago.
A lot of websites were covering how there are also a bunch of limited edition goodies that were being sold with movie tickets for Evangelion. I was enough of a fan to buy them, though after seeing the movie I sure wish I did. What I did get was this amusing Asuka combo for 1,500yen. Though after watching the movie, I wish I didn’t. (Hint: Something nasty happens to Asuka). I wasn’t even planning on buying the combo, but I’m a sucker for limited edition items aka 限定品 gentei hin.
I guess I’ll just post a few thoughts about the movie as well. This movie is the start of the “bold new imagining” of Evangelion. There isn’t a single moment of the original material that is reused in the movie. The material is so new in fact that several of my coworkers who are Eva fanboys were left a little dumbfounded by how the canon has entirely been retconned. Several old scenarios are borrowed from the series, but now involve different characters entirely. Asuka is now far more tsundere than yandere, and the Shinji + Rei “romance” is now no longer so one sided. I know I cried about the first movie being the same, but now I also dont’ really like the new movie for being SO different. Completely hypocritical, I know. I’d elaborate, but you could read that elsewhere.
There’s a new character, Mari that’s introduced in the film. She has a total of maybe… 30 minutes of screen time? She’s an amazing character and the voice is even more awesome, but she was probably written into the story in the worst possible manner. She doesn’t mesh with the old cast, in fact doesn’t even meet most of them. She never explains what the heck she is doing, no one in the New Tokyo Branch of Nerv even bats an eye at her, but somehow she has the authority to run all over the facility and steal Evas :S. Then she also has… secret powers to unleash limiters on someone else’s Eva…. someone PLEASE tell me who she is. She has an amazing opening scene, but that scene is completely disconnected from the rest of the movie as well… Here’s to hoping she fits in the next movie!
Well finally, just an interesting tidbit. The first 5 minutes or so of Evangelion 2.0 are entirely in English :S with Japanese subtitles. It was a hillarious reversal where my friends were reading the subtitles and I was listening for a change haha. They actually bothered enough to hire actual English speakers to do the English, so it’s undestandable. Unfortunately, Mari also speaks in English for about a minute and it’s god awful :P.
Well, WFAC, I hope you don’t let us down this year and not show Eva 2.0. This is far more worthy Eva 1.0 ever will be. I’d enjoy seeing it with English subtitles just in case I missed something too.
Oh one last thing, I have discovered what I want to watch next! It’s a movie called Summer wars from the same crew that made The Girl who Leapt Through time, so it’s bound to be good.