Evangelion Shin Gekijôban: Kyu (2012)
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Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo is where the path really forks in a new direction, with a 14-year jump that brings some strange elements to the fray, sadly sidelines Misato, and forces us to play catch-up for half the run time. As if Evangelion wasn't already a game of catch-up. It starts with a long action sequence that overuses CG animation, unfortunately - the textures just aren't right and I found it all a bit confusing - but things get better when we finally have time to breathe. In the previous iteration of the story, the psycho-sexual subtext of Shinji's being a momma's boy drives him to behavior and actions that fall in the territory of misogyny. Here, his sweet and charming relationship with Kaworu instead suggests repressed homosexuality. It's all going to go pear-shaped, of course, as Shinji hits his lowest point, self-enforcing his sense of isolation by refusing to listen to anyone else. Though I found the CG obnoxious, like bad 3D, I still appreciate Anno's willingness to take things to a different place, even if it means shocking the audience with a bucket full of ice water. I do wonder how this plays for audiences who have never seen the original series, with bombs like revelations about Shinji's mom being given brief whiplash-inducing scenes. Regardless, a necessary prelude to the 2021 finale.
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