When compared to the original series, how good is the Rebuild of Evangelion movies?
The Rebuild of Evangelion is an attempt to reimagine the classic Neon Genesis Evangelion television series, which is beloved by fans. There are no more sequels to Evangelion after the fourth and final film, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Over By comparing the two versions side by side, we can see just how successful the Rebuild of Evangelion was in reviving Evangelion after its initial demise.
The original Neon Genesis Evangelion had budgetary issues. The final episode used paper drawings instead of actual scenes due to the poor quality of animation in the last few episodes. Evangelion’s creator Hideaki Anno attempted to rectify this by releasing the End of Evangelion film. He wanted to make a new Evangelion without the constraints of the original series’ budget and technology. As a result, the Rebuild of Evangelion film series was created. One of the reasons for the rebuilds, according to Anno, was to open up the series to a broader audience. How much did Anno accomplish and how much did he fail?
Why Did It Work?
To match modern television shows, the rebuilds updated the original Evangelion series’ 16:9 aspect ratio. In addition to a more up-to-date visual aesthetic, the Rebuild films do an excellent job of making Evangelion feel like a modern series. The more modern style is more accessible to a wider audience, even if some anime fans prefer the older style.
The Angels, too, received a major makeover in the rebooted series. Many of the Angels were given designs that were more complex and alien-like. Ramiel, the prism-shaped angel, was one of the most significant changes. Ramiel had a static prism form in the original series, but he has taken on a more dynamic shape in the rebuilds. The rapid changes in Ramiel’s form up the ante, making this one of the most memorable fights in the series.
Reconstructing Evangelion, Anno had the benefit of hindsight, adjusting some of the original series’ flaws. Kaworu’s rushed introduction in the main series was one of those. Shinji’s relationship with Kaworu was crucial to his growth, but Kaworu himself was severely lacking in maturity. Kaworu’s relationship with Shinji was further developed in Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo due to the increased screen time he received.
Where it didn’t go well
The Evangelion Rebuilds, on the other hand, weren’t a direct upgrade over the original series. Many fans have a lot of complaints about the film’s direction. Mari, a new pilot, is one of the more controversial decisions. Despite her prominent role in the films, Mari is a shallow character. In addition to Mari’s stale personality, there is no clear direction for her character’s development.
One of the most common complaints from fans is the change in tone from the original series’ unsettling atmosphere. This includes the depressing dives into the mental struggles of the characters. There is a lot of information about Asuka, Rei, and Shinji’s personalities omitted so that the plot can take center stage. The emotional arcs of the rebuilt characters depend on the viewer’s prior knowledge of their psyche. New viewers may have difficulty deciphering the character’s motivations as a result of this. It is meant to be more accessible, but the Rebuilds fail to convey the psychological themes that made the original series so popular.
There is a good chance that the Evangelion Rebuilds’ plot is their biggest failure. Evangelion: Rebuild should have a more cohesive plot than the original because it was designed to be more accessible. Confusion and incoherence are two of the biggest drawbacks of the original Evangelion series. Nothing has been improved since the original. Evangelion: Version 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo is the most egregious example of this, as it completely deviates from the original series and raises more questions than answers.
What Eva Can Expect from the Renovations
There is no doubt that the rebuilds have a significant impact on the Evangelion franchise, no matter what anyone thinks about them. Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, the final film in the series, brings the saga to a satisfying end. The final film provides a cathartic release for many of the characters’ issues, despite a lack of insight into the psyche of characters in earlier films.
To better understand the Evangelion Rebuilds, consider them as a meta-textual work rather than an attempt to make the series more accessible. To comment on the original series, not to tell its story, these remakes were always intended to be.
Shinji’s wish to erase the Evangelions at the end of the final film represents both the shedding of his past and the end of the Evangelion franchise. It was a fitting conclusion to one of anime’s most cherished series.