I’m not what I’d consider to be a hard-core Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) anime series fan, but lately I’ve been spending a lot of time studying two Rebuild of Evangelion movies You are (Not) Alone (1.11) and You Can (Not) Advance (2.22) which I’m using as reference for some build projects.
Rebuild of Evangelion is a four-part revisit of Hideako Anno’s popular anime series which ran for 26 episodes and 2 movies, which many people consider to be the defining anime of its generation. I remember watching it not because of its plot (one of the rare instances I am able to aptly apply the word discombobulating) but for the excellent animation of its mecha and fight scenes and its post-apocalyptic setting which was soothingly immersive and believable. You have to give it to these guys, they made a depressing story about a whiny 14-year old’s coming to grips with his existence and piloting responsibilities look AWESOME. And that was in 1995, using frame-by-frame drawings sans 3D components.
All the stuff I liked in the anime is brought out by Anno’s team in Rebuild, thanks to technological advances in animation. Anno’s apparently more positive outlook changes the storytelling (to the dismay of purists) as well, and for the better, so much so that this review sums up Rebuild in these words: ‘Eva without the confusing mind-fuckery!’
The Rebuild movies I’ve watched so far (I haven’t seen the third yet) are indeed gorgeous. The lines, from mecha designs down to character drawings are cleaner, the environment sharper and well, Shinji is a lot less whiny, which is by far the most dramatic improvement.
I’m looking into building some of the EVA’s weapons, the progressive knives.