Evangelion: 3.0 1.01 Thrice Upon A Time (2021) ... 2021
Shinji helps Gendo find closure, and similarly for a now-adult Asuka, helping her find closure as well  We learn the backstory behind Asuka Shikinami, that she is the last surviving clone of the Shikinami series, having survived past all the combat training that the other clones failed and were eliminated for. Asuka is old enough to remember seeing Gendo, Yui and a little Shinji visit the Euro-Nerv facilities. Shinji tells the now-adult Asuka that he used to like her - making it clear, that like Asuka, any romantic or sexual feelings between them are in the past, and asks Asuka to say hi to Kensuke for him. Shinji talks to Kaworu and gives Kaworu the closure he seeks; In a scene that is indicative of what happened during the 14-year timeskip, Kaworu and the elder Kaji speak to each other. Kaworu is dressed in the same Nerv commander uniform as Gendo and the Bethany base commander, with Kaji in the same vice-commander uniform as Fuyutsuki and the Bethany base vice-commander. Kaworu, whom the elder Kaji calls "Commander Nagisa", agrees to go to the settlement where the younger Kaji farms. Shinji eventually settles upon a complete reset of the world, a "Neon Genesis", a world without Evangelions. Shinji prepares to stab himself with the Spear of Gaius. Shinji is then pushed out of Eva-01 by his mother Yui, who is revealed to have been with him the entire time, and they are embraced from behind by Gendo in Eva-13. Gendo and Yui, Eva-01 and Eva-13 together sacrifice themselves to finish what Shinji began, spearing all Evangelions that ever were created at once. Their actions return all Evangelions and Failures of Infinity back into human and animal forms, restoring the world to its original state before the impacts.
Evangelion: 3.0 1.01 Thrice Upon a Time (2021) ...
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Ultimately, it is sad to see Evangelion go. Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time will most likely be seen as a flawed film, which put a middling end to an already contentious series of rereleases. However, I enjoyed my time with it, despite my proprietary watch order. It functions well in the grand scheme of the series and provides long-time fans with more of what they know and love, and perhaps some of what they regret, along with the acknowledgement that it is ok to let it go.
More than almost any other giant mecha/robot show NGE showed the experience of piloting an Eva and just being part of NERV, to be a tremendously traumatic experience. The pilots could feel the injuries visited upon their EVAs and Shinji was put through the wringer multiple times, both inside and outside of his EVA, dubbed Unit-01. He was forced to deal with the stress of recurring Angel attacks, as well as the almost complete indifference of his father, head of NERV Gendo Ikari. Oh, and he also had to handle the stress knowing that if he or the other pilots failed to defeat the regular angel attacks, it would trigger the end of all humankind, and no one ever really told him what the hell was going on.
However, Thrice Upon a Time is undeniably the best of the Rebuild films and even manages to make some of the questionable decisions of previous installments make perfect sense in retrospect. Trapping the EVA pilots as 14-year-olds due to "the curse of the EVA" in 3.33 could have been a metaphor for Anno's sense of arrested development just as much as a lazy excuse to not change up their hyper-merchandised character designs. The new movie confirms it's the former, finding dramatic tension from Shinji and Asuka watching their old classmates growing up without them. 3.0+1.01 also fills in enough details about Misato's experiences during the time skip to give her a more convincing emotional arc.
Evangelion 3.0+1.0 finally opened in Japan after being delayed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 8, breaking franchise records on the first day and eventually becoming the highest-grossing film in the franchise in Japan in less than a month, then the highest-grossing worldwide in 35 days, and finally the 9th highest-grossing anime film in Japan of all-time. It is the longest film in the franchise (not including compilations or special screenings). An updated version of the film, Evangelion 3.0+1.01, was released in Japanese theaters on June 12. It streams internationally on Amazon Prime Video on August 13.
Starting from the previous episode, which ended in a rather heart-breaking fashion, the story has moved quite far from the original, to the point that it was very difficult to guess what will happen next. In that fashion, the movie starts in Paris, with the battle between Wille and Nerv continuing over the city, with the former managing to win with the help of the Wunder fleet and Mari in Unit-08. In the meantime, Asuka, Rei and Shinji arrive at the outskirts of Tokyo-3, in a settlement of survivors, and stumble upon Toji, Hikari and Kensuke, with the first two being married and having a baby. In a part that reminds intently of a Ghibli movie, the protagonists start to heal gradually, while a number of arcs find their ending, including Asuka's feelings for Shinji, and the fate of Misato's son. This part also provides a very welcome relief of all the action and contextual complexity that dominates the majority of the rest of the movie, with the next part starting with the last battle between Nerv and Wille, which, inevitably, and after Mari and Asuka's efforts, ends up with a confrontation between Shinji and Gendo, which soon takes place on a series of other levels.
EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME was released in Japanese theaters in 2021, where it was a critical and box office success becoming the highest-grossing film of the year with 10.28 billion ($85 million) at the local box office. The release marks the first time the film will be available in theaters in North America since its domestic release in Japan. The film has won numerous awards, including, The 45th Japan Academy Film Prize, Tokyo Anime Awards, and Best Original Screenplay and Director (Hideaki Anno) categories at the Tokyo Anime Film Festival. 041b061a72