Normally, I’d reserve a full, professional, spoiler-free review of something like an Anime Movie… Normally. Evangelion 3.33 is such an odd beast, and such an undercovered beast that I think its worth actually diving into an episode blog style post that deals with and critiques the movie taking into consideration all the story elements and plot points that would otherwise be difficult to cover in a review.

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Let me start, by saying that I really have liked what Evangelion 1.0 and Evangelion 2.22 have done with the movie series. Despite having seen the original series, its two remake OVAs/Movies and generally keeping up with the Evangelion franchise, I was not a fan of the anime franchise itself. Like many others, I wasn’t a big fan of the lackluster, utterly confusing and in my opinion, disappointing last few parts of the series. The ending, of course, was a complete chaotic mess that tried to act like it was all philosophical and symbolic, while really not leaving the viewer with much to really discern its overall message or idea.

I liked the concept of Evangelion though, and I really liked the more slice of life moments combined with the horror of having teenagers having to pilot mechs to save humanity from extinction. I believe that the balanced story, without the weird choatic psychodelic trippy stuff, was what made Evangelion special. Near the end of its tenure, I remember a lot of controversy surrounding Hideki Anno, the creator, writer and director of the franchise. Some speculated that Hideki Anno’s own personal life had impacted the ending of the series.

In any case, the Rebuild of Evangelion series, is supposed to be the remake of the original Evangelion series, made to be as it was originally envisioned by Hideki Anno-san. Many have called the new series as Evangelion on anti-depressants. I’d definitely agree, as the recent Evangelion movies were more cheerful, pleasant, well paced, beautifully animated and took the series in a much more clearer and well written direction. Rebuild of Evangelion also took the series in a whole new direction plot wise, with events only somewhat following the original series, and carving a new, more interesting story for itself.

Characters got even more development and depth in the two movies than they did in the original series. Not only that, Shinji Ikari, the series main protagonist, evolved into a much more likable and interesting lead, as opposed to the whiney little brat that had been a mainstay of the original series.

Evangelion 2.22 really marked a huge change for Shinji, as he moved to bet everything on the line and try to save Ayanami Rei. Honestly, I had rather liked the budding romance and intimate connection that had been established between the two, and seeing Shinji man up and try to save the girl he liked was an amazing change of pace.

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The movie ended with a massive cliffhanger, with Shinji having seemingly saved Rei, but frozen both her and himself into some kind of new entity. The ending really screamed possibilities for an exciting and new direction for the series, and I honestly believed that the franchise would finally achieve greatness.

And then… Evangelion 3.33 came along. If I were to say that Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 were everything that made the Evangelion franchise so amazing, Evangelion 3.33 is the very essence of what’s always been wrong with the series. In many ways it felt like Evangelion had regressed back into old habits, and a serious case of depression.

The movie is best described as an uncomfortable experience. I’m sure, that the movie was primarily made with the idea of inciting the feeling of unease and uncomfortableness from its audience, but the movie doesn’t know when to stop and hold back a little.


The story for the third movie picks up fourteen years after the events of the second one. Shinji is somewhat “retretieved” from space by Asuka and brought back to a ship that is under the command of Misato, who now is some kind of Colonel. She also is in charge of some massive ship called the Wunder. Its later revealed that the original EVA 01 unit that Shinji piloted is being used as the core engine of the ship. Rei Ayanami appears and takes Shinji back with her to NERV.

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Things get extremely dicey from here on out, as the film refuses to give the viewer the payoff from this whole time skip idea.

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The idea of a timeskip after that cliffhanger is actually a good one, with Shinji coming back into a strange and changed world after being basically comatose for 14 years. The problem? The movie refuses to deal with the big elephant in the room until about half way through.


“What happened in those fourteen years? Why is Shinji suddenly hated and despised by everyone that he used to call friend or family? What happened to Ayanami Rei? Why is Misato now fighting NERV in a new organization? Why is NERV still actually in existence and function when the entire place feels like a ghost town? Who is this new Ayanmi Rei”

All these questions are introduced from the very earliest parts of the film, and very few things are actually answered. Not only that, but Shinji is totally ignored, despised and pretty much led along by the plot. The character development and sense of self that he acheived in the first two movies is thrown out the window, and we get a small little child that whines, cries and acts confused for the majority of the film.

Its dissapointing, because one of the best things about the new film series was how much it respected its characters and their development.

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We do learn of some things, such as Shinji’s actions at the end of the second movie actually leading to a third impact. This is an amazing twist, but the movie ends up waiting far too long before giving the viewer this little nugget of story. Instead, we have Shinji learning how to play the Piano with Kaoru, playing Shogi with Fuyutiski, and chasing after Ayanami until things finally get revealed.

The thing is, Shinji isn’t exactly trying to avoid the answers to these questions. The idea of Shinji actually wanting to avoid learning about what happened would be an interesting idea in and of itself, but its hardly adressed at all. Instead, Shinji just fumbles around, whines and continues to get trampled from all sides, as there is literally no one he can trust.

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Then, we get Shinji’s budding friendship and even potentially romantic relationship with Kaoru happen. This was, perhaps, the most entertaining part of the movie. In a movie where nearly everyone is stoic, odd and seemingly dead inside, Kaoru actually appears to be the most human and expressive character in the film. His bond with Shinji, and the way he gets Shinji to trust and open up to him, is pretty darn awesome.

Not only that, but Kaoru genuinely is the only person who appreciates and respects Shinji. The reason as to why is never really explained though, and that comes off as kind of weird. There IS a reason, as nearly everyone except the audience and Shinji seems to know why everyone feels the way they do about him. Yet, we never get to know, because apparently the audience isn’t good enough to know the real story or idea behind the movie they are watching. This “No I won’t tell you!” attitude of the movie is obviously something that continually persists throughout the movie, and makes it such a chore to watch.

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I will say, I wanted to give this movie the benefit of the doubt till the end. For a while, the whole idea of Kaoru and Shinji going at it alone, against everyone, to fix the world sounded like a nice idea. I bought into the idea that Shinji was going to fix things with Kaoru, and that they really had to fight both Misato’s side and Ikari Gendo’s side in order to win.

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Shinji and Kaoru end up facing up against Asuka and Mari, and therefore Misato’s new organization. Its a thrilling battle, and it seems like the movie actually has decided on a direction for the story and all is finally well.

And then the movie serves to ruin expections… again. Shinji, despite being told by EVERYONE, including Kaoru, to not pull out the two spears of Longinus, ends up doing it anyway. Karou repeatedly asks him not to, even mentions that the two different spears they need are not there! Yet Shinji ignores all of that. His behavior is stupid, erratic and definitely out of character. Shinji simply does what the plot dictates to him, because he has to. His own motivations are not ever well defined.

The best explanation, that can be put forth, is that the stress of the alienation, the changed situation and everything that’s happened to Shinji propells him to just go crazy and pull out the spears anyway. Its just… puzzling and arguably extremely bad writing.

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Lo and behold, a fourth impact is suddenly triggered. Without really explaining anything, the audience is told to “understand” that what’s happening is because Kaoru suddenly became the thirteenth angel, and that it is because of Ikari Gendo’s plan.

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And speaking of said plan, the whole reveal behind Ikari Gendo’s plan and the situation behind Shinji’s mother is also more puzzling than anything. What exactly did she propose? How is she related to the whole thing? She apparently was the one who created and championed the whole concept of the EVAs, but beyond that we really don’t understand much at all.

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And of course, the movie ends with Kaoru sacrificing himself to stop the fourth impact. Its a quick and sad end to perhaps the strongest character in the movie. Of course, even Karou’s so called sacrifice doesn’t stop the Fourth Impact Entirely, and then Mari has to actually go and de-activate the Unit 13 that Shinji and Kaoru were in.

Somewhow Seele (the origanization that Gendo ultimately kills in the movie) had Shinji as their actual backup for their plan.

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In the end, we have another weird exchange with Asuka coming and asking Shinji why he didn’t come to save her. Shinji? He’s too busy being in the fetal position and being an emo child. In the end, Asuka, drags him out and takes him and Ayanami Rei into the vast stretches of the Red-ish landscape, hoping to get close enough to the Wunder so that they can be picked up.

And that’s that. With only One movie left to go, and myriad of confusing questions, illogical events, and extremely inconsistently paced story Evangelion looks posed to repeat the mistakes of the original series. It really is sad, because the potential put forth by the first two movies really posed to make Evangelion something truly great. Its just… sad to see all of that squandered and for Evangelion to regress back into the mess that was the original’s series ending, or the End of Evangelion OVA/Movie.

Honestly, I found this movie to be quite bad, and the core problem is that it really focused too much on large scale, sweeping action scenes, rather than on its characters, story and plot. The story for this movie was something could’ve easily been covered in half the movie, and the other half could’ve easily had more content in it. Instead, the whole thing felt like a quickly put together mess. And I don’t mean that from a production value stand point, as the visuals and animation, alongside the audio work in this film were amazing.

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It was the writing, dialogue, characterization and overall direction that not only marred the experience, but effectively killed it. There is a chance that Evangelion 4.44 or the Final movie in the series will bring everything to a nice close. Given this movie and its performance thus far, I won’t hold my breath in anticipation. I give it a C Grade.

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  • Shintetsu

    I agree with you! I just finished watching Eva 3.33, and I AM SO ANGRY. Eva 1 and 2 are easily the best anime movies ever made (well, except for Spirited Away), but Eva 3.33 is just a ridiculous piece of trash… sad………

    • setsuken

      Agreed. Eva 1.11 and 2.22 were very very good Anime movies, so much so that I went as far as to recommend and watch them with other people who are more of casual watchers.

      I doubt I’ll be showing or promoting 3.33 though. Its surprising how much money and effort was squandered on this movie… It made money, but damn….


        It’s such a shame too because i thought the rebuild was doing a great job re-envisioning the series in a new light. Eva 1.11 was good, and I especially like eva 2.22 so i was looking foward to eva 3.33. I knew it would take a darker route which i was perfectly fine with; I wanted a darker third evangelion movie (and i was glad to see the animation take a much darker tone compared to the animation of the other two movies). But i didnt want it like this; again the movie wasnt horrible ( at least i still enjoyed it to some extent), but i think the major disappointment among its audience comes from the fact that this was the movie that was suppose to take the rebuild series to the next level and instead it took down two levels.

        • Wolfrem

          well, i agree that the film was extremely confusing but i liked it. i think about everything thats going on and the characters needed a twist… but i feel that you all forget about something.. 1.11 and 2.22 are almost the same as the anime series… something that hapenned years ago and we all got time to process and understand. this is a new twist, thousand of things changed and i knew that something like this must be done in order to make the last minutes of eva 2.22 be meningfull.
          i hope that everything will be conected on 4.44 and i know it will…
          never forget that in 20years of evangelion it gave us more problems than satisfactions.
          im not trying to save the movie from HELL, it really is a nightmare by itself, but i liked what i saw and im waiting for the conclusion on 4.44.

  • sonicsenryaku

    I for the life of me cannot see how evangelion 4.44 is going to fix what the third movie has done to the reboot of the franchise. The only way I see the fourth movie giving this series the closure it needs is if they split the last entry in the rebuild series into two parts; that way the characters can have the time to be fleshed out a lot more while we get a better understanding of just what the hell happened within those 14 years during the third impact. It will give the conclusion, for the lack of a better word, “more impact”. I think the major problem with eva 3.33 is that it raised the stakes of its story to a much larger scope than it could handle, or at least didnt handle properly.

    One of the things this movie could have benefitted from would have been a much longer runtime. With the scope of the story at its point in time, how the hell did the creators expect to create a meaningful story with only a 90 min runtime (while keeping the content that was already in the movie). Perhaps if the movie was 40 minutes longer or maybe even an hour longer, we could have gotten see the state of the world our characters live in and just how bad and frightening life was for them within those 14 years; we could have got some character depth for our main cast as well the new characters introduced in this movie. Also we are pretty much at the last movie now and we still dont know the significance of Mari’s character. There is so much i could get into regarding this movie but i just leave at this for now; I didnt hate the movie….but i didnt like it either and trust me i wanted to like it. When i heard the disappointment from reviews who got to see the movie when it released in japan last november, I wanted to call bullshit to their critics; but now that i have seen the movie for myself….i see that those critics had some weight to them. Loved the soundtrack though (best one out of all three movies)

    • setsuken

      I have to agree with you there. I don’t personally see how its going to happen, unless the movie is two and a half hours or something and really really pulls out all the stops.

      I do agree that 1 and a half hour is a tough time slot to tell a story in, but honestly 1.11 and 2.22 have done it. If they trimmed the fat in this movie, and stuck to what mattered, we would’ve gotten a much stronger story.

      I think the movie switched between Asuka Action scenes (and therefore Asuka fanservice) and Shinji being depressed and confused, not to mention mentally tortured and hurt by everyone around him save for Kaoru.

      I honestly did not read critic opinions when the movie came out in Japan, and was quite excited to see it, expecting it would be just as good as the first two. Maaan, was in for disappointment.

      And yes, the Movie’s animation and soundtrack were definitely top notch.

    • Mondo Canalla

      Sorry, I had to jump at this:

      “that way the characters can have the time to be fleshed out a lot more…”

      Man, we had 2 movies to flesh the characters out. How much flesh you need in your characters?

      • slaithe

        14 years usually means characters have gone through many experiences. When you meet a friend again after not seeing them for years, not keeping in touch, usually there’s a lot of catching up to do.
        Pretty much all we got is, “everyone hates Shinji.”

  • FlareKnight

    I really can only hope that the fourth movie can pull this together.

    It is pretty frustrating seeing how we went from such awesome movies in 1 and 2, to falling back to confusion in 3. I liked the ideas of what they were going for, but not execution. We throw this timeskip, but then just focus 70% of the movie on Shinji being isolated and confused. Let’s hear more about what happened. How did everyone survive the third impact and gather the resources to fight against NERV? How did Asuka deal with her near death experience, apparently not being able to grow and having to survive these past 14 years? Let’s look at Misato’s path, how does she really feel about Shinji? It was her own words that spurred him on and caused the third impact, is there no guilt there? Is she also just blaming everything on Shinji?

    I just wanted to see this focus better on more characters. A lot of it seemed like filler for the next big battle. We can get to the points of A. This Rei isn’t the Rei Shinji knows, B. Shinji’s father is going to cause something terrible to happen, and C. Kaworu and Shinji have this strange relationship going on here.

    I do feel they jumped too far. Too much large scale and not enough about the people. Shinji is the main character, but he isn’t the only character. Also making him go temporarily insane at the end there so he’d cause the end of the world is a bit weak. Of course they spent almost the whole movie putting him under incredible mental stress that maybe that is the most believable part of the movie.

    The fourth movie can still pull it all together I think. At the very least focus in on the main characters. Really give Shinji, Asuka, and Rei 2.0 some rope to work with. At the same time let’s give Mari’s character some purpose as well. Just focus on them and focus on the one thing they have to do, stopping Shinji’s father from destroying the world for his selfish reasons.

    • setsuken

      I’m worried about the fourth movie being able to pull everything together, namely because it has a huge challenge on its hands.

      Not only does it have to go back to the basics, i.e as you said focus on its main characters, but it has to explain this weird jumble of stuff that we got in this movie.

      Honestly I would’ve totally been okay if this movie was entirely about how everyone felt after 14 years, how the world had changed, and Shinji went on a journey and saw and found out about how much everything had changed.

      Instead, as you said, he spent the majority of the movie isolated and confused.

      And yes! I should have totally mentioned that. Misato was on such a high horse, putting a collar over shinji and all that, yet SHE was the one who pressed him to go on and save Rei. Maybe no one is really a hero or likable person in this story? Another interesting concept that the movie just squandered.


      • FlareKnight

        Yeah, may be too hopeful that the fourth movie can pull it all together. But I figure we probably have a few more years to wait for it to come out anyways, so there’s plenty of time to get pessimistic about it XD.

        Their only hope may be to leave a lot of the mumbo jumbo unexplained and just focus on what matters most for a satisfying conclusion. It will bring the overall score down, but at this point it’s not like that can be helped. This third movie happened so just have to work around it somehow.

        Just felt like a missed opportunity to show what everyone is thinking. The only crewmember that really you could understand in some way was the sister who was kind of Shinji’s medic? There’s that mixed of knowing he was a good friend of her brother, but also knowing what his actions caused. You could at least see the conflict for her there and yet she was pretty well the only person we got any understanding from.

        Misato just remains my example of squandered potential. You could say that maybe she’s as bad a person as anyone else. Her anger for the loss of life from a similar incident that took her father might have blinded her. But maybe she was trying to act tough so not to lose her crew’s respect since they don’t know Shinji so have no reason to feel sympathy for him. But in the end we don’t have a damn clue. All we know is that she remains a reckless lunatic who works with plans that are much more likely to fail than succeed. Misato just reflects the lack of characterization for most of the people in this movie.

  • Tutty

    Sorry but you don’t understand the movie! LOL 😉

    • setsuken

      And I think the fact that I couldn’t understand the movie, while having understood the first two, is the problem? XD

      In all seriousness, I GET the movie, I outlined the entire plot in the post above. I just didn’t find it great. If you liked it, more power to you. There are a lot of people who LOVED the original Evangelion ending as well. I was just not one of them.

      • kayne

        kind of the thing YOU DONT understand the movie. the entire series is full of symbolism everywhere. did you honestly expect a non confused shinji? seriously? evangelion has always tortured shinji honestly you cant have watched this series and the previous series and not expected at some point for this rebuild to off the rails to completely insane land. Shinji and Rei have always been the main characters and the ones that start everything.

        the only real legit complaint can be this movie wasnt long enough so the other characters got thrown to the wayside.

        if you dont grasp philosophy or the human mind you wont get this show. and like the original series its easy to understand in the first half and after that it gets quite a bit harder to understand….so first two movies easy to grasp….movie 3 hard to grasp. fits the MO.

        • Mark

          Sorry, but the movie made no sense.

          “Symbolism”, “philosophy” and “psychology” don’t make a good story, thematic and plot coherence make a good story.

          Add a good story with good pacing, and you have a great movie!This one had neither.

        • slaithe

          The voice of a generation speaks!
          Actually, this movie is easy to understand. Sorry.

          The former complaints are legitimate.
          Pacing is painful. Aside from good production quality, the audience is constantly frustrated and unfulfilled.

          So you’d say this helps them identify with Shinji’s experience? Ok, fine. We can get that.
          So, my experience is thus: I hated it. People usually hate root canals, too. Or answering a doorbell and finding a burning paper bag filled with dog poop. They usually try to avoid such experiences.
          And then other people are masochists or pretentious.

    • Gendo

      And you do? Please do explain.

  • Azrael

    Some of your questions at the beginning have indeed been answered or at least partly answered.

    Why is Shinji suddenly hated and despised by everyone that he used to call friend or family?
    Because he ultimetely lead to the near third impact trying to save Asuka, it was not exactly his fault, but because of his acts a great part of the human population is dead. Even if he didn’t had the intention of doing it, he did.

    What happened to Ayanami Rei?
    Fuyutsuki said that the Rei that Shinji saved (and he did save her) is in the Eva Unit 01, just like his mother.

    Why is Misato now fighting NERV in a new organization?

    Because she discovered Gendo and Seele’s plans, she discovered what the human instrumentality project means and because she wants to protect the human race. She probably discovered it because of Kaji, who was the one that knew about most things aside from Gendo and Fuyutsuki, it is sad that he was only mentioned in the movie, don’t know if he is dead or not, but he certainly holds a lot of answer for what happened in those 14 years.

    Who is this new Ayanami Rei?
    If you watched the series, you know that she is probably a clone made by Gendo to replace the original Rei.

    I really, really liked this movie, but I think there are two approaches to it. One is that of the fans who have watched the series, and the other is that of the ones who didn’t watch the series. If I hadn’t watched the series, I guess I would be pretty confused by this movie, and that in itself is a major fail from Ano, even if Rebuild is actually a sequel, he should keep things up so that even the ones who didn’t watched the series are entertained. If one didn’t watch the series, then he wouldn’t probably catch at some little details that made the movie worth for those who have watched the series and came to like it. I guess Ano tried to make us wonder about the series, 1.11 and 2.22 were pretty direct to me in that sense, I don’t think they had left much open questions, and 3.33 was a feast of doubts (though most of them are actually answered in the movie).

    I wonder, what happened to Kaji? What are Gendo’s intentions? Is his only objective to reunite with Yui? How the hell Nerv managed to keep itself together with a crew of only four people? How did they manage to build an new Eva? (Though I guess the answer to this last two questions is Seele, but even it is, it is only implied)

    And I guess, most of all, what Kaworu intended to achieve? I guess he was trying to do the same thing that happened at the end of The End Of Evangelion? Why is there two Loginus Spears? What is the Cassius Spear?

    But I guess aside from the question about Nerv and the new Eva Unit 013, these questions will be answered in the fourth movie, or at least that is what we hope.

    I liked the movie because it is what Evangelion is. Fucked up. The world turned itself down, characters have changed, and Shinji is left almost alone in this strange world, except for the company of Kaworu. I can understand why people didn’t tried to answer his questions, and though I was bothered by it, I let it go because I though there was some reason behind the fact people didn’t want to answer Shinji. I guess what the movie lacks is character interaction, throughout the most of the movie Shinji is ignored or alone, we didn’t see much of Asuka, Four Eyes, Misato or Ritsuko.

    I liked the fact that the focus was Shinji, I liked to feel his loneliness and despair, the Shinji in this movie felt way more like the one in the series than the one in the other two movies. Also, his relationship with Kaworu was probably the best part of the movie, people who have not watched the series or read manga will wonder, but if you have read them you will understand why Kaworu is so friendly to Shinji (and if you know about the theory that Rebuild is actually a sequel, you will understand why Kaworu is trying to make Shinji happy). The decision Shinji made, the reason he didn’t listen to anyone, including Kaworu, and ended up pulling the spears was probably because he didn’t wanted to feel like Kaworu had deceived him (and the truth is, Kaworu deceived himself), he was going crazy with his doubts, and he didn’t wanted to doubt Kaworu. At least that is what I think, because aside from that, nothing much would make sense.

    Most of all, I liked Kaworu’s death, maybe it was too quick, but it was dramatic. And Shinji is being “emo” because of that, the only person he could thought he could trust is now dead. Second Rei is showing some signs that she will grow outside of her shell and become more of a proactive character, and I think she will have an important role to play in the second movie. The movie isn’t perfect of course, it has its flaws and it is dependent on the fourth one to answer its questions to become an even better movie, but I think it was pretty good, in a way, it was more “Evangelion” than 1.11 and 2.22.

    I have come to the conclusion that these are movies to the ones who have watched the series and not for newcomers, but lets see what Ano has in store for us.

    • Cassius

      This review is so, so much better than OP’s. OP did have an amazing review, but this reviewer GETS it. Bravo.

      • slaithe

        OPs review was a review. Azrael is merely pointing out some plot points OP missed.
        The film’s major flaws remain.

    • Jim Dean

      The Cassius Spear is the one that Kaworu used in the end of 2.22, to stop the awakening of EVA 01, it holds the power to do that…
      I really don’t understand why there are two Loginus spears since there should only exist one.

      Rei is in fact a diferent person, she is another clone from Yui. The Yui that we used to known untill 2.22, must probably still exist because it is revealed that her soul is EVA 01’s control system who now is some kind of ship for Wille.

  • Mondo Canalla

    For what I can read, you are the Owner, webmaster, designer, coder and writer for the site, so you are entitled to do pretty much whatever you want, but you are making two mistakes here. First, you are telling the movie (why?) And second, you are judging.

    I know I sound like an asshole already, but bare with me, please. Imagine you are told that you screwed the whole world, big time, along with the lives of your few friends which don’t talk to you anymore, and your dad is an absolute jerk. Now along come a friendly albino who “teach” you to play piano and tells you that there is a way to fix all this clusterfuck (aka your sins). As it happen, the only thing Shinji cares about at that point in the story is to fix everything so his friends talk to him again, there’s the reason to unveil that piece of information so late in the movie for your taste.

    Then is the Asuka issue, who is madly in love with Shinji and she kinda hates herself for that because she just can’t let go of that petty looser who doesn’t feel the same feelings for her.

    I really gotta go now, but I’m going to finish with two technical points. The first is that this movie is telled from Shinji’s point of view, there the reason for the confusion, alienation and disgust. Because if you make it warm and fuzzy it wouldn’t work, would it?. To make myself clear, if we are on a camp fire and we are telling spooky stories, why the hell would I want to make you feel warm and fuzzy? The advantage of making it awkward and enraging is that, on the next one I can exploit that feeling and get a better resolution (let’s pray for that to happen).

    The second thing is that this Anno guy is one of the best contemporary story tellers in the world. That doesn’t mean that you should like everything he does, but think about how much exposition he gives on this movie with so little dialogue, that’s not easy to do. You should check for those little details, because all those small pieces thrown here and there are telling me that this is clearly not a remake, but a continuation from The End Of Evangelion.

    There, I’m out now. Hope it helps.

  • Mondo Canalla

    For what I can read, you are the Owner, webmaster, designer, coder and writer for the site, so you are entitled to do pretty much whatever you want, but you are making two mistakes here. First, you are telling the movie (why?) And second, you are judging.

    I know I sound like an asshole already, but bare with me, please. Imagine you are told that you screwed the whole world, big time, along with the lives of your few friends which don’t talk to you anymore, and your dad is an absolute jerk. Now along come a friendly albino who “teach” you to play piano and tells you that there is a way to fix all this clusterfuck (aka your sins). As it happen, the only thing Shinji cares about at that point in the story is to fix everything so his friends talk to him again, there’s the reason to unveil that piece of information so late in the movie for your taste.

    Then is the Asuka issue, who is madly in love with Shinji and she kinda hates herself for that because she just can’t let go of that petty looser who doesn’t feel the same feelings for her.

    I really gotta go now, but I’m going to finish with two technical points. The first is that this movie is telled from Shinji’s point of view, there the reason for the confusion, alienation and disgust. Because if you make it warm and fuzzy it wouldn’t work, would it?. To make myself clear, if we are on a camp fire and we are telling spooky stories, why the hell would I want to make you feel warm and fuzzy? The advantage of making it awkward and enraging is that, on the next one I can exploit that feeling and get a better resolution (let’s pray for that to happen).

    The second thing is that this Anno guy is one of the best contemporary story tellers in the world. That doesn’t mean that you should like everything he does, but think about how much exposition he gives on this movie with so little dialogue, that’s not easy to do. You should check for those little details, because all those small pieces thrown here and there are telling me that this is clearly not a remake, but a continuation from The End Of Evangelion.

    There, I’m out now. Hope it helps.

    • FlareKnight

      I hate to say it, but does this actually respond to any of the complaints to the movie?

      It’s not like Shinji’s motivations are confusing here. Shinji still had to carry around the stupid stick to take most of the actions he did near the end of this. There is no doubt that his motivation is to fix everything. But the person who’s information he’s relying on is telling him not to do something!

      Also I don’t see how feeling warm and fuzzy has to do with anything. It’s like the criticism of people who didn’t like the ME3 ending. It’s about coherent storytelling and world-building. How are we supposed to focus on what Shinji is going in when it feels like we missed a whole movie between 2 and 3? Frankly just feels like lazy storytelling. “Oh we don’t have to explain why some people are acting weird because the MC doesn’t know.” If you told me a story around a campfire and left out half the story I’d just get annoyed.

      In the end this movie’s flaws remain the same. It just felt random, weird, and completely drops what the first two films did well. It tried to do too much while at the same time spending long stretches of the movie doing almost nothing. It’s not like all the movies are told from Shinji’s point of view. Remember in 2.0 the chat between Misato and Asuka? Yeah, Shinji wasn’t there. Neither was he at the scenes in this one in most of the scenes his father was in. Nothing was stopping the movie from cutting back to Misato and company to show what they were doing or develop their characters.

      So in the end I’m not really sure what you are trying to say. Just pointing out the obvious about Shinji’s motivations and saying “this was made by a great storyteller so don’t judge it.”

  • kayne

    you openly admit to not liking evangelion because it gets all philosphy class on you. so you like the first two movies because it downplays that then bash the third one for returning to roots of the series that got it so popular in the first place?

    if you dont like out of this world philosophy and hard deep looks into the horrible psych known as the human brain you really shouldnt review this series ever. its not for the faint of heart.

    • Faust

      There is almost no philosophy nor deep looks into the psyche in this movie. There is mostly retarded characters and cheap storytelling. Shinji saying “this situation kind of sucks” is not philosophy. Gendo saying “I kind of want my wife back” is not philosophy.

      The end of the anime series was philosophy. Rebuild is shit.

  • Puppy

    pretty good review I felt the same way about pretty much everything and am glad to see I’m not some picky prick or something… as much as I loved the first and especially the second movie this one was just plain bad, when I looked at the time and noticed after a whole hour pretty much nothing had happened and there were barely 30 mins left I told myself it can’t be happening!
    the only good thing is there is a fourth movie and I have huge expectations for it, making up for this mess
    just hopefully there won’t be more of that stupid anime cliché of erratic behaviour, things like learning piano out of blue in the first 15 seconds of trying one and so on, not asking a realistic movie but comeon eva is obviously not aimed at 8years old either! (oh and btw notice how the 13 doesn’t have battery or cable or anything, magic!)

    • PaperadiGomma123

      I think the new Evas produced by Seele are already provided with SuperSolenoid and therefore able to use the AT-fiel offensely as Angels do (i’m referring to the battle Kawory&Shinji vs Asuka)

  • jonbly

    Third review I’ve read, and the first to reflect my feelings. Why does Shinji persist with the spears? Why doesn’t Kaoru exert his joint control of Eva 13 and stop him?

    One thought for the missing 14 years – perhaps Mari was already working for Wille back in 2.22?

  • EnumaElish

    This is exactly how this movie felt to me… big disappointment… but I will still give 4.44 the benefit of the doubt although it won’t be easy to fill the gap left by this new iteration in the movie series.

  • Brandon

    Excellent review !!! I agree in so many points, gorgeous visuals and an excellent concept idea, but poor execution. Along with the fact that they left a lot of plot holes that would be hard to fill in 4.44.

  • Faust

    I agree with you. 3.33 is all of the pretentiousness of the last episodes of the anime series, without the artsy treatment. It’s the worst of the two worlds.

    Also, the setting of 3.33 is horrible. Apparently there are only a shipful of Wille personel, three NERV people and Shinji left in the whole world. The sense of credibility is lost. The world in 3.33 is nothing but an empty stage for half a dozen of weak characters with almost no motivation.

    Fuck this movie. Rebuild of Evangelion ends with 2.22.

    • The Don

      Fucking stupid.

  • von

    evangelion 3.33 is not evangelion anymore i love the eva that has a cable on their back that fights angels. not a big fan of endless 3rd and 4th impact and so on.. i love end of evangelion. evangelion 3.33 the eva’s their can move without cable and every body is just to good to use the evas and theirs no excitement on that… so sad 🙁

  • Michael Lewis

    I tried to understand why did the director made 3.33 the way it is against trend of 1.11 and 2.22 (which is the best movie of the series), I began to realize that we’re in big surprise for 4.44. Think about it….

    1.11 represents Shinji being as outsider and not known to any emotions or human affectionate.
    2.22 represents Shinji being as forced to make the choices and sacrifice for people he cares.
    3.33 represents Shinji being hated by everyone who used to depended/begged him to pilot the EVA-01 to save mankind in first place.
    4.44 will represents Shinji being in control of his destiny and tell everyone to go fuck themselves and finally grow up. (Thanks to Kwarou who helped Shinji to embrace himself no matters what)

    I mean so far, we all have watched tv series, 1.11 and 2.22, all we know that everyone begged him to pilot the EVA-01 or scold at him for being hurt or confused on consequence for pilot EVA-01. Do you all agree with my depth analysis on the rebuild of Evangelion? Or you all just want everybody in series to be happy, become friends and live happily forever even Shinji forgot how he was treated by everyone?

    • I would love to see a sad, shocking ending… I’m sincerely tired of the generic happy endings that we get with almost every movie, video game, anime, book etc… I don’t know why people still want the same old, same old, super happy, magical, Disney endings.

  • I actually liked the movie. I hate how people always get angry at characters that aren’t super unrealistically tough, no matter what happens to them. I love characters that are more realistic, like shinji, a fucking 14 year old, without her mother and a dad that treats him like shit, like a puppet. Anyways, Yea, the movie left me with some questions, not as much as it left you, but I still have some that I can’t seem to answer. I really think they will be answered in 4.44 and I can’t wait till it comes out.

  • Tabris666

    The movie was awsome in fact it seems the americans didnt understand the movie thats why we say the americans are stupid
    Now to the point about the series it have two endings the fake one for tv and the real one the movie the end of evangelion thats the true ending of the series the last movie and it was divided in two episodes 25 and 26 if you didnt understand the series watch it again with the movie .
    You probably didnt understand shin gekijou ban 3.0 because you thined it was the follow up of the first 2 but nope 3.0 is actually after the end of evangelion shinji losted all his memories in the end of evangelion thats what they where trying to say in fact this clai is supported by several facts asuka injured eye if you remember the end of evangelion when she was fighting the eva series she lost his eye misato fibded out everything about NERV thats why she was fighting against the organization without any reason and all the explanations are on the manga,anime and movie you just need to see all again use your brain and you will figure it out

    Dont complain because you arent smart enough to follow the whole story and dont try to say this movie was bad because is one of the best movies and series just follow my advice

    • FlareKnight

      Well personally I’m not American and I still thought this movie had a lot of issues. Most of those issues you chose to ignore in favor of your own theory.

      I’m starting to think you don’t understand the series. Kind of reminds me of the rambling of a conspiracy theorist.

      Does say something about the movie that it requires this kind of interpretation.

  • DragonFruit

    all I gotta say is that it really let me confused and hanging even after re watching the series and movies I was confused it just doesn’t fit properly

  • Raiden

    I don’t think Shinji will ever get a happy ending. Not because he doesn’t deserve one, but because Anno still has a bone to pick with his audience.

    God forbid the kid actually get what he wants without the world literally blowing up in his face.

  • John Sotomayor

    I thought Eva 3.33 was a beautiful film. I re-watch it often, along with 2.22. More of my opinions below:

    The most important aspect of Evangelion is the emotional journey that Shinji takes. And the most important aspect of this film is the friendship between Shinji and Kaworu. The rest feels tacked on, shallow, and alienating for the audience. I think that was all intentional. And I love that.

    The movie made a lot more sense to me when the ending credits began and “Sakura Nagashi” started playing.

    EDIT: To the author of this review: you refer to the films as OVAs/movies, but they’re not OVAs. OVAs, or original video animations, are most usually released directly to home video. Or at least that’s what they’ve been traditionally, not sure how things work in the digital/streaming age. But I’m pretty sure that theatrical films are not considered OVAs.

  • Andrew

    I agree with everything you mentioned here, though i was thinkin that i was completely insane about my opinion on 3.33 cause most people said that this movie was “the best out of 3” or just simply great.The thing is that Kaworu actually lied Shinji that he destroyed the world.Why is that well at the end (after credits) of 2.22 was unit 6 flying towards earth and stopped the 3rd impact with the spear of cassius that pierced right through unit 1, now since Hideako deleted that fact along with the original trailer to 3.33 we cant use that clue for sure ,but we know that kaworu was piloting unit 6 and that same unit was found connected to lilith in 3.33.Since Kaworu was the only one that should piloted unit 6.So there for i believe that Kaworu caused the 3rd impact but then was stopped by the two spears that we seen in 3.33 but we don’t know who did that.Also another fact is that when they were transporting unit 1 in space along with Shinji and Rei2, Shinji manage to save Asuka by destroying one of mark4 remains and the thanks he gets,first she wanted to punch him,then kill him and after that she said “why didn’t come to help me?” when would Shinji have time to do that? everybody just kept saying that he should’t do anything(misato’s group).Sorry for my bad tiping, thx for answer. Andrew

  • Joni Järvenpää

    I dunno, I liked it :/ It’s the worst in the franchise but I found it enjoyable

  • Soren

    Whats the matter with you? The Movie explain many questions. By the way, this is rebuild of Evangelion, NOT Neon genesis Evangelion.