Alright, I watched End of Evangelion
. That cleared things up a little bit, but once Rei transformed it got bizarre again. The climax left me scratching my head.
, was this movie dark - and depressing - and disturbing. Needless to say, I'm still not satisfied.*edit*
: I've been thinking about EoE
, and decided I should elaborate on some of the factors that made me dislike it.
First of all, as I mentioned above, this film was much darker than I expected. When I began watching the show, I braced myself for a series that would be very grim & violent. I was surprised to discover, however, that the series was not as heavy-handed as I expected. EoE
was closer to what I originally imagined of the show, But I was no longer expecting that when I saw EoE
, so I was taken aback by how gritty and sad the movie was.
Second of all, after finishing the show, I was hoping that EoE
would offer a more clear explanation & resolution. I didn't get that. Once Instrumentality started, I started to get confused again. I couldn't make heads or tails out of the final third of the film.
The third issue ties in with the previous two, but specifically, I was disappointing with how a few of the characters were handled. I was sorry to see Misato die, but I wasn't surprised by it. What did catch me off guard was:"That was a grown-up kiss. We'll do the rest when you come back."SERIOUSLY?!
She's twice as old as Shinji! You could get arrested for that in the states!
More importantly, though, this isn't the kind of relationship I saw between the two. In the show, the dynamics between Misato and Shinji were, IMO, akin to that of a mother & son, or a big sister & little brother; and I liked that. Throwing in a romantic angle felt random and unnecessary to me. My only guess is that the writers were trying to further complicate Shinji's mental state, but wasn't he already messed up enough?
Speaking of which, Shinji's breakdown was a little hard for me to grasp. Perhaps I was still getting over my frustration from the Kaworu episode, but Shinji seemed to lose it rather suddenly and quickly.
Asuka was alright; although her "revelation" didn't quite make sense.
The character that disappointed me most of all was Rei. As the series progressed, we got to see her slowly become humanized: more relatable of a character and who interacted better with Shinji. In EoE
, however, she gets transformed into a freaky, inhuman thing
, and we don't even know anymore if she's friend or foe. What's more, we don't know what ultimately became of her. Did she join humanity in Instrumentality, or did she die when her huge body broke apart? I had no idea.
My frustrations culminated in the final scene, which I thought was rather surreal. We have Shinji strangling
Asuka in his own way of confirming reality, and how does she react? She calmly reaches up and caresses his face. Shouldn't her reaction to strangulation be more dramatic, especially since this is the fiery Asuka we're talking about? Also, IMO, this scene should have been more positive. Granted, both characters just went though incredibly traumatic events, but shouldn't they have some
minor feelings of happiness for just being alive
, and reunited? Instead, both characters came across as unhappy as ever.
I guess I really didn't know what to expect from this movie.
I may give it a second chance in the future, though.
I'm aware there's a manga series, which I assume is available in the USA. How does it compare? Am I more likely to enjoy that version of the story?