Anime Blu-ray Review: Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo

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Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo is the third of four films for the Rebuild of Evangelion, which retells the story of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series.

Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo

Directed by: Hideaki Anno, Mahiro Maeda, and Kazuya Tsurumaki
Written by: Hideaki Anno
Starring: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yuko Miyamura, Maaya Sakamoto, Akira Ishida
Run Time: 93 minutes (theatrical version), 96 minutes (uncut edition)
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray

For viewers who have already seen the original television series, it’s readily apparent right at the beginning of this film that the story has progressed past the ending of the original series. But any viewers, whether they’re fans of the television series or are experiencing Evangelion for the first time through the films, will find themselves feeling very confused for almost the first 20 minutes of the movie. It’s not until after Shinji Ikari is retrieved from Evangelion Unit 01 and is brought to see Misato Katsuragi that the audience starts receiving the exposition that’s needed to understand what’s happening. It’s revealed that 14 years have elapsed since the end of the second film, Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, and that Shinji has been sealed away for all of that time. Perhaps Anno purposefully opened the film in a way to leave the audience as confused as Shinji until he learns what’s happened. By telling the story this way, I think it helps the viewer to better empathize with Shinji.

The character of Kaworu is introduced in this film, and he ends up having a bigger role here than he did in the original television series. The film was better able to develop the relationship between Kaworu and Shinji than the original television series did, so it’s much easier to believe that Shinji would be affected by something that happens to Kaworu during the movie. I really liked the scenes of Kaworu and Shinji playing the piano together as they bond to become a team, even with some of trippy animation of the piano. But this different animation style helps to make the scene memorable.

But poor Shinji goes through a lot over the course of Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo. He’d already been dealing with self-esteem issues and depression prior to this film, but between missing out on 14 years, having a couple of bombshells dropped on him that make him realize that he didn’t actually know what he thought he knew, and a major event happening right near the end of the movie, Shinji becomes completely broken. As a viewer, I was left with very serious concerns for him at the end of the movie, and how his mindset will end up setting the stage for the next film.

This film also has a much darker feel than the previous two films. On the surface, this was an obvious choice because the world has become even more of a dystopia due to the Third Impact event that took place at the end of the previous film. However, I also believe the darker feel also emphasizes Shinji’s mental state as everything he thought he knew falls apart all around him.

Fans of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series might have problems accepting how the story progresses during this film. While I’ve seen the original series, I’ve been trying to keep an open mind while watching these “rebuild” films. With the changes that were made to the story during the first two films, the progression of the story in the third film makes a lot of sense. Although, I have to say that seeing what happened to Misato and Ritsuko and the other characters that we knew from NERV 14 years later and discovering they have a much different role now, took a lot of getting used to as I watched this film. But I was glad to see Mari, the new character introduced to the Evangelion franchise in the second “rebuild” film, have more of a role in this movie. After seeing this film, I can see why Mari was added. With Shinji sealed away for 14 years, they needed to have another Eva pilot around for the story to work.

When it comes to the bonus features on the Blu-ray release of Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo, there were a lot of trailers, teasers, and TV spots included. But in this case, quantity didn’t necessarily mean quantity. Many of the promotional spots seemed to be rather similar to each other, to the point that I had to watch carefully to find any noticeable differences. The “Rebuild of EVANGELION 3.33” feature included 11 minutes of various scenes, showing how they progressed from the storyboard to the final version that appeared in the film. FUNimation also made sure to include previews for other anime releases they were promoting at the time the Blu-ray pressing of this film was released.

I would recommend Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo to viewers who have watched the previous two “rebuild” films and enjoyed them. For the “rebuild” films as a whole, I would recommend them to fans of Neon Genesis Evangelion who won’t mind the changes that have been made to the story, as well as to newcomers to the franchise. However, newcomers should be aware that while you don’t necessarily have to see the original television series to enjoy the films, they could be a little lost early on until information begins to be revealed during the second and third films.

Five Worst Fathers in Anime

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Last month, I focused on the five best fathers in anime. This time, I will be focusing on the worst fathers in anime.

This list features the worst fathers that have appeared in the anime that I have personally seen. I’m not ranking these choices into numbers, because it’s just too hard to figure out which fathers rate worse than the others.

Gendo Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Gendo may be a brilliant scientist, but he’s very cold toward his son, Shinji. After Shinji’s mother dies during a test of an Evangelion unit, Gendo abandons his son. Gendo doesn’t have much contact with Shinji until he is 14, when he summons his son to come to Tokyo-3 to become the pilot of an Eva unit. Gendo uses an injured Rei as a way to force a reluctant Shinji to become a pilot. But even after Shinji becomes a part of Gendo’s world, his father is still very cold and distant to him. As the series progresses, we learn that Gendo isn’t just a bad father he’s also a very ruthless individual.

Genma Saotome (Ranma 1/2)

Genma is the father of Ranma, and he started showing himself as a bad father when Ranma was a young child. He took Ranma on a decade-long training voyage to improve their martial arts skills, and he told his wife that if Ranma could not prove himself as a man after his training they would both perform seppuku. During their journey, Genma would constantly make deals with fathers of young girls for their daughter to be betrothed to Ranma in order to gain something he wanted, which was usually food. Genma also decided to teach Ranma “cat-fu” by throwing him into a pit full of cats after only reading one page of a training manual, and this caused Ranma to develop a lifelong fear of cats. And Genma is also the one who took them to the cursed springs at Jusenkyo even though he couldn’t read Chinese and didn’t pay attention to the tour guide.

Shou Tucker (Fullmetal Alchemist)

Shou is the Sewing-Life Alchemist who had supposedly produced a chimera capable of human speech. When Ed Elric and his brother, Al, go to see him to pore over his library of texts, they meet his daughter, Nina and their dog, Alexander. The Elric boys learn that Nina’s mother had left the family two years earlier, but it’s later revealed that this was a lie perpetuated by Shou. While Ed and Al are at Shou’s home, Shou is desperately trying to pass his yearly State Alchemist assessment since he hasn’t had a breakthrough since his chimera two years earlier. Shou becomes so desperate that he uses his alchemy to create another chimera by merging Nina and Alexander into one being. Ed then learns that Shou’s first chimera had been created by merging his wife with an animal. Ed becomes rightfully angry, and this incident plays an important role for Ed’s development as a character.

But Shou is an absolute jerk who only cares about himself and is willing to sacrifice his family in order to get what he wants. He easily makes the worst father list because he used his own young daughter as a test subject to create a lie just to keep his standing as a State Alchemist.

Sabato Rokudo (RIN-NE)

Sabato is the father of series protagonist, Rinne. Sabato is the head of the Damashigami Company, an illegal business where renegade shinigami steal the souls of people who are not yet ready to die. When Rinne was a child, he was sent to live with his grandparents, and Sabato would be seen sneaking into Rinne’s room to steal money from his son’s piggy bank. When he’s caught one day and Rinne says he’s saving money to see his mother, Sabato cheerfully informs his son that his mother is dead. Now that Rinne is older, Sabato takes out IOUs in Rinne’s name and burdens his son with a mountain of debt.

In the series, Sabato also tries to force Rinne to take over his company that is essentially in business to murder people, even though Rinne hates his father and has no interest. Sabato is a very greedy man, and has no scruples with doing whatever he wants to try to achieve his goals.

Charles zi Britannia (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)

He is the emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire and is the father of Lelouch. Charles fathered children with 108 consorts, and installed almost all of his offspring into important positions in the empire to see their true abilities. But he didn’t view his children as people much, although he did seem to care for a select few of them.

When Lelouch was 10 years old, he questioned his father and Charles disowned his son right then and there. As part of being disowned, Lelouch and his sister Nunnally were sent to Japan as political hostages. In the second season, we see Charles using his ability to rewrite memories on Lelouch.

This list represents my personal opinion, and it is not meant to be a definitive list. Are there any fathers that you believe have been overlooked? Let us know in the comments.

Nominees for the 46th Seiun Awards

The 54th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai) has revealed the list of nominees for the 46th Seiun Awards. The awards this year are separated into nine categories: Japanese Long Story, Japanese Short Story, Translated Long Story, Translated Short Story, Media, Comic, Art, Nonfiction, and a “Free” category. Each category has between 4-10 nominees. The nominees were chosen among works that were released between January 1 and December 31, 2014.

The attendees of “Comecon” in Yonago in Tottori prefecture will vote on the winners. The 54th Japan Science Fiction Convention will take place during the convention, and the staff will announce the winners on August 29, 2015.

The nominees of the Media and Comic categories include:

Media Category

  • Expelled from Paradise film
  • Space Dandy TV anime series
  • Interstellar film
  • Uchu Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune> (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark) film
  • Big Hero 6 film (called Baymax in Japan)
  • Kill la Kill TV anime series
  • Nazo no Tenkosei (Mysterious Transfer Student) television drama

Comic Category

  • Gainax, Khara, and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s Neon Genesis Evangelion (all 14 volumes)
  • Masayuki Ishikawa’s Moyashimon (all 13 volumes)
  • Kosuke Fujishima’s Oh My Goddess! (all 48 volumes)
  • Tamiki Wakaki’s The World God Only Knows (all 26 volumes)
  • Kazuhiro Fujita’s Moonlight Act (all 29 volumes)
  • Riichi Ueshiba’s Mysterious Girlfriend X (all 12 volumes)

Source: ANN

Weekly Evangelion Chronicle Magazine Is Returning for a Third Time

Publisher DeAgostini is relaunching the Weekly Evangelion Chronicle magazine for a 20th anniversary edition.

The magazine initially premiered in 2006 and ran for 30 issues, and it was revived as a “new and revised edition” in 2010 with a planned 40 issues, but ultimately went on to publish 50 issues. With this new revival, the plans is for the magazine to have 60 issues.

The first issue will ship with an exclusive binder, and two more binders will be sold as a set. When the magazine was revived in 2010 there were four planned binders, but this time there will be six. Subscribers will also receive a 30-magnet set in a paper frame.

Each new issue’s 32 all-color pages will be split into different sections, including some new sections: mechanic, character, timeline, storyboards, design, gallery, petit Eva (super-deformed characters), story file, tactics, installation (a guide to locales), technology, and extra.

Source: ANN

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: February 8-14, 2015

Here are the top 10 selling manga in the United States for the week of February 8-14, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 14 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
2. Assassination Classroom Volume 2 by Yusei Matsui
3. Unofficial Hatsune Mix by KEI
4. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
5. Sword Art Online: Progressive Volume 1 by Reki Kawahara and Kiseki Himura
6. Dragonar Academy Volume 5 by Shiki Mizuchi
7. Say, I Love You. Volume 6 by Kanae Hazuki
8. Akame ga KILL! Volume 1 by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro
9. Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game Volume 7 by QuinRose and Mamenosuke Fujimaru
10. Black Butler Volume 19 by Yana Toboso

Source: The New York Times

FUNimation Comments on the Status of Evangelion 3.33

FUNimation Entertainment has commented on the status of the release of Evangelion 3.33 in the FAQ section of their website.

The entry reads:

What is the status of the home video release of Evangelion 3.33?

We are working directly with the Japanese studio and the original creator on the upcoming Evangelion 3.33 home video release. This is a unique opportunity that presented itself to us, and since the plot for Evangelion 3.33 is so different from previous story lines, we are thrilled that the creator has asked to be so heavily involved in this project. Studio Khara has even decided that they would like to create their own special subtitle tracks for the release! We thank you for your continued patience as we work to confirm a release date. Please keep an eye on our social channels and our website for more updates!

Source: Crunchyroll

VIZ Media’s Top 10 Selling Digital Manga for the Week of November 25, 2014

VIZ Media has announced the company’s top ten selling manga for the week of November 25, 2014.

1. Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 14
2. Food Wars! Volume 4
3. Future Diary Volume 8
4. Bleach Volume 62
5. Kyo Kara MAOH! Volume 3
6. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 9
7. Trinity Blood Volume 10
8. Naruto Volume 67
9. Naruto Volume 1
10. One-Punch Man Volume 5