November 17, 2022 in Japan marks ten years since the film’s theatrical release Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. The film had the second highest weekend gross of 2012 in Japan, with 1.1 billion yen. Furthermore, the film subsequently grossed the equivalent of over 6 billion yen at the box office.
It was produced and co-distributed by Studio Khara and released in Japanese theaters on November 17, 2012. It was written and directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki Y Hideaki Annothe latter being the writer and director of the original series Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was followed by the last film in the tetralogy, titled Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Timewhich was released in 2021. On the other hand, the musical theme “sakura nagashi” was interpreted by the singer Hikaru Utadawho had already written the songs for the two previous films.
American critical reception of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo it was considerably more negative than that of the two previous installments. In Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a critical score of 20% with an average score of 5.00/10. In Metacriticthe film has an average score of 45 based on 4 reviews, indicating “mixed or average reviews.”
An analysis written by Ard Vijn for screen anarchy presents an assessment from the perspective of a fan of the original series, or an “Evangelion veteran.” In particular, the criticism of him largely coincides with the other voices, although it focuses more on a serious dissatisfaction with the perceived unsatisfactory evolution of the original characters – “The people you knew have now changed, says three sentences and leaves“- and the new characters are described as “cific at best“. In addition, he expresses his frustration at the lack of interest, since considers the film’s conclusion, another cataclysm, emotionally ineffective, as nearly all of humanity and the world appear to have been destroyed.
Synopsis for Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
Fourteen years after Third Impact, Earth is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, human civilization is in ruins, and the people Shinji Ikari meets are nearly unrecognizable. Trapped in Evangelion Unit-01, he is retrieved from space by Asuka Langley Shikinami and Mari Illustrious Makinami, only to find himself a prisoner of WILLE, a military faction led by his former tutor Misato Katsuragi. Cold and bitter, his former allies view him with suspicion and refuse to stand by him as he bears the consequences of his actions.
An injured and confused Shinji is rescued from WILLE by Rei Ayanami and returned to NERV headquarters. There he meets the enigmatic Kaworu Nagisa, with whom he befriends and offers him insight into the state of NERV’s war with the Angels. But Shinji and Kaworu’s brief respite comes on the eve of a new battle, in which Shinji discovers that his enemies are no longer Angels, but former comrades. In this bitter showdown to determine the future of the world, Shinji will learn firsthand that the past cannot be undone.
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