With the pandemic in the middle, ‘Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time’ did not get rid of complications during its production or calendar changes and it was finally released in Japan in 2021. Of course, the delays came from before, with numerous changes in the script and in the focus of the film… Because let’s see, Closing ‘Rebuild of Evangelion’ with all the expectations that came behind it was not an easy task.
Since we said goodbye to ‘Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo’, fans spent almost ten years biting their nails to see what would happen with shinji And with this new version of the anime, and in Spain we can finally see the massive outcome on the big screen.
This is the good
It can be seen through Prime Video, but a few months ago select vision gave us a confirmed joy that he would bring ‘Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time’ to theaters. Although the first film of ‘Rebuild of EvangelionAt the time it seemed like a remake of the original series in film format, the tetralogy quickly took other paths to change much of the story and continuity as we knew it.
So after the inclusion of new characters, time jumps, new organizations and new Evas… we finally arrived at ‘Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time‘ to say goodbye in style and with our hearts in our hands.
Although time has passed for us, the plot starts practically in half a beef right where the previous film left us. If we had questions about what has happened to humanity during these years, we finally have a good bag of answers with a charming first third that recovers that feeling of costumbrismo and from day to day leisurely that leaves you wanting the characters to live that life forever.
And if it seems that these sequences do not lead to anything… Patience, because the little seeds of goodness and hope It is just what we need to get to what Hideaki Anno wants to tell us.
Although we have our doses of introspection, ‘Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time’ cannot forget the action or the main conflict and we quickly return to the chicha. year wants to say goodbye to ‘Evangelion’, and do it right, so the film gradually takes charge of closing the threads that had been planted throughout the previous films and also of giving us the definitive confrontation that we have been waiting for since the original series.
Now, even though the film lasts up to 155 minutes, it has a spectacularly good rhythm that neither weighs down nor bores. Honestly there are times when it becomes 200% Evangelion and all you can do is turn off the rational part of your brain and just accept things as they come without trying to understand what you’re seeing, but even in those moments it doesn’t falter. altogether.
‘Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time’ is massive, with spectacular animation that marvelously blends its traditional and CGI style. Each film in the tetralogy has been raising the bar, and of course the last film leaves us with some of the most impressive scenes in the entire franchise and it is worth seeing them on the big screen.
It is a very satisfying film, although it is also bittersweet because logically it leaves you with a feeling of melancholy and great closure. Because first of all, ‘Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time’ is a sentimental and emotional filmsomething that has always been maintained since the beginning of anime, and that is not ashamed of it or of showing how both its characters and its creators have matured.
It is not the closure that we perhaps wanted, but it is the one that we needed
The entire saga is filled with hopelessness and anxiety, but in ‘Evangelion: 3.0+1.0’ we all finally start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Because part of this maturity that all the characters have reached, and especially Shinji, revolves around hope and being able to accept that they deserve to be happy and lead a better life.
Yes, we have action, and frantic confrontations between wicks, sacrifices, doses of fanservice, heart-stopping animation… But above all, this ending for ‘Evangelion’ is a film about the importance of kindness and how our actions are reflected on others in a much bigger cycle than we imagine. And yes, also about the importance of knowing how to keep moving forward.
Perhaps it is not the closure that many expected, but it is a brilliant resolution, emotional and full of hope and kindness. Right now it is not possible to say very well what awaits the anime franchise in the future, because obviously and unfortunately ‘Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time’ He doesn’t give us the answers to everything and he still leaves many gaps to be filled in the history of his world.
But if this is the farewell forever, it is an honest goodbye and in style.