EVAN­GE­LION 3.33 Re­turn of the wuss

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! 2012 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD

Di­rec­tor Hideaki Anno

Cast Megumi Ogata, Akira Ishida,

Yuko Miya­mura, Megumi Hayashibara

Anime fans have waited a long time for this new cin­e­matic it­er­a­tion of Evan­ge­lion. Orig­i­nat­ing in the ’ 90s, Eva is kind of Pa­cific Rim meets Watch­men, with gi­ant ro­bots and man­i­cally neu­rotic char­ac­ters. New­bies cer­tainly shouldn’t start here – the two ear­lier films re­booted the story.

This time round, the long- suf­fer­ing Shinji awakes 14 years af­ter the last episode, to find his for­mer friends hat­ing him – not sur­pris­ing, as he ap­pears to have re­duced the world to a crim­son ruin. Af­ter wit­ness­ing warfare on a fly­ing bat­tle­ship, Shinji is “res­cued” by his supremely sin­is­ter father, then in­tro­duced to a youth who seems mys­te­ri­ously in love with him. Eva fans will recog­nise this stranger as Ka­woru, a piv­otal fig­ure in the fran­chise.

Af­ter the mas­sively ex­u­ber­ant Evan­ge­lion 2. 22, this se­quel is jar­ringly down­beat. It may also an­noy view­ers sick of Shinji be­ing whiny, mis­er­able and hope­less ( his de­fault set­ting for much of Eva), and for the lack of an­swers to plot mys­ter­ies ( which is, again, typ­i­cal). Yet it’s sump­tu­ously made and works well as a trau­matic head- trip through the ru­ins of a psy­che that was bro­ken from the start.

Ex­tras Brief promo ma­te­rial. An­drew Os­mond

Anno isn’t hur­ry­ing to make the fourth film – he’s now co- di­rect­ing the next Ja­panese Godzilla film in­stead.

Harry’s new “per­son plant” was ace.

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