Neon Genesis Evangelion ReloadedSeptember 9, 2006
It appears that Gainax is producing four new Neon Genesis Evangelion Movies with the first one airing summer 2007. Time will tell if they are good or bad, but at least this is a good opportunity to toss out some Eva pics.
The first movie will be a prequel to the series, the second one plays somewhere in the middle of the series, the third one is a sequel and the fourth will be a “final” movie, whatever that means. The whole project has the title “Evangelion Shin Gekijou Ban” and it will be more of a re-creation than a re-make. Hideaki Anno will write the scenario for the first movie and will be at least included in the production of the three other films. The cover of Newtype features a Rei Ayanami showing signs of emotion *gasp* and Kaworu.
Well, I have mixed feelings about this. Of course I am happy that one of the first animes I’ve watched and enjoyed will go in another round. Neon Genesis Evangelion is probably the anime that moved and involved me the most. You could say it’s legendary and that’s the problem I face. Star Wars for example is also legendary and one of the prime reason I’m strongly into Si-Fi, but the three new films are, well, crap. I don’t think Georg Lucas deliberately tried to demote his own movies but he did so (Midi-chlorians?!? What the heck!?!). Can there be some satisfying answers at all to the questions that the NGE series and movies left open? Do we need even more questions? Maybe Gainax will do better than Lucas, but maybe they won’t. After all Death & Rebirth and The End of Evangelion were not as good as the series (personal opinion).
What might be the story of the first movie? It will be a prequel so it is likely to feature the second impact. Otherwise it might be about the formation of Gehirn, Nerv and Seele (boring!), about Asuka before she came back to Japan, the relationship between Misato, Kaji & Ritsuko and the one between Gendou & Yui (maybe not so boring) and why the heck Shinji sees Rei when he’s on the telephone at the beginning of first episode.
The second movie will be mid-series. First thing I can think of is the Girlfriend of Steel or the 1st and 2nd Impression video game. Well, Mana is cute so I wouldn’t mind. Beside this I think Gainax can build up something new. Some comedy won’t hurt I think (I’d like to see an alternative NGE made as harem comedy anyway).
The third movie will be a sequel. Hard to imaging that it will be solely about Shinji and Asuka building up humankind again.
Maybe the other characters appear one after another as time goes by, maybe everything is again downright different than the ending(s) we know of, maybe its only about a featureless plane where everybody is clapping all the time.
The final movie? I have no clue.