Following NERV's failed attempt to retrieve the Spears of Longinus and carry out the Human Instrumentality Project, the destruction caused by the Fourth Impact has been largely averted. In a state of disarray, Shinji Ikari, Asuka Langley Shikinami, and Rei Ayanami travel to Village 3—a survivor settlement free from Earth's ruination. There, Shinji slowly comes to terms with his past, developing an entirely different life from his days as an Evangelion pilot.
Meanwhile, NERV makes preparations to continue the Instrumentality Project by means of a new Impact. When WILLE's main aerial battleship arrives at the village, Shinji decides to board, believing that he can help by piloting an Evangelion. As new secrets are uncovered and a battle between WILLE and NERV approaches, the future of Earth hangs in the balance. Can Shinji save humanity and the rest of the world one last time?
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time – Into the Heart of Anime’s Apotheosis
Ever wondered what it would be like to feel utterly captivated, emotionally stirred, and philosophically deliberated, all in the course of an anime? Well, ladies and gentlemen, your search ends with Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, the final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion film series.
This epic masterpiece rebuilds not just the world of Evangelion, but entirely reshapes the narrative we knew from the original; adding multiple new characters while also developing further the ones we do know. The film starts fourteen years after the nearly apocalyptic events of the previous film where our protagonist Shinji Ikari finds himself engaged in a combat on an unimaginably grand stage, against both external threats and his internal demons.
Review: Evangelion Transcends Once Again
In terms of animation and visuals, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is a sight to behold, for it beautifully blends 2D animation with CG that only adds to the nostalgic essence of the 90s series while pushing the boundaries of modern day animation. The choreographed combat sequences, the character design, the grandeur of colossal Evas looming over war steered landscapes – all are exemplary!
Hideaki Anno, the creator, has a way of taking the audience through a journey of monumental emotional ups and downs. There’s something astutely profound about the way Evangelion manipulates heartache, triumph, despair and hope. Be it about dealing with abandonment, loss, or exploring the essence of human emotions, Evangelion delivers with a strength that leaves a lasting impact long after the credits start rolling.
What makes this installment even worthier is its soundtrack, the notes twinning with each scene’s emotion, reinforcing the overarching melancholy, reaffirming happiness, or amplifying tension – the music of Evangelion becomes a character unto itself, creating a powerful atmospheric resonance.
To stream, rent, or buy? How about all?! Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is not a one-time watch. It is an experience that deepens with every viewing. For any Evangelion fan, there is no question, it is an addition you absolutely need for your collection. For the anime-curious out there deciding whether to step into this universe, be warned, it’s not a simple wade in the stream. This is a plunge into the ocean.
So go ahead, delve deep into the riveting, emotional, philosophical journey that is Evangelion. Miss at your own risk. Because this isn’t just anime, this is Evangelion, and as fans say, nothing can really be like Evangelion.
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