Directed by: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno
Starring: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi
So they recently decided to remake the well-known anime series Evangelion as four films, of which they’ve finished two. I saw the series at some point, but I thought the plot was nonsensical and was hoping that trimming the thing down into individual films would help clear things up. Not so much.
A kid named Shinji is called upon to pilot one of the giant robots that the futuristic city Tokyo III uses to fight off huge monsters called “angels”. They do this because it’s Japan and that just makes sense to them, I guess. Shinji is a little whiner who doesn’t fit in well with the other kids, and he’s suddenly forced to deal with having to talk to people, which is much more of a conflict for him than this whole driving a giant robot and saving the world thing.
Oh yeah, that’s the other issue with Evangelion; the main character is one of the least likable characters imaginable. He’s a whiny little shit who cries instead of ever trying to have any kind of growth or character development. Throughout the course of the series the only advancement he makes are exterior, he beats the bad guys, he finds out the mystery, etc, he never changes as a character at all. To be a little more encompassing than I probably should be, this is a problem with a lot of characters in anime, and I think it’s mostly because they all try to develop those properties in a way that they can just keep running forever.