Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time Review – The End of the Eva Era

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The world Shinji, Asuka, and Rei knew has become an entirely different creation after the events of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. Time has passed and despite the chaos all around, humanity tries to survive as if everything’s normal. Shinji will need to overcome his inner demons, fear and pain to somehow reshape the world back to what he remembers. The final battle for humanity begins but what that battle will be is in the hands of several individuals with very different ideas of how to exist and what life really should be. Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time signifies the end of an era but will it truly be the grand finale the world expects?

The wait has finally come to an end! Die-hard Evangelion fans have prayed that the movie tetralogy they fell in love with would finally have a proper finale and after almost 10 years, their prayers have been answered. Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is here, folks—watchable via Amazon Prime—and we here at Honey’s Anime were all too ready to jump back into our skin-tight suits and re-enter the entry plugs of our favorite EVA units! Will this finale be worth the long wait or did the series we come to love end on a miserable note? Let us find out in our full review of Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time!!!

Reasons to Watch Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

They Grow Up So Fast…

Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time quickly shows that Shinji might still be on Earth but the Earth they remember has moved on without them. Various characters like Toji Suzuhara and Kensuke Aida have aged to adults and it creates a strange meta-thought process when you—the viewer—feel as if you have aged like Shinji’s friends but equally are still in love with this nearly 30-year-old franchise. All philosophical thoughts aside, Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time has changed our heroes in many ways and you see their growth happen as each major event passes. By the end of the film, Shinji has truly changed the most—which might finally make fans like him—and that is what makes this movie feel so impactful. The world moves on and like the Evengelion cast, so have we.

And Ending Worth Discussing

Fans of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion have always talked about the infamous finale and even we here at Honey’s Anime can’t deny that ending is noteworthy for being bizarre and silly. However, Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time's ending is anything but silly as it truly concludes the franchise unlike ever before. Shinji’s final battle results in a truly magnificent event—which changes everything—and it feels fitting that the series would go with this ending. Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time accomplishes what many anime fail to do, conclude the story in a way that is both meaningful and worthwhile.

Yet, despite how conclusive everything feels when the credits roll, Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time still makes you question whether it was the perfect way to wrap up everything or if there was another path that could have been taken. We’d love to have you otaku out there discuss with us in the comments below your thoughts on Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time as this ending might be straightforward but still leaves room for multiple theories and ideas to bear fruit.

Those Visuals Are Mind-Blowing

The Evangelion movies have shown that the franchise has come a long way from its original animation back in 1995. That being said, Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time somehow has surpassed the greatness of the last movie! The stunning amount of detail in not only the EVA designs and the action sequences—which this movie has plenty of—are stellar, to say the least. You can tell studio Khara spared no expense in making sure Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time looked comparable to most anime from this decade and we’re sure fans will agree. As far as a mecha movie goes, Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is easily one of the most magnificent creations that come to mind and that is saying something!

Incredible Mecha Action

Another Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time strength are the eye-opening mecha/sci-fi battles the finale brings with it. These epic matches are incredible and blend a nice retro feel with new-age animation! Watching these giant ships and mechs clash sent shivers down our spines and we doubt fans of Evangelion will be disappointed! Let us know in the comments what your favorite battle was from Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. Ours has to be the insanely animated team up with Asuka and Mari in Unit 2 and 8 as they face down tons of enemies in the literal air! These scenes are reminiscent of studio Trigger’s animation style and we absolutely loved every second!

Reasons to Skip Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

Don’t Expect That Summary to Help

The third entry of the tetralogy—Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo—released back in 2012 so you’d be forgiven if you forgot some key details here and there. Unfortunately, while Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time teases an intro that acts as a “recap” of the first three films, the quick summary we get is nothing more than images of various scenes and moments with some minor dialogue and name drops. We’d highly advise re-watching the movies before going into Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time as it will help understand many of the character developments you most likely forgot about.

Sulking Alert!!!

Despite how important the opening sequence is—as we learn how much has changed around the world and where everyone has gone/is—we noticed there’s quite a bit of sulking from the three children. As per usual, which will surprise no one who knows of Evangelion, Shinji spends almost an hour mute and barely moves. We understand why Shinji is in this state—he did watch Kaworu Nagisa literally lose his head via his collar and then sees Rei also die—but it kind of feels like they could have sped up this sulking event. Shinji is basically insulted, forced food and lies alone for the first hour of Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time and that wasn’t the best way to see him. Stupid Shinji…

Terminology Overload…Nothing New

Can we be brutally honest for just a moment? Neon Genesis Evangelion and the movies as well have always had a truly bad habit in the form of unleashing terminology left and right at the viewer. Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time doesn’t change that by unleashing even more jargon than ever before! There is such a multitude of new organizations, new terms, and even more characters that it can make it complicated to keep up with every small detail going on. Yes, you’ll understand the story and what is occurring—especially those who are aware of the world of Evangelion—but having a notepad nearby does help keep track of who is an enemy now, who is an ally, and what are the more important terms you’ll need to know later.

Taunting Fan Service

Silly as this might sound, Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is chock full of fan service that is always just a bit censored. Asuka Langley Souryuu and Mari are often shown almost nude or with little to no clothes and yet they never show anything, which is understandable given these character’s ages. Still, we won’t lie, our younger selves are blushing at the thoughts of seeing these ladies and their oppai almost visible to the world.

Final Thoughts

After 14 years, the end of Evangelion’s tetralogy movie series has finally come to an end and our hearts are still reeling from the myriad of emotions we’re feeling. What are your thoughts on Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time? Let us know via the comments below as we’d love to discuss this magnificent movie. Be sure to keep stuck to our Evangelion-loving hive here at Honey’s Anime for even more anime reviews, news, and articles! Now if you’ll excuse us, we need to re-watch this movie again.

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Author: Aaron

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