Rebuild of Evangelion: Hideaki Anno’s statement about the movie

Rebuild of Evangelion (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版, Evangerion Shin Gekijōban?, lit. “Evangelion New Theatrical Version”) is a tetralogy of animated films which are a remake/re-imagining of the original anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. It is being produced by Studio Khara in partnership with Gainax. Hideaki Anno wrote the first movie and will be the general director and manager for the entire project.

– via Wikipedia

Evangelion is my definitive anime, I like every single part of it, so you can imagine how happy am I waiting for the newcoming episode: You can (not) advance, as said posts before.
A couple of trailers have been released for the second movie of the tetralogy and the movie itself has been aired on June 26th in Japan.

This new saga, this new conception, is the final -therefore- the original way Hideaki Anno intended the whole serie. I had the chanche to buy one of the limited edition of Evangelion 1:01 You are (not) alone and have to say the graphic enforcement is magnificent.
Behind the human torments and pains shown in big quantity, the astonishment flies directly to the better quality of the images thanks to the new 3D CG and of the sound.
The shapes and the colors used for the Multifunctional Humanoid Machines Evangelion are incredibly vivid. Except for the great reverentialism, a Japanese fabric mark, and politeness, the movie makes more clear the dicotomy of human pains (all generated by single shape containing human bodies) and the relief of all those pain (generated by the release of the individual forms, all melting together, loosing identities); it also focuses on the difficult relationships in younger years.
The deceptively straightforward love/hate relationship of Shinji with Asuka and Rei reveals it all.

Evangelion 2:0 You can (not) avance

What’s new so far?
Plenty of things, starting from the appearance (in the second movie) of a new female character that will have an important role in the EVA saga: Mari Illustrious Makinami, designed pilot of Evangelion Provisional Unit 05.
You may note the plugsuite is different from the others, in shapes and tones.

Mari Illustrious Makinami

Asuka‘s surname has a change from Soryu to Shikinami; many of you, otaku out there, will surely know about the Japanese Maritime Vessels names: the Ayanami Class Destroyer force can count on the Ayanami Vessel (commissioned Feb 12, 1958 and decommissioned Dec 25, 1986) and on the Shikinami Vessel (commissioned Mar 15, 1958 and decommissioned Jul 1, 1987).

Asuka Soryu Shikinami Langley

Also, SEELE‘s logo has been redesigned to reflect a kind of ancientness and regality it has to be; you can see how the angled design left space to a more soft and curvy lineage.
And look at the colors: the first SEELE logo was kinda psychedelic, it resumed all the nefandous and hidden and mind-gaming actions the Organitazion carries on. This new logo reveals all the Greek ancientenaries that tie together the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Instrumentality Project.

Evangelion: SEELE logo comparison

Lilith Mask has changed.
The old mask was so SEELE-ish and left no doubt of the organization hand over the control of the Second Angel; while the power of life and death lies in the hand of NERV, in the Terminal Dogma, where Lilith rests with the Lance of Longinus on her chest (a bit lifted, sign of maternity for the all mankind/lilims).
NERV has to defend Lilith and the second mask is close to anonymousity, more appropriated I think.

Evangelion Lilith Masks comparison

Evangelion Lilith suspended on the cross

Finally, I’d like to repost Hideaki Anno’s Statement on this new conception of the story of Evangelion:

Many different desires are motivating us to create the new “Evangelion” film.

The desire to portray my sincere feelings on film.
The desire to share, with an audience, the embodiment of image, the diversity of expressions, and the detailed portrayal of emotions that animation offers.
The desire to connect today’s exhausted Japanese animation [industry] to the future.
The desire to fight the continuing trend of stagnation in anime.
The desire to support the strength of heart that exists in the world.

Finally, the desire to have these wishes be realized.

For these purposes, we used the best methods available to us to make another Evangelion film.
Many times we wondered, “It’s a title that’s more than 10 years old. Why now?”
“Eva is too old”, we felt.
However, over the past 12 years, there has been no anime newer than Eva.

Specifically, among the stagnant mood of the present day, it is the portrayal of will – not technology – that is most important.
To support the fans that support animation, we felt that a work that would appeal to middle and high school-aged men, who quickly grow away from Anime, was necessary.
When we decided that we wanted to something to support the anime [industry] of today, the determination to return to this title was strong.

As the creator of this project, [I assure you that] a very new-feeling Evangelion world has been constructed.
For this purpose, we are not returning to our roots at Gainax. I have set up a production company and studio, and it is in this new setting that we will start again.
Without looking back, without admiration for the circumstances, we aim to walk towards the future.
Thankfully, we have gathered staff from the old series, new staff, and many other fantastic staff to work on this series.
We realize that we are creating something that will be better than the last series.

”Eva” is a story that repeats.
It is a story where the main character witnesses many horrors with his own eyes, but still tries to stand up again.
It is a story of will; a story of moving forward, if only just a little.
It is a story of fear, where someone who must face indefinite solitude fears reaching out to others, but still wants to try.
We hope that you look forward to the 4 new retellings of this story.

In closing, it is also our job to provide a service to our customers.
Although it seems obvious, we aim to create a form of entertainment that anyone can look forward to; one that people who have never seen Evangelion can easily adjust to, one that can engage audiences as a movie for theatres, and one that produces a new understanding of the world.

This fall, we hope you can join us.

Creator/General Director, Anno Hideaki

While waiting for the third movie, “Evangelion 3.0 – Quickening” you may have a look at the bootleg trailer:

Evangelion 01 Test Type image credit: aquadrop on deviantART

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