I watched 2.0, and although I had everything I wanted to post in the head, I'm blank now. So, let's gonna see what I remember.
Starting this off, yeah, 2.0 is totally a new story, different from the series.
Shinji, well… he's not that beta now, and he's not that depressive. It's like they wanted to make him a bit more… stable. I miss the old Shinji, along the psychoanalysis scenes in the original series.
Also Rei seems to have emotions earlier, like… they want she to be more human-ish. Although I didn't disliked this, I think the old Rei, inside that uncanney valley, was much more intense and, you know, 'catchy'. Like, she hadn't a lot of emotions but she was really interesting, due to her strange nature; and then, in the end, when she finally gained some feels… she just dies, making that fucking scene so goddamn sad
. In the movie I felt it was different, like they wanted to make her more of a romantic character, specially with the final scene when Shinji just 'LOL let's do 3rd impact because Imma save u'
. Dunno, they wanted her more human-like, and while I don't disliked it, I really preffer the original one there. Even so, I have to say it was an awesome move that I didn't expect.
And about Asuka: she is not so annoying now. Also it got me since She's not in love with Kaji, like in the series. That was something that really marked it, but, again, as this is not a copy of the series, and she had a different… "end"
Well, although the psychoanalysis wasn't here, it had the most epic battles, as I expected. The improves were really great, lovely.
Conclusion: Nice story, new things, and, though I really loved the series and I preffer them a bit more, I have to say this new version is really good and gets to that level. I have to say that the new characters weren't as good as in the oldies, but this is not the same story, hance those changes apply to this new version, and they're not bad.
I really liked the movie.
And here comes the thing I was more afraid of: 3.33
While I heard 1.11 and 2.0 weren't bad, and opinions varied a lot, I heard 3.33 was the thing that 'ruined' the rebuild. From what I've read, things go from 'Characters are now a bunch of autistic people with really stupid dialoges', to 'cheap fanservise sausage kawoshin festival'.
But, fucking Anno, that end in 2.0 made me want to see more. And I'm afraid I may not like what comes. I'll judge from what I see.
So, as far: If you liked the series, and from my opinion, 1.11 doesn't vary a lot from the original episodes, but 2.0 is a totally different way NGE has taken (as was already stated in this thread before). Both are enjoyables, and the new changes are most of time good. Sometimes I missed the old graphics, but, whatever.
Also, some of the new scenes were REALLY cruel and cool As-…
, and, if you haven't seen them yet, they will get you coax'd, because you can't expect anything. You can guess, but some things will really impress you.
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