Japanese Title: エヴァンゲリヲン新 新劇場版:Q Quickening
Romaji: Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Kyu
Release Date: 17th November 2012 (Japan)
Running Time: N/A
Director: Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Mahiro Maeda
Writer: Hideaki Anno
Starring: Megumi Hayashibara, Megumi Ogata, Akira Ishida, Yuko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsuishi, Takehito Koyasu, Fumihiko Tachiki, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Motomu Kiyokawa, Hiro Yuuki, Miki Nagasawa, Maaya Sakamoto
Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of those anime series that marks everyone who watches it. This 90’s anime is smart, intelligent, imaginative, emotionally devastating and uplifting and visually stunning. It was a post-modern take on the mecha genre that combined mecha tropes with crazed religion, science and the twisted imagination and state of near depression of anime veteran Hideaki Anno.
It certainly marked me. I remember being glued to the television on Saturday mornings and being blown away. I remember being gripped all the way to the end and having my favourite characters. I remember the anger I felt when Asuka suffered her fate (as I mentioned in my anime heroines series last year) and welling up with emotions when the series came to the end and Shinji… well, I won’t spoil it. I was moved to tears and if you have yet to see the series, watch it because you will be too.
Then Anno claimed he was not happy with the way the series developed and released a number of films which tried to retell the ending of the show. I have yet to see them but from what I have heard I am glad I have not. Anyway, Evangelion has become quite the money spinner as numerous manga, action figures, models and other cash-ins like pachinko machines and gatchapon testament so it was inevitable that there would be new films on the classic franchise. This film is the third of four which, Anno claims, is how he originally envisioned Evangelion being if it had the time and budget to develop back when the TV show first aired. It looks stunning.