Evangelion-3.0-Big-Rei Reel Anime 2013 is a film festival by Madman Entertainment that is taking place across Australia, see the website for further details and dates. A collection of great new anime will be showcased, but without a doubt Evangelion 3.0 is the main attraction, here is my review.

Hideaki Anno is still a genius. In the shows conception he was certified insane and tasked with the creation of the series which at the time acted as a coping mechanism. In hindsight this makes sense, considering the scope and ambitions of the ground breaking series, surely nobody sane could craft such an epic tale of psychosis, anguish and despair amidst action packed robot fighting.

The previous feature films Evangelion 1.0 and 2.0 retold the story and did so in a conventional yet off-kilter way. With enhanced visual and audio and a fluid take on the episodic story 1.0 ensured Evangelion was understood by newcomers and diehard fans alike.

2.0 then was the kicker, as it ventured into uncharted waters we became uncomfortable; the tension intensified and suddenly near the films conclusion a different beast both figurative and literal emerged. Fans, including myself, waited eagerly for the third component, wondering not only where the entirely new story will go, but how.

Thankfully Anno and team have destroyed all expectation, responding with an astoundingly depressing and far-flung film that sets its sights firmly on Shinji via an inventive radical transformation of everything the series has stood for.

Quite so in fact that any plot synopsis would spoil it. From the credits right through to the end, this blisteringly emotional and physical masterwork compounds all prior knowledge of the show and essentially obliterates it. We, like the protagonist are thrown into a situation of utter segregation, it hurts in a way, but it is essential to move this incredible tale forward, by the films end you will no doubt agree, although it may haunt you for some time.

The visual and audio remains incredible, this is definitely a cinematic experience and once again Shiro Sagisu has enhanced the soundtrack considerably. The seiyuu’s (voice actors) bring their A-game with some of the most heart wrenching and deeply felt voice work I have heard in a long time.

Of course it is not over, with Q around the corner this jaw dropping ride still has many miles to go before we reach our inevitable conclusion, but for the time being this is mandatory viewing for fans of the series.

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Kwenton Bellette - follow Kwenton on Twitter here: @Kwenton