Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 is the prequel to the successful 2020 movie Evangelion: The Answer. It is written and directed by Hideaki Anno, and features the score by Keiichi Yamane. In comparison to The Answer, the film boasts a more action-packed plot and focuses more on character development than pure sci-fi. If you loved Evangelion: The Answer, chances are that you will also love Evangelion: 3.0+1.0.
"Eden's Children" is the name of the first segment of the movie, and centers on the organization formed by Eva from the planet Encephalon (also known as Epsilonia) and her twelve disciples, who travel back to planet Earth in order to save their father, who has become infected with a strange disease due to a virus outbreak on earth. While on their journey, the group comes across a giant asteroid that is headed towards earth, and a clash of good and evil forces is inevitable. Meanwhile, in the distant future, Eva becomes the leader of a group of youths who travel back to earth to seek out their father and enlist their aid in fighting the evil that threatens their world. The opening segment of the movie is quite exciting, as it slowly reveals the reasons for the mission, which are then made clear throughout the rest of the movie. This is the best-written segment of the movie.
The background story is told quite interestingly, using a combination of dream and reality to describe a futuristic setting. This helps make the movie more appealing to an audience and gives it more emotional value. The other half of the movie concerns the plot, and how the characters react to events. The Evangelion 3.0+1.5 movie fans will be more than impressed by the seamless transition from the previous two installments, where plot-driven material could have been monotonous, but since the story is told from the characters' point of view, the story is far more engrossing, and the pace can be kept steadily moving.
The plot of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upo revolves around Eva, and her relationship with the other Angels. The movie begins with an extended scene set in the depths of the Sydney Opera House, as the entire population of Australia is caught in the middle of a civil war. In this segment, we get to know more about the opposing sides, as well as the history of World War III. After the conflict has ended, Eva finds herself alone and is struggling to find her own way back home. She meets her old friend, Kajiima, and the two become friends.
With the help of Kajiima's experience, and the knowledge and information that he possesses, Eva manages to escape from the tower where she was being held prisoner and finds herself on Earth. This part of the movie is very thrilling to watch, especially when the original Japanese language is translated onto the screen for the first time ever. Unfortunately, things go awry pretty quickly once Eva makes her way into Tokyo, and the fighting is on. Thankfully, both Kajiima and Mari are there to lend their aid, and assist Eva in facing her enemies. The combination of the two is definitely potent, and they manage to turn the tide of the battle in Eva's favour when the time comes to face the Angel of Metalically Cruelty.
Overall, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Up is a decent film, not the greatest, but definitely a fun one. It's certainly worth your time to check it out if you haven't seen the original Evangelion movie. It doesn't have the same kind of hype as the other movie versions did, and most people probably find it to be a better film overall (and that's what matters). However, if you are a fan of Eva, you'll find this a fun and entertaining to watch, and probably something you want to see just once or twice.