Heh I blame everyone who popularized deconstructions of beloved concepts. Yeah that includes your lord and savior Anno :P
First of all, Anno deconstructs genres
, not intellectual properties. He didn't do a gritty reboot of Gundam, he just built his own IP from the ground up and used it to deconstruct the entire mecha/kaiju genre.
Second, Eva's colors are the brightest and most vivid of any post-apocalyptic show of movie I've seen to date. Every square inch of every surviving piece of original film strip/digital master of Eva, from the OP before Angel Attacks
to Eva Q
, is brimming over with bold colors and bright chromic contrasts. No washed-out colors there.
Third, anytime Anno adapts a pre-existing IP, he more or less keeps the original tone
and doesn't provide an overabundance of extra angst
. (At least, not any that doesn't already exist in the original work
And finally, deconstructions of concepts aren't always grim or gritty
. The best ones usually aren't
Mono-tone muted colors and cry-baby storylines aren't the sole trademarks of a deconstruction, it's just the modern Hollywood's half-considered abuse of digital color-grading technology and meager attempts at the mere appearance of importance. That's the true issue with storytelling in these quick cash grabs, whether it be Ghostbusters 2016 or Suicide Squad. I don't care if a narrative is a deconstruction or a celebration of anything; just so long as it's sincere, its worth watching.EDIT:
Also, why is this point being made in a GitS thread? EVERY rendition of that has had gritty elements to it, even the considerably more fun to read manga. Hollywood's GitS has nothing to do with a deconstruction of an original IP, it's just Hollywood forgetting what it is that GitS is actually about. Filmmakers have to be knowledgeable in any given IP before they can even accidentally deconstruct it, and it's clear that the American GitS didn't even do that little.