Vegeta 20XX wrote:>anti-Shikinami
Inconsistency kills, man.
I would be more apt to say that 2.x was pandering to fans in general - while there is a much greater amount of Rei-centrism and Asuka's Zeruel battle got thrown on Mari (really, what DOES she ultimately do, anyway? Make Unit-02 go cat mode?), the ultimate focus is on Shinji and that Anno definitely kept fans' most frequent criticisms of Shinji in mind - things are looking up, Rei's planning some things, there's some romantic drama, Gendo's gonna freaking sit down to eat with his son, Shinji actually saves Rei (or at least so we are led to believe) - 2.x basically corrects what most people perceive as irredeemable flaws in Shinji's character that many (including a number of people I've personally introduced to Neon Genesis Evangelion) would otherwise reject the series outright for.
3.x seems like a logical progression - it's a far more drastic interpretation of NGE's classic second-half atmospheric decline, but a lot of it is that it's TOO drastic (I will admit, I would've like to have seen something about the events of the time skip).
It's all for the sake to stone the stupid expectations of its arrogant fans to death. People have forgoten what Eva essentially is, that it reminds you, that you don't respect and appreciate Animes and other People as you should, that you don't confront the problems and instead ignore them.
In the end, its only about what you deserve from what you've done and that it should just end no matter how it 'll be.
It was for me with NGE, it won't be different with Rebuild when it ends.