Simply reaching in there and getting some is a good initiation, though having Shinji go through two whole films warming up to Rei with food and conversation helps as well.
Reckoner wrote:If Anno is creating a story so detached from the original beyond superficial elements that it's hardly recognizable, I see no point in revistiing the story. Reimagining gains meaning when you present the same setting and characters, and reach a different conclusion. What we have here is pretty much the same setting, but DIFFERENT characters reaching a very different conclusion. I just don't see the point. He should just make something new.
You say that as if 1.11 wasn't shot-for-shot exactly the first 6 episodes of the TV series. The only character that's different is Shikinami, and the only character that's new is Mari. The rest of the cast just seem to be reacting differently is all.
A good research film into using the same characters to reach a different conclusion is Run Lola Run, where the movie re-tells the same events three different ways to reach three different conclusions.
I don't know if it's fair to say that a director should never tell a different story with the same characters. Cecil B. DeMille, considered one of the greatest directors of all time, did tremendously well with his film The Ten Commandments, which was a remake of his own silent film. In fact, the remake is even considered the definitive version of the film. And there are a lot of changes between the two films, other than just the use of sound and different cast. I guess some can call foul that the original is mostly unheard of by those outside of the film community (or outside of those who are just fans of the TTC films). But hey! It's Cecil's movie. And he can do what he wants with it, and people will still judge him fairly based on the merit of the individual films, and not based on the integration of the two films.
I think we can give Anno that same luxury, don't you think?