Going by 2.0 CRC's Anno is calling all the final shots. There's larger influence from others because that's his choice too, not because he doesn't care.
Remember Anno said that if he was left to his own devices and the same cast Rebuild could not help going down the road original series did. This is why Mari unlike rest of Eva cast was not based on Anno himself at all and why he trusted on Tsurumaki etc. to define her initial character.
Eva is still his baby and pride and as such he has final word on everything. I think CRC interviews made that fairly clear: he's like Gendo sitting on head of the table checking out what his underlings are planning and discussing but in the end he has the final word on it all.
In original NGE the staff discussions, other writers, storyboarders etc. would have their influence on what ended up on screen but as a final touch Anno would always go through on his own one more time through the script. Director of series always checks out the storyboards by episode directors and does whatever alterations he wants but this sort of final minute callback of script after staff discussion of it is pretty rare.
As far as interview material about Rebuild can be trusted Anno is doing the same, only this time he gives more room for others. Which is, funnily enough, still a creative choice
that can be traced back to him as as going full Kubrick micromanager would be.
There's old saying about film and success: if film is success the gratitude and merit goes to whole staff and cast. If film is a failure it is director who assumes the full responsibility.
NME is no exception to this anymore than original NGE was (this is why Anno shaved his head after EoTV - not because he thought ending was bad but because that was his way to carry the responsibility for not living up for what staff and viewers wanted and expected - even if the typical GAINAX production breakdown was fault of staff in general)
Boring, worthless sour graping for the most part that has gone on since 2.0 - I mean seriously, people still bitching about Vatican Treaty like it is the wost fucking thing ever? Complaining about it being plot device? Dude(s), half of the things in Eva are nothing more. If one takes the "it's a plot device" angle seriously enough you can run pretty much any series to ground with it, including original Eva. Touji being pilot of Eva-03 was a plot device to begin with
that - strictly speaking - goes against odds.
Out of all complaints one could throw at 2.0 I don't get why it's the most retarded ones people (mostly) keep bringing up. Most viewers of Ha were clearly happy with it as it was but the (astonishingly vocal, then again this is Eva) minority hater squad has acted like a bereaved widow for years and tearing apart everything about the film for reasons that tend to fall under latter in range from "understandable" to "buttmad as if Anno had just molested your daughter". There is not liking a film and finding things to criticize about it and then there's the RUINED FOREVER THAT IS STUPID THIS IS STUPID TOO EVERYTHING IS STUPID emotional meltdown which is what I usually get to witness. Criticize character animation as not as smooth and, uhh, cinematic as often in film projects (eg. Okiura's Letter to Momo for recent example of painfully detailed "character acting" through animation)? Okay, fine, I can understand that. Spam bullshit on /a/ about Rebuild having "shit animation"? Yeah, go cock a pistol in your mouth or alternatively get some perspective not so deeply coloured by feelings of emotional betrayal.
Well, I have no interest in assessin fan butthurt about film I haven't seen yet more than that but some of the complaints about 2.0 are either so pants on heads retarded or based on audience expectations film had no intent or need to address getting those brought up in the same context as 3.0 just deepens my impressions of sour graping like only fans can.
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I'll keep for myself what I think about wall of text analyses of a film which we still haven't even watched.
If you're going to criticize people for discussing and speculating on film not yet seen don't be a hypocrite about it and leave the subforum