Watched it yesterday, dug through the BD, rewatched it, slept on it, rewatched it today.
Overall I loved it. I'm not bothered by the timeskip or other so called "ridiculousness"
I'm actually extremely happy to see them do things I wanted them to do long ago like applying Eva tech outside of Evas, especially using AT Field propulsion. It was kinda sorta there before, but it was never ABUSED like it should have been. It finally is
Wunder = awesome.
I have even crazier hopes but those are too crazy to be delivered on even in FINAL.
Kaworu wasn't as terrible as I expected. I never liked him in TV because he was only a plot device to give Shinji that final push into tumbling down. His treatment is better in Q. He still uses Shinji, but at least he's not actively forcing misery on him. He's actually shippable now.
Asuka's development being mostly put off for the next movie again isn't too bad because it promises to be very interesting. Mari needed more nyan~ and VR tea flavor selection.
My main complaint is with that bastard Anno. WHY MUST HE KEEP TORTURING Shinji SO MUCH? You've stabbed him in the heart and shit in the wound last time. Is it really too much to ask to go easier on the poor kid the 2nd time around? I don't necessarily mean a unicorn and rainbows happy end, but at least give him another chance at something other than complete misery and dispair.
It was also fascinating from the technical point of view. There's finally no more upscaley bits here and there. Everything is razor sharp and consistent. New aspect ratio was a surprise but it worked well. I'm glad they didn't just crop. The whole film was properly framed to the new AR and the trailers/TV airing are what's cropped. There's even more 3DCG than last time but it all works fine. They definitely perfected 2D and 3D integration, but at the same time all the key moments are still 2D. 1.0 and 2.0 still had a ton of obvious experimentation but they have it down now. I'd love to see what they can do with their tech once they're done with Eva.
I'm looking forward to FINAL. The preview is interesting but as we've seen before it will probably have little to do with what makes the final cut.
Now I just need for my physical copy to arrive to dig through the booklet. Extremely disappointed with amazon.co.jp. They screwed up the payment twice and still haven't shipped it, the first time ever in 7 years that I've shopped with them.
1.11 and 2.22 BD orders from them were fine and I recieved it pretty much as fast as Ornette recieved his from cdjapan this time around.