Sailor Star Dust wrote:I Accidentally Dracula: The Bardiel and Zeruel battles are nonsensical? Just because it took a different route from the series? Looking at 2.0 just as a continuation from 1.0, I see no problem whatsoever with how things are progressing, although it does seem Gainax*Khara expect viewers to be familiar with the series first.
It's really not such a bad thing the characters we know (save Mari) seem to be more open this time around in Rebuild, it is a separate canon from the series after all.
Not just because it was different. If it had been executed correctly, it may have worked.
However, the Vatican Treaty is not sensible, so the entire context of the Rebuild Bardiel battle is forcibly contrived at best. The particular route Rebuild takes for Zeruel battle is determined by Asuka not being there (for reasons already steering the event into WTF territory), Mari's so far completely unexplained abilities, and Shinji-Lagann.
Sailor Star Dust wrote:HOWEVER I don't think that means he doesn't know WTF he's doing with Rebuild (sounds more like Anno being Anno with his wacky statements.), so I'm with you on that.
The second half of 2.0 is basically composed of a series of nonsensical events and Gainax in-jokes that ruin 2.0 as an independent middle chapter, much less properly foreshadow anything for the final story arc. It's similar to if Two Towers had ended with Sam turning into an Orc that Frodo was forced to kill for no sensible reason, and Gollum suddenly whipping out a second One Ring that had all of the super powers of the first One Ring but no explanation or backstory whatsoever before that scene. All signs point to Anno having absolutely no idea what he wants at this point.
Sailor Star Dust wrote:I Accidentally Dracula: I get what you're saying now (though I don't necessarily agree with some of it), but it's possible that at least SOME of the weirdness in 2.0--the Zer battle especially--will be (partly) explained in 3.0. If not, then...