The Dragon Mask wrote: it's clear from the background materials it covers several things they would have shown had they had the time or budget.
My hunch is that Ep 25 would've covered the events of Ep 25' (except probably without the hospital scene, since I assume TV anime has more restrictions on what can be shown), while Ep 26 would've been a fusion of the existing Eps 25 and 26 instead of anything resembling EoE's Instrumentality. What background materials are you talking about? The only pre-production material I'm aware of is the NGE proposal, and that one has a pretty wildly different finale where North America gets destroyed by 100 angels that come down from the moon... or something like that.
The Dragon Mask wrote:I also wonder just how things would be different if Q had been just 3+Final, even if it had the runtime of 3.0+1.0, it still would ultimately probably be less satisfying than what we will end up with pretty soon.
I agree. Much like how EoTV's lack of production time eventually yielded EoE, which is way longer and higher-budget than its hypothetical made-for-TV counterpart would've been, it's better to wait for a superior product (even if it takes an ungodly long time, lol) than to have a cut-down version rushed for an earlier release. After all, the wait is temporary - whatever they release is forever (...at least until they decide to make 3.33 + 1.11 ).