There has been a lot of talk recently about the new Rebuild of Evangelion
movies actually being a sequel to the original Eva series
. Now I know most of you are probably shaking your heads right now or throwing your keyboard, but I think I should take a stab at this since I doubt the Mythbusters will ever tackle this issue. Can the Rebuild of Evangelion really be a remake? Short answer, yes.
How could Rebuild be a sequel if the story is similar to the original anime? Didn’t they originally say this was just going to be a remake of the first series? These are probably some of the questions that are floating through your head right now, let me try to answer them, but remember this is just a theory. The Rebuild of Evangelion is both a remake and a sequel at the same time. As we already know, the Remake and the original series are not exactly the same, in fact they are quickly diverging into their own stories.
At the end of the film, End of Evangelion
, we are pretty much clueless on what exactly happened to our protagonists. The world appears completely destroyed, the oceans are made of blood, and Shinji
is left alone with Asuka
. However, what we do know is that Shinji stopped the Human Instrumentality Project
from completing. What if all those people who turned into tang came back to life? What if what Shinji truly wanted was to restart the story from the beginning and try it all over again? Or what if the world of Eva runs in cycles, and will not be completed unless certain things happen, aka. Groundhog Day?
Why I’m asking these questions is because the world in the Rebuild films appears to be the same world at the End of Evangelion. For one a good portion of the oceans are made of blood, as we see in the End of Evangelion. The moon has a giant red stain across it, which is very similar to the ring of blood in the sky created by the giant Rei in the End of Evangelion. And other different things that make the world appear to have been used before.
Some of the biggest evidence is that Kaworu
himself states “The promised time has come, Ikari Shinji-kun. This time I will, at least, make you happy.” If this where truly a remake, then how could he say “this time”? We all know that last time they met Kaworu did not “leave” on good terms with Shinji. Perhaps Kaworu himself is the only person in this story that knows this is just a cycle.
I really hope this ends up truly being a sequel, and not just a fan wankering hypothesis. Maybe this will become more evident in the coming films, or maybe it will be one of those things that is never outright stated, but true for those who look into it deeper. Regardless, this is exactly what I want from an Evangelion story, something to continue to think about after I finish watching the film; this is why I love Eva.