Awesome: Rebuild of Evangelion
Keep in mind that many of the original moments of awesome of the original series are kept, especially in 1.0. For those, see the original series page
1.0: You Are (Not) Alone
- 1.0 took one of the most boring fights from the original series—Operation Yashima—and made it so awesome that numerous Eva fans consider the entire movie worth watching for this scene alone.
- Some things don't change: Rei's still perfectly happy to put her tits on the line and protect Shinji, or our asses in general. She's a Death Seeker, sure, but she's still Bad Ass, see below.
2.0: You Can (Not) Advance
- In her introductory fight, Asuka single-handedly destroys an Angel by dropping out of a plane, then kicking through the Angel's core before she hits the ground.
- New-to-the-franchise EVA pilot Mari gets a few of her own:
- "You want the other arm? Then take it! Just... FUCKING... DIIIIEEE!"
- After an enthusiastic and futile solo assault, Mari manages to revive a mangled Unit-2 long enough to help Rei and Unit-0 get through Zeruel's AT Field.
- This turns into another awesome moment: Rei throws Mari back and thanks an EVA pilot she'd never met with what could very well count as her last breath.
- For that matter, pretty much her entire fight with Zeruel, summed up in one line "POINT BLANK, SHITHEAD!"
- "Modo hanten! Ura codo: ZA BEASTO!" (In the dub: "Invert Controls! Backdoor code: THE BEAST!")
- During the fight with Zeruel, Mari finds Shinji and all but tells him to stop feeling sorry for himself. What makes this moment awesome? It works.
- 2.0 recreates the infamous elevator ride between Rei and Asuka from the series; when Asuka goes to slap Rei this time around, Rei intercepts it.
- In the anime, Shinji crushes and cripples Toji, then threatens to destroy NERV Headquarters after getting locked in the loading bay. In the manga, he tries to start his job at the docking bay before Gendo raises Unit-01's LCL compression. In Rebuild, Shinji manages to level a good chunk of NERV Headquarters, set the fields around NERV headquarters on fire, and start stomping on the pyramid (as he points out that he has at least four minutes on the clock—enough time to destroy half of NERV Headquarters) until Gendo raises Unit-01's LCL compression.
- "Give Ayanami... back to me!" At this point, the fandom officially stopped making fun of Shinji.
- Kaworu appears at the end of the film with Unit-06 and the (Not) Lance of Longinus to save the world; given his role in the original series, this act becomes beautifully ironic.
- And why is Shinji doing all this? Because just like first time round Rei makes a big Heroic Sacrifice attempt to stop the Angel, not with a N2 mine but a huge ass missile. And her reason, if she kills them all that means Shinji will never have to pilot again, is pretty damn heroic. Then she thanks Mari for her help and orders her to retreat. All in that super calm voice of hers, but being Rei she's growling in comparison.
3.0: You Can (Not) Redo
- Ramiel. Just... Ramiel. It deserves an award for the simple fact that until Shinji shoots it, it's absolutely blowing through anything and everything without effort. It predicts Unit-01's arrival and shoots it in the chest. When a shield comes up, it simply shifts over to another, even more powerful beam, and blasts the shield apart effortlessly. In an odd way, it almost seems to have a twisted sense of humor with its action. Until it gets shot, snaps, and proceeds to melt his way through a God-damn mountain to get at Shinji.
- The particle cannon he was shot with deserves a mention too. It's a weapon that harnesses the power output of an entire nation to contain a great lump of antimatter that blasts through an AT field—one that's powerful enough to bend visible light—in a single hit! In the original NGE it also one-shots Ramiel. In Rebuild he took two hits, which again warrants another Crowning Moment of Awesome. He gets hit with the power output of an entire nation and lived! Course then it gets subverted and the second hit kills him.
- Rebuild!Ramiel really shows how far Evangelion as a franchise has come, as in the original it was just a cool square but as of Rebuild, it was a force to be reckoned with.
- Shinji: He gets one at the end of the movie, where despite being fried by Ramiel and being in intense pain, he gets back up. This, after Shinji spent most of the movie running away and crying / being depressed, had this editor cheering. Misato's speech of confidence (to Gendo) also deserves a mention.
- And Rei gets a Crowning Moment when she jumps in front of one of Ramiel's blasts to protect Shinji, using a fricking space shuttle as a shield. Which leads to a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when Shinji rescues her from the smoldering wreckage of Unit-00.
- Let's just face it, the entire Ramiel battle (both original and Rebuild versions) is Made of Win.
- Rebuild is the gift that keeps on giving. In Rebuild 2.0, Mari Illustrious Makinami's VA was an entire Crowning Moment of Awesome for this troper, the fact that she almost casually destroys the 5th Angel while singing a little tune (about finding your own Happiness no less), is shown having a phone conversation in Surprisingly Good English and was able to go from creepy to cool without missing a beat was so awesome that it made me shed Manly Tears.
- Mari never fought the Fifth Angel, I presume you're talking about her debut fight against the Third. They changed around the order a bit, taking a lot of 'em out while adding a couple more. But yes, Mari is truly amazing in both of her fights. Total shame that Interim Unit-05 was destroyed (apparently sabotaged) in its first sortee. That thing was damn cool, even for an Eva.
- Asuka's entrance and brief fight with "Clockiel". After harpoon shots are blocked by the Angel's AT Field, her Eva performs a kick, complete with her trademark battle cry, using the harpoons to break through the AT Field and pierce clean through the Angel's head, spearing the core in the process.
- The fight against Sahaquiel in Rebuild of Evangelion: you get to feel the power of the Evangelions when you see them destroying highways by simply running over it and jumping over two power lines in a single leap. And just when you thought this couldn't get better, the Angel changes course and Eva-01 has to use some kind of elevated bend just to change direction. By now, the whole scene and music reduced you to tears. And then Shinji uses his AT field—his rarefied sense of self in physical form—to cancel out his EVA's wind resistance... and a giant robot the size of Godzilla breaks the sound barrier.
- Remember when Shinji threatened to attack NERV headquarters, after the whole thing with Toji and Unit 03/the thirteenth Angel? In Rebuild Shinji takes this to its logical conclusion by actually attempting to tear down the headquarters when Asuka is the one stuck in Unit 03 while he's being forced to "Murder" her. Holy Shit Quotient be damned.
- Zeruel. In Neon Genesis Evangelion it was a torso with toilet paper arms. In Rebuild, Zeruel lives up to the title of "Angel of Might", being wrapped in flattened tentacles, using an AT-Field with DOZENS of layers, surviving an N2 bomb at point blank range without its AT-Field, and actually -eating- Rei and Unit 00 to transform into a new and disturbing form.
- Zeruel approaches Tokyo-3; like all the other Angels, he's bombarded by gunfire and missiles but they don't have any effect. But unlike the other Angels, it takes just one attack from Zeruel to pierce through all 24 layers of armor below the city. That's right, Zeruel completely breaches the Geofront's strongest shields with just one attack. Even the original series' Zeruel wasn't that powerful.
- Early in the battle with Zeruel, Mari Makinami, in command of Unit 02 (it's a long story) and gets it to go into its berserker state (which looks disturbingly similar to the Mass-Production Eva's from End of Evangelion (or [[Spider-Man Carnage]]) first smashing the multiple AT-Fields of her opponent with appalling ease then to tear down the same with her Eva's maw to let Rei get a shot at it with a nuke. Of course, as in the original series, it doesn't work, but it's still pretty awesome to watch, and is practically a CMOA for the animation team as well. She then goes on to give Shinji the Rousing Speech leading to his-and (at of this writing) arguably Rebuild’s greatest Crowning Moment.
- Say it with me: Invert Mode! Code: THE BEAST!
- Shinji/Unit 01 versus Zeruel, which has consumed Rei/Unit 00 and can now access Terminal Dogma without triggering the self-destruction of the base. Shinji saves Misato and everyone else at HQ with a punch to Zeruel. Fights inside NERV HQ and out despite losing an arm. Fights until his EVA loses power, as it did in the original. And then, instead of the Eva going berserk and fighting on its own a la 400% synch rate, manages to start the Eva up again with the power of his own will, and controls it the whole time.
- Three very terse words: "Give Ayanami back!". Cue a beatdown of divine proportions and a "Take My Hand" scene that is as badass as it is touching.
- He. Became. GOD. I don't really think I need to extrapolate on this, but... words just can't do it justice. It's... His halo (did I mention the halo of raw energy? Because there's a halo of raw energy) turns into a tear in the fabric of reality. This scene is epic in every sense of the word. It's really a testament to a series when we can look at the protagonist and go from "Well, at least the world isn't -technically- dead" to " I can see forever in his EYES!".
- It has been neglected to mention that Shinji and 01, in Rebuild 2.0, basically Rocket Punches Zeruel (with an energy arm, no less). As the Rocket Punch-esque attack starts up, Zeruel almost looks like it's in shock that the puny imitation-angel, that it had nearly fatally wounded seconds ago, is now doing things only Angels could do, such as having the power to become either a God or a Devil.
- IT has also been neglected to mention that, in Rebuild, Unit-01's A.T. Field takes a full-powered blast from Zeruel's optic blast at point-blank range, and makes it look like a kiddie light show. Then, after the aforementioned Rocket Punch, Shinji and Unit-01 let loose with an Eye Beam of their own, which completely trashes Zeruel's A.T. Field instantly, and nearly slices said Angel in two.
- And then Shinji decides to tear out Rei's soul while simultaneously delivering a One-Hit Kill to finish his opponent off.
- To put it simply, this◊ is Shinji normally. THIS◊ is Shinji on spiral power.
- Hell, this time around Shinji's not as much of a wuss and kind of Bad Ass. That's a Crowning Moment of Awesome on the part of
Gainax Khara. Truly a Crowning Moment of Awesome that will be forever etched in this Troper's mind.
- Am I the only one who thought that Shinji declaring he was he pilot of Eva-01 to Gendo in the second movie was awesome? More so in the dub, Spike Spencer's voice acting in the original series during this scene sounded like Shinji was unsure, but this time around, it's a full out declaration that sounds filled with determination. Spike really improved significantly. Here's the exchange":
Shinji: "LET ME PILOT IT!" *panting since he just ran all the way to the cage* "Please, please, you have to let me pilot Unit 01."
Gendo:"What are you doing here?"
Shinji: *clenches fist* "FATHER! IT'S ME! THE PILOT OF EVANGELION UNIT 01, SHINJI IKARI!"
- In a meta sense, many people showed a dislike for Rei-Q due to her being a replacement for the more likeable Rei of 2.22, which is exactly the same reaction that Shinji had by the end of 3.33; Anno was really able to make an Intended Audience Reaction this time around.
- Perhaps most awesome of all, in a meta sense, is how FUNimation managed to bring on most of the original voice actors of the main characters to reprise their iconic roles. Spike Spencer was still doing voice work before Rebuild, but worked out of LA, so no one could've expected him to not only reprise his role, but improve upon it with years of experience gained in the time since dubbing End of Evangelion. Even moreso is Allison Keith, the voice of Misato: she hadn't done any voice acting in a long time, having taken on a job as a teacher. Yet, her Misato is still as great, if not greater, than before!
And just think, there's a fourth one coming. It can only go up.