Evangelion 3.0 was perfect in that at the end I was like “What the fuck did I just watch?” The animation is gorgeous but the story takes such a catastrophic detour from the anime that it’s kinda disorienting. It’s also way heavier on the fighting than any other entry in the series, which, if that’s what I wanted I’d just watch Tengen Toppa again where the fights escalate so rapidly the end of the series has killer robots the size of multiple galaxies fighting each other for the continuation of all existence.
It started off well enough with a 14 year timeskip but rather than explaining what led to the confusing new world Shinji found himself in, they opted for more robot battles. The series was always at its best exploring the personal motivations, conflicts, and suspicions of its characters (Misato at the Second Impact, Ritsuko and Gendo, Asuka and her mother, Shinji and his craving for approval, etc.) but the only person who gets time for development is Fuyutsuki. I suspect there’ll be more with Misato’s love for Shinji in 4.0, but as it is, you’re better off watching End of Evangelion.
It really is stunning to look at, but it was kind of a pain to watch. Disappointing as that is, I’ve been watching this show since I was like eight years old and it hasn’t bored me once.