Evangelion 3.0 (-120 min.)

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Title EVANGELION 3.0 (-120 min.)
Author Kazuya Tsurumaki
Original Publication Date June 12th, 2021
Publisher khara
Pages 37

EVANGELION 3.0 (-120 min.) is a manga prequel[1] to the events of Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo. It was written by Kazuya Tsurumaki and illustrated by Hidenori Matsubara and Mahiro Maeda. It was published in EVA-EXTRA-EXTRA, a 36 page booklet that include the 17 page manga and various illustrations[2] by the staff of the movie Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. It was given to the audience of the 3.0+1.01 re-release.

On March 08, 2023, in the second disc of the home media release, it was adapted into a motion comic[3]


In the Pacific Ocean, Asuka is waiting for Operation US, an attempt to recover Unit-01, to launch. Looking at the Moon, she recites a poem[4] before being surprised by Mari, asking her if she agrees the Moon is beautiful,[5][6] Mari asks Asuka if she agrees that the moon is beautiful. wearing her school uniform from Evangelion: 2.0. Mari explains she wants Shinji to be able to easily recognize them once he's recovered. They reflect on the operation, but Asuka insists Shinji himself is dead and unrecoverable, as WILLE believes he has been dissolved in the LCL.[7]

Mari insists and teases Asuka on what she'll do upon meeting him, but Asuka seems dismayed at her "cursed" non-aging body.[8] Misato's plan is for Mari to lead the operation with Asuka in support, as her Unit-08 is less damaged than Asuka's Unit-02, but Mari suggests Asuka take the lead instead for Shinji's sake. Looking back on memories of Shinji and Misato before Third Impact, Asuka changes her mind, and puts on her old plugsuit from the previous film and improvises a repair with duct tape. As Mari sings,[9][10][11] they prepare to launch into space.[12]


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  1. https://www.evangelion.co.jp/news/210607-2/
  2. As a prequel, the manga's events are meant to be canon. The additional illustrations are not, being simply promotional material.
  3. Wikipedia: Motion Comic
  4. From the Manyoshu, about a spouse returning home. Specifically the Somonka, the "song of love between men and women." Asuka is looking at the moon, and the Manyoshu states that: "looking at the moon always indicates the missing feeling/lovesick."
  5. The book Mari is carrying is called "You Too Can Write Sci-Fi (But Not Really)", by Toyota Aritsune. It is a retrospective of the early days of Japanese sci-fi TV shows and animation in the 1960s. This is yet another instance of the hints at Mari's age.
  6. The book Mari is holding has, in its introduction, an anecdote about the phrase "The moon is beautiful": Natsume Soseki tells students to translate 'I love you' in English class. The students thought of translations such as "I love you" (我、汝を愛su) or "I seem to love you" (僕ha、そなたを、愛Shou思U). "You guys, are you still Japanese?" Soseki continued to talk to each other. "Japanese don't speak such suggestive wording. It should be translated as 'The moon is very beautiful'". Indeed, when men and women in the Meiji period met in public, saying "the moon is very beautiful" would mean "I love you". After this, in Japanese, the phrase, 月が綺麗ですね, "the moon is beautiful" has since been regarded as a representative romantic line in which a man and a woman confess their love in a romantic situation."Mari is prompting Asuka to express these feelings herself.
  7. This situation is similar to Shinji's in Episode:20 of the series.
  8. Note this is a more accurate translation of the expression Asuka uses. Mari also employs no Macbeth reference in the original, this is an addition by the translator. See alternate translation here.
  9. Mari also sings a song called Youngsters, about a lost loved one to Asuka. These are the remaining lyrics:
    That man of yours is no longer with us.
    So why are you looking for him?
    You're going without a clue
  10. SAKAMOTO: They called me in for Mari’s role without an audition and without telling me anything about the character beforehand. There wasn’t even a clear idea of how Mari was going to be. That day, there were a lot of people listening to my recording, and I really felt the pressure because of that. But, it was also very fun. I acted freely and I was told that I was doing great, but I wasn’t too sure about that.SAKAMOTO: Anno provided me with one little “hint” to better understand Mari: “Showa no Oyaji” [Father of the Showa Period/ The “typical” Japanese parent from the '70s and '80s]. After realizing what he meant, I managed to improve my performance totally. - Evangelion 3.0 theatrical booklet interviews
  11. All songs Mari sings are from the 1960s or 1970s. Eva 2.0 might not take place in 2015, but in 2018 instead. She also uses a number of slightly antiquated Japanese expressions and mannerisms associated with the mid-Showa era.
  12. "The manga itself is emotional and precious. I worked at Wille day in and day out, not knowing when I was going to pick up Shinji, although it was probably sometime in the future. In the midst of all this, I watched him thinking, 'Oh no, I've already done that...' The feelings before finally going into that kind of operation. When I played that role, I was happy, and I thought, "Finally, the time has come. It's complicated. Part of me is happy and part of me wants to punch him in the face. But I want to see him one more time.... I think that was probably the same feeling that was in everyone's heart. Asuka's state of mind also changed, but Miyamura said, "She is subtle, as if she is opening her heart to Mari or hiding it, but she trusts her. She is prepared to make her own decisions, but she is also a maiden..." - March 8, 2023 stage greeting