Saturday, August 28, 2021
12:05 - 12:30 Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 11
2:20 - 4:50 Evangelion 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
12:05 - 12:30 Mushoku Tensei 11
12:55 - 1:35 Club Announcements
New Anime in 2021
Asuka Shikinami Langley, Rei Ayanami and Shinji Ikari, still despondent, are walking across the outskirts of Tokyo-3. They arrive at a settlement of survivors, and encounter Toji Suzuhara, Hikari Horaki and Kensuke Aida, now adults. Toji is a doctor and has a child with Hikari, while Kensuke is a technician, and all are friendly to Shinji. Asuka expresses frustration with Shinji, force-feeding him. As Shinji slowly recovers, Rei explores the village and settles down, working as a farmer. Shinji meets Ryoji Kaji, the son of Misato Katsuragi and the late Ryoji Kaji, who died averting Third Impact. Rei requires constant exposure to LCL and cannot maintain herself, decomposing in Shinji's presence.
Wunder arrives to pick up Asuka, and Shinji decides to go with her, despite protests from the crew. Shinji is placed in isolation. Meanwhile, Kozo Fuyutsuki, distressed over Shinji's treatment by Gendo Ikari in forcing him to experience the same loss as him, helps Gendo restart Unit-13. In response, Wunder heads to Antarctica. Before the mission, Asuka admits her feelings for Shinji, recognizing he is growing up.
Wunder is attacked by three Nerv ships and a swarm of EVA units. Asuka and Mari sortie and move to destroy Unit-13 before it can reactivate. However, Unit-02 refuses to attack Unit-13, forcing Asuka to remove her eyepatch, revealing the Ninth Angel contained within, converting Unit-02 into an Angel. Unit-13 overpowers and absorbs Unit-02 according to Gendo's plan. Moments before being absorbed, Asuka is approached by her "original", revealing she is a clone of the Shikinami series. Meanwhile, the Wunder is attacked by a new EVA, Unit-09A.
In the Nerv vessel restraining the Wunder, Misato and Ritsuko Akagi confront Gendo. Ritsuko shoots him to no effect as Gendo has used the Key of Nebuchadnezzar to transcend humanity. Gendo reveals that the purpose of the Shikinami and Ayanami clones is to enact the Human Instrumentality Project, and enters Unit-13. A determined Shinji asks Misato to let him pilot Unit-01. Sakura and Midori Kitakami try to stop Shinji, but Misato protects him and is shot in the process. Misato apologizes to Shinji, saying that she was wrong to blame him and will take responsibility for his actions. Mari takes Unit-08 and merges it with Units 09A through 12. Inside Unit-01, the original Ayanami clone appears before Shinji, apologizing for not being able to spare him from having to get into an EVA, but Shinji says it is alright.
Gendo and Shinji fight in a surreal "Anti Universe", and Gendo shows Shinji an "imaginary Evangelion", a "Black Lilith". Shinji meets Gendo, seeing a vision of his past experiences, including how Yui's loss traumatized him. As a result, Gendo wanted to initiate an "Additional Impact" for a chance to reunite with Yui. Meanwhile, Misato evacuates the crew of the Wunder and sacrifices herself and the ship to create the "Lance of Gaius", which gives Shinji the power to rewrite the world. Shinji talks with and provides closure to Gendo; to Asuka, returning her feelings; and to Kaworu Nagisa, revealing the existence of a cycle the cast is trapped in. Kaworu also talks with the elder Kaji, who helps him understand that his own happiness should not be tied to Shinji's.
Shinji says a final farewell to Rei, and he decides to completely reset the world... a world without Evangelions.