Eva:3.0+1.0 Translation Pt.1-A
Updated: Jun 24
THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING:
SPOILERS LIE AHEAD.
Part 1A (You're There! - Complete)
Introduction & Disclaimers
What you will find here is my own attempt to translate the Closed Captions and Audio Description for Evangelion:3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, or Shin Evangelion Gekijouban. (Closed Captions are the dialogue, select sound effects and music cues, and so forth. Audio Description is a spoken narration of what's happening on-screen. They're intended for the hearing- and visually impaired, respectively.) Originally I started off just doing the CCs, but eventually I got restless and started digging into the AD as well. The four sub-pages are intended to mimic the four-part division of the film, but I'm just guessing how it's divided, and am therefore not using any official terminology (A-Part, B-Part, etc.) for my tentative quartering.
Three of the sections are still incomplete, alas. This project gives me good motivation to get some much-needed practice in, so I'll continue to work toward its completion until it's either done or the movie reaches us gaijin. Please note that I am not fluent, so, while I do the best I can to be accurate, silly mistakes will happen. Full disclaimer that I do make use of machine tools, but as tools; I don't rely 100% on them. There are those who snub their nose at any novice efforts and think that nothing is better than something, while forgetting that "nothing" doesn't exist in this day and age. People will simply put blind trust in machines to quickly get what they want. For that reason, I make no apologies for the existence of these pages. The human oversight makes a very obvious difference in quality and reliability, and I'm getting better in the process.
The original CC and AD files were obtained (very cleverly and illicitly) by individuals who wish to not be named. Many thanks to their hard work getting us this information early. I've attempted to sync the CCs and AD with one another, and the timing -- provided here in 30-second increments -- should be generally accurate in a relative kind of way. The time stamps won't line up with the film itself, but they still show how things are spaced out, hence "relative".
An initial AD transcription was obtained using YouTube (heh) and I've been cleaning it up as I go along. You may find the AD with WIP transcription here. I'll try to provide my cleaned-up transcription of the closed captions at some point. (Needs a bit of formatting done to it.)
Due to my DANGEROUS LEVELS OF NON-PROFESSIONAL INEPTITUDE (lol), I'll try to note where I'm especially unsure about something and provide the raw Japanese as reference. Don't hesitate to inform me if you see an error.
Screenshot sources: theatrical booklet; Avant 1 & 2 preview; teasers 2 and 3; main trailer; post-release trailers A and B; various TV spots; character promo reels; "Farewell, All Evangelion" NHK documentary (extended ver.); Evangelion Extra app making-of clips and promo stills; clear file and post card sets; "Now on Evangelion" promo. (Plus some illicit audience photography here and there.)
Free to use for individual personal use (including casual discussion). Providing credit and linking back are greatly appreciated, as I'm a little-known blog. Please ask before incorporating into fansubs or anything of a mass distribution nature.
Time Stamps (Approximate), Closed Caption File #
Audio Description Personal Notes
Closed Captions (Dialogue)
Closed Captions (Sound Effects)
↓ (down arrow) = in-page link to extended notes
[NOTE: Avant 1 may feel so old by now that a reassessment of its dialogue is probably not at the top of everyone's minds. However, as far as I'm aware, fans have never produced a translation for it completely from scratch based on the original Japanese. (It's... complicated.) So, here, I've revisited that old group effort from summer 2019 at EGF (which, at the time, I cleaned up to the best of my ability and added to the EvaGeeks Wiki). There are some old mistakes in there I'm not too proud of, so I've fixed those, along with making countless other adjustments. Hopefully the following section will provide some fresh insight into this sequence for English-speaking fans.]
(Mari singing over comms)
(♪) This life we lead is a long way up,
but it's not about the length. If you...
(♪) ...lived the straight road of truth, then..
[NOTE: Here, Mari is singing "Shinjitsu Ichiro no March", or "The Straight Road of Truth March", by Kiyoko Suizenji. (Same artist responsible for "The 365-Step March" that Mari sings at the beginning of Ha.) A little more information plus a full translation of the song here.]
(A completely red Eiffel Tower seen from directly below.)
Paris Assault fleet is shipshape.
Currently descending to Point Zero of the inner city.
[NOTE: Paris IRL does have a geographical marking called "Point Zero", but it's outside Notre Dame Cathedral, not next to the Arc of Triumph.]
All ships, assume a defensive position.
Slowly go astern.
Gravity control, autonomous behavior, and remote operations: all clear.
The skies over Paris are clear all around.
Status of the surface: category 6 core-conversion.
Verifying our ship's spatial coordinates.
It's reached the operation's starting point.
Deploy the fleet in alert mode.
(A vertically long cluster drops down at a perpendicular.
It opens like an umbrella unfolding upside-down.
At that point, eight large-scale warships disperse, moving horizontally.)
Switching fleet's formation to alert mode.
Eva-08 and DSRV now descending to objective point.
(The fleet, lined up end to end, revolves above the cityscape.)
[NOTE: This is still "The Straight Road of Truth March".]
(Eva-08, suspended at the center of a [mechanical] ring,
unloads a submersible vessel-like transport onto the apex of a giant black pillar.)
Landing pad anchors, normal.
[NOTE: "Landing pad anchors" is literally "foot component adhesion system" (脚部吸着システム).]
Hull has locked into position.
The DSRV has landed.
Analyzing the atmospheric composition...
CO² is tolerable.
We can stay here.
Roger. Let's start the mission.
(Ritsuko, wearing a green protective suit, alights [from the transport] and goes all the way to the pillar's edge.
Under the blue sky, the Eiffel Tower and the whole downtown area are discolored by core-conversion.)
It's been 16 years since I was here last.
Look at what's become of the famous City of Light...
It breaks my heart.
[NOTE: Ritsuko actually calls it "Hana no Miyako" (花の都), literally "The Flower Capital", but hana here is probably in its 華やか sense -- "showy", "gaudy", or -- to use some old-timey language -- "gay". I wonder if "Hana no Miyako" comes from the old nickname "Gay Paris" (pronounced "Gay Paree").]
The L-Barrier density is higher than we predicted.
The operation to restore Nerv EU Sealing Pillar No. 1 must be completed within 720 seconds, starting now.
(The crew attach cables to the pillar and operate on their PCs.)
That's 180 seconds less than planned!
Does that even give us time to return to base?
(Kitakami, also suited up.)
But seriously, only the Eva pilots should have to wear these awful things.
(Her figure is accentuated.)
Shut your yap and get to work!
(There's a hand-written message on the hatch of the pillar.)
Well? Think we'll be able to activate the Anti-L System?
Yes. We should be able to redo stages 4 and up.
[NOTE: Yes, that's the English word "redo". Anno's not at his most subtle here...]
Thanks to our predecessors.
([The message] reads, "Take care of the rest".)
We will uphold your wish to save the city.
(Ibuki presses her hands together.)
Let's get to work.
(They start the program.)
(Glowing specks appear in the distant sky.)
Here they come!
Aerial specialization type, identified as Eva 44A.
Closing in at 4 o'clock!
(A huge number of enemies.)
Such a splendid single line formation.
(A vast swath of them stretches out [into the distance].)
Organizing into a colony all on their own...
They've already become a new organism.
[NOTE: "Colony" is 群体 (guntai), i.e. in a biological sense.]
I need you to intercept, Mari.
Buy us 560 more seconds.
I'll draw off all the 44A straightaway!
Alright, Nagara and the team, ↓
my wire stunts are in your hands!
[NOTE: You might remember the subs having her refer to "cable flight" here. The term Mari uses is 操演 (souen), which refers to practical effects like pyrotechnics and wire stunts. So I decided to step out of the way and let Mari do her fourth wall breaking unimpeded.]
(Eva-08 gets pulled high into the sky.)
(The bespectacled Mari in her pink plugsuit, making her Eva -- suspended inside its ring -- rotate in all directions.)
Yaw, roll, pitch...
[NOTE: This is aircraft lingo, referring to three rotational axes, with relation to the nose of the plane. Yaw is left-right (horizontal) rotation, roll is exactly what it sounds like, and pitch is up-down (vertical) rotation. More here.]
It's interesting, but... this setup just feels plain off.
Wish they'd at least stuck with a humanoid motion range!
(Mari twists her body.
The autocannons on both arms emit muzzle flashes.)
(The enemy units detonate one after another.)
Eva-08 currently engaged in hostilities with first wave of 44As.
Second wave has been detected.
As planned, all 44As are focused on Eva-08.
420 seconds remaining for the operation.
(The crew atop the pillar, still tapping away on their keyboards.)
This is taking forever, Chief.
It's like working on an 8-bit computer.
Same as the Evas, it's a non-human, unknown, and unexplained system.
It can't be controlled with our language easily.
[NOTE: Non-human as in a non-human sapience (人外, jingai). Meaning, the tech behind the Evas and the sealing pillars is "non-human" (non-Lilin) in origin. Not much of a revelation with Gendo's infodumps later, but this was a pretty big deal before the full movie came out.]
Stage 4's been cleared.
We're way behind schedule.
Stay calm but step it up.
(Mari in the sky.)
Maintain speed. Plus 20 to guiding.
Keep the current tilt. ↓
(She swings backwards.)
Get back here!
(She turns the steering wheel. Eva-08 spins around repeatedly as it hangs in midair.)
(Both arms outstretched, Eva-08 rapid-fires left and right.)
[NOTE: "Nya-nya" (にゃにゃ) is feline onomatopoeia, just as you'd think. Why is Mari using it as a refrain while she's killing things? I dunno, Mari is weird.]
(The autocannons immaculately trace over the chain of enemy units.)
(The bright red gun barrels melt down.)
(Mari detaches the autocannons.
A building on the surface takes a direct hit.
A new enemy formation spirals around Mari.)
The 4th wave, huh?
I'm outnumbered here.
As they say, "Many a small bird drive away a hawk."
(Top of the pillar.)
360 seconds remaining.
This is bad!
We haven't found the shortcut to stage 5.
Don't give me that. Keep looking!
There's not enough time to overwrite the data!
"Can't", my rear end.
Run more bypasses!
But Chief, we don't have that long until...
This is why I can't stand young guys.
(Eva-08 charges into an enemy and punches it.
With one hand on the wheel, Mari steers backwards.)
[NOTE: Several Mari vocalizations from the next 15 sec. of closed captions are omitted here.]
(While the weaponless Eva is swinging around, it indiscriminately delivers kicks to enemies.
Eva-08 moves around acrobatically.
Raising an arm, it smashes two enemy units.
Breezily it lands punches and chops on its foes.
It somersaults in front of the sun, then stomps on an enemy unit.)
(Together they fall to the surface, upon which Eva-08 is pulled up in a jiffy.)
(The enemy unit releases a big explosion.)
(Mari is pursued by a crowd of enemies.
She seizes one of them, and skewers her pursuer on one of its companion's spears.)
The enemy units successively thrust their spears into each other.)
(A rounded cluster is formed that Mari swings around in a wide arc.
Once she picks up enough momentum, she flings it.)
Bugger off, you stupid bastards!
[NOTE: If I was fluent in Brit, I would write all of Mari's lines accordingly. But alas...]
(The cluster of enemies blows apart as it rolls on the ground.)
(Bright light radiates from it, and it goes up in a giant ball of flame.)
That was too easy!
(There's a warning display on her monitor.)
A pseudo-Angel using decoys?
You little devil!
[NOTE: You might remember my old mistranslation about "fake Angel lures". (I do apologize for that.) See here for an explanation of this "pseudo-" business.]
(A camouflage cocoon is smashed open.
When the white wall tumbles down,
the giant monster behind it is revealed.
It's accompanied by a horde of underlings.)
It's out! Time for the boss fight! ↓
(Ritsuko beholds this.)
A military use of the Evas, forbidden by the Vatican Treaty.
A ground combat-type 4444C outfitted with a positron cannon,
accompanied by 44Bs specialized for supplying power.
Unleashing them together like this...
Deputy Commander Fuyutsuki must be testing us.
(The line-up of 44Bs stop walking.
Their generators vibrate, and bluish-white sparks begin to scatter.)
The 44Bs' high-energy levels are rising!
All ships, shift to surface-to-surface defense.
All hands, invoke anti-shock and -EM measures.
(The revolving battleships all come together in unison.
They get in between the pillar and the hostiles, the bilges facing the enemy and the ships overlapping each other like the petals of a flower.)
The 4444C has entered firing stance.
44Bs, currently generating huge amounts of electricity.
Energy is being fed to the ultra-high voltage discharge system.
The entire 4444C power-feeding system is open!
Positron acceleration system undergoing final phase.
Breechblock is closing!
(The laser receiver behind the aimed gun barrel takes on a glow.)
(The eyes of the 4444C Evas brighten, and the beams emitted by the surrounding 44Bs are collected by the sphere of the laser receiver.
The Evas' eyes flare up.
The barrel of the cannon releases a blinding light.)
(The warships take a direct hit.
One by one, the ships split in half and get blown away.
A hull and a turret fall onto part of downtown.
A triangular bow crashes into the Eiffel Tower,
and the smashed upper half comes tumbling down.)
(Top of the pillar.)
Kitakami, et al.:
(The scorching shockwave assails the crew.
The warship in the foreground is slowly being pushed toward the pillar.
Ritsuko, standing at full height, stares it down.
The ship's hull approaches right before her eyes.)
(Eva-08 does a flying kick.)
Made it just in time!
If they fire again, we're toast!
44Bs' high-energy levels are rising again.
They're condensing electricity into their high-output power emitters!
(The 4444C demolishes the buildings around it to get a more stable foothold.)
4444C has initiated particle acceleration.
It's ready to fire!
Second shot incoming!
This is really, really bad!
(While bumping the pointed top section against the ground,
Eva-08 runs with the broken-off Eiffel Tower in its arms.)
Nagara, bridge crew -- a diversion please!
(The mother ship in the sky above manipulates the support wires.
A warship that was lying on the ground is pulled up,
and it's sent flying toward the enemy.
The 4444C knocks the warship away with a tentacle.)
(And then, Eva-08 appears from behind the ship.
The 4444C just barely evades the Eiffel Tower thrusting toward it,
binding Eva-08 within an octopus-like tentacle.)
That's not gonna stop me!
(Eva-08 sprays gas from its arm nozzles.
Spinning around, it screws the pointy end of the Eiffel Tower into the 4444C's gun barrel.)
(The Eiffel Tower encroaches further and further.
The 4444C, its gun barrel destroyed, falls backwards to the ground.
The out-of-balance octopus tentacles sweep the line-up of 44Bs off their feet.
Eva-08 breaks away.
An enormous explosion surges out.)
4444C has gone completely silent.
30 seconds left to finish the operation!
Now using C to analyze the algorithm.
The final security lock has been deactivated!
Anti-L system, stage 5 completed!
It's activating, XO-sempai!
(A red pattern appears on the black pillar.
The shaft of the pillar extends up.
Light radiates from the pillar's surface, creating a ring that expands into the surrounding area.
The red city regains its original colors.)
Paris' inner-city area has been restored.
All cryosystems within the Nerv EU facilities are rebooting.
Systems now online.
[NOTE: Yes, "cryo-" as in cold storage. You can actually see a fine mist in the background after the storage lockers rise up. Why all of that shit needed to be literally frozen, I have no idea.]
(One after another, buildings gradually rise out of the ground.
Nerv facilities appear from beneath the surface, forcing the buildings above them upwards and reconfiguring into skyscrapers.)
Aerial view of Paris' inner city.
The Nerv facilities tower like castle walls alongside the decoreified Seine River.)
[NOTE: Despite what the AD seems to be claiming here, the Seine was at no point turned into core.]
(The monitor display shows the countdown stopped with 11 seconds remaining.)
(Kitakami lets her head hang.
Ritsuko walks up to the skyward-gazing Ibuki.)
Good work, Maya.
That was a close shave.
(She raises her face shield.)
Misato, head on down for the pickup.
[NOTE: Ritsuko actually says 「カチコミ完了」 ("Kachikomi kanryou"), which means something closer to "break-in complete". As explained here, "kachikomi" is an organized crime term referring to a raid on a rival yakuza gang and/or their facilities.]
Now descending to the supply point.
All hands, prepare for supply transfer.
Spare parts and munitions for the Evas take highest priority.
Lower all dedicated supply ships.
Lead with the aircraft carriers. Hurry!
Scrape together the parts we need for rebuilding Eva-02 -- every last one! ↓
Whatever gets the job done.↓
(Mari in Eva-08.)
With this haul, we can rebuild Eva-02 using cannibalized parts ↓
and upgrade Eva-08 to an overlapping-capable model.
[NOTE: "Overlapping" is the actual English word, and, as you may already know, it's a shameless reference to one variety of multi-Ultra fusion observed in Ultraman. Knowing the reference in advance doesn't really prepare the audience much for what's coming, though.]
Wherever you are, I'll come get you.
Just hold tight, Puppy Boy.
(Title: "Shin Evangelion Movie Edition")
(A core-converted industrial district.
A circular, hollowed-out mass towers high into the sky.
♪～ ["Tema Principale: Orchestra Dedicata Ai Maestri" starts.]
Shinji walks, hanging his head, against a backdrop of smokestacks.
Other-Rei and Asuka walk ahead of him.↓
The trio advances through an empty town.)
(A headless, fallen humanoid giant protrudes from behind red-hued houses.
Twilight dims the looming wasteland. The trio traverses a railroad crossing.
High-voltage wires stretching toward the top of a cliff. Humanoid bodies tower next to the steel towers.
The trio proceeding along a country road. Giant arms are sticking into the crop fields bordering the utility poles.
TV antennae turned reddish-brown.
Bicycles lying in a heap.
A labyrinthine expressway.)
(Asuka looks at a digital compass,
then gazes into the distance with her black eyepatch-wearing visage.
Within the soft light shining through a break in the clouds, trucks, automobiles, etc., mixed with countless bits of debris are floating lazily in midair.
Asuka and Other-Rei pass beneath an expressway overpass. Alone, Shinji lags behind them.)
(Doused in the evening sun, a road closure barricade casts shadows onto a pedestrian crossing.
Night. A giant arm rises high over crushed utility poles.
Shinji sits around, a vending machine behind him.
A numerical value ticks down on the wrist energy monitor.
♪～ ["Tema Principale: Orchestra Dedicata Ai Maestri" ends.]
She puts her hand on his cheek and peers into his downcast face.)
(A strong light overwhelms the darkness.)
(The illuminated Asuka and Other-Rei turn around.)
(A car with its headlights on. Someone in protective gear, their face obscured, alights from the vehicle.)
Sorry I'm late.
You okay, Ikari?
(Shinji opens his eyes.)
(A dog and a child are looking down at him.)
Hey! Don't let dogs in there!
(The nearby curtain opens and a man in a white gown comes through.)