New Tokyo-3

Evangelion ScreenshotA highly advanced city built in Hakone, designed to replace New Tokyo-2 as the new capital of Japan. This may have been just an excuse to fund its astronomical construction costs, as the city itself was actually designed as a fortress to counter the looming threat of the Angels.

Built upon a massive subterranean cavity called the Geo Front, the city has the unique ability to lower its high-rise structures underground during attacks, dubbing it the Ceiling City. Among those structures are military support facilities called Armament Buildings, which are used by the Evangelion Units during combat.

Evangelion ScreenshotAlthough a number of residents do live in New Tokyo-3, the majority are somehow involved or employed by NERV. The city was apparently evacuated as soon as the Angel attacks began, and has appeared desolate in most scenes throughout the series.

As described by NERV Vice Commander Kouzou Fuyutsuki, the majority of the city's functions are automated. Everything from traffic lights to city politics are controlled by the MAGI Super-Computer System located at NERV Headquarters. The city itself was modeled after the human brain, and key facilities such as hospitals are named after various regions of the brain.

Based on Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum: 05 DVD Booklet

Rebuild of Evangelion

Evangelion ScreenshotNew Tokyo-3 has seen significant enhancements in the 2008 feature film Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone. Among them are several new scenes that show in detail the mechanics which allow its buildings to be retracted.

More importantly, in the film New Tokyo-3 is much more populated, and many scenes which looked desolate in the television series are now bursting with human activity. There are also more buildings in the city, with two great skyscrapers towering over them all. The buildings themselves are more conservative, with fewer fancy shapes and triangular tops.

Analysis

  • New Tokyo-3 Grows

    The Evangelion expanded universe (manga books, video games) mention that the high-rises of New Tokyo-3 actually grow as the population of the city increases. This is because the buildings are vertically mobile and can be raised continuously higher by building additional floors at the bottom. This vertical growth gives the city an organic element, despite the fact that the city itself is as mechanized and inorganic as it gets.
  • Destruction

    At the end of the series New Tokyo-3 is destroyed by the Strategic Self Defense Force using Nē Weapons in their efforts to take over NERV Headquarters. This also leaves the Geo Front exposed to direct bombardment as seen in the feature films Death and Rebirth and The End of Evangelion.
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