English: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Synonyms: Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Jo, Rebuild of Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Evangelion: 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone, Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 1, 2007
Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.411 (scored by 49873 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Dec 17, 2012
Everyone who has watched the original series and movies will know that the ending didn't make much sense what so ever. None the less, the series offered something never seen before, or should I say, never done quite as well as Evangelion managed to do. It was so moving to see the characters inner struggles with their own emotions and regrets. The characters portrayed such an honest look at how depressing life can be. It gave a real sense of growing with the characters and hoping for them to be happy. I think what people love about Evangelion is that they can see a part of themselves portrayed in the characters and therefor are able to build a strong connection with the characters. It reminds us of how hard life can be, that we're all human and that we all make mistakes but to never give up.
The artwork has been re-done for these movies and is of very high quality. Everything looked amazing, they've done an excellent job. The soundtrack wasn't bad either. Evangelion 1.0 gets straight into the action, the whole movie is fast paced and covers a lot of the storyline rather quickly without feeling rushed.
I am hoping the goal of these movies is to provide a better ending for the series. The original series left me and many others utterly confused with many questions unanswered. Evangelion 1.0 has done an excellent job at explaining the plot better and I'm hoping the next 3 movies will finally give an actual conclusion.
Overall it was a very exciting and enjoyable experience with not many dull moments. These movies will appeal to both long time fans and new fans.
Jul 15, 2012
Story - 8/10
The start of the story seems no different from Neon Genesis Evangelion. It's 2015 and Angels (Don't take it literally, they're big monsters) are showing up to threaten humanity with destruction. These Angels previously annihilated half of the world's population 15 years ago and they're back to finish the job. The only thing that can stand in their way are Evangelion units, giant robots that are piloted by teenagers with all different kinds of problems. The main pilot of the story is Shinji Ikari, a b oy with serious daddy issues and personal struggles within himself when he's asked to pilot an Eva and help defeat Angels.
As someone who has seen the anime, there isn't that much that changes the story here. It's basically a prettier version of the series. There are some clarifications and changes, primarily in establishing late-show plot points early on. This foreshadowing approach could potentially be confusing though I personally found it interesting. As a whole this movie does seem to achieve it's goal of making Evangelion more easily accessible and it removes many things from the show in favor to push the story. It feels a little rushed at times as a result, and some level of character development and pace is lost because of it.
Animation - 9/10
It's hard to rework a show from 1995 with modern animation techniques and not have superior animation in every way, and Evangelion 1.0 doesn't disappoint here. Everything looks sharper, the colors are vivid, there's excellent use of CGI, and lighting is distinctly excellent. The new art creates a level of detail that simply could not be done with the original anime series. The landscape looks wondrous, and luckily the Evas and Angels haven't experienced any problems with having digital animation techniques used on them. This movie is heavy on the visual eye candy and it's wonderful considering how dated the art is for the anime series.
Sound - 10/10
It becomes apparent quickly that the experience of the voice cast has helped returning actors perform better than they did before, and replacing plenty of vocal talent for the minor roles has removed a previously existing flaw in the voice department. One thing I will say is I'm not sure what to think about the replacement for Gendo Ikari. The original performance behind the character had a certain tone to it and even though he was stereotypically emotionless often, it seemed more fitting than what we have now. Gendo still seems like a jerk but not nearly as big of one, and even has some feeling behind his words at times. This is however, the only character I felt could possibly be a flawed performance vocally. Everyone else is an improvement. Spike Spencer fixes some flaws he had early on with some line delivery. The "I musn't run away" line is great when before it was anything but. Shinji feels much less whiny and the difference in the performance actually had me enjoying his character more. Brina Palencia serves as the new voice of Rei Ayanami, and this was another case of putting more emotion behind a previously stoic and quiet character. Unlike Gendo however, these subtle changes for Rei seem warranted, and again I found myself enjoying a character that I previously had no feeling for due to new lines and a new actor.
The best part of the sound is by far, the OST. Old classics are reworked and the new operatic tracks are absolutely fantastic. These new songs create a very epic sense of atmosphere when they play and it could not be more suitable for a movie with gigantic robots and monsters fighting for the outcome of humanity. It's really something when some fresh music can enhance scenes you've seen before, but that's what happens here.
Characters - 8/10
This was a hard category to score since this movie retells the first six episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion, which means some characters aren't here or haven't been delved into. Certain scenes are left out and a few changes felt like they took away from certain aspects of the character development. In light of this, I did mention already that there were changes that made me enjoy characters more than I did before, certainly at the same point of watching episodes in the anime. Shinji feels more natural, and he isn't developing any faster but he just seems more believable. Rei seems much more human, but there's still a bit of mystery there and it will be interesting to see what becomes of her. Misato having lingering issues is brought up early on but she seems like the one who could be sacrificed in the character development area due to more focus on hitting notes with the pilots that were missed in the original anime. This movie does a good job delving into the same psychological issues that the show was famous for with it's characters, but overall it feels like there is less of a focus on the psychoanalysis.
Overall - 9/10
I do think a better effort could have been made to make this movie stand on it's own. Sure, we know it's part of a tetralogy and it's only telling a portion of the episodes, but give it a definite ending. It's such a cliffhanger and another thing that will get different reaction based on whether or not viewers have already watched the series. Even then, many will say this is what Evangelion should have been, but that will remain to be seen. Even if this is just a sexy new coat of paint on an anime classic, Evangelion 1.0 is still worth watching. It's full of the large scale battles that were a spectacle before, and every technical aspect it could improve on is a success. read more
May 12, 2008
The movie lacks in that it is in fact a movie, and they are cramming about a fourth of the show into the movie so it feels rush. Lots of conversations, events, etc are excluded, which really aren't THAT important, but it doesn't feel complete, especially if you've seen the original series.
The movie does make up for it though, with all of the new eye candy thrown in. Everything from the scenery to the battle sequences and computer displays have been upgraded. Definitely more appealing than the original.
Overall, the movie does a good job, but i would have to say that the original is still probably better, only in that you get more story and more development. It would be great if they could mix the two, or instead of making four movies, remake all 26 episodes. read more
Jun 4, 2010
In this review I'll basically, try to summarize on the positives and negatives of this remake because to be honest, looking back to yesterday when I watched it, it wasn't worth the money.
Okay so first off, if you're a newcomer to Evangelion this is NOT the item you'd want to get. Why? Because the remake misses ALOT of the scenes that were in the original series and yes, obviously because it's a movie they'd have to cut out some scenes in order to keep an appropriate running time but they cut out far too many scenes to help you understand what is going on. So just to recap, if you are a newcomer to the series, watch the original series first and then watch this.
Now that I got that out of the way, let's continue. Now I may sound like I'm being picky but it clearly states on the back of the DVD's case (technically Blu-Ray case because I bought it on Blu-Ray) that the movie is "The Rebuild of the ground breaking giant robot Anime" and when you watch it you'll find that it's actually just the first half of the Anime. As I began watching I thought "this is going to be a pretty decent remake" and yes, that was true, in SOME aspects. It turned out to be good because it certainly was better quality although not much was improved, the angels looked better, and they fixed Rei's goofy looking smile when she got (and I use this term loosely) rescued by Shinji but there was not much else that was improved. The voice acting was better in some cases but worse in others and the volume was pretty bad.
So anyway, that's another rant out of the way. To summarize, don't buy this unless you're watching to see the difference in quality, if you're watching this movie as a newcomer to the series you'll most likely be disappointed by the fact that the movie is split into two halves, this one being the first part of the series and "You Can (Not) Advance" being the second half.
Now for the ratings:
Story: 5/10 - You don't get all the story.
Art: 10/10 - The art that was improved was spectacular.
Sound: 6/10 - The sound quality wasn't the best.
Character: 10/10 - It's always been unique.
Enjoyment: 8/10 - A bit of a let down but overall, pretty good.
OVERALL: 8/10 - Putting aside the negatives, this remake wasn't half bad. read more
Sep 24, 2008
Jan 27, 2010
When I watched this I expected the same thing, it is the same story after all. But they fixed it! They fixed the pacing! They have so much better animation! It's all so much better! I'm actually looking forward to watching the other movies as opposed to the trudging I went through going through the slow series. This was a fantastic movie, and I can't wait to see the rest of the Tetralogy.
However, I don't recommend watching it yet until the rest of the movies are out, there's no reason to be in a cliffhanger all the time if you can just watch it later. read more
Aug 1, 2008
I'd like to say that I've watched the series and what I liked the most, was probably the story.
But this movie is bad. Really bad.
They've completely ruined the story.
They haven't changed the art in any way. It’s more or less a hideous AMW of the series.
The sound was so-so.
They've made the characters out as either insane or emo.
Unfortunately, I don't like the things I wrote above. So the enjoyment was pathetic.
Even if it receives so many 1s, I'll give it a 2 because I COULD imagine something worse. Even though it's hard to. read more
Nov 3, 2012
May 24, 2008
I will start off my saying that i am a big Evangelion fan. The series is one of my top 5 favorite anime, I own the series, the two movies and i have read a few of the manga titles. If i was writing this for Eva fans, it would get 10s across the board. So, from the jump, i am bias, which is good thing, i think.
This movie, from my standpoint, was made for people like me. i already know the storyline, i already know what happens, i know the plot twists, the character motives, all of that. So really, the only reason to watch it is to enjoy the "rebuilding" of the episodes in new ways. The battle with the 5th/6th Angel BY FAR was the highlight of the whole movie, and from what i can tell, the only part where there are any real noticeable changes from the original series.
If you have never seen the original Evangelion series, then i wouldn't recommend this movie to you. (that is the reason it gets an 8 overall) Everything happens extremely fast, you aren't given enough time to really connect with any of the characters in the way that you can/will if you watch the series first. There are several moments when the movie references things from the series/original movies that made me go "oh, cool", but will leave people who haven't seen them going "Huh, who/what is that"
However, if you are interested in Evangelion, and want just a little taste before you dive headfirst into the series, then this isn't a bad way to do it, i just hope that you don't mind being a little confused. The battles scenes are awesome and if you are an action junkie, then they will keep you satisfied.
I hope this review has helped you in some way/shape/form. Happy anime watching!! ^_^
Jul 6, 2008
Mecha fans will get a kick out of the refined (and super-sexy) Eva designs. I had a bit of a nerd-gasm when Eva-01 showed of its new glow-in-the-dark panels.The whole series has been modernized, too. The now ancient-looking real-life technology from 1995 (I'll be surprised if they keep the Sega Saturn in the later movies) has been replaced, and the designs for the Geofront and Nerv look more streamlined and cohesive. The CG animation isn't that intrusive, and it really spruces up the battles. They mirror the scenes from the show almost exactly, only with much more pizzaz. Think of it as the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition of anime, without the crying fanboys. Like Star Wars SE, the iconic explosions have been enhanced, and the angel deaths are much cooler. Everything sings and shines and looks cool as hell.
While I was never much of a fan of the Japanese dub of Evangelion (ADV did a great job, guys. Show 'em some love.), they do a servicable job. Gendou still sounds awesome, Misato still makes us desire more fanservice, Rei is still moe, and Shinji sounds like a little girl-All is right with the world. Hopefully, Funimation can gather the old crew together when they record their dub.
Oh, and did I mention that the theme "Angel of Doom" is Engrishly awesome? It is. I love it. It's worth losing a few of the theme songs in the show for that alone.
Watch it, watch it, watch it. read more
Jun 30, 2008
Apr 26, 2011
The main problem I have with the show is the horrible main protagonist. All he ever did in this whole film is whine and complain on literally anything and everything. Any conversation he has with other characters, anything he dose, anything he thinks about, nothing but whining and complaining comes out. It really enraged me and made it difficult to connect to the characters of the show. Despite that, its a great film and I wouldn't dissuade anyone from seeing it. Just beware of the terrible protagonist. Hopefully he gets better in the next film. read more
Jun 10, 2010
Story: 9 (Follows the original show's story, which isn't a bad thing)
Art: 10 (Cristal clear designs and colors)
Sound: 9 (Once again, true to the original formula)
Character: 10 (Unique as always)
Enjoyment: 8 (While this isn't the most enjoyable series, the combat segments are a treat)
Overall: 9.2 (Great remake of a great series)
Mar 11, 2012
I was pleasantly surprised when i watched this movie, and i have to say they have totally improved the anime with this movie.
For example throughout the series "Angels" appear a mechanical constructs that dont bleed. Now that isn't correct as the Angels are for a matter of fact a different possible course of man kind. (if you watch the series you''ll understand)
When i watched the movie i was extremely happy with the fact that they made the angels more "ALIVE" it helped correct that terrible mistake and been a guy who loves gory movies/animes/shows it really added to my happiness meter.
Though i am disappointed with the fact that they made it a movie instead of a remaking of the series. As what they did in this was pretty much take all the "life" out of the actual story and just put in the important bits and kept all the action.
Im not saying that is a bad thing, some people prefer a shorter more action based animes, and so do I. Even now i skip bits in anime to get to the good bits.
But with this anime you need those 'life' scenes though i still have not seen the other movies of this series i truly intend to. It was a magnificent movie, as i was saying with the scenes they cut out between the 3 angels you find alot more of the story is explained.
I recommend this movie to people who like seeing battles between big 'robot' like beings and gory blood. Though i would recommend watching Neon Genesis: Evangelion as well.
Though you would be more than likely skip bits and pieces if you watch it after watching this series as i have said it is practically a remake that makes better use of technology and keeps more to the fact that Angels are alive rather than mechanical constructs.
To conclude this review and to simplify the babble.
This movie is a remake of the original series, but dramatically improves the scenes that are in it.
It is dramatically shorter. and only has 3 Angels in this movie out of a grand total of 12 (feel free to correct that its been awhile since i watched the original series).
Ive got some disappointment with the fact that its a movie and not and series like its predecessor but that doesnt change the fact that is a brilliant anime movie. And the fact it was released separately (I personally prefer a super long movie to lots of short ones)
Recommended for Lovers of Large beings fighting one another, and gory blood soaked tears of joy.
Once you watch this anime you'll never want it to end. read more
Apr 2, 2013
Dec 14, 2010
I tried to watch the TV series but it just got too boring after 12 episodes. To sum it up: Whiny fuckin EMO kids mixed with MECH Battles and Illuminati Symbolism!
How is the upgraded blu-ray "Rebuild of Evangelion 1.11"? the same fucking shit but way better animation, don't get me wrong it looks fuckin cool and slick. I actually enjoyed it more than the TV series. Whiny EMO kids at least with underage nudity exists, and the MECH battles look cooler in "HD", but nothing really engaging about the characters or story.
I WILL watch the other remakes just to see how plot develops.
But honestly...this is some overrated shit!
Nov 21, 2009
But enough about me ranting, lets get on with the review of the first movie of the rebuild series, Evangelion: 1.0.
Story: It's Eva, I think you know the story by now. But in 1.0 it felt a bit more condensed and a bit more manageable for new viewers and fans of the story alike. I mean, either we get to the interesting points, or watch Shinji be a whiny bitch for most of the movie (thank the gods that was reduced). B for story
Art: Most of the movie I was mesmerized by the art. It was visually stunning and it really fit with the movie. I personally love the Eva designs and the details on the monitors for the Evas and NERV HQ. Also scenery was top notch. A+
Sound: It really sounded like the TV series. Remastered of course. A
Character: Development of the characters went like the TV series did. Voices were all right. But I dont like the dub voice for Shinji, a little too whiny for my tastes. A
Enjoyment: I love this movie and got the enjoyment of just watching how they arranged it. If you like Eva, you will love this movie. A
Overall: I would recommend it to Eva fans and newcomers alike. The fans would love the changes (or hate them), and the newcomers would just love the look, feel, and story.
Well the rebuild series is promising and by the looks of the first movie, will be awesome. Cant wait for 2.0. I mean this series won't take a plot twist that definitely change the story... read more
May 22, 2008
This DVD included ep 1-6 all fully remastered and even more awesome than before. the next DVD release will definitely be a blast. The best shocker I've seen in years came after the credits. SO~ make sure to watch the entire credit sequence. It's well worth the wait. not only that, but you have to give the people their dues. read more
May 4, 2013
Btw I gave the original TV series a 4.
This remake fulfills its purpose - the retro feel is gone and general quality is up - and you can even get this in full HD.
Everything, beside plot shifts and new developments, is condensed and the pace is much more steady. For me this is a positive change, since the original 26 episodes plus ending movie felt a bit like torture.
As of this movie, the characters seem to have been tuned, although I can't say I like them.
So, if you are debating which to try, I would definitely say go for the Rebuild, to spare yourself time and pain(possibly). read more
Feb 20, 2012
Remember that in the end of that movie, Rei asked Shinji if he wanted to restart everything again even though the humanity would make the same mistake twice and he said yes, so this is a continuation, thats why some of the scenes and stuff are different.
So... thats all I wanted to express, because I know a lot of people think that its the same as the anime but no :)
For the reason that I gave you above, I think that the story of this movie is great.
The art is great to, and in I've always loved the songs in this anime so...in my opinion the music and sound is excelent.
The characters are so psichological, and even though Asuka doesn't appear in this movie (she is my fav character xD) I gave them a 10!
I really enjoyed the movie, the fights with the monsters or angels... where so cool!!!
So... this is my review.
I think I didnt wrote any spoiler :p read more