After watching the final episodes of the original Evangelion series, I was really baffled. What happened? I understood that it all took place in Shinji's mind, but that's about it. Where was the ending? What really happened?
Those answers are provided by End of Evangelion. We get an alternate retelling of the two last episodes, outside Shinji's mind. From the awakening of Lilith to the result of the Instrumentality, we get to see it all. Of course, there's a lot of moments which are confusing (this is Evangelion, after all), but you kinda get a better understanding of everything that happened. Oh, and for the
sake of your well-being, remember that the age rating *is* 17+. There are some really gross scenes in this movie (but that's all I can tell you without spoiling too much).
Also, kudos to the animation in this one. I've always enjoyed Evangelion's animation, everything's just really neat, and incredibly flawless, and it stands off as good even today. The same goes for End of Evangelion. Nice animation, and I really like the effects appearing when the Eva series are invoking the Third Impact. I was a bit surprised that they suddenly decided put in real-life clips. For what reason they did it, I don't know, but for me, it certainly had its positive effects.
One thing I've also always enjoyed about Evangelion (it's a lot), is the music. Music often portrays the mood very well, so much that you can often only by listening to the song get a picture of the current mood. However, the music they use in Evangelion often goes the opposite way and make a great contrast to the events unfolding. This, however, only strengthens the mood more than any song portraying the mood in a normal way would do. Not to mention that the songs they used in End of Evangelion are great as stand-alone music as well.
Evangelion is a psychological anime, and the characters are and behave thusly. They're all traumatized, or have some kind of emotional problems going on. The original series portrayed the characters and their problems very well, and the movie did that as well. I feel that they are real human beings, and I end up sympathizing with them. They have deep emotional struggles, and you're nearly dragged into them.
Shortly summarized, the movie was very much like the original series, at the same time also explaining many things the original series didn't. If you've watched the original series, you should definitely watch this, because it's *at least* equally good.
It's going to be very hard to review this movie because its basically a work of art. The first half of the movie provides all the action and big events that Eva fans would want in the movie, but its really the second act that is the most important part. The second half is an astonishing piece of filmmaking that essentially challenges common filmmaking and boldly dares to ask questions most filmakers wouldn't dare going to.
Most of the following won't make sense if you have no knowledge of Eva. The entire second half of the movie takes place within Shinji's mind as
the third impact is happening. As he is in a state of introspect, reminesing about the wrongs people have done to him and the loneliness and isolation he has in life, it develops not only his character, but the characters of everybody in his mind. Misato, Asuka, Rei, and Kaoru all gain great depth as they converse with Shinji in his mind and at least in the beginning, fail to convince him to stop the third impact.
It is after the third impact has happened however, that this masterpiece really stays with you. Shinji realizes what he has done and comes to realize truths within himself he couldnt understand with others around him. It is finally Rei/Yui that makes him come to terms with his existance and the value he gives to everybody around him. The film for the most part ends with Shinji undoing the third impact, after realizing he wants to see everybody again because the happy memories he has, no matter how few, are real.
It is in this chaos and often confusion of Shinji's and everybody's minds that director Hideaki Anno raises questions about the nature of humanity's existance and whether life is worth living, even in all the pain everyone and everything around us brings us. The answer is ultimately yes, but it is the process to getting to that answer that makes this film a masterpiece.
I'm not going to try to convince anybody who already isn't an Eva fan that this film will change your mind about the series, because it won't. But the truth of the matter is that this film is a masterpiece in not only anime, but in animation and filmmaking in general. It is not afraid to ask some of the most philisophical questions we can ask ourselves as people and is not afraid to have us, the viewer, realize the answers even as the characters on screen attempt to do the same. If you are going to see this movie, watch the 26 episode show first, or you'll have no idea what is going on. End of Evangelion is one of the most artistic and beautiful movies I have ever seen, animated or not, and is a mandatory movie to watch I believe for anybody who considers themselves a fan of anime or film in general.
End of Evangelion is truly a masterpiece of an anime movie.
For me, like many other fans, the last two episodes of the anime series of NGE left me feeling a little frustrated and confused. They are fantastic and innovative as stand alone works but do not serve as a satisfying conclusion to what was an amazing anime. EoE, however, allows Anno to give his magnum opus the ending it truly deserves: beautifully animated, packed with action and philosophical to the core, this film does not disappoint.
Taking place in the same universe as the anime, EoE serves as a re-telling of events outside of Shinji's
mind or as an entirely alternative ending. The beauty if this movie for me is that it does not spoon feed you the premise, instead it is up to you to decide what exactly is real, what is symbolic and what is psychological.
The first half of the movie acts like standard NGE fare...there is plenty of action, and an interesting threat falls upon the nerv headquarters. We are treated to a fantastic Asuka based fight scene, which breaks up nicely the scenes of drama involving Shinji. The interactions between side characters are stellar as always, and one never feels as though a character is being neglected...even the minor members of cast are three dimensional with their own wants and ideals.
The second half of the movie is when Anno's depth of work begins to truly shine. Beautifully animated, with stunning apocalyptic scenes, this part of the movie can be enjoyed as an analogy about the fear of being hurt, and the need for the warmth of others. Shinji's fear of reaching out to others has (or almost has) devastating consequences as the world without barriers he envisioned appears before him. The philosophical narration does not read as psychobabble at all: instead, EoE steadily makes simple points about the nature of life. Despite the scenes of destruction EoE presents, the narrative is largely optimistic: as an example, one quote is "if you are alive, any place can be heaven,".
As always, this is a wonderfully animated work. The backgrounds of the movie are stunning, and the larger budget definitely shows through, with complex action sequences and amazing, surreal and cosmic scenery galore. EoE is a feast for the eyes! The music, while somewhat dissonant to the general theme of the movie, is great, and strong enough to be appreciated as stand alone pieces. Like the NGE anime, this movie uses famous classical music, which create a dramatic effect.
I watched the original japanese Version, and the voice acting was fantastic. Particularly the voice of Shinji...Megumi Ogata is some woman! From crying to *ahem* ....other things..she performs realistically and with a tone of voice so unusual yet convincing. Rei's seiyuu was also fantastic, voicing her with that hint of emotion that is needed for such a complex girl.
Expect to see some character development, especially from Shinji and Rei in this movie! Even the villanious Gendou becomes more sympathetic. The interactions between Rei and Gendou and Shinji and Misato are some of the most heart rending of EoE, however, surprise encounters between the supporting cast (particularly the lovely Maya) also tugged at my heart strings.
All in all, EoE is fantastic and an imperative part of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. This wonderful movie offers some of the best animation and characterisation I have scene in any series. If you are dissatisfied by the ending of NGE, this will be the conclusion you have been waiting for!
If you were to look up "mindfuck" in the dictionary, the dictionary woud bitchslap you into a coma then proceed to surgically insert The End of Evangelion DVD straight into your brain.
Let's break this thing down by category:
Story - The twisted film conclusion to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series, meant to take the place of the final two episodes. Is the conclusion good? If you like a good mindfuck, nay, mindrape, then yes. It is the pinnacle of excellence in this regard, as it is quite possibly the most psychotic film you are ever likely to see, anime or otherwise.
Art - If you like the
style of NGE, then you'll be having eyegasms over this film. The animation especially is quite nice. Mitsuo Iso's "full limited" animation style makes Asuka's final battle one of the most visceral action sequences in anime to date.
Music - A soundtrack of the caliber of FLCL or Cowboy Bebop, but in the span of a single film. Or in other words, you'll be having nonstop eargasms in addition to the eyegasms. The highlights are 身代わりの侵入, 空しき流れ, Thanatos - If I Can't Be Yours, Komm Susser Tod, 不安との密月, and 閉塞の拡大. Truly an outstanding soundtrack by Shiro Sagisu, which he has been trying (and failing) to match with the soundtracks for the Rebuild of Evangelion films, which are still amazing in their own right.
Characters - Exquisitely messed up in all the right ways. But you should already know that from the TV series, right?
Voice Acting (dub) - Overall a solid dub despite a tiny bit of cheesiness in some of the lines and their deliveries. Alison Keith is definitely the superstar here, as she delivers one of the best voice acting performances of all time with Misato's final scene. Truly great stuff.
Enjoyment - If all of the above sounds good to you, then 10/10. Otherwise... you might want to steer clear.
Overall, my favorite film of all time... well, maybe tied with 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The story starts in a fairly disorienting manner and then moves quickly from there. After about 20 minutes of confusion, however, the anime soon finds its feet and I began to be able to follow what was going on. At around 40 minutes in I was actually somewhat interested... and then, the anime falls apart under its own philosophical weight. Apparently, the creators of this anime thought that they could substitute all semblences of plot with random scenes that supposedly have symbolic meaning. A quote from Roger Ebert's movie glossary comes to mind: "If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didnt."
I have seen
this movie several times, and still cannot enjoy the film one iota. I do not believe that it is because I didn't "get" the film; I believe that there is quite simply nothing to get. Certain Neon Genesis Evangelion fanboys have gotten a huge kick out of analyzing the show and attempting to fabricate some sort of interpretation of the events that transpire, but in my opinion this is a futile endeavor. The shows plot was deliberately made incomprehensible for incomprehensibilitys sake; there is no meaning to the show other than to have no meaning whatsoever.
The difference between this film and other virtually indecipherable anime (see: Cat Soup, Paprika) is that End of Evangelion pretentiously demands interpretation.There is nothing to entertain the viewer beyond the movie's pompous symbolism, and this is the film's downfall.
Generally, the animation is pretty damn good. Because of the film's obviously larger budget, End of Evangelion improves on the excellent original character designs with greatly improved fluidity and backgrounds. A sequence near the end, where iridescent crosses spring from Earth, is one of the nicer pieces of eye candy that I have seen. Another highlight is Asuka's central fight midway through the show, which oozes with perfectly stylized violence.
The awesome animation is marred, however, by two dreadfully awful sequences. In one scene, the "anime" is not animated at all. Instead, a person with a low budget camcorder randomly wanders around town, filming things like empty movie theatres. This comes as quite a shock midway through and manages to come across as exceedingly ugly. Many people I have spoke with have tried to defend the scene by citing its symbolic meaning, but all of them have given me different answers. Ultimately, the sequence is a jarring break from the continuity of the animation, and definitely hurts both the show's pacing and overall video quality.
In another scene, there is a horrendously long sequence in which thousands of still frames are flashed across the screen at a mind-numbing rate. Never before have I had to sit through such an obviously expensive, thoroughly pointless, and horrifically painful section in anime.
In general, I found the sound to be pretty much flawless. The music does a pretty good job of setting the mood even as the story is falling apart, and voice acting is still excellent. Sound effects, particularly in Asukas battle, are nicely done.
Some may disagree, but I thought the original characters of Evangelion were excellent. All of them were almost perfectly imperfect, and as a result managed to capture some of the darkest parts of the human soul. While none of the characters were particularly likeable, every single one was captivating in their infinite flaws.These promising characters, however, are pretty much destroyed in the treadmill of an awful story. By the end of the show, just about every single individual has lost his or her humanity; their actions no longer reflect any semblence of logic or compassion. Forget character development - this is an anime about action figures.Because of this, what was arguably Neon Genesis Evangelions greatest strength becomes End of Evangelions biggest fault.
I went into this anime genuinely hoping that at last I would find a little closure to Evangelion. Instead, I got this. Deliberately plotless, the creators apparantly assumed that they could pass off mindless and pointless scenes under the pretense of "art." A huge budget is wasted, a good storyline is desecrated, and one of the most promising animes of 1997 is put to shame. Pretentious and disappointing, End of Evangelion is certainly down there among some of the worst anime that I have seen.
The ending to the popular Anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, left many questions as to the fate of NERV, the children, the Angels, and many other plot factors unanswered or otherwise hanging.
To answer the baffled Evangelion fans, Gainax remade the ending into a two-part movie known as Death and Rebirth, which was to replace episodes 25 and 26 of the television series, which then led to this movie, Death and Rebirth itself being recreated into part one of The End of Evangelion. It begins much in the same fashion, with the final Angel already having been defeated, and the current enemy switching to humanity
itself, as SEELE unleashes its own plan for the Evas and NERV... and indeed for the entire human race. What role will our depressed boy Shinji play in this dangerous situation? Will Gendo's plan swallow up all of humanity? Will Hideaki Anno ever figure out how to end an anime? These questions and more will be answered in what looks to be the final installment of Evangelion.
This movie can be taken in three ways if you are a fan of Eva and watched the original series:
1. It can replace the original ending to Neon Genesis Evangelion entirely
2. It can be viewed as an alternate ending
3. It can be viewed alongside the final two episodes of the series
I liked the original ending honestly, but this ending was better if you ask me, due to several factors that is. This was a highly anticipated Anime feature film for it's time, and the experience I had with it is unforgettable. Evangelion is a love-hate type of series, you either love it or you hate it. If you are one of the people who loved this movie, or one of the people who hated it, you cannot deny that this movie did something right at the very least to be memorable.
Gainax really upped their game here with this movie. The first half is very good, there are spectacular action scenes, which were present in the TV series, but in this movie they went full force and all out with the production. You get some amazing action sequences between Asuka and the Eva series. As for the movie's second half, we are given philosophical, metaphorical, artistic imagery and a well thought out dialogue for most of it. I'm not going to go into much detail with this movie's imagery and dialogue, as in I don't want to discuss what I understood and what boggled my mind while watching this movie. I'm just going to say that this movie is a glorious brain wreck that I believe the viewers have to experience for themselves to form their own opinions on it. It is filled with this philosophical, psychological, metaphorical and mind boggling imagery that is a bit hard to decipher, which makes this ending a bit ambiguous for most. It's like the show's original ending, but way more visual.
The animation in this movie is a huge upgrade to the TV show. It looks three times better than the show, and the obvious reason for this is that the movie had a bigger budget than the show, which had a hard time keeping up with the budget. It is done really well for it's time and the action scenes are spectacular in this movie. Gainax really went to a whole other level in 1997, and this film was their beautiful creation. Aside from the beautiful animation, there was a live action scene at the very end. I don't know what the point of the scene was, but I believe that Anno did this to add more deep meaning to the movie, and make it more artistic.
The voice acting in this movie is spectacular. When it comes to voice acting, the Japanese cast goes all out here and expresses the full emotions of the characters. I watched this movie in both dubbed and subbed, and I can safely say that the subbed version was way better here. The dubbed movie was not that good to be honest, the voice acting was fine and did it's job, but it was not as good as the subbed counterpart. I also noticed that the dub added some stuff from their own, rather than just dubbing over the movie. What I noticed was that they added a cartoonish sound effect in one scene, which felt really out of place and did not serve to better the movie in any way. Rather, the sound effect they added made the scene it was inserted in less serious. If you are wondering what scene I am talking about, it's the one where Misato kills a soldier, who was about to kill Shinji during the first half of the movie. The dub added a goo sound effect to the blood for some odd reason, the sub just had a gun shot and a silent death, which was more fitting for the scene, and kept the serious tone going. There are other odd sound effects that the dub decided to add for some reason, all of which made me like the sub more.
The soundtrack in this movie is spectacular and pleasing to listen to. It is not only good, but also feels unique in it's own way. Shiro Saguso, the music producer for the movie, really let himself go all out here. I had listened to some of his tracks before watching the movie, but this might as well be his best work. The tracks here are scary and haunting, and add more depth to the atmosphere that the movie was striving to achieve. Komm, süsser Tod is the the best one and the most memorable track, because it is the only happy sounding track in the whole movie, and where does it play? During the film's darkest moment. Due to it being the only happy sounding track in the movie, it leaves you shocked and surprised when it first appears. Oh, wait, it sounds happy, but it is actually a track that talks about suicide and death when you search for it's lyrics... I've never been fooled by a movie before, but this movie takes the absolute cake. How could I have even thought that something joyful, even as simple as a song, could come out of Evangelion? I thought the song was cheerful not only in the way it sounds, but also in it's lyrics. Congratulations, Evangelion! The soundtrack was great during the first half, and amazing during it's second half.
Overall, the End of Evangelion is a spectacular feast to behold, but it is definitely not for everyone. There are some things people will like about it, and some things they will dislike about it. Some people would call it awesome, while others would call it awful. Some people would call it a masterpiece, while others would call it a pretentious piece of trash. I agree with the former, I don't think that Evangelion is a masterpiece per say, but it is unique enough to distinguish itself from other Anime titles and be it's own kind of thing. It is exciting enough to keep you at the edge of your seat for most of it's duration. It adds everything in an interesting way, from religious symbolism and philosophy to spectacular action scenes, and blends them all together in a unique way.
End of Evangelion is a movie experience unlike any other that I have ever witnessed. It is more brutal and violent than the series before it (which says something), and it has some of the most insane plot elements and imagery that you will ever see from any Anime movie. It manages to wrap up all of the plot threads that were left hanging from the original show, and it ends on a note that can be seen as bleak and depressing for some, or hopeful for others. For a show that has a lot of ambiguous things going for it, I feel that this is a perfect ending for a franchise like Evangelion.
It is a movie that I really enjoyed, and I would recommend you go give it a watch.
“Man is spirit. But what is spirit? Spirit is the self. But what is the self? The self is a relation which relates itself to its own self, or it is that in the relation [which accounts for it] that the relation relates itself to its own self; the self is not the relation but [consists in the fact] that the relation relates itself to its own self. Man is a synthesis of the infinite and the finite, of the temporal and the eternal, of freedom and necessity; in short, it is a synthesis. A synthesis is a relation between two factors. So regarded, man
is not yet a self.”
If you do not understand the quotation above, it is doubtful you truly understand The End of Evangelion. Does this mean you are an idiot? No. Both Kierkegaard and Anno use flowery, pretentious language. Instead of getting to the point, they use convoluted phrases to give the impression of depth.
The End of Evangelion. This film, like the anime series, has its fair share of fans and critics. Although this reviewer liked the film, which does not mean he necessarily enjoyed all of it, he belongs to the latter group. From its incoherent narrative to its plot holes to its implausibility—let us not forget clichés and contrivances—the film is riddled with flaws; this is an undeniable fact. Were it not Evangelion, it is reasonable to assume the film would have been met with a negative reaction upon release.
Let us be honest. Several reviewers on here, as well as fans in general, were disappointed with the ending of the series. People were confused on what actually happened and did not like the philosophy and psychological introspection; the finale seemed to be a departure from the already established storytelling format—and it was. The End of Evangelion, the alternate ending, is no different in this regard, so it is puzzling why fans accepted it.
The film has the same structure as the series: the first half is typical fare, and the conclusion goes into an overload of philosophy (but with more visuals). As with the original ending, existential themes are explored. Philosophical discussion is welcomed, but only if it serves a purpose. It does not. The ending—no, the film itself—is controversial and for good cause. Many of the scenes, and the ending itself, are ambiguous. Hideaki Anno did not bring closure to his story: people still have no clue what happened or what it all means. (According to MAL reviewer Kajia, even the DVD commentators could not comprehend several scenes.)
Anyone who states they understand the true meaning (the intended interpretation) behind the film is a liar. Without input from the director, we cannot know. This is not a flaw, but a positive characteristic. The beauty of The End of Evangelion is you are allowed to take what you want from the film, and your viewing experience depends entirely upon your past and knowledge base. If the film changed your life, if your interpretation of the film differs from others, or if you believe the film is nonsensical, that is fine. No one can say you are wrong. With that said, an interpretation of the message(s) behind the film will be given. (Do not read any further if you have not watched the film.)
From the beginning, Neon Genesis Evangelion has provided commentary on humanity and life. Continuing on from the series, Shinji, the protagonist, struggles with determining whether his life is worth living, although it does seem he is quite resolute on ‘no’ for the majority of the film. It is only when circumstances—no, the world—changes Shinji realizes it is better to keep living and within the company of others. He is essentially embracing the absurd: he understands he will keep attempting to find meaning but will never be able to find any. It is better to live a life without meaning rather than not live at all, even if we are miserable.
The goal of the Human Instrumentality Project is to merge all souls or individual consciousness into one entity, one consciousness. No individuality—just sameness. No conflict, no pain, no struggle for identity. This seems like a good thing, right? Wrong. Life is a continuous struggle for identity, and conflict & pain are inevitable. Shinji realizes this and rejects Instrumentality. Multiple individual existences can be born once again from the single entity, given that people realize what differentiates themselves from others; in other words, they must find their self.
"How disgusting." This final remark is not directed at Shinji but rather humanity. Hideaki Anno does not like that society forces us to be what we are not (inauthentic self) instead of what we actually are (authentic self). We are all pressured to act a certain way, even though these behaviors are not true to ourselves. We act for them (the they-self) rather than for our self. Our personality or mindset is shaped by the collective; our identity is created for us. Anno thinks we should create our own identity, not be easily influenced by society, and remain true to our self, living authentically rather than inauthentically.
There is disagreement over character development in the film. Some reviewers claimed the characters did not develop in the series but did in the film. No. This reviewer does not hold to this belief. In the series, their development was directly related to their mental state. We observed how the characters' mental condition deteriorated. The series served as a character study, and the characters were great and realistic. (Those who suffer from depression or emotional problems do not recover easily. Without help, their condition can easily become worse.) In the film, there was character development, but it was limited to Shinji and Rei. Shinji became more disturbed (the infamous scene) and Rei became independent, no longer a puppet to Gendo. Asuka's recovery should not be accepted as character development: it was a contrivance.
The philosophy, symbolism, and unclear ending are the reasons why this film is still actively discussed. The aforementioned elements made The End of Evangelion an influential film, but not a masterpiece. Furthermore, the philosophy was incorporated to make the film look cool. It was redundant and often jumped from concept to concept. The original ending, although repetitive as well, is the superior ending. It provided for an interesting meditation on individuality, bad faith, Dasein (authentic self), and das Man (inauthentic self) through psychology.
When a film starts with the main character giving himself a wank over an unconscious girl after he reveals her breasts by accident, you know you're in for a treat.
"It's the end of the world Ladies and Gentlemen, and I'm feeling fine".
After a huge middle finger to the audience that were episodes 25 and 26 of the TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion, and the not-unexpected outrage and protests by the fans, the series' creator Hideaki Anno fell into a whole new level of depression that was so deep it hit the centre of the Earth, bounced back through its own anus, turned into a hysteric
hatred towards the fans and shot up right back into Anno's big head, traversing his large intestine on the way back and thereby planting some serious shit into his head. The result was a giant wank in the face and the ensuing skull-fucking that was the "End of Evangelion" movie. And what a movie it is!
Films like End of Evangelion are a rarity, and only come about every couple of years. This movie is the anime equivalent of "Dungeons and Dragons" or "The Room"; a movie so epically bad it's a joy to watch. Though, there is one precondition to properly enjoying this film if you have the misfortune of owning a brain ( unlike the people who rate this magnificent turd a 10/10 ); you have to give all your fucks beforehand. The opening scene of Shinji wanking over comatose Asuka should assist you in switching off the "caring" mode, in which case, you're in for a roller-coaster ride through some of the most amazing shit that has ever been animated. I'll say it openly: I enjoyed this movie a lot, only not in a way you'd usually associate with the word "enjoy".
You may have noticed by now that this review is already different from my usual ones, and that's due to two reasons:
1. End of Evangelion is in a special league of its own regarding the films in general, let alone the anime I usually watch
2. I just don't give two f*cks. This is a rant and I intend to enjoy it. So buckle up and prepare to go!
As the opening scene plainly shows, Anno's single most important objective in this film is pissing the fanbase off as much as possible, and he accomplishes this superbly and in numerous ways.
First of them; making the already unlikeable and despised Shinji as appalling and disgusting as possible. There isn't a single person with a sane mind that doesn't loathe and hate Shinji and doesn't want to torture him in the most gruesome, most painful ways possible. If you thought he was spineless and whiny in the series, just wait to see how he acts during the film, and in particular during the first half of the series, when instead of fighting off the enemy in his Eva, he sits under the staircase, weeps and cries for the unconscious Asuka to come and help him. After he gave himself a wank over her just two minutes earlier. OUR PROTAGONIST LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
What he does in the face of an impending apocalypse is even more admirable, but I shall discuss that later.
Sadly ( well, for me, fortunately! ), other characters aren't spared either.
Remember Major Misato Katsuragi ( which reminds me that Masamune Shirow and Mamoru Oshii should sue someone ) and how she was turning into Anno towards the series finale ( along with the rest of the cast )? You know, becoming all depressed and upset and stuff? Well, mr. Anno clearly doesn't, for she's all tough and fiery at the beginning of the movie. Hell, she basically bitch-slaps Shinji for being such a whiny, spineless bitch, and practically embodies the feelings of the audience in doing so. Shame she doesn't put a bullet in his head, not only would she make the viewers happy, she'd save the whole of mankind from turning into a stale orange juice. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Anyways, her character in the movie, while awesome, is inconsistent with the series, and seeing how this movie is supposed to replace episodes 25&26 as the proper ending for Evangelion, that's a minus I can't overlook.
Asuka starts off as being unconscious, then wakes up to be catatonic and scared and depressed - just like she was at the end of ep 24. Then, in literally 20 seconds during which she has a vision of her mother, she makes a 180 degrees turn and proceeds to kick some evil-Eva arse. Great writing there, Anno!
It doesn't at all negate and spit on what was arguably the best about NGE!
Immediately afterwards, though, as soon as she fulfills her role of a plot device, she's cast aside until the very last scene of the movie.
Same with Rei, who is barely present for the first half of the movie ( albeit it's understandable why that is so ), only to saturate the screen for the most of the second half. She's also ripped of her previous personality, uncompromisingly sticking it to Gendo and accepting her destiny as Anno's final plot device in the quest to piss the fans so much you can cover the entire Earth in piss.
Even though there was hardly anyone really likeable in the NGE's cast of characters, and even though they were all deeply flawed as people, they were believable and good characters ( until the last third of the series at least ) and End of Evangelion stripped them of everything, disregarding continuity and only making Shinji the most hated fictional character of all time after Jar Jar Binks.
Well, the first batch of turds, in form of handling character development, is done with. Onwards, to the plot!
Plot-wise, End of Evangelion is rather similar to the preceding TV series; it starts off decently enough ( not counting the opening wank scene ), only to collapse spectacularly in the second half, falling so hard it destroyed the world and liquified all living things in the process.
But while decent, the first part was still not very good, and in retrospect, it falls apart together with the rest of the movie. It's riddled with the aforementioned character inconsistency, plot holes, contrivances, repetition of ad-hoc resolutions from the original series ( namely, when Ritsuko stops a massive hack of the Magi supercomputers... AGAIN, and in the exact same way, only much, much faster ), and much more. There's also some ridiculous no brainers like this one: the Japanese military are assaulting the NERV HQ. While their forces are still inside the facility, trying to retrieve the Evas, their own forces DETONATE AN N2 MINE OVER THEIR HEADS, blasting the Geofront into pieces. I don't care if it doesn't have any radioactive fallout, a nuke is still a nuke and you don't shoot it at a target when your own men are inside!
While entertaining, the first half is convoluted, full of contrived plot points and generally a fine example of lazy writing that's only done in the first place to prepare the setting for the ultimate mind-fucking-wank-fest-epically-pretentious-mind-numbing metaphisical clusterf*ck that is the second half of "End of Evangelion".
To put it simply, if the infamous live-pudding-scene from "Akira" and the Eclipse episodes from "Berserk" had an s&m orgy during a black mass and conceived a baby, which in turn were to be raised by David Cronenberg, than the second half of the movie would be that baby.
There's just no point in explaining it, you have to see it to believe it. If the episodes 25 and 26 were mindfuck. then this is an all-out gang-bang orgy of Anno randomly throwing around epically grotesque and random scenes filled with pointless and shameless religious symbolism that very unsubtly screams "ASK ME WHAT IT MEANS! ASK ME WHAT IT MEANS!" What does all that symbolism mean? Fuck all, that's what, and it's so painfully obvious, that the endless and futile attempts by the rabid fans to read some deeper meaning into it causes me, and the creator, that big troll, to laugh my arse off because they've taken the bait and allowed Anno to win.
Also, if I may quote from Roger Ebert's movie glossary: "If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didnt." Albeit the quote goes a bit too far, the point still stands.
We also get some of the trademark navel-gazing too, because ep 25 and 26 just weren't enough. What a joy!
Anyways, all the spectacular mind-fuckery and endless nudity of the second half aside, there's one remaining and pretty major flaw of the story. Guess what it is. If your answer was: it's not conclusive, then CONGRATULATIONS!
Yes, despite being promoted as a proper and cohesive conclusion of the series that's supposed to tie up all the loose ends and provide answers to countless questions that were raised over the course of the series, it fails to achieve that.
As previously mentioned, many of the "resolutions" were either contrived and unsatisfying, or were drowned in the sea of random grotesqueness and symbolism of the second half of the movie. And to top it all, the ending only raises some more questions, leaving the story without a proper and complete conclusion once more. Well done Anno, there aren't many people with the ( lack of ) skill to do that. I'd take my hat off for you if I had one.
Now, the few good things about the movie. I gave it 3/10 not 1/10 after all.
The visuals are very good throughout the movie, with the exception of a short period of live-action stock footage near the end of the film.
In that one scene, a person with a low budget camcorder randomly wanders around town, filming things like empty movie theatres or city streets. This comes as quite a shock midway through and manages to come across as exceedingly ugly. The point? A pretentious and futile attempt to make the movie relevant to the real world and probably further connect with the audience. Well, it failed.
Again towards the end of the movie, there is a horrendously long sequence in which thousands of still frames are flashed across the screen at a mind-numbing rate. People suffering from epileptic seizures are warned. This warning also applies to the people without such medical conditions. It's very tiresome.
The music does a pretty good job of setting the mood even as the story is falling apart, and voice acting is still excellent. Sound effects, particularly in Asuka's battle, are nicely done. Obligatory pretentious tracks ( namely J. Sebastian Bach's music ) are obligatory. The climactic scenes of apocalypse are played to the sounds of a pop song "Komm, Susser Tod", a bright and upbeat piece that could be played at parties and weddings if its title weren't "Come, Sweet Death!" and if its lyrics weren't about suicide and the end of the world. I'll give you three guesses as to who wrote the lyrics.
Well, that's it! The end of End of Evangelion. And what a steaming pile of dick and cock it was, yet I absolutely loved it! The main reason why I loved is because, unlike NGE, which was an extremely mixed bag with some very good stuff and lots of very bad stuff, End of Evangelion was just plainly horrible and I could just indulge in pure, justified hatred that my rational and objective mind didn't allow me with the original series.
This is the film that turns everything it touches into shit, and yet dances around pompously, demanding attention and critical recognition in the most trollish manner possible. Its story fails at just about every level imaginable - truly, a movie of such epic and total badness only comes around once a while. In every aspect; plot, characters, dialogue, style, themes... it was such absolute rubbish it reached a Nirvana of Bad and moved to a higher plane of existence.
An incredibly entertaining movie if you watch it with a certain mindset. If not, you're either going to smash your TV/computer, or become even more depressed than Anno after pondering the fact that the humanity has been destroyed and turned into a giant orange soup by a character so spineless an disgusting, he makes Werther and Jar Jar look like appealing characters.
Do NOT watch this movie. It is the single most soul-crushingly depressing thing ever spawned from the depths of human imagination. It takes all of the closure, hopes, and expectations you had for the end of the series and blasts them into the sun. It is the single worst possible ending to anything EVER.
I guess I should explain myself. Admittedly, the first half of the movie wasn't so bad. It was exciting and tragic and incredibly cryptic, all things we've come to expect from Evangelion. It was all really just a backdrop for the end, when all of the loose plot threads and secrets that
the series had been hinting at here and there but never got around to adressing would finally be brought to a glorious and satisfying conclusion that would be sung about by nerds the world over for generations to come. Except that that didn't happen. No, what we got instead was what can only be described as the horrid fever dream of a delusional psychopath bent on destroying the spirit of hopeful geeks everywhere. Seriously, I can't even describe it. I'm not even sure what the hell happened! All that I knew by the time that it was over was that everyone on Earth was dead. Or maybe they weren't. I DON'T KNOW!!!!
So in conclusion, don't watch this movie. You'll regret it for the rest of your life and anyone who says otherwise is a dirty liar that you should reevaluate your relationship with to see if they don't actually secretly hate you.
It's here, the one I really am not looking forward to. Yeah, I'm familiar with Neon Genesis Evangelion. I watched a good amount of it before deciding to just read the synopses for the remaining episodes to see if the characters ever stopped being unbearable only to immediately drop it when I learned that not only were the characters never going to improve but the plot was going to get really stupid really fast. To this day the popularity of the franchise baffles me. My best guess is that a lot of people can't tell the difference between depth and pretension so anything like Evangelion
that puts on airs of intellectual merit can attract a lot of attention in spite of not actually having any. Now that I've pissed off all of Evangelion's fans let me just say that I'm not trying to be mean or attack any of you personally. I just don't get your attraction to the franchise. Let's look at End of Evangelion, an alternative ending to the series. Which is understandable given how absolutely idiotic the original ending was. Frankly, I doubt that this is going to be an improvement but I could be wrong.
Now, since this is an alternate ending for the series I can't really go into plot details without giving spoilers. Instead, let's talk about what the plot does poorly. I was going to start with the positives, but there aren't any. I'll start with the simple and easily explained issues. The first is that they can't decide whether they're referencing Christianity or Judaism with their self-important imagery and dialogue. Yeah, there's some overlap but a lot of their references are specific to one or the other. The ending is also really stupid. Apparently they confused being deliberately obtuse with depth. Also, in one of the oddest production decisions I've ever seen in a film, they actually split it into two episodes. With credits and an ending theme between. I know this is supposed to be replacing the last two episodes from the series, but did they really think their fanbase is too thick to figure it out without making it painfully obvious? They should've just subtitled it "End of Evangelion: An alternative to episodes 25 & 26." It would've been just as insulting, but at least it would've been good for a laugh. Let's discuss how they attempt to introduce depth into this festering boil of a film. Spoiler alert, they fail. One thing that bugs me about both this film and the series that spawned it is that the mechs have organic internal systems, which can be messed up severely and still function. They're obviously trying to create a connection between man and machine, but it doesn't work when the machine's brains or intestines can be leaking and it can still move. If you want to see this theme well handled check out Eve no Jikan, Ghost in the Shell, or Battle Angel. Although I'm sure there are a lot more examples, those are the ones that readily come to mind. They also like to wax philosophical with the dialogue. Unfortunately, they never say anything thought provoking or witty in any sense of the words. It's almost like they flunked their Philosophy 101 courses and wanted to prove that they could figure it out if they wanted to only to flunk again. Not only that, but some of what they say is just demonstrably wrong. For example, they have one of those "humans are horrible because we're the only animals that kill each other" moments. Which is complete nonsense. Dolphins, lions, tigers, gorillas and even horses will kill their own kind and that's only to name a few examples. Anyone who gives you that rubbish about the horribleness of humanity is either an utter moron or deliberately lying to you. I suspect the former in this case. The symbolism in this is both trite and poorly done. A lot of it is just an attempt to obscure the meaning in order to disguise how paper thin the plot actually is. But it's such a poor attempt that my dog wasn't even fooled.
If there's anything more wretched than the plot, it's the characters. Now, it is possible to have a cast of horrible people and still have an interesting story. Frank Herbert proved it in Dune. Alan Moore did with Watchmen, and no, I'm not talking about the movie. The movie can fornicate itself with something hard and sand-papery. Back on topic, Ohba Tsugumi did it with Death Note. A part of why those work is that the characters, although they have mostly negative traits, do have some sympathetic qualities. They're horrible people, but they're developed enough that you can understand their motivations and why they're doing what they're doing. In Evangelion the characters have one or two personality traits apiece and their motivations pretty much all boil down to them responding to some past trauma. It's a real problem when most of your main cast have parent issues, it's almost like someone was projecting their own parental issues onto the characters, and are only set apart from one another because they have a different predominant trait. Like Shinji being ceaselessly whiny, Asuka being a psychopath or Rei being largely a blank slate. All those "psychological" elements it tries to have don't mean a lot when the personalities we're trying to examine in-depth are more shallow than a thimble of water.
The art is... okay. Although it certainly has its share of problems. The facial expressions are really off. For example, there's a scene where Asuka is caught up in the frenzy of battle and tearing things apart in rage. Her expression makes her look like she's suffering from constipation and trying to get something out. The blood is also way off. The texture, colour, they're all wrong. I'll let it pass for the stupidly organic machines, but the same thing is done with human blood. This film is also far too fond of fan-service. So you get shots of Misato's bum when she's walking as opposed to, say, her face. Yes, it was very important that this scene focus on her bum. You also get random nudity. Rei spends almost the entire film naked for no adequately explained reason. Does she become a nudist at the end of the series and the synopses just failed to mention it? No, the real reason is that they want to divert blood away from your brains so that you won't be intellectually alert while watching it. The computer screens in this are also far too busy. Seriously, no organisation is going to program their emergency signal as a bunch of hexagons individually displaying the "emergency" message. Why? Because it's distracting and you want your people to be able to focus. They just thought it looked cool, which it doesn't. Now, those issues aside, the art is decent. The machines look interesting. The fight scenes are intense. The gore looks appropriately disgusting. Although you might consider that a detriment if you dislike gore.
The voice acting is the best part of this film. Even if Miyamura Yuko butchers the only word she says in Deutsch. They apparently couldn't be bothered giving her a pronunciation guide for a single word. Overall, however, She, Hayashibara Megumi and Ogata Megumi all give surprisingly strong performances. Especially given how stilted the dialogue is. The music, while not anything special, is pretty well done as well.
The yuri factor is going to be a 2/10. Just because of a scene later on in the film with Ibuki.
My final rating for End of Evangelion is a well deserved 1/10. It's an imbecilic piece of tripe that insults your intelligence throughout with it's laughable attempts at depth and obtuse twaddle. The characters are a group of terribly written twits without a sympathetic feature among them. I can honestly say that I've seen better written characters in bad fan-fiction. The only people I can really suggest it to are Evangelion fans since the problems are the same ones that plague the series and it obviously hasn't caused them to turn away yet. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go read something that's actually intelligent to recover from this film.
So this is what happens when you refuse Eva’s embrace.
If Neon Genesis Evangelion was the stern yet loving embrace with the ultimate message of accepting understanding yourself in order to begin accepting understanding others, then The End of Evangelion is the much wilder, more apocalyptic, but equally passionate gripping and shaking of your shoulders that desperately roars to you of the dangers of running away from reality and that regardless of how painful we can be, we must face it in order for good things to even have a chance at happening.
Where NGE settled on a satisfying realization for Shinji despite
the current and borderline unambiguously devastating outside circumstances we are made aware of via a line of text that lasts for but a brief moment, this one takes a more apocalyptic approach, effectively resetting things in the end with hope for the future where everything is restored. It is a violent rampage that lays waste to nearly everyone, and an exaggerated showcase of the type of results inflicted on other people when you decide to run away from reality and close yourself off out of fear and spite.
The violence is a wondrous spectacle to behold thanks to the teams at Production IG and Gainax. The final battle Asuka has is phenomenal and gruesome to say the least, and all sorts of destruction are beautifully drawn and animated. All sorts of magnificently vibrant explosions, and all the carnage of a more Lovecraftian and apocalyptic kind are vivid, imaginative, and horrifying. Everything is left mangled in an almost heavenly state, as if this film needed any more Christian iconography-based faux symbolism, among other relatively minor flaws that are carried over from the main series. For an inherently unique positive of the film, one few would really notice despite how long it stays there, we have the scene of the audience. Said audience was recorded at the screening of the initial film, intentionally, for it to be spliced a the last second as part of the mind-shattering real-life montage Shinji and all viewers witnessed. The only blemish is one short action-heavy rescue with shakycam and even then, if something so small and isolated is the worst the film’s visual presentation does, that is a testament to the film’s visuals.
Among the many new, fantastic pieces added to this film by series music composer Shiro Sagisu, is the phenomenal track that plays at the height of the film’s chaos and climax, is the track “Komm Süssser Tod”. A lovely, oddly fitting track despite its seemingly happy tone, with fantastic english vocals. There are other intensely emotional tracks that are around as wonderful as the best tracks of the original series, such as “Munashiki Nagare” and the end credits theme "Thanatos -If I Can't Be Yours-" by Loren & Mash, a lovely, soothing, and jazzy song that separates the two halves of this devastatingly brutal film. There are even tracks that blatantly remix old ones in ways that are around as great as said original tracks, adding to the praise this film’s music shall receive, on top of how some fantastic tracks from the original make a return.
The carnage hits hard, not just for viewers, but most especially for Shinji, broken and reduced to his lowest point mentally and as a human being by the events of episode 24 in the show. He and we know that everyone is in ruin, with everyone they admired or loved being dead before this film or dying early on, and the ruin and death continues because he cannot stop it, and he even wants it just so he can run away again. He ran away, and not only is no one in or out of universe having that, but the bulk of the climax is him being confronted by that and slowly cracking as he is convinced to accept the truth, the message, thanks to introspective versions of everyone in the show and film that were related to him in a major way, as well as Rei herself communicating with him. Throughout the series, he repeats the line “I mustn’t run away”, and he does thrice total, this being the third and final time, and we see what becomes of it. You must face reality, not run from it. That is the only way for you to find any hope or happiness in the midst of dark times, and the best way for you to not inadvertently hurt others. Much like last time, this is a lesson everyone should learn in order to deal with harsh times. The final scenes support this immensely in one of the most powerful “show don’t tell” scenes in anime, all whilst providing a sheer sense of hope for the future, knowing that closure has been given for every single relevant character in the series in ways so perfect for them it hurts to see them leave the way they do. Those moments were the most heart-shattering, soul-smashing in the film, and among the most impactful of this behemoth of a franchise.
Does it go too far sometimes? Admittedly. Are there problems with the narrative? Without activating an entire volcano of spoiler-heavy questions and answers and whatnot that analyzes justifies, and even criticizes both the film and the show itself, I’ll say that it does, even if they are relatively minor. But it is a truly powerful and challenging film with something important to say that justifies its existence when it didn’t really have to. Anno could have just ignored the abhorrently unwarranted backlash from people who hated the final episodes, but instead, he channeled his anger into another piece of art that in some ways, does the finale one better. It gives the closure some people wanted, even if it is nothing like what many expected, let alone truly asked for. It does so expertly in many regards, even if it may come off as self-important and unnecessarily unflinching to the point of discomfort and outrage on the part of some viewers. However, it fits almost perfectly with every character and ties up the themes of the original in a way that shines a new, more despondent and challenging light on them. The fact that it came away with an equally important message that the show itself left room for is just the cherry on top of this demented, awe-inspiring, and loving sundae, even if the controlled chaos may go too far and leave things more ambiguous or disturbing than it needed to. However, this is the culmination of everything Evangelion is and was, perhaps even more so than the finale of the original. For that and more, The End of Evangelion is something special, and worth cherishing, much like its predecessor. Thank you for reading this, and with all that said, I bid you adieu.
"wow eva is so overrated.....i can't even finish this show lol it's so pretentious and doesn't make sense, why should i even bother with eoe, let me just watch the rebuilds instead, gunbuster is SO much better!!"
me, a depressed and self-loathing 21 year old NEET in 2018:
"literally the existence of anime as a medium has led to this; there isn't any other example in the pantheon of japanese animation that can even reach the heights of this fucking masterwork, how does this exist, how does it understand me like it does, how can i ever even try
to understand its scope and its depth fully, evangelion is a revelation, it's a vision, it truly is one of the greatest anime of all time but this film should be recognized as one of the greatest fucking films of all time, what's the criterion collection hotline, if they put another fucking wes anderson movie into their collection before canonizing this transcendental mindworm i will burn down their headquarters on god, this is a masterwork, the pinnacle of animation, the pinnacle of japanese art, how can you not just gape in awe at its majesty as its own work, regardless of the context after watching the series, it's spiritual in the sense that its reflection of humanity makes our very existence seem ethereal but still altogether messy, it shoves a mirror in our goddamn face for us to reevaluate what it means to exist, it uses intimacy as a canvas to paint the irrevocable black horror of the isolated human condition, this is a motherfucking masterwork in every sense of the words, nothing since the invention of the contraceptive pill has been this revolutionary and groundbreaking, why aren't more people talking about this, fuck you stupid hipsters who think this movie is shit, maybe you're shit, maybe you can't wrap your head around it, i sure can't either, because you're not supposed to fucking wrap your head around it you weaboo shits, maybe you're supposed to sit back and let the film take your emotions on a ride as an experience without trying to comprehend it and put it in your convenient little comprehension box that you put on your pathetic comprehension shelf so you can feel self-righteous and triumphant about winning a challenge that doesn't exist, this isn't a normal anime nor a normal movie where everything needs to have closed ends and neat exposition to explain it all, maybe try to come to your own conclusions, tarkovsky would have fucking sucked this movie's dick because he understood that art can exist as art on the merit that it's art without even assigning a single shred of meaning, you think solaris would be as good if the film was explained, you fucking piece of shit, this is a masterpiece, i can't believe with the film's scale, with the film's scope that it is introspective and intimate enough to make me feel like it understands me, understands what runs through my head at night when i jack off and feel empty and colder than before i ejaculated thinking of loved ones that got away, understands the inner dialogues of why i hate myself, of why i don't think i deserve the love i receive and why, even with all the suffering and the pain i've gone through in my period of depression, i wouldn't ever give up my individuality, i wouldn't ever change the rejection, i wouldn't ever want to change how i've turned out because of my thirst, my lifelong hunger for someone to love me as much as my parents do, i never would have thought an anime revolving around mechs would ever make me acknowledge that my shitty existence and my constant endless chasing of skirts not for sex or carnal release but to look for something as genuine as the love of my family and my friends who are hundreds and thousands of miles away from me as i rot every day in my room in a small town with no friends with just my mother, i lose myself in the intimacy and attention i receive from girls to give myself a sense of fulfillment, to fill in the whole in my heart of loneliness that i don't think i can ever plug, i'm a christian but i feel like even the spritituality i so treasure isn't enough, i turn the love and care i have for women into spite and control, i don't want them to leave, even if sometimes i force them to leave, how can i ever be content when all i do is spread my poisonous sense of self-worth found through others, how can i love others when i can't ever love myself without relying on the crutches of my interests, i don't think i can ever forget her, not with how much i dedicated to her in my thoughts and in my heart, because in the wake of the darkness that followed i realized i only love others and restrain them and find ways to fix them so i can distract myself from fixing myself, i'm so sorry if you're reading this, don't ever feel guilty for what i am now, some edgy bastard who quite literally fills that lack of romantic intimacy by obsessing over cartoon girls while lashing out at any friend who tries to drag me out of my own muck, i'm unfinished and i seek to be whole without considering that any day, i could crumble under the own weight of my own skeleton, and that's what happened when i met her, when i loved her until i realized the only thing i had to offer her was my love and attention until i couldn't love myself and offer her anything else, that's what evangelion is about, that's why this film is a fucking masterpiece, this movie is a fucking masterpiece, it understands that it's impossible to understand, it understands that people can never truly feel whole and unalone, but it also understands that to live as our own individual being with the hope that someday we won't feel so pained with our own dreadful lonesome selves, that someday we won't be so insecure about how others see us, and how we see ourselves, and someday even if none of those things happen, we can be happy and content with just the fact that we're alive, that we can find our identity through ones we love even if they don't love us back, even if they don't see us as we see them, as we treasure them, this film is a fucking masterpiece and literally uses sex as a metaphor during a literal apocalyptic cataclysm where billions of people melt into a bubbling puddle of primordial soup because sex is the most intimate state of being, of connection between mind, body, and soul, and it's the closest way we can achieve what we all desire deep down in our hearts, how we yearn to be loved, to be paid attention to, we are addicted to screens to our social media to friends we make without ever meeting, addicted to sitting in calls without talking to sit in servers and just read chat logs without ever responding so we can't be alone, because we must not be alone, our facebook and instagram and snapchat posts are cries for help, they're questioning yells into a void where we demand an answer and companionship, where we demand validation with cheap instant gratification in a sea of hundreds and thousands of digital friends who are just as thirsty and hungry for validation as you are, demanding, demanding answers, but there isn't a fucking answer, i can't tell you to fill that void with christianity, i can't tell you to fill that void with women, i can't fucking tell you to fill that void we all have with anything, because it can't be filled, but life is still beautiful because we're alive, and individuals, and people are still beautiful because they're alive too, even if they don't give us the love we want, reciprocate it or even acknowledge us, life itself is our pursuit for the answer we will never receive, assigning things that define us as several replacements, but knowing the answer to our voids and our eternal lonesomeness will never truly given to us, this film is one of those replacements, this film is a masterpiece, thank you hideaki anno holy shit"
End of Evangelion is a two-hour movie that consists of two hour-long episodes (Episodes 25 and 26) that was released on July 19th, 1997, has been licensed Stateside by Manga Entertainment, and was originally released over here on September 24th, 2002. Episode 25 incorporates and expands upon footage from the Rebirth segment from the Death and Rebirth movie (released on March 15th of that same year), and is based off the original script for Episode 25. It was produced by Production IG (famous for their work on the Ghost in the Shell series and xxxHOLIC) and Gainax (famous for their work on His
and Her Circumstances and FLCL), and directed by Hideaki Anno (famous for his work on the original Gunbuster OVA and His and Her Circumstances). It won the Animage Grand Prix prize in 1997, and also won a Japanese Academy Award.
So. End of Evangelion.
This movie is billed as Episodes 25 and 26, and honestly, I can believe that this is the way that Hideaki Anno MEANT for Evangelion to go out, but was originally unable to do because of production funding falling out, Anno's mental breakdown, and not being able to meet the schedule. It is, at the same time, a broader view of what was actually going ON in the original Episodes 25 and 26, I think, as this focuses on both the psychological and physical action around what was happening.
There are some fairly epic fight scenes in here, a full explanation behind all the mysteries that the show left untouched, along with a fair amount of Shinji's cracky therapy session of Episodes 25 and 26. This feels a lot more satisfying than the original ending for the series, though the original ending was fairly passable in my mind.
WARNING: There are fairly graphic sexual images, violence, and gore in here. Those who are squeamish should probably not watch this.
The art definitely takes a step up from the series as a whole, especially the end of the series. It's a lot smoother, and the pastiche between animation and live-action that takes place at one point, though it will leave you feeling like it's made of crack, is absolutely amazing. The Judeo-Christian symbolism is back with a vengeance as well.
The music's fairly neat, too, as it uses a lot of fairly famous classical music, and a pop update of another fairly famous classical song, and it usually ties in with some of the most amazing moments in the film.
All the VAs return as well, which helps with continuity with the series.
Overall? Definitely worth the watch, and probably the best part of the Evangelion canon that's been released thus far.
Since I reviewed Evangelion yesterday, today I will review the first movie End of Evangelion. I have not actually seen the new reboots yet, but I sure remember watching this one.
First some background info,
Although today in 2014, the ending of the original Evangelion is hailed by Eva fans as an example of Anno's unequivocal brilliance. In 1995, many fans at the time including famous mangaka and HUGE Eva fan Nobuhiro Watsuki, expressed anger and frustration at the original ending. To appease the upset fandom, Anno made this movie. However, since Anno...is Anno he decided to make an ending that was even more ambiguous, surreal,
and often just plain WTF? than the original ending. This too met with mixed results at the time in Japan and even recieved death threats, but today this movie is looked upon by many as one of the high water marks for anime as an art. Eva fans will say that this shows that Anno is perhaps the greatest psychological writer since Dostoevsky and Shakespeare and the greatest "stream of consciousness" post modern author since James Joyce with his masterpiece Finnegan's Wake (A book that literary critics have argued for a century over the meaning of the basic plot with close to zero actual consensus).
From chapter 1 of Finnegan's Wake:
Malachus Micgranes and the Verdons catapelting the camibalistics out of the Whoyteboyce of Hoodie Head. Assiegates and boomeringstroms. Sod’s brood, be me fear! Sanglorians, save! Arms apeal with larms, appalling. Killykillkilly: a toll, a toll. What chance cuddleys, what cashels aired and ventilated! What bidimetoloves sinduced by what tegotetabsolvers!
Now let's review End of Eva! Seele is unpleased with Gendo and attacks NERVE with a ferocious assault. Gendo plans to merge with Adam and unite with Rei to initiate the "3rd impact" and remake the world. However, Rei denies Gendo and allows Shinji to decide the fate of all mankind. What happens next is...pretty sureal and subject to a lot of debate. The conventional view is that Shinji allows each of us to come back into existence and emerge from the lake of "LCL" if we find our own free will. Shinji contemplates murdering Asuka, but decides not to and finally breaks down in tears. The film ends leaving it to the viewer to decide what will happen next.
We are given much more insight into the minds and motivations of Gendo and Shinji in this film. The film does do a commendable job exploring the psychology of its characters and is clearly a very personal project for Mr. Anno. However, whether or not the viewer sees this film's characters as truly deep or not and whether Anno truly is a phenomenol writer of psychological fiction does depend on the viewer.
The art and animation is absolutely gorgeous throughout in this film and budget constraints were no issue here, unlike in the 2nd half of the original series. The largely classical music soundtrack is back with a vengence and is just as enjoyable here as it was in the original. Especially for me, since I really like classical music.
My final thoughts:
Although I highly admire how much of his own pain and emotion Anno infuses his works with, I personally question how brilliant his writing his. To me, Anno comes across as more of a middling writer that attempts to make good but not great writing look like absolute genius by making it needlessly confusing. I don't think he uses ambiguity like a TS Elliot or Haruki Murakami IE to actually stimulate intellectual discussion as much as he does it to add artificial depth in the same way that he uses pointless religious and philosophy allusions without actually having a point for said allusions. Although I will be told by Eva fanboys that "I just don't get it" to me Anno is far closer to hollywood hackjob Tarzem Singh than he is to James Joyce, Dostoevsky, and the greatest writers to ever live.
What? I gave a positive but not absolutely glowing review to EVA? "I'm so fucked up!" (weeps softly)
After watching the final two episodes of the TV series, I couldn't help but feel a bit short-changed. Where was the action-packed finale I had hoped for? Most of all where was the result of the Human Instrumentality Project, it was all a bit too ambiguous and all played out within Shinji's mind - quite simply I didn't get it. Anno's attempt at a clever and deeply meaningful ending frankly falls short of its goal and leaves us frustrated (at least me anyhow).
Enter "End of Evangelion", where we get to see a retelling of the last two episodes in the real world. This is the
action-packed finale we were owed, and, more to it, each of the characters got their rightful airtime. Although one could argue it was all about Shinji from the beginning, you can't neglect how we grew to feel about the other characters i.e. Asuka, Rei, Misato, Ritsuko and even Gendo. I was glad to be able to get some resolution to the storyline, satisfying both my desire for action and need for emotional closure (well at least depending on how you interpret the final scene). Also this film presented awe-inspiring animated sequences from the battle with the mass-produced Evas to the fulfilment of the Instrumentality Project (with a spectacularly bizarre sequence involving Rei and Lilith).
Another thing I liked about this film were the scenes with Shinji and company playing J.S. Bach - which worked well with the movie and really suited the mood, and because I like Bach ^_^.
I can't really think of much else to say without spoiling the film for you. All I can really say is don't watch the first film "Death and Rebirth", because the first half is just footage from the series re-edited to tell the story in 45 minutes or so, the second half is basically the first half of "End of Evangelion". So save yourself the time and just watch this one (unless you really want to watch them both :P).
Taking place right after episode 24 of the TV series the final angel has been defeated and all of the EVA pilots are now crippled in they own ways from Shinji being mentally broken, Asuka being comatose after getting mind-raped by one of the Angels to Rei going missing. Meanwhile, Seele puts the Human Instrumentality Project plan into monition as now Nerv must now defend themselves from Seele and prevent the third impact from happening.
Act I: The creation and the main purpose of the film.
Before we talk about what I thought about the story and characters of End of Evangelion let’s go over the background
of The End Of Evangelion as well the creator himself Hideaki Anno. Hideaki Anno created anime such as Gunbuster, Nadia The Secret Of Blue Water, Neon Genesis Evangelion, His and Her Circumstances, and Gunbuster.
Honestly, I really liked and enjoyed his works especially Neon Genesis Evangelion where I consider to be his best work. Now at the time when Neon Genesis Evangelion was airing like with Tomino for Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, he was suffering through depression and just like with Tomino Mobile Suit Victory Gundam the depression really hit by the second half of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Because of that the second half Neon Genesis Evangelion became a psychological drama instead of being of a monster of the week type of show. Then comes the final 2 episodes of the show and like with many people on the net we thought the ending of the TV series was total shit. It had gotten to the point where people inducing fans of the show were sending letters to Anno which some of them were actual death threats. Ultimately Anno decided to re-create the final 2 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion in the form of the movie called Neon Genesis Evangelion The End Of Evangelion where it not only was meant to close off many of the plot threads in the series but it also meant to give the series a proper ending that it deserves.
Act II: The grotesque but beautifully written first half.
Neon Genesis Evangelion The End Of Evangelion is by far one of the darkest pieces of media I have ever seen.
Right out the bat, the movie wastes no time showcasing it’s darker tone where the first couple of scenes we are presented with disgusting acts done by Shinji where not only he tried to commit suicide by drowning he jerks off to a comatose Asuka after failing to wake her up. I really liked the first scenes a lot because not only they are extremely well directed but does a masterful job of portraying the themes and topics of suicide, depression and downfall spiral. Not to mention as soon as Shinji finished jerking off of comatose Asuka he is filled with disgust he quickly says the following lines “I’m so fucked up”. The jerking off scene may not be for everyone due it’s disgusting nature but what it was it’s a well executed as it perfectly foreshadows the tone of the movie.
Now with that beautifully grotesque hospital scene done with let’s talk about the first half of End Of Evangelion.
The first half of The End Of Evangelion minus the hospital scene goes back to the first half of the TV roots where it’s all action pack that its filled with explosions and fights. However, unlike the first half of the TV series, the first half of the movie has a much darker thanks to it kill them all nature whereby the end of the first half almost every character in Nerv is dead including one of the mains characters which I will talk about soon.
Asuka battle with the Mass Unit Evas is by far my favorite scene of the movie. Not only it’s beautifully written and directed to the absolute core but it perfectly concludes her character arc even if her conclusion wasn’t exactly a happy one.
The final thing I want to talk about in this part of the movie was Misato death. Personally, Misato was my favorite character in the series because the not only beautifully written character that we can all relate to thanks to her backstory but she’s was a fun and likable character. We don’t see Misato much in the movie mainly because he only appears in a couple of scenes but when she show’s up in the movie she is still awesome as ever as she concludes her character with an emotional bang that honestly made me cry.
Act III: The fantastic psychological second half and the origin of Rei.
Before I talk about the psychological elements in the movie I want to talk about is Rei’s origin as well her role in the movie. In my review of Neon Genesis Evangelion I quickly talked about Rei but now I think it’s best to talk about her origin and purpose in the series and the movie. Rei was created by Gendo Ikari and Kozo Fuyutsuki attempt to retrieve Shinji’s mother Yui Ikari. The attempt failed on some level where Rei may incorporate DNA from the Second Angel, Lilith because she is the vessel for Lilith’s soul. Now there are three Rei’s in the series.
Rei I was created around sometime in 2004-2008 where she is shown as a small child wearing a red dress in episode 21. After that Rei 1 gets murdered by Naoko Akagi, for revealing that Gendo Ikari referred to her as an ‘old hag’ behind her back.
Rei II is the second incarnation of Rei aka the Rei that we have been following in the series. Rei II is shown to be a teenager who is age 14 the same as Shinji. Rei II has a stronger relationship with Gendo meaning she does whatever he says without question. Not only that but he she as a building relationship with Shinji. She sacrifices herself by setting her AT Field to maximum to draw Armisael to herself and try to contain it temporarily and then activated Eva-00’s self-destruct to kill both of them.
Right after Rei II death, Rei III was created however she has no memories of saving Shinji as she states that “I think am the third”
How does this relate to Rei’s role in the second half of the movie to put this straightforward Rei is the most important character in the movie even more than Asuka, Misato and at times Shinji. She is a character that is impossible to relate too but I think that the whole point of Rei as a character. She’s not human at all but rather an angel in human form. Her whole existence in the series is meant to serve where the reason why Rei was created is so that Gendo can have a controllable link with Lilith for the Human Instrumentality Project where in the movie he tries to use Rei to allow to see Yui again. However, Rei rejects Gendo by taking his arm so she can regenerate her lost arm as well using merging with Lilith to start the third impact. Just from these are moments alone Rei has become my second favorite in the movie because not only she was a fascinating character that I loved but it all comes together in the end especially in the third impact part of the movie where she concludes her character arc. Not to mention seeing all three Rei together was amazing and it made me tear up.
Now with Rei done let’s talk about the psychological elements of the movie.
While the first half of the movie is action-packed with a darker tone the second half of the movie mainly focus on The Third Impact as well as all the psychological elements that the series is known for. The psychological elements are nothing but amazing. Not only it well directed that is filled with great symbolism that highlight the series core themes but all of the psychological elements and themes come to a beautiful conclusion for Shinji character as a whole.
I won’t be talking about the Third Impact as well the last scene because that should be experienced for yourselves but all I can about it that it’s downright amazing and beautiful.
Overall the story and characters of The End Of Evangelion is perfection to the eye. It may be confusing but if you go back and re-watch the series and the movie a couple of times everything from story, characters, themes, and symbolism will come together.
Act IV Final: The wonderful visual and music upgrade.
Visually this movie is fantastic. It took everything that we liked the series visual wise and expanded it to new heights. Production I.G and Gainax really did a wonderful job with its visuals as not only it is very well animated but the visuals direction and editing was just masterful. This is by far one of the best-animated anime movies I have ever seen period.
The same thing can be said for the soundtrack is which is a big upgrade from the series as every single track in the moves manages to fit the tone of the movie perfectly.
Now for sub vs dub Not gonna lie the dub for The End Of Evangelion has improved quite a bit when compared to the TV series but at the same time the dub still had a lot of problems. At the end of the day if you want to best experience of this series I strongly recommend the sub because not only it’s well acted but it does a much better justice on key scenes of the movie. Am not trying to say that the dub was awful or anything as it was improved quite a bit from the series but at the end of the day the dub of Evangelion is very inferior to its sub counterpart.
Neon Genesis Evangelion The End Of Evangelion is a fantastic film. It took everything that was great from the series and expanded it to new heights. It concludes all the story and theme elements in the show. it concludes all the beautifully written character arcs that the series has built up from the very beginning. It masterfully concludes Neon Genesis Evangelion as a whole. There is nothing like The End Of Evangelion and all the anime that tried to copy it afterward (cough Darling in the Franxx and Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion) fail thanks to horrendous overall execution.
If you haven’t seen the series yet then I strongly recommend you checking out the series first before watching this film.
The End Of Evangelion is a masterful film that I will forever love.
I am not a fan of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise but I pushed myself to see why many people would consider this to be a anime masterpiece. After watching 1 hour of hormonal teenagers screaming, mecha mutilation and nonstop fan-service. I came to the conclusion that End of Evangelion is the worst piece of crap atrocious animated film in history and it would better to call it a badly acted porno film than an actually anime.
The biggest problem of the film is the overly complex plot and it pulls too many philosophical themes in the story. I think it's often with these kind
of films, that the creators confuse complexity with intelligence and as a result, make a film that is far too complicated which goes into the lines of stupidity. Complexity doesn't always reveal someone's intelligence and the reason why people wouldn't be able to understand the film's overly convoluted plot is because they are not stupid but just don't understand it's themes because the film is ludicrous.
The second problem is with it's main character, Shinji Ikari who is one of the most terrible characters in all of fiction. The reason why is because Shinji is more of a two-dimensional robot than an actually human being. Plus all he does is scream and weep like a toddler who didn't get their favorite candy. I'm not saying those qualities are bad for a character, they just overly use them and wastes their potential character development and ultimately these leave Shinji as a one trick pony who can't bother to do anything because he's drowning in his own self pity. We all feel sadness in our lives and it's tough but when we overcome the feelings of despair, we become stronger people. IGN even ranked Shinji as the greatest anime character of all time and the writer described him as being the most emotionally true to life character in anime history. The guys at IGN must have pea-sized brains if they think that's true, Shinji is unrelateable as his non intriguing and should never be called a work of art but rather a robot with flat character traits who is trying to act like a human.
I won't get started on the ending but honestly there are no words that can describe my disdain for the ending. It was simply too weird and even generic, plus it all felt rushed as characters started dying too quickly and the female giant monster was placed there, just to add more drama. Overall it was a nauseating and smutty ending that didn't give any satisfaction, I wouldn't even call it a downer ending, it was a ending that sucked. Devilman Crybaby had a similar ending but it was well executed and thought out in a good way while End of Evangelion rushed their ending too much and lead to a fountain of colossal fecal matter failure.
In the final points of my review, End of Evangelion is the worst thing I ever saw in recent memory and it shouldn't be included in any of the greatest animated film lists. The film should stay within it's own world because it will never be a genuine piece of artwork but rather a disgusting joyless animated mess of wasted talent and toilet slop. Hideaki Anno, you are not a good director at all but you are certainly a wiz with animation, too bad that's your only strong point.
Since Neon Genesis Evangelion has become standard affair for any anime fan looking to get into serious anime, I don't have to explain the story. But, it is necessary to point out the improvement of this conclusion in comparison to the series. Episode 24 ended epically and I'm sure that all the viewers expected no less from the last two episodes, but most were disappointed with the result. What the viewers were treated with was an in depth character analysis laced with reused images and even dialogue. While I actually enjoyed this interpretation of actions and emotions (I felt it fit with the direction the
series was moving in toward the end) many were outraged (especially since the main reason for it was because Gainax used up all the funds for the show). After squandering enough funds, the original creator, Hideaki Anno, decided to create a true ending to his ode to otakus. Thus, End of Evangelion was created.
Alright, now that the back story is taken care of, I can move onto the actual story. EoE is epic in its own right. It begins with a full force invasion, an awesome fight between Asuka (one of my favorite anime fight scene), and the termination of almost everyone. Then it cools down for another depressing character analysis of Shinji, some weird live action moments, and screaming (yes screaming). When it is finally resolved you will either be completely confused or blown out of your seat (most likely both). So all in all, it is a great conclusion to a revolutionary series. If anything, it will make you think, which is always a good thing.
The artwork and animation were amazing when it first came out and it still are. I can't believe that this movie came out in 1997. It's little over ten years old and it still compares to a lot of shows that are coming out this new year. This would be a sure ten if it wasn't for the awkward live action scenes. I understand that they were mostly scenes from a live action sequence in which it shows a future NGE world that did not have Shinji, but just because the effort was put in to make does not mean that it should of been featured. It came off as lazy to me.
The music is spectacular. From the originals to the classical songs, the music really complemented each scene. The piano version of Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude (I'm not sure if that is correct in any way) by Bach is beautiful and also perfectly fitting. In fact I am listening to it right now to get in the mood for this review. Shiro Sagisu really hit it with this soundtrack (everyone should check it out even if you do not plan on watching the movie).
Everyone is back from the series in one form or another (well mostly everyone) and they all act as expected of them. Shinji is as angsty as ever at one point choosing to sit and die, forcing Misato to drag him out of harms way (while Misato is bad ass in this movie). To really go into depth on the characters I am afraid that I would have to give away too many spoilers so if you really need to know how they are, refer to the first sentence of this section (and you should know the characters by now because you have seen the series, right? and if you have not then DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE!).
Now this is the hardest section to judge because it is completely based on one's opinion (which usually defeats the purpose of most reviews because you want to judge the product on quality alone and not personal feelings, but I guess all judgments are relative to the reviewer). I thoroughly enjoyed most of the movie and there should be an emphasis on MOST. No matter how much I liked a lot of the parts, I could not ignore all of the awkward moments laced throughout the movie (hospital scene anyone) and the live action scenes just got on my nerves.
So, in the end you should watch this movie if you are a fan of the show. You will appreciate the fact that it is a conclusion, but it also brings up some questions of its own which might annoy some. It is visually stunning for any time period but is absolutely outstanding for being ten years old. The soundtrack is a great listen, featured with both new and classic music. It holds true to the series and it should not disappoint.
The best way to finish a story. It was an extended version of 2 final episodes of the series with a slightly different approach and more intense feelings. The movie gave some of the most iconic scenes in anime history and a woderful song. The scene with ''Komm Süsser Tod'' every time that i rewatch the movie is a unique experience, i feel it to the maximum more and more.
One momment that i felt very strong recently when i watch the movie one more time was the fighting scene with Asuka and Eva Series. The feeling it gave me it was that in every
movement the units and their weapons weighed tons, every hit, every frame was that well animated/directed that creates the picture of the battle in an amazing realistic way, the unites lost their balance, moving the weapons at 90 degrees was as difficult as it should be.
First scene with Asuka and Shinji in the hospital, Misato-Shinji scene with the kiss, last scene with Shinji and Asuka. Τhe entire length of the film was covered with such images, images with strong value in the general aesthetics of the series. A beautifully well made movie following the unique close up of the series. It came to enhancing it with the best possible way.
Emotional struggles, dillemas, great character presentation, iconic scenes, the perfect aesthetic combination. I cant image how something new will make me more excited than this movie.
Note: If you haven't already watched Neon Genesis Evangelion- go watch it. If you've already watched it, and you haven't watched The End of Evangelion-- for the love of god, please, PLEASE, watch this movie. Need I emphasis more?
Just like every other person who watches Neon Genesis Evangelion (NGE), I was in love, I was crying, but mainly, I was confused. If you are at all postponing watching The End of Evangelion (EoE) because you are confused with the ending of NGE, stop reading this review and go watch EoE. Why? Well, because chances are it will change your outlook on life. EoE truly is,
as the rating system goes, a "masterpiece." Not one I can express with words.
NGE ends with Shinji killing kaworu, the only person who has ever loved him. You then see Shinji on the beach, with Misato, in obvious depression. She tries to console him, but only ends up hurting him more. The last two episodes are hard to explain. Basically, Shinji is in turmoil. He is hating himself, and feeling bad for himself. And honestly, who can blame him? He was faced with killing the only person that he believed truly loved him in life, or extinction of the whole human race. It's like being faced with saving your mom, or saving your dad. Neither choice is wrong, but neither choice is right. All it induces is pain, and suffering. All that Shinji wants to do is die, and who can blame him for that? Is suicide really a sin?
For me (and I know some will disagree) the whole Evangelion series was about loneliness. Everyone is afraid of being truly alone. People fear death because they do not want to be forgotten. They want to be remembered. They don't want to be alone. That's all shinji wants, is not to be alone. He says he doesn't want people to hate him, but he really just doesn't want to be alone. If you didn't know already, what Seele is trying to accomplish is to create god. By creating god, all physical forms of existence will cease to exist. All the souls on planet earth will come together and form one... "being", if you may. Shinji is at the center of this, as the being who will decide the fate of everyone in existence. Trying not to give to much of a spoiler, shinji chooses one way and realizes he is still lonely because everyone is something, yet he is nothing. He chooses to go back to the way he used to exist. However, after that several things happen that can be interpreted in many different ways. Although reviews are mainly opinion based, it doesn't feel fair for me to voice my opinion on such an amazing ending. If you really didn't understand the ending, there are thousands of discussions all over the web. However, every single one is only a theory. Hideaki Anno explained that EoE does not have one set meaning, or ending, for that matter. In a sense, you create the ending of this beautiful series with your imagination. Can you think of anything better?
Before Anno started creating evangelion, he had a girlfriend who fell terminally ill. On her deathbed, the last words she said to him were - "I was going to dump you anyway. Your disgusting." Shortly after, he created the masterpiece Evangelion. Many people believe that the last scene is a reenactment of the conflict that went on between him and his girlfriend. However, it can be interpreted in many ways. In fact, the whole Evangelion series can be interpreted in completely different ways. That, my friends, is the beauty of Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion.