Both films share enough in common. Both are deeply complex and have confusing plot lines that converge to a major climax to twist everything previously established by its predecessor, combined with dazzling visuals in an apocalyptic thriller.
Visually compelling and very thought provoking sequel movies to highly popular (and deservedly so) TV anime that changed their stereotypical genre (magical girl for Madoka and mecha for Evangelion).
Both have endings that will blow your mind. In fact, the entire movie will blow your mind.
Hangyaku no Monogatari parallels End of Evangelion in a number of significant ways and it's not just the fact that they are both high-budget sequels to successful franchises that are notorious for playing with the conventions of venerable genres of anime. As expected, the each of two films features top-notch production values, but they additionally both use much of their generous budgets in service of their shared affinity for visual experimentation. However, as the Madoka Magica franchise is already known for its use of unconventional animation techniques, Hangyaku no Monogatari ends up being decidedly more experimental than End of Evangelion with regards to the way that it presents itself. While Gekidan Inu Curry's involvement in the previous installations of the Madoka Magica franchise was mostly limited to scenes in which witches were involved, their signature style is seemingly omnipresent in this film. In other words, many viewers will see this as the most SHAFT that SHAFT has ever gone. The series' signature form of heavily stylized mahou shoujo combat is also the at the best it's ever been. no doubt due to the increased budget. Similarly, with its acclaimed organic mecha design on full display, End of Evangelion features what is arguably the most well executed straight up mecha brawling in anime. Extremely well animated action sequences is not all that it has to offer in terms of visuals, however, and it takes the Neon Genesis Evangelion television series' fondness for symbolism even further with its infamous giant Reis, vulvae that Georgia O'Keeffe would be proud of, and, of course, crosses—can't forget the crosses. The two differing philosophies of visual representation here are the insertion of traditional mahou shoujo elements into the context of expressionistic experimentation versus a uniquely sleek and allegory-laden reinterpretation of the sci-fi mecha aesthetic.
Furthermore, each of the two films takes a somewhat different approach to storytelling relative to its respective predeccessor (and relative to each other, of course). As in the television series, hints are scattered throughout Hangyaku no Monogatari while the full scope of the plot is withheld. However, as the television series was already a visually-driven work by nature, the shift toward an even more theatrical and expressionistic style of presentation has a profound effect on the way that the narrative elements of the film are conveyed to the viewer. Not only has choreography become a major motif that subverts the linearity of the pacing, but the ubiquity Inu Curry's influence establishes surrealism as the norm—we are told that, once again, the rules have changed. As a result, Hangyaku no Monogatari has the potential to be a bit less accessible than its predcessor, as the reaction of some early viewers is already starting to reveal. In contrast, the ending given by End of Evangelion is considered by most to be much more accessible than the television ending. The film doesn't dip too often into the highly minimal and abstract style of the later television episodes and even if it is less than straightfoward at times and features quirks like an eight minute musical interlude (which is totally awesome, by the way), End of Evangelion is in most respects a distinctly more conventional and conclusive rendition of the events of Third Impact. As a result, it finds overwhelcming acceptance among the large portion of the fanbase that finds the original television ending to be dissatisfying.
Finally, certain choices made in both films can elicit very polarized reactions from viewers and especially from fans. Why that is, I'll leave to you to watch and find out. read more
First, NGE and Madoka are very similar series, and I have to recommend sticking it out and watching both. They have very similar archetypes, plot/character development, and have a wonderful series of darker twists and turns that keep them from becoming "kiddie" anime.
Besides the fact that "End of EVA" rewrites the ending of NGE and "Rebellion" continues Madoka, I would say they share many of the same positives.
Rebellion has some of the best action sequences in the series, in all of the right ways. The fights give you exactly what you wish there was more of in the other works, and there are some fantastic uses of powers that I really found impressive.
End of EVA naturally keeps up with the high-action themes of its series as well. There are some very intense EVA fights that will totally keep you on your toes, but it's important to note that there are also a lot of sequences involving the characters without the use of an EVA.
The feels? Check
Rebellion. I can't really even go into it too much without giving away too much, but I will just say that there are MANY places where I had a lump in my throat because of both joy and sadness. This film was an emotional roller coaster, and I enjoyed every minute, even the ending.
End of Evangelion definitely hits hard in some places, but it often times made you cringe as you watched horrible things happen to characters you love. There were definitely some really sad moments, but it feels a lot more distant as opposed to Rebellion's smooth changes backed by fantastic BGM choices.
WTF Factor: Check
(Ok, more of a psychological twisty-turny factor, but I wanted a short phrase)
Rebellion. Again, wow, Rebellion has two giant twists, with a smattering of smaller turns that keep it engaging. The first twist comes at you slowly, allowing you to take in information with a detective, but it also lets you see into Homura's character a lot more, letting you get to know her better. Rebellion uses its smooth storytelling with some choppy/surreal artwork to keep its dark themes.
End of Evangelion, honestly, is the exact opposite in this respect. It has some darker themes, a few twists, but overall it just throws the characters' mental anguish in your face full force. The artwork is all very bright and everything is so much more visceral than in rebellion. End of EVA doesn't care about leading you to conclusions; things happen, and there is nothing you can do about it.
Personally, I put Rebellion over End of Evangelion, as it seems to keep with the underlying mood of the show better and gives the viewers smoother transitions. Yes, the ending was a real ... interesting way to take it, but after thinking about it enough, I think I can justify it. End of Evangelion just seemed like it was a rushed way of pleasing fans that tried to keep the emotional/psychological impact that the original series had. It was good, but Rebellion puts a better capstone on Madoka than End of EVA does NGE. read more
there's a moment when your feelings beat your heart decisions , this moment a chaos will happen, revive your brain control or let your feelings complete the havoc .. this is the final moral of both of these movies
Both movies act as deconstructions of the shows they are based on, taking even those things you had come to expect from a TV series that already played with your expectations and dashing them even further. I've probably never seen any other movies that have somehow managed to be both universally panned AND adored by audiences, and I've certanly never seen any other two movies that have left me with the same feelings.
Though I personally prefer rebellion for having a slightly more focused story, these are both anime movies I feel everyone should watch at least once. However you will end up feeling about them after viewing.... that's a different story altogether.... read more
End with Rebellion are the ending films for dark/psychological series. Both are meant to shock, provoke thoughts and leave you with state similar to hangover. Last phases of both films are full of power and epicness.
No denying, both movies will leave you with a sense of awe after having seen their respective shows. Not for the faint of heart and a very similar final act to the final act of this movie. Watch Neon Genesis Evangelion first.
Both are the finale for their respective series and rely heavily on the unexpected and the unknown. Both movies are also very dark and have visuals border-lining on the abstract at times. Both movies also reference a "god" and leave the audience distraught in the situations at hand.
Both anime show the epic conclusions of their respective sagas. Both anime have apocalyptic elements, surreal imagery, dark plot twists and dream-like sequences. Overall, both anime convey a similar vibe and atmosphere.
Both movies are meant to offer a conclusion to their own series. They are mind-blowing, very very very weird at some points and they both mess with the order of the universe. Madoka Magica is easier to understand than The end of Evangelion, though.
If you're looking for an unusual experience, check them out!
-Both are made to complete their former series
-Both are filled with psychological events and are hard to understand sometimes
-Both involve a new fate for the main characters that was different in the main series
The Devilman manga had a huge influence of Hideaki Anno, and Evangelion borrows several ideas and themes from it, so it is obvious that both anime share some similarities. The End of Evangelion is very similar to the ending of Devilman, as they both share similar imagery, religious motifs and the battle of humans against monsters.
Very similar show with themes of angels and the end of the world. One of the final scenes in DEVILMAN Crybaby might have even been a nod to this movie. Bloody monster fights and psychedelic, philosophical questioning of life and the self.
Where do I even begin, Eva's influence is undeniably quite prominent throughout Yuasa's new adaptation of the original Devilman manga series; Devilman: Crybaby. Both rely heavily on religious motifs and themes to drive the plot forward and adamantly refuse to shy away from the darker side to the themes that they put forth. Long story short; if you can handle Eva's overt usage of sex and death as well as its soul-crushing bleakness, then Devilman is likely to be an all-around worthwhile experience that will leave you feeling awfully grateful for your continued existence as a blissfully ignorant mortal. And vice versa.
Two of the craziest anime that you will ever see. Both involve end of the world scenarios with large amounts of intense violence and sexual imagery; both include psychedelic and disturbing sequences as well. The main characters in both of these anime are sensitive and fight even though they don't want to.
In the case of End of Evangelion, you would have to watch the TV series beforehand. It's also important to note that the original Devilman manga was one of the inspirations of Evangelion.
Hideaki Anno was influenced by Go Nagai and wanted an ending similar to that of Devilman in End of Evangelion. These two anime have a similar dark and gritty tone to them as they both have characters being killed off during the end of the world and religious symbolism. Not to mention they both have good amount of disturbing moments.
The End of Evangelion was heavily influenced by 1972's manga Devilman. Hideaki Anno and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto wanted to have a similar ending. If you liked The End of Evangelion, you'll find the same painful feeling in Devilman: Crybaby. Both have mentally unstable, weak main characters, that have to save the Earth.
In opposite to their respective TV versions the two concluding movies of Evangelion and Ideon are similar in theme as well as imagery and even in music. The Ideon movie clearly inspired the epic conclusion of Evangelion.
A large part of Evangelion was inspired by Ideon to the point where it can be said that Ideon was the Evangelion of the 1980s that unfortunately never received the popularity or staying power of the latter.
Ideon and Evangelion share many similarities, the least of which is a similar troubled production schedule involving low raiting, decreasing budgets, an ending that due to said production troubles wasn't entirely according to plan, and a theatrical revival due to fan demand consisting of both a remastered recap movie and the originally intended apocalyptic finale.
Ideon and Evangelion share many themes and concepts, and the ultimate finale for both look beautiful and still deeply resonate with the hearts of many to this day. If you liked one, you'll be sure to like the other as ell. Just make sure to watch the respective series for maximum effectiveness and impact, or failing that at least the corresponding theatrical compilation movies. read more
Space Runaway Ideon is one of the anime that inspired Hideaki Anno's Evangelion, and they both deal with similar themes. Both are dark and gritty science fiction anime, featuring destructive mecha and apocalyptic elements.
Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno has often cited Yoshiyuki Tomino's Space Runaway Ideon as one of his biggest and most important influences. Anno's directorial style is very similar to Tomino's style, with an overall very cinematic feel in their works, similar camera angles, and a very similar, clear, and often realistic scene presentations. Just like its predecessor (The Ideon: Be Invoked), The End of Evangelion is a dark and bloody film filled with plenty of deaths, and strong feelings of hatred and desperation, and in the end, everybody dies (or turns into orange juice, in Eva's case) in both films. Their endings, however, have some light and hope shining through.
If you wanna watch something filled with deep, philosophical meaning and plenty of bizarre, mindscrew-ish imagery, then go ahead and watch either one of these movies, both of which I regard as masterpieces.
Please don't forget to watch Neon Genesis Evangelion before The End of Evangelion and Space Runaway Ideon before The Ideon: Be Invoked. They both have their own respective compilation films, but neither one of them is a good replacement for the original TV series. read more
This recommendation is more based on a gut feeling than anything else. The Adolescence of Utena and End of Eva are both retellings of their respective series and in both cases the intense imagery coupled with a complex and heavily symbolical atmosphere create an utterly surreal environment that deconstructs itself at every turn. They share the same epic quality even as they delve deep into the human psyche, despite the fact that the plot may seem to vary considerably. In these movies the role of the individual in the world and the very nature of what these two entities may be is what truly is at stake.
Both are overwhelming in symbolism, both have to do with the main character changing fate and their current world. While one is shounen and bitter, and the other is shoujo and hopeful, both are allegoric and offer post-modern taste.
Basically same reason why those who like Evangelion the tv series should take a gander at Revolutionary Girl Utena
Both films are massively symbolic and best appreciated by viewers who enjoy analyzing the movies' literal and metaphorical meanings. Each movie is beautifully animated in such a way that it is almost a work of art: intended to be viewed multiple times, watched with a careful eye, and open to various interpretations. Their stories also approach the concepts of an "apocalypse" -- the end & renewal of the physical world, and that of the heroes' psyches. Truly fascinating films for more intellectual anime fans.
Both anime deconstruct their respective genres, with Utena being a deconstruction of magical girl anime, and Evangelion being a deconstruction of mecha anime. Both have a teenage protagonist is placed in a new, unknown situation, and who holds the power to change the fate of the world. Both anime have a lot of metaphors and symbolism, as well as surreal imagery, which might confuse some watchers. Also, both have a similar tone and mood.
End of Evangelion and Adolescence Apocalypse contain the key themes of their respective series but with a shorter runtime and generally smooter animation.
The two films are steeped in surrealism.
In both cases, I'd recommend watching the series first, since the movies don't capture every idea presented in them.
- Artistic use of nudity and sexuality
- Full of symbolism and deeper meaning to incite rewatches
- Filled with iconic imagery
- Unique atmosphere unmatched by any other anime
- Heartbreaking, yet uplifting
- Will make you rethink your life as a whole
Both are masterpieces that are sadly often misunderstood, but are absolutely some of the greatest anime of all time, nay, some of the greatest pieces of media ever created.
Unforgettable experiences that have amazing visuals that use the medium to its fullest potential, godlike directing, as well as plenty of thought-provoking themes that will stick with you your whole life. They both serve as criticism of what anime has become and make you want to go outside and abandon escapism through anime for good. Closest you can get to anime as art.
Both are disturbing and involve giant figures in some kind of world apocalypse or enormous destruction. Both also come pretty close with a giant mindfuck if you like that sort of thing. Both are equally masterpieces in their own right.
Both movies explore the depths of the psychologically disturbed characters and are abstract in their own unique ways. A lot of thought is required in order to piece together what had happened. There is also plenty of action and gore in each to top it all off.
If you have seen at least one of them and you like a weird, unique, trippy, fascinating, WTF-experience then this is likely for you. (If you didn't watch Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion yet, then of course you should watch the original series: Neon Genesis Evangelion first.)
these films are both hugely symbolic;They both require some good thinking afterward. They share an "epicness" (in their scale) about them that I don't want to spoil. I think they are nicely animated, and the color pallets are also oddly alike.
Both films have many subversive and psychological elements to the presentation. There's also an underlying religious theme within both.
Angel's Egg has more of a gothic style to it, however... while End of Eva has more of a traditional 90's art style.
Both are symbolism overload and whoa-inducing animation for its decade but the most important aspect is the best ever human screams recorded in japanese anime exist in these anime to be recieved from your hearing senses into your heart.
Both have young kids fighting foreign creatures. It is their given duty to do so.
Both have a very cowardly and sensitive protagonist. That protagonist is terrified of what they are supposed to be fighting, and tries to avoid it when possible.
There is also a main character in each show who is very enthusiastic to fight and takes pride in it. That becomes their downfall in the end, however.
I compare Alien 9 SPECIFICALLY to The End of Eva because there is a scene in the last episode of Alien 9 that felt very inspired by the latter. I'll give you a hint- they both involve choking.
Both have a sad ending that almost felt unfinished.
Both have lighter moments, but the show in its entirety will make you feel uneasy. They are both bleak, unsettling, but have lots of creative merit. read more
Both anime deal with humanity fending off against shape-shifting lifeforms that threaten its survival using mechas. There are quite a few similar themes, both of them have a somewhat convoluted plot, similar imagery, as well as a somewhat similar ending.
Well in terms of story these two are not the same, yet in themes and how they ended I thought they are really similar.Both are endings to their respective tv series.Both have religious symbolism.Both are heart breaking and their endings are very open to interpretation and will more than likely require a lot of thinking to do.
I saw someone else compare it to this, and I can kinda get behind it.
Due to production issues in both, the endings of the actual shows (Neon Genesis Evangelion and Wolf's Rain) were not well-received and were generally unsatisfactory. For NGE, it was budget problems, network censorship, and time constraints. For Wolf's Rain, it was the SARS outbreak of 2003 in Asia that dug its fangs (pun intended, haha!) into the production of the show.
However, End of Evangelion and Wolf's Rain OVA came along and saved the day, delivering a far stronger ending than the originals could. Some may disagree, but I think fans of the respective series were glad they got them. read more
Both satisfy the fans and are made by Gainax.
End of Evangelion continues where the TV series left off whereas The Lights in the Sky are Stars is a recap but with added scenes.
They both end the production of the series in a high note of their recent era after their air.
Both of these anime:
- Have plots that revolve around the human race's symbiotic relationship with giant legendary creatures who are used as ultra powerful weapons.
- Have grandiose endings set on a huge scale with lots of death
- Are thematically similar e.g. fear of death, betrayal, war etc.
- Have main characters much younger than their comrades who are yet to truly mature
- Have the celebrated Hideaki Anno deeply involved in both projects
In both series, the world comes to an end, and society as we know it in Japan collapses, but a woman speaking in Japanese tells the audience that we should don't stop believing and hold on to that feeling. But in Evangelion, it actually makes sense in the story and fits in with the overall themes of the work, and that's why you should watch it.
Both are movies in which depict the event after the TV series. The concept of both movies are pretty similar IMO, in which our dandere took a central role here in the relations with the male protagonist, and the male protagonist decision was also similar. It's just that End of Evangelion has some actions and also depicts what happened on Shinji mouth, while The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya showed us more to the what happened on the given lifeline and how the protagonist act on that lifeline.
Both movies are derived from series full of religious and mystical symbolism. Both are about a conflicted adolescent boy piloting an alien bio-mech, in love with a half-alien/half-human girl, who come to conclusions about authority, their own identity, and their love in the middle of a prophesied apocalypse.
Extremely similar themes about self-discovery, growing up and deciding your own destiny.
Both contain heavy amounts of symbolism and introspection into characters' psyche.
They're both about learning to take responsibility for your actions and thinking for yourself.
Both Shinji and Vince face a dilemma about whether to obey the will of a father-figure or whether to create their own unique path in their life.
Re-l's and Asuka's character development practically parallel each other verbatim. They each learn to become more open, less arrogant and show some compassion to others.
Action and symbolism abound in them both but that's not what either of them are about. The true meaning is obscured and may not be clear if taken at face value.
Despite what little significance something might seem to have it's all interrelated. read more
End of Evangelion and Saikano might not seem similar at first glance but they deal with the same disheartening scenario: the collapse of humanity. Both are tours de force, uncompromising in their violence, poignant in their striking emotional appeal, visceral experiences of borderline nihilism that do not spare the characters and audience. These animes are about the end of everything as we know it; artistic brilliance drives the point with shocking efficiency as deconstruction is taken to frantic excesses, EoE and Saikano are the epitome apocalyptic storytelling made believable via the very humane suffering that pervades both efforts.
Both are a conclusion to the series, both have a sort of twisted (but satisfactory ending in my opinion). Both deal with the characters being controlled by conspiracy and fighting an unknown enemy. Characters on the happy side, not depressed and unfriendly like Evangelion's. But definitely Evangelion has served as an inspiration to this series as a whole.
Please watch from Washio Sumi Arc first, same goes for Evangelion, start with the series.
Don't watch any of them if weird endings, and heavy stories are not your cup of cake.
At its climax two rival organisations are fighting for the control of a unique source of power which has the ability to change, build and destroy the world. Through the exposition of the series characters undergo meaningful development that effects their decisions that occur at the story's climax and their mental state.
Flip Flappers is an unappreciated show that features fantastic animation and art style, character development, tasteful homages to classic anime series and cute girls taking on adventures in fantasy worlds.
Both deal with existentialism and whatnot, have superb visuals and some pretty cool symbolism. Although sins is rather slow paced, a lot of people who enjoy Eva can really find something out of this show.
Both are trippy anime, featuring dream-like sequences and surreal imagery. In both anime, dreams and reality become one, making the watcher confused about what is happening. Both anime have some apocalyptic elements, as well as giant omnipotent entities capable of shaping and reforming reality. Overall, both anime create a similar atmosphere.
Even though the plots are fairly different, both anime have a similar atmosphere. Both are quite dark and disturbing, having a lot of violence and gore, as well as trippy dream-like sequences that blur the difference between fiction and imagination through the usage of surreal imagery.
-A lot of scenery in Digimon Tri. VI is very reminiscent of The end of EVA
-Similar plot about an impending doom that could potentially destroy the world
-In both movies, a lot of shadowy organizations that we don't see on-screen are manipulating the events and our protagonists are just pawns to them
-Similar themes about human relationships, however, Digimon took a more optimistic approach
The similarities in these two are that viewers go in expecting the story to be explained. Both Eva and DTB leave thousands of unanswered questions as the series progress and, we as viewers want a defined outcome of the plot and to know what happened to the characters. Well, in both cases these dreams get the absolute shaft. Eva and DTB left me in a confused state with more questions than I had before and that ever familiar feeling at the end of the series: "What the f*ck???" Despite that neither of them are clear about what happened, they keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time and are very worthwhile. We all know that deep down, we love the mindf*ck feeling anyway.  read more
- Bloody scenes, downright horrific scenes, war, death and also death.
- Both ask you questions about human nature and humans in contrast to other lifeforms.
- Both (sets of?) protagonists come „into contact“ with Gods, you could say - although Mononoke Hime is more on the spiritual side while Evangelion on the other hand gets to a more philosophical core as a whole.
- Even though they are set in completely different time scenarios, they both share the same kind of thick, threatening atmosphere: A constant tension, which only seems to be growing as (PETIT SPOILER) you can feel their respective worlds dying/coming to an end (/SPOILER)
- Fun fact: According to MAL, they were actually released exactly one week apart (July 12th/19th, 1997)...!
Coincidence?! … Probably. read more
Both are anime about a crybaby with psychological problems that has a mental breakdown and explore hidden power. Both anime are dementia genre. Both have interesting, original plot and plot-twist. Both have also nicely done animation (while End of Evangelion has high quality animation in general, Koroshiya 1 has lower quality one, but it fits the anime perfectly). Both anime have gory and disturbing parts. If you liked one, you may like the other one.
Both are sci-fi around a main character and weird things that happends around them. Without their consent, they have enormous power, ability to rule over the universe, but instead they try to do what they want most of the time. Both anime are creative, something new, and both are trippy. While End of Evangelion is more psychological, Space Dandy 2nd is more comedy.
At first, the last episode of paranoia agent is kind similar to End of Evangelion. Some scenes and the theme. This is the reason of this recomendation.
End of evangelion is a masterpiece and despite the crazy plot and incredible battles, the movie talks about scapism and has a lot of surrealists scenes. I could reccomend the actually anime of evangelion, but i think the movie is more related to this core theme.
If you liked the way Paranoia agent talks about its theme and want another anime thought provoking, just try evangelion.
Both titles have mindblowing plot, which includes lots of thought about eternal problems of human being and the end-of-the-world issue. Sometimes behaviour of some characters are quite similar (Shiki-Aska, Shinji-Enjou). Both tells about dreams and reality.
After watching Fate/Zero, I was reminded of End of Evangelion and the way it ended. Spectacularly dramatic it is because the main characters Kiritsugu and Shinji goes through a series of drama and decisions that decides the factor of the conclusion. Death tolls roll through and one amazing aspect: ACTION PACK! Mechas, swords, magic, and twists occur throughout like a crazy roller coaster!
The Evangelion universe and Fafner are intimately linked; both tackle the mecha genre from a philosophical and highly emotional angle. Fafner's resolution should be seen side to side with the summit of NGE that EoE represents, both are powerful in their own ways: Fafner offering a more optimistic perspective to EoE's ambiguity.