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Jul 26, 2015 9:28 PM
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i didn't dilike the movie but i still prefer the series for the simple reason. WHAT MADE EVANGELION FAMOUS? it is the dark psychological aspects of the characters and the animation that portrayed it, for me. Many don't like shinji being a whiny little crying kid, but lets be honest he is a kid with an absent father who never cared for him and with no mother, so we must understand that for years he was neglected of love. But this shinji doesn't feel human enough. If I recommend somebody evangelion I would tell them to watch the series because that's what it makes it special. If not it is another mecha action, with something about Christianity i try to understand but even don't care enough to try. The movie is for me, after you watch the series if you want to understand the plot. I haven't watched the second one, but i get the feeling where it's going. (I hope to watch the breakdown of asuka reinterpreted)
Dec 7, 2015 7:06 PM

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Coming into this right after finishing NGE and EoE this was quite the treat considering the animation/visual updates.

-Liked that this first movie was a complete remake of the beginning of the original series (aside from the last scene with Kaworu)
-Animation/Visual updates

-Characterization and character development will likely either be skipped or rushed due to limited time constraints considering this is a movie series.
-Seems this series will take a new direction from the original series which I do not like.

Basically certain this won't be able to top EoE for me,already dislike the fact that it'll be diverging from the original and particularly worried about 3.0 considering how much negative reception I've heard about it.

Otherwise 7/10 for this first movie.

Jan 8, 2016 11:58 AM

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"Not the Third again."


This movie lost some of the characterization, especially with Kensuke and Toji and their relationship with Shinji, but it gained a hell of a lot with the "wow" factor. So many more little details everywhere you look, from showing more shots of the world and the people who inhabit to the giant spent shells crushing cars in the street, and it looked and sounded great. The re-imagined Ramiel was badass, along with its shrill screams. That whole Ramiel sequence was a serious upgrade from the original series.

I still need to watching 2.0 and 3.0, but I'm interested in the direction it's taking.
Feb 8, 2016 5:10 PM

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Hmm.. well, having quite a collection of Evangelion soundtracks, and upon the recommendation of a friend, I decided to watch this movie, despite not being a mecha fan.

I wasn't overwhelmed by the depth of the characters or the story, as portrayed here. It seemed a bit rushed and too many deux ex machina battle endings. But hey, it's a movie, trying to compress a whole series' happenings into less than two hours--I get it.

Some of the animation was quite impressive, as with the city rising from the ground, but at times there were too many still scenes with characters frozen in the frame.

The depth of the characters didn't seem all that great, but not having seen the TV series, I can't claim the movie is a fair representation. My overall reaction was that this is a shoujo anime.

For me, the best thing about the movie was the music during the end credits roll. Utada Hikaru's "Beautiful World" was something that grew on me over a span of just minutes. It's electrifying. It's got a pulse. It feels just a bit retro, but has a 'je ne sais quois' that places it in unknown territory. Like Shinji's "another ceiling I don't know' it was another song I don't know. But I like it.
Feb 9, 2016 7:08 PM

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Brilliant... absolutely brilliant. I was going to post here complaining about people who complain about this losing sight of the fact this is a completely new series, not a recap but a reimagination of the show, but I do not have words that can adequately express this. Somehow this captured the essence of what makes "Evangelion" Evangelion, honed in on it, and still laid the groundwork for a new vision of an iconic series with the potential to be as iconic as the original vision. Plus, all of the cheesiness that made the show a bit facepalm-inducing at times has been completely eliminated.

Honestly, this is arguably better than the TV series' depiction of the same events. I must sincerely wonder if this alternate vision can climax with the same impact as The End of Evangelion.
Feb 14, 2016 9:28 AM

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I loved this. There were a few scenes I don't remember seeing in the TV series, so it was nice to see them (again) this way. I enjoyed it visually and it reminded me of all the reasons why I love NGE <3
Mar 9, 2016 12:06 PM
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I would've rated this higher but no new version of "Cruel Angel's thesis"
The new animation is fantastic , so CGI .
I like the new setting , it got me hyped for 2nd movie, I'm sure I'll rate it higher because lots of EVAs . Also while I was checking the score of the movies , 3rd movie synopsis popped into my eyes ... major spoiler for 2nd movie T_T
Jun 28, 2016 4:42 PM
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I've really enjoy this! I think it's been necessary to assemble the story like this and I love the quality! Once more, Evangelion doesn't dissapoint!
Jun 28, 2016 4:50 PM
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The only thing I miss: Cruel Angel Thesis :(
Jul 12, 2016 6:53 PM

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Loving the new visuals for the movie.

No idea how much they rushed/skipped but I still thought it was decent on it's own.

Shinji was still being Shinji :/
Jul 24, 2016 5:07 PM

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The visuals are indeed amazing.They changed quite a few things of the original series but I'm not sure if they will make major changes of the original story of Evangelion. If thats case I'm not sure if I will like it :/ . I also think it's probably better to start watching the original series first if you are newcomer of this anime. The reason is that major events of the original series might lose some of the epicness if you see those events in the rebuild movies first.
Modified by SilentSword114, Jul 24, 2016 7:41 PM
Aug 21, 2016 1:06 AM

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Those people saying that this Movie is better than the original series don't know what they are talking about or just been born on the early 2000's.
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Sep 25, 2016 5:25 PM

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Even though i just watched the original a couple of days ago, it feels like i'm watching a new series with this updated visuals and 'angelic sounds' for the angels, especially the 'Ozma' angel, HUGE HUGE improvement from the original.

Even with some removed scenes, I think I'm going to enjoy these rebuilds more than the original.
Jan 21, 2017 6:19 PM

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It appears this movie series will follow a different path than the anime. I thought EoE was pretty much perfect, so I wonder just how contrasting will this Rebuild be.
I don't like how rushed the events, but the animation was amazing and the soundtrack was definitely noteworthy. More Asuka and Shinji is always welcome, curious to see if their relationship will be changed somehow. 7/10
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Mar 7, 2017 3:07 PM

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That was cool :D Glad they have not changed much from the source material (or did they? I hope what they say about 3.0 isn't true).

Animation: 9 (Fast-paced combats, good attention to detail, specially in enviroments)
Sound and Sountrack: 7 (Great sound FX, but a generic soundtrack)
Characters: 6 (Not much room for character development outside of Shinji. I'll be subjective from here... Man do I dislike that kid, at least I like him better in berserk mode)
Story: 9 (As a whole Evangelion is confusing as hell. One big mindfuck. Once you understand what the hell is going on, Evangelion becomes 10x times better. From start to finish, the whole story is great)
Enjoyment: 8 (Subjective again. It's evangelion... I'm always more invested in the story and events rather than the development of the characters. Quite entertaining, but it didn't made me fell any sad, happy, angry, surprised or scared. A bit excited maybe, during the battles)
Verdict: 7.8/10

Very excited for 2.0, I've heard it's the best one of the Rebuild.
Modified by Dr_Manhattan95, Mar 7, 2017 3:33 PM
Aug 1, 2017 8:27 AM

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Well, that was boring as usual. Love the updated graphics, though. Gives it a really cool atmosphere, at least.
Feb 9, 2018 5:48 AM
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Not bad. Not Great. It was fine.
Watching it on Blu Ray was very nice though.

May 25, 2018 6:09 AM

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I liked it very much. The music and animation were amazing, it was interesting to watch, all the important scenes were there (except the train station one), and Lilith already appears!
5/5 and 8/10
Aug 19, 2018 1:05 PM

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A nice retelling of the 5 first episodes of the TV series displaying far too much CGI. But those CGI sometimes allow more creativity, obviously.
It introduced discrete little elements to start the divergence from the original show.

Enjoyment: 4/5
Score: 7.5/10
Jan 13, 1:52 PM

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I enjoyed it! Of course it still can't really compare to the original, but the astonishing animation and overall quite exciting pacing more than make up for any shortcomings. Overall I wouldn't recommend to watch the movies instead of the series, but for those who liked the original these offer quite a treat. At least this first movie is pure fanservice (in the positive sense of the word - I am a fan, and damn I like it). I think I liked the new visuals for the fight against the geometrically screeching angel the most. Not only the angel itself, but the whole power grid shenanigans and proton cannon.

I watched the German dub, and many voice actors came back for the dub again. It seems that they put a bit more effort into it (as is often the case with movies), but at the same time I always cringed when they said "-kun", because they pronounced it like 10 different ways over the course of the movie. And adding honorifics in the dub is something I am not too fond of, I think it's better reserved for subtitles, or in romances I guess where that shit matters.

I gave NGE a 9/10, and I'll give this rebuild a 7/10. And that's a really good score.
Feb 7, 11:06 AM
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Man this was horrible it's like they removed every scene that made the original evangelion a masterpiece, also the colours in this movie look so bright which doesn't match the tone of evangelion at all. I have no idea how someone that enjoyed the original evangelion can also enjoy this trash. Also fuck CGI
Modified by Tetsuoshima666, Feb 7, 11:10 AM
Feb 9, 7:04 PM

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Tetsuoshima666 said:
Man this was horrible it's like they removed every scene that made the original evangelion a masterpiece, also the colours in this movie look so bright which doesn't match the tone of evangelion at all. I have no idea how someone that enjoyed the original evangelion can also enjoy this trash. Also fuck CGI
what are these scenes they removed that prevent this from being a masterpiece. The fact is the rebuilds are quite a bit better than the original. Pay no attention to those hepper than thou.
May 15, 12:05 AM

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Nahhh. TV Eva all the way. Although I don't think this was bad I don't see the point. It's an inferior version of something I already loved and thought was near perfect. Still gonna watch the other two but seems kind of pointless to me not gonna lie, couldn't care less about the changes.
34 minutes ago
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Shinji's *behavior* changes a bit too rapidly in the movies, and the movies seem to checkmark off the memorable individual scenes from the tv series. But the tv series has more whining and teen angst than I'd like. I've also supplemented my viewing with the Evangelion wikis. I found them less spoilery than helpful in explaining the byzantine mythology of Evangelion. I also prefer the movies over most other anime series, so they're worth watching if you've seen the tv series, want to watch them again, but don't have as much time.

So... watch the tv series first, but if you want less whinging and teen angst, start watching the movies!
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