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Evangelion: 1.11 You Are
The stunning rebuild of the anime masterpiece is now extended and enhanced with never before seen new animation and 266 visual and audio improvements. Tokyo-3 still stands after most of civilization was decimated in the Second Impact. Now the city endures the ceaseless onslaught of the deadly Angels, bizarre creatures bent on eradicating the human race. To combat this strange and ruthless enemy, the government agency NERV constructs a fleet of towering humanoid machines the Evas and Shinji Ikari is called into action, reluctantly taking his place at the controls of Eva Unit 01.Living a life of loneliness and questioning his existence, Shinji struggles to accept responsibility for mankind's battle for survival in this visually striking rebuild of one of the most important anime of all time. Shinji will fight the Angels alongside the only person who might understand his plight Rei Ayanami, the elusive and frail pilot of Eva Unit 00. In this film experience not to be missed, Shinji and Rei will struggle to learn a simple truth: when carrying the burden of humanity's survival on your shoulders, you are not alone.
The blu-ray edition of You Are (Not) Alone makes it clear why Hideaki Anno has returned to his watershed tale Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) yet again. He's "rebuilding" Evangelion as he initially envisioned it, unconstrained by technological and budgetary limits, and the new visuals eclipse the broadcast series. In the original program, the Angel Ramiel was a flat blue tetrahedron; the clarity of the Blu-ray images showcases the reflections and refractions in its glassy surface. When that Angel blasts most of a small mountain into lava, the searing yellows and whites convey a sense of intense heat. The subtle palette created with computer coloring systems enables Anno to energize emotional moments between characters through the more effective use of light and shadow. Evangelion 1.11 contains about two minutes of additional material missing from the earlier Evangelion: 1.01, including some expository dialogue. When Shinji meets Misato, she explains that he has just seen one of the Angels, then gets them lost in the labyrinth of NERV headquarters. The color has been adjusted in some scenes that viewers of the earlier release complained were too dark to see clearly. The second disc contains extras not included in the initial release. "Rebuild of Evangelion" juxtaposes the often-sketchy storyboards with new CG footage of the skyscrapers of New Tokyo III rising from their silos, as well as other high-tech effects at various stages of completion. One version of "Rebuild" is incongruously set to Ravel's Bolero; the low strings and percussion of Shiru Sagisu's score make a more effective counterpoint. Four trailers play to a new arrangement of "Fly Me to the Moon" and three to the J-pop tune "Beautiful World." Although some otaku will want to keep their discs of the original series with its haunting theme song, "The Thesis of a Cruel Angel," the Blu-ray of Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone is a must-have for anyone interested in anime. (Rated PG-13: violence, nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles SolomonSee all Editorial Reviews
"Angel of Doom" Promotional Music Video
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Beautiful World Version 2
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After that, I'd recommend watching Neon Genesis episodes 7-24, then End of Evangelion. When you're done, THEN watch 2.22 and 3.33, which break off from Neon genesis continuity.
Have fun and get ready for the fourth movie!
The story itself though, that's a different matter. To those people who haven't watched Evangelion, and just plain don't get what all the fuss is about; welcome! Evangelion 1.11 you are (not) alone is a wonderful place for you to start. To diehard fans of the series I say this; this is not the Evangelion you remember. While all the major events in the first 6 episodes are presented here in the first entry of rebuild, the pace is decidedly faster than the original series. This is probably rebuild's biggest asset and greatest liability at the same time. New fans will probably appreciate the snappy pace of the series, but if you're like me you might find the pace somewhat jarring. The original series was very ... deliberate in its pacing. While I appreciate the fact that Shinji's decision to pilot the Eva came so quickly this go 'round, I miss the flashback sequence detailing his first confrontation with an angel. Originally the viewer is kept in the dark about what happened, in the middle of the first battle Shinji awakens in a hospital in the episode titled "unfamiliar ceiling". A good deal of time goes by before it's revealed exactly what happened with unit 01 and the fourth angel, and the audience reacts with the same shock that Shinji experiences when he begins to remember the outcome of the battle. That moment of revelation is both more powerful and more subtle because it's more removed, in terms of time, from the event. This is the sort of thing that happens throughout the entire disc. Like I said earlier, all the big moments are there, but to me they seem rushed. A lot of the subtlety of the series seems to be getting swept under the rug for the sake of brevity. I still like rebuild 1.11, but I don't yet love it. It's going to be difficult for the rebuild to dislodge my love of the original series, warts and all.
Well for one thing, the animation Is absolutely PERFECT. I loved the mixture of traditional animation and 3D animation! The blending of the two really brought out the best In Anno's directing style and shows he's down to do something different and to do It right! Sound Design wise, the soundtrack Is just awesome & the Inclusion of the Utada Hikaru track Beautiful World at the end was a lovely choice and It honestly made me re-wind the movie a few times. The sounds of the mechanics and the Eva Units were realistic and even while animated, the sound design really brought out the believability In both weight and maintenance, the angels though.. holy crap.. Angel 6 Is without a doubt one of the most beautiful yet scary as hell designs ever! The way this thing would shift to attack was breathtaking and how It's charging sounds were basically a screaming woman In a higher pitch not only stunned me but also made me question the angels and their true nature, that coming from an animated movie just shows the ferocity behind the film's team. I watched the dubbed version of the film and I personally loved everyone's performances, everyone came off well fit to their characters and played them perfectly. No one felt out of place or out of character and they all gave a believable show.
The movie's story Is what I wasn't expecting to like as much as I did. Normally with giant anything In the story, main character backstories are kinda here nor there.. but Attack On Titan proved me wrong and.. so did Evangelion. I cared about Shinji, Rei, Misato & everyone In-between the mix, no one felt just THERE, the backstories & character personal galore made me connect with the main characters and they all felt real! One of the things I really loved with the film was the well balanced out drama and action, the film didn't pull a "John Carter" and each bit was just as engaging as the last!
Speaking of which, the drama In the film Is superb as Is the action. Watching Shinji go through the film doubting himself and not being able to accept that he's a good pilot with that emotional struggle was INTERESTING and left me cheering for him until the very end of the movie. Rei was left with some mystery towards her, but she still gave off a strong & cold performance until the end where she begins to break down a few walls. Misato from the beginning I saw as the big sister type, she was funny, unpredictable & In some ways the perfect teacher for Shinji! In the end It's her words that finally end the inner turmoil Inside Shinji's mind, she makes him realize this Is a one size fits all deal, everyone Is at risk. Couldn't give enough praises for the drama! Now, the action. When action hits the screen you feel every bit of It right In the center of your chest, the stakes are high the energy Is catastrophically addicting to watch and no matter your setting, you're cheering, gasping & crying al the way through each fight Is an emotional rollercoaster. I found It rather refreshing how well the drama and action were balanced out & how the team mixed at times was astounding! While the classic trope of "talking while fighting" was there, but It didn't feel like a burden and It helped that what was being talked about was Interesting!
Evangelion 1.01 : You Are (Not) Alone was one hell of a ride, I loved every minute! I became Invested In almost every character, I cared about their turmoil and well being, the action sucked me In and delivered an awesome experience In and of Itself. Can't get enough of It!
I was surprised to see this movie was made In 2007 no less, so It's almost on It's way to 10 years old, but you'd never guess that watching the movie. The movie has aged beautifully and I cannot wait to see the next two!
I give Evangelion 1.01 : You Are (Not) Alone a 5/5
and a HIGH recommend!