Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
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The film opens on the impending destruction of NERV headquarters. With the destruction of the 'Angels,' the members of SEELE move to implement their plan for the forced evolution of humankind. Stage 1 is the capture or destruction of the EVA and their 'riders.' For the rest of the NERV staff only a grim and violent death is offered. Shinji and Asuka manage to activate their EVAs and fight back. Meanwhile, Rei descends into the heart of NERV with Dr. Ikari to confront Lilith.
While this apocalypse occupies the first part of the film, filling the screen with both spellbinding action and some unnerving interior insights, one could argue that it is only a prelude to the real core of the film. Almost haphazardly, symbols from the Kabbala and the Crucifixion are woven into the action as SEELE prepares the ritual that will recreate humanity. Magically, Rei and Shinji become the main characters in a metaphysical play that will decide the future of man. It is no surprise that these two become bound to the moments of decision and rebirth. Both the characters are not completely whole as personalities. To each of them the conflict over individuality is both interior and exterior.Read more ›
Most prominent among them is the common misconception that this film is an 'alternate ending'. Though it is, of course, different from the version seen in the television series, it results in the same essential end. This is actually a physical depiction of the end of Neon Genesis Evangelion, as the first ending was, in fact, the more psychological, 'post-apocalypse' (if you will accept this description) ending. The end to the television series occurs not during the 'third-impact' (yes, this is a spoiler), but a year afterward, when instrumentality (or complementation, which is what the official Manga subtitled version addresses it as) has succeeded, and mankind has been merged. This film doesn't disregard the scenes in the final two episodes, as, in fact, every 'anomalous' scene from episode twenty five (The Ending World) from the series is seen in its true form in this film.
Of course, in the end of this film itself, it's far different from the end seen on television, but this is intentional, as Anno intended to destroy any preconceived notions established about the answers to the anomalies presented in the original series, and, also, to frighten and disturb the viewer out of complacency. Having seen this film in both the 'official' (Manga subtitled) version, and the Fansub version, I can honestly state that this is, perhaps, one of the most frightening and disturbing anime films ever, but, also, it is my favorite (of course, I'm biased, as Neon Genesis Evangelion is my favorite anime, and, in my opinion, the greatest ever created).Read more ›
"According to 'The Red Cross Book' (which was sold at End of Evangelion screenings during its original theatrical release in Japan in 1997 and was officially endorsed by Gainax,) the original scripts for the final two episodes of the TV series were scrapped at the last minute. The reasons are not divulged, but there are rumors that sponsor funding was cut due to controversy about would could be deemed hyper violent and sexually inappropriate content, and that Hideaki and Gainax were pressured to end the series differently, in a very short time frame. The the creators of the show were forced to scramble to throw something else together as best they could, which resulted in the final two episodes bearing very little resemblance to the rest of the show. The book then goes on to say that the original scrapped scripts were essentially fished out of the garbage and were the basis for the feature film End of Evangelion. In other words, it's arguable that the final two episodes of the TV series are invalid, and that End of Evangelion is in fact the true ending to the series as originally envisioned by its creators."
If all of that's true, then the TV series ending was never meant to exist. EoE isn't "Anno's Revenge" on the dissatisfied fans... it's his revenge on the purse string holding A-holes who prevented him from ending the series the way he intended.
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The perfect ending to a perfect show. A very visceral and surreal look at an apocalypse that follows the descriptions written in the dead sea scrolls. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Benjamin W. Bisconer
This is mankind's greatest achievement as a species and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I just bought the last copy.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a Evangelion Fan I totally recommend to buy to DVD CollectionPublished 9 months ago by Freddy Cabral
Why is this $100-$500? Is the DVD made of an extremely rare material from another planet or dimension and is encased in a pure gold box that was kept in a safe made of platinum... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Krinjax
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