Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
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When the first Evangelion feature, Death and Rebirth, proved no more satisfying than the last episodes of the original series, Hideaki Anno brought his watershed epic to its conclusion in this final installment. End of Evangelion beg
When the first Evangelion feature, Death and Rebirth, proved no more satisfying than the last episodes of the original series, Hideaki Anno brought his watershed epic to its conclusion in this final installment. End of Evangelion begins where the series ended: with the Angels defeated, the sinister cabal SEELE attacks NERV headquarters to seize the Evas and realize their plan for humanity. Misato and Ritsuko fight from inside while Asuka decimates a new Eva series. But when Rei merges with Lilith, and Shinji seems to fuse with Unit 01, the final traces of a coherent storyline dissolve into a protracted collage of fantastic images, played against discussions involving Rei, Shinji, Asuka, and Kaoru. Anno's dazzling apocalyptic vision forms a weird but oddly logical finale that ultimately means whatever the viewer chooses to read into it. This unrated feature, suitable for ages 17 and older, contains considerable violence, profanity, grotesque imagery, and sexual situations. --Charles Solomon
- Japanese production credits
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With the Angels defeated, the unity humanity enjoyed rapidly deteriorates as the world turns against each other. SEELE, a collation of allied nations, betrays their former military ally, NERV, and launches a surprise attack on their base in order to obtain the key to humanity's destruction and eventual rebirth: Evangelion Unit-01. Stuck in the middle of the unprecedented war is Evangelion's protagonist, Shinji Ikari, who, without the guidance from his friends Asuka and Rei, finds himself rapidly losing his grip on reality and returning to a state of helpless self-pity. As the battle rages and SEELE introduces its own line of MP Evas, Shinji finds the fate of humanity thrust into his unwilling hands. Once again at the helm of the creation he has grown to hate, he must decide the outcome of the world.
In my previous review of Evangelion I thought the ending was more than satisfactory. While I still stand by that, the Ending of Evangelion blows it out of the water. It has the action that made the series enjoyable to watch, the thought provoking ideology that forces one to ponder, and all drama that made the characters seem so real. In keeping with the trend presented by the series, about halfway through the End of Evangelion, Hideki Anno jumps off the tracks of traditional story telling and returns to the whirlwind of incoherent thoughts and images blurred together in a cyclonical representation of the human psyche. It's insane, but brilliant. Disturbing, but beautiful. Confusing yet intriguing. Half-story, half-art, that's the way Evangelion, has always been, and it's wonderful to see it conclude this way. The soundtrack is integrated brilliantly within the movie. Each track kicks in at exactly the right moment, and the theme song Komm Susser Todd (Come Sweet Death) could not have been played at a more suitable moment. The appropriateness of it is overwhelming, and accentuates the emotions in scene in which it's presented.
A warning to younger audiences: the Ending of Evangelion is not for kids. There is not an ounce of humor or cuteness that filled some of the episodes of the series. The violence is quite graphic, but even more terrifying is the disturbing imagery that is used prevalently throughout the film. While far from tasteless, some of it will leave you rather shaken, especially if you're familiar with characters from the series.
Like Evangelion, the End of Evangelion does not end with a happy ending. Far from it, and yet it forces the viewer to look at the story from several different angles. If the symbolism can be interpreted differently, then perhaps the ending can also be perceived in a different light. Either way, I left with a raw feeling in my stomach, a sad hopeless feel that made sure I would never be able to see the series the same way ever again.
Conclusively, the Ending of Evangelion is recommended to only those who have seen Evangelion solely because only those who have seen and appreciated the series will be able to enjoy the film to its fullest. If you hated the series, then the Ending of Evangelion probably won't change your mind. If you loved the series, then there's no reason why you shouldn't add this to your collection.
JA_Japster's Final Score: 10/10
but i digress.
this dvd is basically a movie release of the ending to the series. in my opinion, it has one person's view into the human psyche, at least his interpretation of it. it really shows the rawness of the human psyche. and when i say rawness, i mean that when you watch it, you really have to suspend your own judgement of things and allow yourself to immerse yourself into the minds of each of the characters. he gives you perspective on things from the first hand standpoint which can easily deter many people from the actual meaning. an example of this would be to stop and think about sex right in the middle of doing it. now, first hand, the mention of sex would turn some people off(or on, lol). but he'll throw this sort of thing at you. the intent is not to get your jollies off, but rather to get that feeling sparked in you, and then for you to begin asking deep questions about it. this is definitely not everyone's cup of tea. but for those that follow this leader, i assure you won't be disappointed.
sometimes, indulging in one's own fantasies requires a reflection into why we need to indulge in the first place. that's what this gets you to think (or at least tries to).
although it felt as though there was a bit of a jump from the initial start of the movie from the series, i was far from disappointed from what followed. the flick has a lot of soul searching involved along with some serious angel arse kicking. (arse kicking first, then soul searching).
this is seriously a rated "r" whereas the the series ending in the dvd-box set is a rated "g".
very good dvd. you won't get the full appreciation of everything unless you watch the entire series, though, so try to make the effort to watch those first.
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Just another chapter of Anno being Anno... Congratulations!