“Shinji, this is your home now.” – Misato Katsuragi
This, the last of the three Evangelion offerings on Netflix, is a bit confusing.
This is the second re-edit of part of the Death & Rebirth animated film. And if Evangelion isn’t confusing enough, this is sort of just a few of the episodes mashed together.
I don’t know, this whole franchise is a real clusterfuck. I guess just watch the show and be annoyed by its Patrick Duffy in the shower ending. And if you want a better ending, they made one but I wouldn’t say it’s better unless you like Shinji screaming like a bitch for an hour and a half straight.
But I’ve said all this in previous Evangelion reviews.
So back to this.
In a nutshell, this was a complete waste of time.
That is all.
Just stick to the show and dip out before the last two episodes. Then just make up whatever ending you want in your head because it will probably be better.
But seriously, the show was pretty great until they totally shit the bed.
Rating: 4/10 Pairs well with: all things Evangelion, as well as all things Robotech or Macross and Knights of Sidonia.
Also known as: The End of Evangelion (shortened title) Release Date: July 19th, 1997 (Japan premiere) Directed by: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki Written by: Hideaki Anno Based on:Shin Seiki Evangerion by Hideaki Anno Music by: Shirō Sagisu
In fact, Shinji makes this thing damn near unwatchable. If you thought he freaked out and had emo storms in the television series, it’s like he rolls all of them up, wedges them into just 90 minutes and then turns the volume way up.
I absolutely hate Shinji. I don’t care that he’s young and has had a troubled childhood. So did I at one point, I didn’t act anything like this.
It also doesn’t help that Asuka is having freak outs the whole damn time either.
So what this film is, is it is an alternate ending to the shitty ending that the television series gave us. This makes things real and not just some Patrick Duffy shower dream. And I wanted the events of the show to be real within the show. But this was not really an improvement when all is said and done.
This was damn hard to get through with all the emotional meltdowns and screaming.
The only saving grace was that the animation was a step up from the series but then it should be, as this was a film released theatrically.
Honestly, this film made me actually like the show less, as it exposed some of its flaws and made me never want to see Shinji’s bitch tantrums ever again.
While fans will debate for eons which ending was the true ending, I’ll debate with myself whether this was more shrill or less shrill than a cat orgy.
But I guess I’ll watch the movie after this one too, as it’s on Netflix and I might as well complete all that’s offered there.
Let me order some new earplugs off of Amazon first.
Rating: 4.5/10 Pairs well with: all things Evangelion, as well as all things Robotech or Macross and Knights of Sidonia.
Original Run: October 4th, 1995 – March 27th, 1996 Created by: Hideaki Anno Directed by: Hideaki Anno Written by: Hideaki Anno Based on:Shin Seiki Evangerion by Hideaki Anno Music by: Shirō Sagisu
Gainax, Tatsunoko Production, TV Tokyo, 26 Episodes, 22 Minutes (per episode)
I wanted to revisit this and review it some time ago but I heard that Netflix was bringing it to their streaming service. Granted, at the time of that announcement, I didn’t know it’d be like another year.
Anyway, that’s probably how most people have seen this show now and I’ll say that I’m not super keen on the dubbing of the Netflix version. I like the original dubbing better, even if it’s been said that the new dub is more accurate. I just don’t like the voice work as much.
However, this is still a pretty good anime but is sadly undone by its bizarre ending that thankfully, got retconned later. Or that’s what I’ve been told anyway, as I haven’t seen the films that followed. But if you are really, really into this and don’t know what’s coming, expect a Patrick Duffy in the shower moment.
If you are a fan of stuff like Robotech, Alita: Battle Angel and Ghost In the Shell, then this should be right up your alley. Even if you’re not a big anime or manga fan but like kaiju or tokusatsu shows and movies, you’ll still find something to connect to here.
I mostly like the characters, their dynamic and the insane world that they live in. However, Shinji can become grating with all this yelling, whining, emo storms and absolute immaturity. Sure, he’s a kid but my homies would’ve smacked me if I acted like he did 90 percent of the time.
What I love most is the creativity that went into the design of the giant monsters. They aren’t traditional kaiju like those in a Godzilla movie but are more akin to monsters from the most bizarre episodes of the many Ultraman, Super Sentai or Kamen Rider series.
This is also full of a lot of religious iconography, primarily of the Christian faith. I wouldn’t call this show Christian, by any means, but it does tap into elements of its symbolism.
At its core, this is a coming of age story that sees young kids forced into adult situations. In fact, they’re thrown into war against these giant creatures. Piloting giant mecha and having to always be on the go, instead of going to school and playing sports (or D&D), these teens have to be saviors of the world.
While for some, the animation may feel dated now. I still think it looks fantastic. But this also came out at the height of my anime watching when I was still a teen. I’ve heard that the films after really upped the ante, visually.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is definitely an anime series worth watching, if you haven’t yet. It might not connect with everyone but there is a reason why it has been held in the highest regard for over two decades. In the end, fans of anime should walk away with something highly worthwhile.
Rating: 8.25/10 Pairs well with:Ghost In the Shell, Macross and Robotech related stuff, as well as Alita: Battle Angel.
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