Back in 1995 When Neon Genesis Evangelion was released many people thougt it to be a really good show. However, i did not as you can read in my review that i did lastyear. The show did indeed put more focus onto it story, feeling and detail then it did on the actuall battles itself, It told the tale about a lonely boy that is supposed to be the savior of mankind with hes Gigant-Robot called Evangelion.
Now, if you are here reading i will just asume that you have seen the original series and you as i know that the ending was quite wierd. The problem was that they never knew how to end the show, it drove of and threw away it’s main story to focus on psychology instead. The ending of the original series has been retold several times ove in films aswell as a Directors cut of the last episodes of the series to keep the Evangelion franchise alive. Now, with the start of “Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone” wich covers episode 1-6 of the original series the story will once again be retold in 3 more movies after this one.
As i said erlier and in my original review I didn’t like the TV series at all. I enjoyed the first few episodes as I did for many Japanese mecha series, but they focused too much on Ikari Shinji’s hesitation and despair in piloting Eva after that point. I watched this film in hope that maybe I was too young to fully appreciate this series back then, and enjoy more this time, but even after 26 episodes and a rerun movie, Ikari Shinji only seems nothing more than a really dumb and weak kid who likes to exaggerate his emotions all the time. It was frustrating to watch, and in the end, the only thing I gained from watching this ‘movie’ was a 30 second teaser for the upcoming sequel.
The animation retains the original 1995 style and definitely more detailed compared to anything made in the 90s, but nothing remarkable compared to most other 2007 animes. Practically all scenes are redrawn using the original storyboard and layouts devoid of any new camera angles or cuts. In fact, it’s better to prepare yourself for a “digitally remastered recap” release than anything new.
What intrigues is that the second movie seems to have completly new animation and will continue the story in a different way then the original series, i will just have to watch it and decide after if i still feel the same about hte Evangelion universe or not.
Needless to say, the viewing experience was unpleasant. I encounter very few works that I regret watching, but this was one of them.