Animation: Good
Depth: Fair
Design: Good
Characters: Good
Story: Fair

Type: movie

Vintage: 1998


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End of Evangelion

Summary: >

Things had finally progressed to the point where mankind would finally choose their destiny. However not everyone agrees which direction that should be. The world leaders have decided to put their plans into action, and that means eliminating NERV. But as the final hour draws closer and closer, one question hangs in the air: "What exactly WILL happen at the end of the world?". And out of all things it appears that it will be Shinji who decides the fate of mankind. Yeah it's a bummer that the fate of everyone rests on the shoulder of a dweeb like Shinji, but no one said the end of the world would be happy or make any sense.

Thoughts: >

I'm not sure I even have a lot to say on this title in all honesty. The Evangelion movie was created as a response to the overwhelming negative feedback on the TV series ending. On a personal note, I'd like to say I in fact liked the TV ending. But anyway they created this movie to be the TRUE evangelion movie. So what does that mean? Well it means all that insightful thought provoking stuff is out the window - this movie is all action and weirdness.

I found this movie a bit hard to get into. It was kind of action flying everywhere and along with those moments where stuff doesn't seem that coherent. But then comes the symbolism. The original series much of the symbolism was sort of... well a convenient method to an end, plus it made a good story. In the movie however that's all totally literal. Like first you must strike down the frost giants, then obtain the hammer of Thor in order to strike down the serpent which is coiled around the world. I mean it's like this is a video game RPG and not an anime. The fact that all of this became WAY to literal I found to be a major detractor.

But all in all it does deliver action in an Evengelion style - so if that's what you are looking for this title won't disappoint. And that I think is the overall summary here. Aside from that I thought the ending was dumb, and Shinji's visit to Asuka where he decides to have a "good time" was rather weird and not really relevant.

Quote: >

Fiutsuki: The fate of mankind now lies in Shinji's hands

girl: Tell me, have we done the right thing?

guy: How in the hell should I know.

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