EVANGELION:1.0 Review, Killing Angels with Giant Robots


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Evangelion: 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone is the first of four movies in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy. Hideaki Anno was unsatisfied with the original series from the 90’s, aiming to recreate Evangelion. Evangelion: 1.0 retells the first six episodes of the original series, with mild changes to the plot and characters to create greater clarity. Any fan of the original series may have been confused by it’s complicated plot and complex themes. The story is condensed removing a lot of the unnecessary plot points. The often dreary tone of the series is alter, as the sadness characters experience is limited.

Evangelion animation difference
Evangelion series vs Evangelion: 1.0

Evangelion: 1.0 quickly gets past the introduction, greatly improving on the pace, while still successfully conveying the main plot. However, for the most part the story is presented as the original series. Shinji is a teenage pilot, tasked with saving humanity. He pilots a bio mechanical hybrid mecha called an Evangelion. The battles between these EVA’s and the monsters called Angels are still brutal and intense. The most visible change in the film is the noticeable improvement in the animation. Shinji as a character is also improved, as he was extremely neurotic and simply annoying to viewers.

5th Angel, Shamshel
Shamshel, the fifth Angel from the Evangelion series.

The biggest issue regarding Evangelion: 1.0, is the consequence of condensing and editing several episodes into one movie. The story is feels rushed at times, that said, the remake of the first six episodes is well worth viewing. Evangelion: 1.0 accomplishes what Anno set out to do, retelling the original Neon Genesis Evangelion, while enhancing the animation, making the characters, and plot more understandable. It’s still not for the faint of heart as the brutal violence is still represented. With the first film in the tetralogy being so well received, the next three in the series should be even better.

Production Info:

Chief Director: Hideaki Anno, Director: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Screenplay: Hideaki Anno, Storyboard: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Tomoki Kyoda, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Unit Director: Hiroshi Haraguchi, Music: Shiro Sagisu, Original creator: Hideaki Anno, Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Art Director: Hiroshi Kato, Tatsuya Kushida, Chief Animation Director: Shunji Suzuki, Animation Director: Kazuchika Kise, Hidenori Matsubara, Yuji Moriyama, Atsushi Okuda, Mechanical design: Ikuto Yamashita, Cgi Director: Hiroyasu Kobayashi, Co-Director: Kobun Shizuno, Director of Photography: Toru Fukushi, Executive producer: Toshimichi Ootsuki.

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7 thoughts on “EVANGELION:1.0 Review, Killing Angels with Giant Robots

  1. Being a huge Evangelion enthusiast myself, I love every part of the Rebuild series as well as the original series and film. 1.11 in particular stands out as a memorable part of my experience–it is, after all, the reason I decided to even pursue the franchise! While it is held dear to my heart, I cannot that the pacing [of all 3 films] is quite fast. Perhaps it just feels this way because it pulls out all of the more serious psychological reflection each of the characters were drowned by in the OG. Are you familiar with the Rebuild Sequel Theory? If you ever make it past 3.33 before the final film comes out, do give it a search (if you don’t mind possible mind-bending spoilers for a finale that currently doesn’t even exist. Have fun being mind-boggled). Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. Thank you. I started watching Evangelion when I was a child in the early 2000’s. I didn’t really understand the complex themes in the series then, but I’m old enough to get it now. I’ll probably review the next movie next week. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. While I’m a big fan of the series, this movie reboot and the following ones were just not for me. I kind of felt that the additional scenes and characters were totally unnecessary and while some clarity was added to the story, a whole lot of unnecessary came into it. I kind of liked that the story in the original series had that awkward pacing as it felt right for the subject matter.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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