25 April, 2011

REVIEW: Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone.

Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone

Directed by: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki

Movie: 100 Min.

Genre: Action, Drama, Psychological, Mecha

Rating: TV-14


Earth has been forever changed by an event called “Second Impact”. A global cataclysm triggered by a being known as an “Angel” that killed billions of people and triggered worldwide wars. Fast forward fifteen years to Tokyo-3 and a young man named Shinji Ikari. Shinji has received a message from his father Gendo, The Commander of NERV HQ. Shinji is waiting to be picked up by Lieutenant Colonel Misato Katsuragi who is the Operations Director of NERV. While Shinji is trying to contact Misato, the Third “Angel” attacks Tokyo-3. Misato finally arrives to pick up Shinji to transport him to NERV HQ. At the NERV base located inside of a geofront, Shinji comes face to face with a mecha known as Evangelion Unit 1 and his father Gendo. Where he is informed that only he can pilot the EVA (Evangelion) and needs to make up his mind to stay to pilot EVA unit 1 in a fight against the Third Angel or to leave NERV HQ. From here Shinji makes his decision and Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone begins...

First off let me say that the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise is by far my favorite anime series and movies ever! Now let me say I’m going to try and approach this review without being a super fan boy, so here goes.


This movie is visually amazing! They really brought out the A squad on this one. Some of the scenes are just jaw dropping gorgeous, and I think some of them where specifically put in the movie just to show off how amazing the graphics truly are. The background music and soundtrack are great. Fans of the original 1995 series will notice a lot of familiar music from the anime but drastically upgraded to sound amazing.
Now to the story. Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone is basically a retelling of the first six or so episodes from the original T.V. series Neon Genesis Evangelion but with upgraded visuals and music. So if you’re like me and have watched the anime series about a million times there really are only a few new surprises. Some of the scenes are shot for shot the same just prettier. There are some differences but you really have to be a total EVA geek to notice them on the first viewing. The main casts of characters are here minus Asuka who didn’t come along in the T.V. series until episode eight. So all you Asuka fans will have to wait till Evangelion 2.22.

This movie would be a great jumping in point for new fans that have heard of Neon Genesis but never watched the T.V. series. It also brings enough new things for the old fans to be happy with it as well. The overall feel of this movie is just brilliant. Evangelion has always had a strong story line and this entry to the series is no different. Shinji is a more of a likeable character in this movie than he was in the anime. A lot of the overly depressed feel from the anime series is now replaced with a more realistic interpretation of character feelings. Basically Shinji is not as much of a whiny little b*&ch. Over all I am in love with the rebuild movies and this movie is outstanding. Otakustew.net gives Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone a…
Four out of Five...
Now the only reason I did not give this movie a five out of five is because I was hoping for a little more from it. More story basically but it is a hard choice for me not to give this a five out of five. I absolutely love this movie! I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this movie but I just can’t give it a perfect rating. It pains me not to give it a five out of five.

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