BE WARNED THAT AS THIS FILM SERVES AS A SEQUEL TO THE EVANGELION TV ANIME, THERE ARE POSSIBLE SPOILERS OF THE SERIES AHEAD!
End of Evangelion is a movie sequel to the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV anime, meant to serve as the true continuation of the plot depicted from episodes 25 and 26 of the TV anime due to negative fan outcry to the original TV versions of the mentioned episodes. With the Angels defeated, SEELE launches an all-out attack on NERV headquarters to seize control of it and seek the resources they need to trigger Third Impact. Meanwhile, Shinji is in a regressive mental state due to prior events of the TV anime and Misato must track him down to both save his life from the intruding military forces and have him pilot Eva Unit-01 again to prevent SEELE from fulfilling their plans with Third Impact.
Much like the TV anime before it, End of Evangelion is yet another controversial part of the anime medium since there is division over how fans interpret the events of the ending and what preference they have for its ending between the original TV series ending or End of Eva. Some also see it as Hideaki Anno giving a middle finger to the fans in response to the negative backlash and death threats that he and Gainax received in response to the TV anime’s ending. I suppose in regards to preference, I would prefer the ending provided with End of Eva given that it actually continues the plot of the series unlike what the TV anime provided in its final two episodes, though that’s not saying much as Anno’s story direction still makes things a much bigger mess with the film’s plotting due to his continued insistence at pushing his existentialist beliefs with the film.
Outside of a certain infamous scene between Shinji and Asuka that I’m not gonna dabble into, the first half of the film offers a mostly solid and engaging spectacle as NERV tries to fend off against UN military forces, manipulated by SEELE, attacking their base. The battle is depicted as an uphill struggle for NERV throughout as they lack the resources to adequately fend off the large-scale military invasion launched by SEELE. In addition, Misato finds herself having to knock sense into Shinji’s inactive mental state when all hell is breaking loose on NERV and Asuka has her moment to shine in fending off UN military forces and the mass-produced Evangelions when she realizes the true nature of her Eva unit.
However when the second half commences, everything with End of Evangelion’s quality goes down the toilet. Anno resumes his insistence on exploring his philosophy with much of the second half focused on Shinji’s angsting and self-loathing in a rather incoherent visual spectacle, the boy being a pathetic mess throughout much of the movie and still coming to the same flawed solution to his problems that Anno pushed from the ending of the TV series. The actions that result with this also lead to making Shinji much worst of a character compared to the TV anime’s resolution, though the visual sight of what transpires is probably one of the few highlights to seeing End of Eva’s second half.
Visually, End of Evangelion is easily a considerable improvement over the TV anime. There is more consistent animation quality with the designs of characters, mechs, and settings; and there is noticeably more fluid movement shown onscreen as well, the visual highlight being Asuka’s battle with the UN military and mass-produced Evas during the later part of End of Eva’s first half.
Overall, End of Eva’s positives only come from the spectacle that comes from seeing the conflict between NERV and SEELE escalate to the point when things eventually get catastrophic with everything in the film. The first half of the film is engaging to see, but things quickly go downhill by the second half due to Anno continuing to force his beliefs into the film and coming to the same messy conclusion that resulted within the first series. For those saying that the film is a middle finger to Eva fans complaining of the TV anime’s ending, I guess I would be in the camp that think this way with End of Eva.
Rating: 5 of 10
Thoughts of Netflix Dub More or less, my thoughts of the End of Eva Netflix dub are mostly no different from that of the TV anime in that it’s a decent effort, but still has its issues with additional lines not found in the original script and mispronouncing series jargon and some character names. End of Eva does have some additional issues in that some of the scenes lack a fair amount of dialogue from extended shots whenever a character’s not speaking onscreen, this shown during Asuka’s panic while being attacked by the UN military and one of the trippy animated sequences of End of Eva’s second half when the film gets into psycho-analyzing Shinji yet again.
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
Never notice the film was a giant middle finger to the fans. Though, I guess that first scene with Shinji doing that to Asuka was a flag I missed. I thought it was Shinji unable to seek love and intimacy especially with Asuka who has been belligerent with Shinji.
When the world was engulf in redness and cross and those robots started to moan, (I swear I hear Misato moaning in the background), things got weird for me. Then, it was just Asuka and Shinji.
I didn't get the part where the movie just went into real life, showing a picture of the audience and then EVA cosplayers. That was a bit meta. I finally understand where Shinji gets flack and mention in overall anime sub culture because this movie has this character way worse than the anime. When I saw EVA for the first time, I didn't think Shinji was that bad of a character. This movie comes in and shatters it.
For Rei and Shinji's mother, I learned the EVA was supposed to be a mark that humanity had lived. Leave that for the philosophy folks. I thought free will was a hot mess when I encounter it. I didn't know how deep existentialism was.
Taka: End of Eva's considered a "middle finger to the fans" by some because in spite of the improved visuals and spectacle of seeing focus on the show's plot, this gets overshadowed by the film suffering from the same flaws that affected Eva's final two episodes with Anno pushing his views on existentialism and making Shinji off to be a far worst character than he was in the TV series since...
I am sort of the opposite, I personally did not care much for the first half (probably due to that Shinji and Asuka scene in the beginning) aside from Asuka kicking ass, but honestly love the second half. Then again I tend to love my trippy psychological scenes. But yeah they made Shinji really unlikable compare to the anime original ending.
Jgames : Yeah, the stuff with Shinji actually frustrates me with how Anno handled his development later in Eva. Unlike Rei and Asuka, his character gets more than enough fleshing out where you could actually develop a connection to his problems and want him to overcome them. But nothing comes out of resolving them because Anno wants to dabble into his philosophies.
I was actually more lenient on End of Eva when I first seen it over a decade ago. But looking back on it and seeing how frustrating things get in the second half of it, I would say the only enjoyment I got out of it was the spectacle of seeing all hell break loose.
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Master Menos: Sidebar updated! Taka: My turn to scratch your back, Taka. 2019 me got really messed up with the job. @_@
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Taka: Thanks Master Menos! I'll work on finishing the Winter 2020 guide.
Jan 9, 2020 4:50:29 GMT
Dream: My second Funi poll is done. Titles I will be watching and reviewing will include Chobits, Samurai Champloo, Spice and Wolf, Gankutsuou, and Dance in the Vampire Bund. Will let folks know which one I start off tomorrow at some point.
Jan 11, 2020 5:39:30 GMT
Dream: First anime I will sample among the Funi titles is Chobits. As a heads up, the series on Funi's Youtube channel is missing the two recap episodes the series aired. Not that I'll be missing those however.
Jan 11, 2020 15:13:09 GMT
Dream: Wow, never knew Shinbo was Gil, Sousuke, and Domon. More you know.
Jan 11, 2020 17:52:00 GMT
Dream: Just completed Chobits. Will get a review up for it at some point this afternoon.
Jan 18, 2020 18:37:22 GMT
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT