"Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone " Review by Jgames
I have reviewed the Evangelion original anime and reviewed/compared the two endings of the anime and the movie. Overall I found the anime to be a mixed bag that was enjoyable enough to watch, and I can see why it is considered a classic. I also heard lots of thing about the unfinished tetralogy (finally pushing forward with the last movie) and thought why not give them a watch. So of course, I start from the beginning with Evangelion: 1.0. The movie is essentially a remake of the first 6 episode of the original anime. This had me intrigued as the first couple episode of the series were some of my personal favorites. Let see if the movie made any improvement or is a giant step down.
The plot, for people not familiar about the series, is the fact that Shinji, a male teenager, must pilot an Eva, a mecha, to repel the monsters known as angels. Shinji, however, has lots of emotional problem and resentment to his father, who happen to be the leader of the organization of Nerve, who is in charge of repelling the monsters. As I said before in my other review, I personally never minded Shinji being a weak character, as it does add more tension to the fight with a kid afraid of fighting rather than one who is all heroic and out of touch with how most kids would react. That being said, this movie felt like watching a movie recap of the original 6 episodes of the Evangelion series except done in less time, which hurt the end product. I felt underwhelm watching this movie, as it honestly felt like a cash grab. It is just copying the original anime, except worst, and done with modern animation. I do not want to compare it to the original, but when it is almost exactly like the original, I can’t help it. All the somber and dreary atmosphere build in the original series that makes you want to learn more about Shinji and his struggles, are still there, but fast forward which ruin that atmosphere. If I have not seen the original show, I would have thought the movie was decent, as again having a kid who is scared and trying to repel the monsters is compelling. I would also have thought that they should have spent more time on Shinji personal problem and exploring them more instead of waiting on the sequel to do that. That being said, as someone who did watch the original series, them not going more on Shinji character work because of the slower pace and it being a tv show rather than a movie. It helps you be invested as the show progress and you get to see more glimpse, but as a satisfying movie, it just does not work. The movie never does a great job at making the audience feel the weight of Shinji depression like the anime did. Do not get me wrong, some scenes are still as good as they were from the original series, but they're also lots of scenes that was not as great due to the pacing. It feels like an anime movie recap that cuts lots of things to make it fit into a movie, except just a new coat of paint, which is a shame.
The animation is decent. Of course, with lots of advances since the original anime, their lots of more thing they can do now. Unfortunately, they choose to recreate the original anime except somewhat different, which feel like a waste in my opinion. I honestly personally prefer the more rough and gritty hand drawn animation of the original over the cleaner digital and cgi art in the movie. The original hand drawn animation and color palate does a better job of selling the intensity of the fights than the cleaner digital art in my opinion. Not to mention lots of the fights in the original were a bit slower, with the fights mainly being a team effort, with them supplying weapon to the Eva and coming with strategies. The movie felt faster which ruin what made the original mecha fights so great, and lower the tension and technical aspect of it aside for the last monsters. Maybe they needed extra run time, but this just makes me want to watch the original, and I am not even the biggest fan of it. That being said, again on its own the fights are still decent and entertaining enough.
The movie is just a scene by scene remake of the original first 6 episode except, shorter, move faster and different art medium of CG and digital art. I did not hate it, as it manages to be an okay waste of time. I mean is still the original episodes of Evangelion that I actually really like, not as good but still entertaining. That being said, I just cannot justify revisiting this when I can see the original on Netflix. I give this movie a C-.
I won't spoil too much. But starting with the next film, the plot deviates quite a bit from the original series' plot thus it won't be a scene-for-scene remake as Eva 1.0 had depicted. Though that being said, reception to the Rebuild movies has varied with fans in regards to the film series' streamlining of Eva's plot.
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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
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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
Dream: Done with Vampire Bund. Will be working on a review of it before I hop into the next Funi series. Hoping to get it up either tonight or tomorrow, depending on how lengthy my thoughts get.
Jan 24, 2020 1:44:49 GMT