The fate of the world is threatened by seemingly monstrous entities known as Angels. NERV is an organisation set up to counter this threat and it is up to young pilots to protect Earth but exactly what are the real motives behind NERV?
Under constant attack by Angels, NERV introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. Parallel to the incursion, Gendo Ikari and ... See full summary »
14 years have passed since the near third impact. Most of the world has changed except Shinji Ikari who awakens, unaged in a new and strange environment. Misato has formed a group that has ... See full summary »
After the defeat of the final Angel, Shinji Ikari falls into a deep depression. When SEELE orders the JSSDF to make a surprise attack on NERV's headquarters, Gendo Ikari retreats down into Terminal Dogma along with Rei Ayanami, where he begins to advance his own plans for the Human Instrumentality Project. Eventually, Shinji is pushed to the limits of his sanity as he is forced to decide the fate of humanity.Written by
An alternate sequence was originally planned for the live-action portion of the film. In it, Shinji dreams of a world that exists without him. The sequence follows live-action versions of Asuka, Misato, and Rei in various stages of their daily lives, without NERV, Angels, or Evangelions. It ends with Asuka being followed by an "invisible" Shinji, who realizes in monologue that this is not reality. As the transition from live-action back to animation is made, Rei and Shinji discuss the nature of dreams vs. reality, as seen in the final cut of the film. Portions of this alternate sequence can be seen in the original theatrical trailer, which is shown on the R1 DVD before the movie plays. See more »
Kadokawa Shoten, TV Tokyo, SEGA Enterprises (now SEGA-Sammy), Production IG, MOVIC, Star Child Records, Toei Animation AND Gainax all have their eye-catch sequence just after the End Of Evangelion flash card titles. This is mainly due to all eight production companies having a stake in the film. See more »
There are a few minor differences in the "Genesis 13 and 14" Japanese home video version of the film. This version has not been released outside of Japan: (a. In the original theatrical version of the film, the credits for the entire movie ran halfway through (after the first episode, "Air/ Love is Destructive") on a red, spinning CG Helix, with the full version of "THANATOS
If I Can't Be Yours" playing. Episode 26 ends with a black screen. In the "Genesis 13 and 14" home video edition, each episode has its own set of credits scrolling against a different background. Episode 25's credits play to an abridged version of THANATOS, while Episode 26 (to the dismay of many) was given its own set of credits, playing to a sped up version of "Jesus bliebt meine Freunde". (b. A "preview" for episode 26 was added after the first set of credits. This was not present in the theatrical version. (c. Before Shinji begins strangling Asuka within his psychological montage, the kanji for "No" appears in a word bubble beside Asuka's face in response to his request. In the original theatrical version of the film, the word was spoken.
A short transcript of my oral reaction to the opening of the second part of "The End of Evangelion":
"Uhm...? Uhm...? Uhm...? Uhm? Uhm!? UHM!? UHM!?!?!?"
Er, did... Did Lars von Trier write this? 'cause I feel like Lars von Trier wrote this. Did... Has anyone ever seen Hideaki Anno and von Trier in the same room?
"The End of Evangelion" is a messed-up trainwreck of a masterpiece. It makes "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" and "Sedmikrásky" look like rational slice-of-life dramas. It is utterly insane. But also quite brilliant. This film certainly isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy watching minds unravel in insanity on-screen then boy is this movie for you.
I give it 9 [Shinji's Crazed Screaming] out of 10
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