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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997)

Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijô-ban: Shito shinsei (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Drama | 15 March 1997 (Japan)
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A recap of the first 24 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion, followed by a 30-minute continuation of the plot that would later form the first third of The End of Evangelion.

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Hideaki Anno, Masayuki | 1 more credit »

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Hideaki Anno (screenplay), Akio Satsukawa (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Megumi Ogata ... Shinji Ikari (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Rei Ayanami / Yui Ikari / Pen Pen (voice)
Yûko Miyamura Yûko Miyamura ... Asuka Langley Sôryû (voice)
Kotono Mitsuishi ... Misato Katsuragi (voice)
Fumihiko Tachiki ... Gendô Ikari (voice)
Yuriko Yamaguchi Yuriko Yamaguchi ... Ritsuko Akagi (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Ryôji Kaji (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ... Tôji Suzuhara (voice)
Motomu Kiyokawa Motomu Kiyokawa ... Kôzô Fuyutsuki (voice)
Miki Nagasawa Miki Nagasawa ... Maya Ibuki (voice)
Hiro Yûki Hiro Yûki ... Makoto Hyûga (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Shigeru Aoba (voice)
Tetsuya Iwanaga Tetsuya Iwanaga ... Kensuke Aida (voice)
Junko Iwao ... Hikari Horaki (voice)
Spike Spencer Spike Spencer ... Shinji Ikari (voice)
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Storyline

The Evangelion saga from TV is artfully recounted, with some additional scenes, in part one see: "Shin Seiki Evangelion" (1995) Part two starts immediately afterward, where the NERV organization has outlived its usefulness. The shadowy covenant of SEELE launches an all-out commando assault against the ill-defended headquarters. Asuka, semi-comatose, is placed in her EVA for safety, while Misato and company struggle to find Shinji and Rei before they're assasinated by SEELE's forces. Written by SpaceToast

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Welcome to the Apocalypse


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Release Date:

15 March 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Death and Rebirth is divided into 2 segments. Death consists of clips from the main series while Rebirth is the first half hour of The End of Evangelion. See more »

Quotes

Misato Katsuragi: Shinji, this is your home now.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits for "Death", there is a short scene of Shinji walking silently out of the recital room with his cello followed by a loud slamming sound as the Japanese text "zoku-geki" ("the movie continues") appears on the screen. A four-and-a-half-minute intermission follows, preceding the "Rebirth" segment. See more »

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Kanon und Gigue in D-Dur für drei Violinen und Basso Continuo
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Cool for Fans, Worthless to Anyone else
2 July 2016 | by danieljtuneSee all my reviews

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth is a 1997 film that acts as both a recap of the original series Neon Genesis Evangelion and a preview for the at-the-time upcoming film The End of Evangelion. The Death and Rebirth in the title refers to the two segments of the film; Death being the recap, and Rebirth being the first half an hour of EoE.

At the time of the film's release, the film was supposed to act as an alternative to watching the original 26 episode series, most likely to draw in non-fans to come and see End of Evangelion. In my opinion however, the film isn't a very good alternative to watching the original series. It's organised out of chronological order and forgoes a lot of the plot to give brief outlines of the main character's personalities, which could lead to a fair amount of confusion. Most of the animation in the "Death" segment is just reused footage from the series. The only parts of the film that are not reused are scenes where the three main leads practice classical music, which are more or less purposeless and really only serve as an excuse to listen to nice music. If you had not seen the original series before watching this, I would guess that you would be rather confused.

However if you are a fan of this franchise (like me), you'll probably quite enjoy it. Though the recap is strangely organised, it's still Evangelion, which is inherently pretty cool if you love the show. The organisation can be seen as an interesting new way to experience the show, and it can also act as a nice refresher on the events of the series. While The End of Evangelion segment is kind of pointless, it's still the End of Evangelion, which, in my opinion, is one of the best animated films ever made, so watching a bit of it is hardly a bad thing.

Still, the film only really functions as a curiosity piece for super fans. If you are not super invested in the franchise already, you probably don't even know it exists, and if you do, you probably don't care.


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