With the final Angel defeated, NERV HQ and the Eva pilots think their task is done. But it is soon revealed that all they’ve been fighting for is a lie: SEELE, the secret parent corporation of NERV, wanted to eliminate the Angels so it would be free to carry out the Human Instrumentality Project, ushering in a new level of human existence. However, SEELE discovers that NERV Director Gendou Ikari has betrayed them, as he plans to initiate his own altered version of the Project for his own plans. SEELE engineers a massive leave-no-survivors assault on Tokyo-3 by the conventional Japanese army, as well as deploying the 9 new mass-production model Eva units. With NERV being overwhelmed, the pilots of their 2 remaining Eva units mentally in no condition to fight, 9 horrifying new Eva’s bearing down on the base, and Gendou descending into the bowels of NERV HQ to attempt the bring about Third Impact with Rei, the future of humanity lies in 14 year old Shinji’s hands. –IMDb
Hideaki Anno (庵野 秀明 Anno Hideaki?, born May 22, 1960 in Ube, Yamaguchi) is a Japanese animation and film director. Anno is best known for his work on the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. His style has come to be defined by the touches of superflatism and postmodernism that he injects into his work, as well as the thorough portrayal of characters’ thoughts and emotions, often through unconventional sequences incorporating psychoanalysis and emotional deconstruction of these characters. He married comics artist Moyoco Anno in 27 April 2002.
Anime directed by Anno that have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award have been Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water in 1990, Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1995 and 1996, and The End of Evangelion in 1997.
Anno was born in Ube City; he attended Wakō Kindergarten, Unoshima Municipal Elementary School, Fujiyama Municipal Junior High School, and Yamaguchi Prefectural Ube High School where he was noted for his interest… read more
I find the film a bit chaotic because it suffers from trying to tie up too many loose ends which the series kind of demands but its apocalyptic nature is almost unrivalled both aesthetically and emotively as the inevitable end draws closer. As others have mentioned the film's iconography isn't really a factor. There's a lot of reference to the essence of humanism even if you have to accept it as somewhat metaphorical
Detractors bandy about words such as "pretentious" and "superficial" in their critique of the series' and film's admittedly heavy handed use of symbolism. This, however, is completely missing what makes the collected experience such a vital and powerful work. Forget the Christian imagery, instead watch an artist bare is soul with near-unwatchable honesty and emotion. His skill at characterization pays off in spades when the story's fictional world begins to crumble. An immediate, humbling experience.
One of the most important films in my life. Shaped my personality quite a lot when I first saw it. Thank you for that Anno!
This ‘ending’ was definitely better than the ending delivered by the original television series. I felt more satisfied with the events for the most part and I was able to understand the story a little… read review
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Neon Genesis Evangelion ended…somewhat abruptly, mainly due to budget issues and whatnot. The fans refused to see the series die into obscurity, and then came… read review