I like to imagine that episodes 25 and 26 of Neon Genesis Evangelion do not exist. Sadly End of Evangelion only works to explore the already confusing conclusion of the TV series. As such, it doesn't tye up the loose ends of the anime but instead displays a knee-jerk reaction to the show's major themes regarding reality, the ethical bridge between evolution and science besides what it means to be human in general.
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!
I think I finally started to really feel Anno Hideaki's pain while watching this again... he completely ripped these characters apart, and I think out of disgust of his overbearing fans, he was tearing apart bits and pieces of his own personality in a way that shows us all the fallacy of humanity. Everything comes full circle in this conclusion to one of the most provocative anime series of all time.
all anno's works are saturated with his desperate personal need for a mothering woman to love him unconditionally, but that doesn't stop him from making masterpiece after masterpiece.
It is all the worst aspects of the series tenfold but separated from them. it becomes a horrifying yet beauty work of ravished animation. Its flaws become its greatest virtues.
Also, after they so poorly wrote her character in the series, the creators redeemed themselves by making Asuka Shinj's equal, his anima/Eve to his animus/Adam. For all her suffering through the film, she becomes his internal conscience, has the only moment of glory in combat, and has the last words that sum the whole film fully. It's a better film when viewed through her eyes.
The second part of this [ONE MORE FINAL: I need you], to my surprise, gets really avant-garde, with a lot of frame splicing, strange light effects, multi-exposure things, and some really experimental live-action sequences with voice-over. Asuka's last line, "how disgusting," and the translation confusion surrounding it, is reminiscent of Michel's final line ("Makes me want to puke.") in Godard's "À bout de souffle."
Goes a long way to say very little. The original episodes 25 and 26 were enough, but I'm willing to let this "complementary" feature film slide for all the weird and cool visuals it contains. Honestly, though, I can't see this being of value to anyone with average interpersonal skills.
The End of Evangelion is an alternative ending, a rather different conclusion. The last 2 episodes did not already entail "all of this this," because they portrayed something completely different than this film. I prefer this to the series' original conclusion, but I suppose- for others- it strongly depends on what manner of emotional/psychological conclusion you connect to or desire.
Shinji stops being a little shithead and makes nice with the people in his life. What's the difference? I suppose The End of Evangelion can be viewed as a sort of realization of Shinji's fetishes; he's afraid of being alone and so everyone in the world literally becomes one, and we get a giant, naked, Oedipus inducing Rei Ayanami to "take care" of us. Sorry, maybe you can, but I can't fap to this shit.
Wasn't the world becoming one the original intention of Shinji's father? The whole "instrumentality" and returning humanity into one single being... and then, the final decision on humanity's fate rested in Shinji's hands. I always thought of the two endings going together... like the original two final episodes were an extension of what's going on in Shinji's head during instrumentality in The End of Evangelion. Plus, Anno got a lot of death threats after the original ending, and I've heard that's one thing that sparked the creation of the movies. In addition, it was awesome to see Asuka finally truly get to go all out with her Eva and to see Instrumentality actually happening. I think there are great things about both endings.
I think it would be awesome if they edited the original ending episodes into End Of Eva. It would be incredibly long... but as soon as EOE went into the scenes in Shinji's head, that's where the main parts of the original last episodes could be spliced in. And what the person above me said about this being the ending they originally wanted, it's no surprising they weren't able to afford it at first... the last half of the series almost didn't happen; the team was running out of funds, going over budget, and missing deadlines. It's crazy how this series almost didn't even make it...
The fact that this is so inaccessible to everyone who is not familiar with the series makes me love it even more. It's been years, but I will never forget watching this for the first time. One of the most intense movie experiences I've ever had.
Totally blown away. I grew up watching Mazinger Z as a kid. What Evangelion does with the Mecha/Big Robot genre is genius. Can't wait to watch it again.