i still don't understand why this isn't more widely appreciated, in Anime circles or film circles alike. the animation is spot on, and it's story is really something that stands out among a sea of animated movies with largely the same plot. the soundtrack brings it to another level entirely, and for the amount of work obviously put into the film, it's a shame that it doesn't get as much recognition as it deserves.
What appears to be a story of the existential struggle of a youngster who discovers meaning thanks to love at first, turns to an unexpected, dark, more serious tone when it adds the political perspective of power, greed and war to the mix. But ultimately, the film transcends this story of the finite altogether, making you remember that you, friend or foe, are a human being in the grand cosmos. Marvelous film.
(Vu en DVD) Peut-être le chef-d’œuvre le plus méconnu de l'anim. japonaise? 1er film du mythique studio Gainax, unique film de son réal. - vite éclipsé par le talentueux (mais lunatique) Hideaki Anno. Fantaisie militaro-technologique, le film parle aussi de ces "geeks" en animation qui ont atteint une telle maîtrise de leur art (si jeunes!). Le tout est transcendé par des décors et des cadrages à couper le souffle.
There's great detail in the animation (the final flight fight sequence was amazing), but the heavy handed message about the decay of civilization, the need for god, etc were so oversimplified that it lost all its impact