NGE had a brutal effect on me and on the way I now conceptualize relationships, escapism, resilience and a lot more. We devalue others, or they means of escaping, and yet we do the same. We turn to music, films, pornography, to any mean that allows us to cope with our failures or delusional wishes. Escapism allows us to rationalize the difference between the idealized idea of ourselves and how we really are.
Kind of dumb, as this is NGE's pseudophilosophical mumbo-jumbo in a box, whilst missing all the things that ultimately stood the test of time, namely the series' ensemble-driven hanging around, the zany humour, the embarrassing teenage drama... So it's an addendum & the series is a requirement, BUT the imagery sure is pretty. I do like me some eschato-kabbalistic, freudian-lacanian musings any day of the week.
4.5/5 - With The End of Evangelion, I think Anno managed the impossible task of having his cake and eating it too, with a blistering tour de force that takes the violent action and soul-wrenching philosophical beats of the show and turns their dials up to eleven times two, resulting in a goulish nightmare of a feast for the senses and mind that is unlike anything done in animation or live action until this very day.
A brilliant and at times ludicrous experience that will tear your senses to shreds, while at the same time a very dark, and indeed personal, presentation of isolation and depression. A perfect ending to a fantastic series (not to say the original ending isn't brilliant) and undoubtedly my favourite animated film. Not bad for something effectively made as a middle finger to rabid fans
My all-time favourite film, ending of my all time favourite series. It may be difficult for the symbolism and the shocking scenes (some of them, especially the opening one, are in my worst nightmares, but they're very important to understand the whole opus), but it's one of the most emotionally intense works of art mankind has ever crafted.
on the other hand, the film version is just brilliant and powerful, blew me away the first time i watched and still has the same effect on me when i still recall it years later. Great framing, powerful psychology, and deep themes. Honestly it just feels like Anno tore open his heart and poured all of his feelings into this film.
I'm going to be honest, I didn't get a lot of it at first, but read some reviews and afterwards it totally made sense. An anime that after some time it still sticks in the back of your mind. Giving 3 stars to this alternative ending (found it very confusing), but it probably deserves much more.
Pretentious nonsense filled with meaningless symbolism (even the director said most of the imagery was in there because he thought it looked cool) and crappy characters. The animation is nice sure (which is why I give it 2 stars), but that's not gonna save this giant mess.
A beautiful mess. Anno grabs his fanboy audience by the shoulders and yells "Wake up!" EVANGELION contains one of the best fights scenes in anime, artsy-fartsy live-action sequences, truly terrifying apocalyptic imagery, odd musical choices, and pregnant religious symbolism. It's depressing, frustrating, and very ambitious. If you haven't seen the original TV show, you're not going to have a good time.
“Ah now there you mistake me. Shame I do feel. And I know there is something all wrong about me -- believe me. Sometimes I shock myself. But there is a reason: you. You never let up this one same pressure of hatred on my life: I am the shape you made me. Filth teaches filth.”