Anime Review: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

Anime Review: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

The definitive '90s mindf*ck mecha series, shinier than ever.

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Its something I was dubious about looking into. I remember the NGE of the past, with all the mind blowing conversations and symbology oozing out of every dialogue or cell...

I've yet to see this, and, although this article has more of less re-affirmed what I believed it would be. I'll likely still buy it at some point, if at least to say I have seen it.

Being a big fan of the series for along time i have to say i was surprised this was as good as it was so i would recommend to any old fan.

Oh god.
My brain is starting to bleed again.

Out of curiosity, has there been any mention, perhaps as a commercial on the DVD's, that they'll make Angelic Days into an anime? Is it already an anime? I haven't been following it.

For those who don't know what NGE: Angelic Days is, it's the expanded version of that short mindf-uck sequence where Shinji ***Spoilers you should already know so I'm not putting them in a box*** imagines a less screwed up world, where his family wasn't destoryed, where Asuka was his best friend, Kaworu was his creepy friend who was obsessed with him, and Rei was ultra-happy-peppy and a new student, etc. ***End Spoilers***

Though that series is a bit cliche, I'd still like to see it made, if only to see what NGE not ending in mndf-ckery is like.

Is Hideaki Anno even involved in this retelling of it? I mean is he the one directing the episodes or does he have any say in what happens with it?

gof22:
Is Hideaki Anno even involved in this retelling of it? I mean is he the one directing the episodes or does he have any say in what happens with it?

Yes, it's HIS STUDIO he made it because he wanted to redo Evangelion now that he's Sane. While You are (Not) alone is fairly the same You can (Not) advance just runs in the opposite direction and branches off. There will be a new ending, new characters, more sane.

Onmi:

gof22:
Is Hideaki Anno even involved in this retelling of it? I mean is he the one directing the episodes or does he have any say in what happens with it?

Yes, it's HIS STUDIO he made it because he wanted to redo Evangelion now that he's Sane. While You are (Not) alone is fairly the same You can (Not) advance just runs in the opposite direction and branches off. There will be a new ending, new characters, more sane.

I just read the review for You Can [Not] Advance.

... Why can't they just have dvd's of the 26 episodes? If they exist, I want them because I don't want to go through some crappy retelling/condense. Does that ever sound good to anyone? Not to someone who doesn't just want the battles.

I remember youtubing the entire series. It was awesome.

Hmm, I was kinda looking forward to this new version, but if they dumded it down for the masses then I'll just rewatch the platinum edition.

Casual Shinji:
Hmm, I was kinda looking forward to this new version, but if they dumded it down for the masses then I'll just rewatch the platinum edition.

I'm rewatching the Platinum edition right now, gets better every time I see it.

I'm hoping to see this movie one day, but not until after I watch the original series.

Fredrick2003:

Casual Shinji:
Hmm, I was kinda looking forward to this new version, but if they dumded it down for the masses then I'll just rewatch the platinum edition.

I'm rewatching the Platinum edition right now, gets better every time I see it.

Wow, someone else on this forum who actually likes this show. I'm always a little cautious in revealing my love for it since the general feelings towards anime here are pretty bad, but concering NGE it's downright ugly.

Onmi:

gof22:
Is Hideaki Anno even involved in this retelling of it? I mean is he the one directing the episodes or does he have any say in what happens with it?

Yes, it's HIS STUDIO he made it because he wanted to redo Evangelion now that he's Sane. While You are (Not) alone is fairly the same You can (Not) advance just runs in the opposite direction and branches off. There will be a new ending, new characters, more sane.

Evangelion is not the same when its creator has triumphed over depression. Whether that's a good or bad thing is entirely up to you (and whether you watched the original).

robbins123:
... Why can't they just have dvd's of the 26 episodes? If they exist, I want them because I don't want to go through some crappy retelling/condense. Does that ever sound good to anyone? Not to someone who doesn't just want the battles.

Perhaps you don't realize that these are an ongoing series of movies being shown in Japan, and that we're only now (officially) getting the first due to the DVD being released. There was no intention to redo the entire series. There isn't an actual 26-episode series to watch except the original TV series.

I already watched it but it was without subs so I couldnt understand a thing what they where saying (maybe a good thing since I got a bit sad when I watched the original series) but the designes where pretty cool

The main reason why I couldn't get past the first couple of eps is because I can't stand Shinji's character. maybe this'll make it slighty more bearable.

This was one of the only anime that I thought was truly good, and it looks like they managed to screw it up, so I will not be watching this.

Catchy Slogan:
The main reason why I couldn't get past the first couple of eps is because I can't stand Shinji's character. maybe this'll make it slighty more bearable.

I don't understand why everyone dislikes Shinji's character. You can't tell me you wouldn't act a little like he does given this situation.

Catchy Slogan:
The main reason why I couldn't get past the first couple of eps is because I can't stand Shinji's character. maybe this'll make it slighty more bearable.

Shinji isn't a likable guy. You can think of his character as kind of like Baltar from the new BS:G. Important to the story, a bit crazy, and not really likable. Except NGE does a bit more with him since he's the single, central character (unlike BS:G's approach with a central cast of equally important characters).

Fredrick2003:

Catchy Slogan:
The main reason why I couldn't get past the first couple of eps is because I can't stand Shinji's character. maybe this'll make it slighty more bearable.

I don't understand why everyone dislikes Shinji's character. You can't tell me you wouldn't act a little like he does given this situation.

I'm also not big on hating him. He's just deeply flawed. He isn't a classic hero-type that you wish you wish you could be like or root for; some ultimate warrior or super smart guy with just one flaw. Shinji has *many* flaws and only a couple of "hero" traits; and that just rubs some people the wrong way.

Btw, I *really* like the Shinji conversation in the subway car. One of my favorite scenes of TV.

Casual Shinji:
Hmm, I was kinda looking forward to this new version, but if they dumded it down for the masses then I'll just rewatch the platinum edition.

I'll do that myself, good thing I asked for it last Christmas. Especially if they did dumb down the philosophy/mindscrew which, let's be honest, is what really makes the series.

Casual Shinji:
Wow, someone else on this forum who actually likes this show. I'm always a little cautious in revealing my love for it since the general feelings towards anime here are pretty bad, but concering NGE it's downright ugly.

As you've said on another thread, we're the nerds among the nerds. Does nothing to make the anti-anime sentiment any less horribly irritating, however.

And yes, I'm also rather cautious about my liking Eva, the series seems to inspire a lot of hate, though you gotta admit it did get hyped a lot.

I saw the entire dub and I will say I liked it, not quite as deep as the original series but it retains enough of the awesome-ness to keep me interested, also the new modifications on some of the angels and updated visual style are easy on the eyes.

i enjoyed the movie but i thought there would be more to it...to me it's just Evangelion with better graphics.

But what i really don't hear people talking about are the Eva vs Angel fights. those are the real high point of the movie

Chazz16:
i enjoyed the movie but i thought there would be more to it...to me it's just Evangelion with better graphics.

But what i really don't hear people talking about are the Eva vs Angel fights. those are the real high point of the movie

Sir, you are a Necromancer of high caliber. :P

OT: Umm... never saw NGE but considering dedicating some of my time... might watch the rebuilds.

Well, I suppose it's not totally outdated, seeing as there's a new one coming out.
Nevertheless, I ain't touching this one either. I was fooled into the original anime series because of its good cred amongst my friends, and that it was supposed to be very action-packed. I delighted at the crisp animation quality, the excellent art design... and the pacing had me fast forwarding through half the series.

Sure, the series had a lot to say--but it didn't need 26 episodes and multiple movies to say it. Hell, Haruhi recounted all the theme wonderfully in 1 episode (which equates to 1 light novel). Maybe it's just the fact that Evangelion explored it really well by that time, so Haruhi just swoop in and picked out the good part. But hey--Bebop was equally old, and it was much faster, and relays its messages wonderfully (and much more musically too).
Besides, I hate silly existentialism and high brow discussion about religion. It's just one of those things that never works out.

I stopped reading the review when he mentioned character development in the original evangelion. What character development, nobody changes or develops except for maybe Katsuragi or maybe, maybe Asuka. calling it a bildungsroman for Shinji is wrong. Shinji is only at the brink of change at the very end of the series. (not counting that weird ass pretentious heavy metal homage that was "end of evangelion")

If the show had continued from there we might have seen actual character evolution... or most likely a slump back into depression which is common for people with the illness.

That is by the way the only redeeming point to the series that it gives insight into the mind of a person with depression and the existential turmoil that goes on inside, but the characters Shinji's arc especially was guilty of little to no development.

 

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