Saturday, January 1, 2011

Neon Genesis Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone - Review

Giant Living Robots Vs. "Angels?"

The classic anime series has been condensed, re-cut, and re-animated into three movies, and "You Are (Not) Alone" is the first of the three.

The premise revolves around the near future, where giant monsters known only as "Angels" have ravaged the planet, leaving only about half of the world's population left. The military science defense organization known as "NERV" has created powerful piloted robots known as Evangelions (EVAs), in hopes to thwart the Angels and save humanity. Shinji, a high school student and son of the creator of the EVAs, is selected to pilot Unit 001, and defend Neo Tokyo III from the Angel's attacks.

I was first introduced to "Neon Genesis Evangelion" when I was a freshman in high school. I watched about the first ten episodes, then ran out of tapes to borrow from a guy in my class. When I had heard that it was being re-cut into films and released on Blu Ray, I was excited to see how it measured up to the original series. That being said, I had no recollection of the details of the plot or of what was actually going on.

What I'm driving at is that it's bat-shit insane.

The Angels are very strange creatures, with a very unique design to each monster. The EVAs themselves are a bit sinister, being made up of living tissue and mechanics. And the deaths of the Angels are just as odd, leaving only a rain of blood and a rainbow after their demise.

Overall, the movie version was much better paced than I remember the TV series being done. I can't speak for the DVD version, but the Blu Ray looks spectacular. The colors are vibrant, the sound is shattering, and the new animation is just what the doctor ordered. At least, I'm pretty sure it's all new, most of it might have just been re-colored.

To sum it all up, if you have an open mind about really crazy stories, or just like to watch humans use giant robots to fight monsters, give this a go. If you want something a little less philosophical and deep, you might want to stick to the live-action Transformers movies.

Oh, burn.

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