Name: End of Evangelion
Genre: Science Fiction
Released: July 19, 1997
Based On: Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series
Director: Hideaki Anno
Produced By: GAINAX, Production I.G., et. al.
US Distribution By: Manga Entertainment
|Character||Japanese Cast||English Cast|
|Shinji Ikari:||Megumi Ogata||Spike Spencer|
|Rei Ayanami:||Megumi Hayashibara||Amanda Winn Lee|
|Asuka Langley Sohryu:||Yuko Miyamura||Tiffany Grant|
|Misato Katsuragi:||Kotono Mitsuishi||Allison Keith|
|Gendo Ikari:||Fumihiko Tachiki||Tristan MacAvery|
|Kozo Fuyutsuki:||Motomu Kiyokawa||Michael Ross|
|Maya Ibuki:||Miki Nagasawa||Amy Seeley|
|Ritsuko Akagi:||Yuriko Yamaguchi||Sue Ulu|
|Keel Lorentz:||Mugihito||Tom Booker|
|Kaworu Nagisa:||Akira Ishida||Aaron Krohn|
The End of Evangelion starts off where Episode 24 of the TV series ended. With the destruction of the final angel, SEELE decides to begin the Human Instrumentality Project in the manner that they have planned and starts to assault NERV headquarters with orders to seize EVA unit 01 and kill all the personnel inside the headquarters, especially the EVA pilots.
Meanwhile, Gendo Ikari attempts to use Rei to implement the Human Instrumentality Project in the way he wishes – to see his dead wife, but Rei rejects him and starts Instrumentality on her own. At the same time, Shinji is still in a deep depression about having to kill Kaworu, but is forced into action again due to the SEELE attack, and is ultimately chosen by Rei to decide how and whether the Instrumentality Project should proceed as he finally learns the ultimate truth behind the Second Impact and the angels.
Split into two parts itself, End of Evangelion effectively replaces the last two episodes of the TV series, and Anno takes full opportunity of it being a movie to create a piece that is even more intense and shocking than the TV series was. The first half – called “Episode 25: Air” is structured much like an extra-long Evangelion episode as the series winds down (and, in fact, it was supposed to be the original Episode 25 of the TV series). The second half – called “Episode 26: True Heart For You” is the grand finale and the intensity – and the confusion – reach it’s apex here with the end result of the movie being open to numerous interpretations.
This movie was rather entertaining, though it certainly isn’t for the weak of stomach as it contains quite a bit of disturbing violent and sexual content, some of which I think adds to the movie and some of it is added needlessly. Also, while I think the first “episode” is very well done and executed, the second half seems to stray back into the realm of being excessively abstract and talky, with a very good deal of the time being spent with Shinji as he struggles with himself. I realize that the result of all this inner turmoil is very important to the conclusion, but, again, it seems to be a bit excessive to me.
Despite it’s many weaknesses, though, End of Evangelion appears to be a (more) real ending to Evangelion than the last two episodes of the TV series, though one could even argue about that I’m sure. It may not necessarily be a happy ending per se, or even an ending that you particularly think should have occurred, but it’s execution was, overall, well done.
In it’s technical aspects, the animation appeared to get a slight boost from the TV series while the music and dub acting were essentially the same.
Overall, if you liked Evangelion, you’ll probably like End of Evangelion as well. However, you’ll want to make sure to watch the TV series before checking this out or else you’ll be completely lost.
English Dubs: 5/5
First Watched: August 2007
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Yes