EVANGELION: THE END OF EVANGELION
VOICES OF: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara,
Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuko Miyamura, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Koichi Yamadera, Fumihiko
Tachiki, Tomokazu Seki
1997, 90 Minutes, Directed by:
Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki
At the dawn of the new millennium, mankind has awakened a threat unlike any
faced before – the Angels. Conventional weapons are useless against them. They
can only be stopped by means of the Evangelions – bio-engineered vessels born
from the Angels’ own technology. But this forbidden knowledge is also the key to
bringing about a startling new genesis for the human race. Placed in the hands
of three young pilots, the final fate of humanity rests upon their shoulders,
the Evas are the world’s last hope . . . —
If you haven’t seen any
episodes of this anime TV series, then there is no point in checking out Neon
Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion.
End of Evangelion was
made when the show’s creators were unhappy with the previous big screen
conclusion to the series, Death and Rebirth.
Ironically Death and Rebirth itself was made because they were unhappy
with the TV show’s original ending, all of which gives one the impression that
they didn’t quite know how to end it all – a suspicion borne out by the muddled
storytelling in End of Evangelion.
Whether you regard Neon
Genesis Evangelion as profoundly deep or unbearably pretentious is a purely
a matter of personal taste. I lean slightly towards the latter as some of the
willfully obscure philosophical musings smacks somewhat of something a
second-year philosophy student would have dreamt up whilst high on pot.
The artists and writers
definitely did imbibe something much more potent than your garden variety pot
though as the often incomprehensible ending is awash with “out there” religious
druggy imagery that tries to out-Russell Ken Russell himself.
These onscreen acid trips are
still more interesting than your standard giant robots beating the bejesus out
of one another anime efforts though, and Neon Genesis Evangelion is
recommended to anyone with an open mind willing to watch something more
adventurous. But check out the TV show before watching this . . .