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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997)
"Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijô-ban: Shito shinsei" (original title)

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The Evangelion saga from TV is artfully recounted, with some additional scenes, in part one see: "Shin Seiki Evangelion" (1995) Part two starts immediately afterward, where the NERV ... See full summary »

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Megumi Ogata ...
Shinji Ikari (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Yûko Miyamura ...
Kotono Mitsuishi ...
Fumihiko Tachiki ...
Gendô Ikari (voice)
Yuriko Yamaguchi ...
Ritsuko Akagi (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Ryôji Kaji (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ...
Tôji Suzuhara (voice)
Motomu Kiyokawa ...
Miki Nagasawa ...
Maya Ibuki (voice)
Hiro Yuuki ...
Makoto Hyûga (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ...
Shigeru Aoba (voice)
Tetsuya Iwanaga ...
Kensuke Aida (voice)
Junko Iwao ...
Hikari Horaki (voice)
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Shinji Ikari (voice)
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The Evangelion saga from TV is artfully recounted, with some additional scenes, in part one see: "Shin Seiki Evangelion" (1995) Part two starts immediately afterward, where the NERV organization has outlived its usefulness. The shadowy covenant of SEELE launches an all-out commando assault against the ill-defended headquarters. Asuka, semi-comatose, is placed in her EVA for safety, while Misato and company struggle to find Shinji and Rei before they're assasinated by SEELE's forces. Written by SpaceToast

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Death and Rebirth is divided into 2 segments. Death consists of clips from the main series while Rebirth is the first half hour of The End of Evangelion. See more »

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Misato Katsuragi: Shinji, this is your home now.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits for "Death", there is a short scene of Shinji walking silently out of the recital room with his cello followed by a loud slamming sound as the Japanese text "zoku-geki" ("the movie continues") appears on the screen. A four-and-a-half-minute intermission follows, preceding the "Rebirth" segment. See more »


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Tamashii no Rufuran
(The Soul's Refrain)
Ending theme ("Rebirth" segment)
Performed by Youko Takahashi
Music and arrangement by Toshiyuki Oomori
Lyrics by Neko Oikawa
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What a promotional package!
31 December 2000 | by (WA) – See all my reviews

"Evangelion - Death & Rebirth" is, obviously, a film of two parts. "Death" is a futile attempt to stuff the content of the first 24 episodes of the "Evangelion" TV series into a running time of just under an hour. It succeeds in getting the very bare-bones of the plot in, but leaves out all of the subtler moments, the moments of psychological drama, and the fully-realized character developments that helped to make the TV series so popular to begin with. The few minutes of animation made help fill up this immense loss fails miserably.

But it does its job. And its job is to promote "The End of Evangelion". It is virtually impossible to watch "EoE" without some significant background knowledge of the TV series, and that is exactly what "Death" does.

"Rebirth" is, essentially, the first few minutes of "EoE", there for the sole purpose of whetting the appetites of audiences all over Japan for the initial release of "EoE". But since "EoE" has since been released, what's the point of keeping "Rebirth" around, anyway?

As far as promotional packages go, this is one brilliant piece of marketing. But viewers expecting to be thoroughly blown away by "Evangelion" are best off watching the TV series and then "EoE" (all in one sitting is NOT recommended, due to the sheer length of it all). "Death & Rebirth" has served its purpose, and now is no longer needed.


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