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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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This film is a live-action feature film based on the acclaimed japanese animation (anime) series.



Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
Shinji Ikari (voice)


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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Welcome to the Apocalypse


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15 March 1997 (Japan)  »

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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 »


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 »


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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A meaningful journey through Neo Genesis Evangelion.
3 December 2005 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Basically what we got here is a 100 minute recap of the 1995 Japanese cult TV anime series "Neo Genesis Evangelion". It cuts up pieces from the 24 episodes and pretty much strings them together with a choppy narration, until it gets to it abrupt ending. Then you got the movie which ended the series "Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion" to watch and there's some scenes from that thrown into it as well. So, if I was going to give it a outline of this film I'll be here all day explaining, as it's a 24 episode show which explored different themes, plus giving away too much detail away can spoil the story and surprises for you. I found this to be more for the fans of the series, but if you're a new comer I recommend watching the 24 episodes instead and then watching this to refresh your memory. Also there's some new additional scenes popped in too.

I remember when I first started watching this sci-fi anime, I became remotely hooked by its stirring context, straightaway actually. It seemed to get better with each episode! It was my favourite anime series, well along with "Astro Boy", that is the series from the 80's. But this post-apocalyptic story is stunning entertainment. Sure this summary is hugely disjointed, with hectic editing and a plot that goes back and forth through its time line, but that's because there's so much to squeeze in. The many involving sub plots and specifics on mankind makes this an incredibly complex experience where your ask to ponder a lot on what your hearing and seeing on screen. When I first saw the show I was expecting something fairly childish, but the concept was very mature and this recount proves it. There's always a moral to the story and notions are vividly depicted in an very emotional state, but they aren't too hard to swallow, or pushed onto you. A lot of it focus on people overcoming the things that bring them down and stop them living their life to the best. Plus another look at man's fate and arrogance and how we would easily turn on each other. Really, there's more too it then that of its stunning animation and arty visuals that cover the running time. I agree it might be hard to follow at times, but there's some beauty and mystic within this moody series that keeps you compelled. What makes that so, is the perky characters that are believable and simply appealing to watch. We truly get to know these characters and to see what makes them tick, therefore you honestly care for their well being. Worked into it is a moving, whimsical score, which at times enters some nice classical music. The dialogue is strongly put, with cunning idea's, natural conversations and snappy humour flowing through it. Then you got the action, which is a sight to behold… it's always at full ball and not afraid to show blood splatter. For some I see where they are coming from when they claim it's strained and hard to understand, but I still recommend watching the whole series first before looking at this. Because it's pretty deep stuff.

Engaging and overwhelming to the highest agree. So check out the series and then this piece, for a better understanding on what's truly going on.

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