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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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
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 »
A little more than a summary of the first 24 episodes...
It's more like the Teacher's Edition.
"Evangelion" can be a life-changing experience when seen in it's entirety; if nothing else, it will redefine the way you look at anime. "Evangelion: Death/Rebirth" will not affect you quite so profoundly, but it's still worth viewing and, in my opinion, owning when the official U.S. DVD release hits stores in late July 2002.
Originally released in Japan prior to "End of Evangelion" to promote the theatrical finale to the series, the first half ("Death") is a summation of the first 24 episodes meant to "refresh the memories" of long time fans of the anime, and initiate those who have not seen the series into the mythology of Eva's world circa 2015 A.D.; The second half ("Rebirth") is a sneak peek at the first few minutes of "End of Evangelion" (the two part movie which - sort of - wraps up the series).
To say that "Death" is largely redundant if one has seen the series is fair enough; To say that "Rebirth" is redundant because the movie itself will be available domestically on DVD in September is also fair. But "Evangelion: Death/Rebirth" is not a total waste; a great deal of new animation was created for the film, including a number scenes which were given the "director's cut" treatment and which have been, until now, mostly unavailable in the U.S. except as fansubbed movie files off the internet. This alone is enough to recommend the title to many longtime Eva fans.
Granted, I won't watch it as often as the other episodes or the movie itself, but I'll own the DVD when it comes out. Bottom line, if you haven't seen Eva yet, watch the 24 episodes in their entirety first. You'll get more out of the movie AND out of "Death/Rebirth" that way.
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