Shinji, furious at his father for the orders given in the previous battle, resigns from NERV. But as an Angel lays waste to the Geo-Front and the other Evangelions, he begins to reconsider his hasty ...
A bizarre Angel possessing a spherical shadow in the air and a Dirac sea-type body on the ground absorbs Shinji and EVA-01. While NERV searches for a means of destroying the Angel--even if that means...
The activation of EVA-03 goes awry when an Angel takes control of the unit. With EVA-03 itself re-designated as an Angel, Shinji is faced with the moral dilemma of terminating the rogue Evangelion at...
The fate of the world is threatened by seemingly monstrous entities known as Angels. NERV is an organisation set up to counter this threat and it is up to young pilots to protect Earth but exactly what are the real motives behind NERV?
Under constant attack by Angels, NERV introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. Parallel to the incursion, Gendo Ikari and ... See full summary »
14 years have passed since the near third impact. Most of the world has changed except Shinji Ikari who awakens, unaged in a new and strange environment. Misato has formed a group that has ... See full summary »
The Empire of Britannia has invaded Japan using giant robot weapons called Knightmare Frames. Japan is now referred to as Area 11, and its people the 11's. A Britannian who was living in ... See full summary »
Johnny Yong Bosch,
When the Angels start attacking the planet Earth in the year 2015, only a handful of 14-year-old EVA pilots are able to stop them. Young Shinji Ikari suddenly finds himself forced to pilot EVA-01, a giant organic mecha, designed and constructed by NERV, that is the only thing that can stop the Angels. Written by
Winner of the "Best TV Animation Award" at the 1st Animation Kobe (1996) See more »
It is impossible to tell where the Evas are housed and
launched from. Launch shafts can be seen in several episodes - mostly straight, but with several angled sections - which imply that it must be somewhere between the Earth's surface and the ceiling of the GeoFront. However, in episode 19, it is shown that Eva cages are at the HQ level (at the bottom of the GeoFront). Moreover, it takes only a minor amount of time for the characters to travel from HQ to the Eva cages (as in episodes 1 and 6). See more »
Episode 26 on A.D. Vision's Evangelion Platinum Edition Vol. 7 DVD has a hidden ending featuring Spike Spencer in character as Shinji, which can be heard by going to the credits of that episode and switching to the fourth audio track. See more »
I admire Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi "2001-a space odyssey", but compared to Hideaki Anno's anime "Shin Seiki Evangelion" that movie is just a child's play. Because this anime is, and I can say this it without any exaggeration, a masterpiece. Although, when I watched the first episodes, I thought I was going to give "Evangelion" only a 6/10. But the more I saw, the more I was astonished. And that was very clever from Anno who lured audience into this anime by making at the beginning a sci-fi action comedy, but then slowly turning it into an existential drama. The first 10 episodes were quite funny; we learned how Shinji was ashamed when Misato picked him up in her car wearing a seductive skirt. Then, after she heard that he must stay alone in some sort of a motel, she talked him into staying at her place ( she is so sweet ). Sharing an apartment with her made Shinji even more embarrassed when he saw a dozen of her bra's in the bathroom. And when he meet a penguin called Pen-Pen he run out of the bathroom naked ( an amusing scene in which his intimate part is cowered by a can of Misato's beer ).
The main plot revolves around Shinji, Rei and Asuka fighting mysterious "Angels" with the help of 100 feet tall robots called Eva's. Many have asked ; what are the "Angels" anyway? There are many theories but I have my own. They are a symbol of Shinji's low self-esteem. That's why the more of them he beats, the more self confidence he gets.
"Evangelion" is nothing more than a symbolic drama about growing up. Just look at Shinji. He is a shy 14 year old boy. He thinks he is worthless and not worthy of living. He thinks that every person around him is more important than him and that's why he is often passive. That's why the appearance of "Angels" is almost like a Divine intervention in his life ( loosely based on Enoch's apocryphal scripts ), making him almost the most important person on Earth that can save man kind. For the first time in his life, Shinji realized that he is worthy of living in the society.
Anno once said he put everything he knows about life into this story and that is really visible. Almost every scene, no matter if its epic ( giant chalked outlines of "Angels"on the "scene of the crime" that cower the whole hill ), dramatic ( robot fights )or humorous ( Toji accidentally looks under Asuka's skirt and she slaps him. He asks why, she says because of a pervert tax. He puts his pants down in front of her and she slaps him again ) are brilliant. And the ending is genius, simply genius. In it the whole real world is replaced by a dream and Shinji, drawn just by black lines in front of a white background, starts floating. That end is hard to explain, but beautiful to feel. It expands the frontiers of our reason. Anno amazed me with his romance "His and her circumstances", but "Evangelion" is his greatest life achievement. The most touching thing for me was finding out that Rei was actually Shinji's cloned mother. I should have known that sooner when I read that Megumi Hayshibara gave her voice to both Rei and Shinji's mother.
"Evangelion" didn't win any Oscars or Golden Globes just because it was an anime. But it won something more important, the award of time, making it an anime that will never become outdated.
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