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Evangelion: 1.11: You Are Not Alone: Extended Version

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WCB2NK


EVANGELION 1.01 - YOU'RE NOT ALONE is the first instalment in a film series known as the Rebuild of Evangelion that reinterprets the story first told in the critically acclaimed anime series Neon Genesis EVANGELION. Covering the material from the first six episodes of the series, this film sets the stage when 14 year old Shinji Ikari arrives in Tokyo-3. His mother dead and his father painfully distant, Shinji is lonely, quiet, and wracked with torturous self-doubt. But Shinji's arrival in the city signifies his chance to prove himself as one of three teenagers chosen to pilot a series of technologically unprecedented robots called Evas, mysterious hybrids of man, spirit, and machine created to fight the unrelenting monsters known as Angels that continue to attack earth, one at a time. Thrown into battle before he's had so much as a day of training, Shinji's desperate need for his father's approval isn't helped by the pressure of the world's survival on his shoulders, or the difficult time he has living amongst the other pilots, who very strangely, have suffered the same losses that he has. EVANGELION 1.01 - YOU'RE NOT ALONE directly follows the plot of the original series in some ways, but drastically diverges in others, focusing even more on the cryptic and symbolic nature of the story's religious themes.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice new edition of the classic series 31 Jan 2011
By MarkusG
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a manga and a animated TV-series made in Japan in the 1990s. The basic storyline is set in the future after the mysterious "second impact" which killed off a large part of the human population. Some time after the impact Earth was attacked by powerful monstrous beings known as "angels". Giant biological robots called Eavngelion (Evas) are defending the Earth against the angels. The Evas are piloted by children with nerve-systems compatible with the Evas. The story revolves around Shinji Ikari who is to pilot one of the Evas.

The story is complex and simple at the same time. The basic plot is a battle between humanity and aliens. But there are also many thing never fully explained like the mysterious organisation "Seele" and the "Human instrumentality project". And one of the charms is the use of gnostic/religious symbols ("The Golgatha Project", "Spear of Longinus", "angels" etc). This makes Evangelion re-watchable and gives it character. Also, the imaginative work is incredible with fantastic designs for robots and aliens, and a whole city called "Tokyo 3" with skyscrapers able to withdraw underground and form an inverted city. The battles between the angels and Evas usually take place in Tokyo 3. There are also references to older japanese pop-culture stuff. Like the "Super Robot" genre (Mazinger Z, Getter Robo etc). Just like in Mazinger, the robots need young people to pilot them. And just like in Mazinger the aliens attack one by one, one at a time, with the robots coming up from the underground to meet the challenge. There is also the usual anime mix of cuteness and violence, but beware because Evangelion is not for children.

"Evangelion 1.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for both life-long fans and newcomers 28 April 2010
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In Summer 2006, Hideaki Anno, one of Japan's finest animation directors, announced to the world that he was going back to his famous creation, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (1995-1996), and re-tell the story in THE REBUILD OF EVANGELION, a tetralogy of movies. The first three would be an alternative version of the series with new animation, settings and characters, while the fourth film would have an completely different end. The reaction was mixed - "why go back and re-tell an anime that is so beloved?"

Some people think EVANGELION has become a cash-cow. But that's not true. Anno is re-telling EVANGELION because he wants to make it look and sound better, and allow newcomers of anime to watch it with life-long fans. He also wants to present the EVANGELION in the way he couldn't back in the mid-1990's.

I'm going to get a major flak for saying this, although EVANGELION has a powerful and fantastic storyline, moments of pure genius and great characters (Rei Ayanami is my all-time favourite anime character, alongside Yuki Nagato from the HARUHI SUZUMIYA franchise), it's not a perfect series. Anno had a very ambitious vision for his creation. But GAINAX, who produced the anime, did not received much money nor time to make the episodes they wanted. When the episodes were failing to meet their deadlines, the budget began to decline, and eariler footage started to get re-use alot. The combination of increasing re-use footage and little new animation mid-way through the series was turning the production into a disaster, which was probably one of the reasons why Anno suffered a nervous breakdown.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebuild of Evangelion 10 May 2010
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This new version of the Evangelion story is pretty much must a retelling of the story from scratch. While there probably wasn't a great need for this remake I did find this first instalment to be far better than I was expecting. At this point the story is pretty much the same as the original series and due to the length of this film there was some stuff left out which does give some of it a somewhat rushed feel but overall the result was quite good.

The English cast are all as good as in the original version of the series but the animation is far better than it once was. Of particular note was the animation of the Fifth Angel Ramiel which was surprisingly beautiful.

While this remake of Evangelion would probably be best for people who have yet to see the original series, I cannot se any reason why people who are already fans of the series shouldn't enjoy it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great blu-ray but where is my guidebook? 21 Jun 2012
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The film and blu ray quality are great and if that was all I was reviewing I would give this a 5 star but I am rating the package as a whole and I can't help but feel stiffed when the American version in addition to everything we get also comes with a 20 page guidebook. "The first two pages discuss why remaking Eva was done and gives a small introduction. After that there are a few pages that describe various versions of animation that appear in the Rebuild video extra. It ends with profile data and a short description of the music video on the Blu-ray. Throughout the booklet are pages that contain nothing but good quality art." (taken from

When all that Manga UK really did was port the US disc, would it of been so hard for them to port the booklet too?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased all round, everything was easy. Would recommend and use again. A++++++++++++++
Published 4 days ago by P. Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, picture and quality blowing my mind
Excellent movie, picture and quality blowing my mind, waiting for next parts..
Published 10 days ago by Andrzej Krajewski
3.0 out of 5 stars Not essential
Whilst the vastly improved visual quality does do service to the original series, the actual writing and story does not. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Retelling!
NOTE: This is a review of the HMV Exclusive version.
With the upcoming release of Evangelion 3. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joshua Channell
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome quality but mostly recap
The blu-ray quality was nice but they mostly cover stuff from the series, but the fact that the series came out in 1995 the quality of the series is not so good. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Evangelion 1.11 - brilliant
Was a bit doubtful at first about this film, I haven't watched the anime yet but this movie was pretty awesome, great idea for storyline having bad arse robots to fight alien... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Glen
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back, Hideaki
Damn Cool. No other words. Finally the masterpiece by Anno as he thought a long time ago. Welcome Back, Nerv.
Published 9 months ago by Davide Cipolla
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
The original Evangelion whilst an incredible anime in its own right really made little sense and the ending was just plain disappointing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andrew Cruze
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough cookie
A calm opening is cut short by the army trying and failing to take down a massive creature called an angel but things are quickly evened up when the Evangelion, which is a giant... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anoosh Falak Rafat
5.0 out of 5 stars Evangelion has never looked better
Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone revisits Episodes 1-6 of Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion, the acclaimed media franchise which follows the paramilitary... Read more
Published 14 months ago by CosmicVagrant
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