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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of evangelion.
Im pretty new to the evangelion series after just recently buying evangelion 2nd collection out of curiosity.
And quickly within a few weeks I ended up buying all the avaible dvds but by far the best one I own is the end of evangelion.
Its allot more serious than the series mostly concentrating on the characters emotions rather than just all out fighting...
Published on 6 Nov 2003 by mr k s jefferis

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1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated rubbish.
Evangelion is without a doubt one of the most overrated anime series ever made.
This movie is even worse than the series and I would rank it among the worst, if not the worst, anime movie I have ever watched.
I recall being told that it is a new refreshing take on the old 70's and 80's super robot and mecha anime cartoons, what a disappointment. Lets just say...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of evangelion., 6 Nov 2003
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Im pretty new to the evangelion series after just recently buying evangelion 2nd collection out of curiosity.
And quickly within a few weeks I ended up buying all the avaible dvds but by far the best one I own is the end of evangelion.
Its allot more serious than the series mostly concentrating on the characters emotions rather than just all out fighting.
although saying that Asuka has an amazing battle scene that's just so gory and violent you cant help but enjoy every moment of it. The first half is pretty simple to follow humans forcing there way into nerv to capture the eva`s, then Auska`s part with the rest of the eva series and then...well this is a strange part of the film that even after a few times after watching it you wont understand everything even for a die hard eva fan.
each time you do watch it over again the more it becomes clear then you start to piece together everything and realising (sorta) what's going on, thats what evas always been about I guess playing with your mind bringing the viewer into the action and making you decide how things turned out.
the animation throughout the entire film is incredible the amount of detail put into the smallest things will blow you away, It even puts some more well known big disney/warner films to shame with the effects shown. Evangelion has always had an awesome style and in this one they've got it just right.
even if your looking into getting into eva this would be a wise purchase its got everything you need about the previous evas. and for the fans well I doubt I need say more...this is evangelion! you need this film in your collection your collection is not complete without it!
to round up awesome film I enjoyed every moment of it and the extras even though a little sparse are still good also the option to have the original japanese voices is a very cool idea, the sound is great through out with classical music for fight scenes...odd but it works to great affect. nice front menu too and smart dvd case and sleeve
great film ^^
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evangelion, 22 Dec 2002
This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End Of Evangelion [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
What else is there to say?
Well, I've seen this movie about 10 or so times since it was first released in 1997/98. Only recently have I seen the English dubbed version. Now, I must be honest and say that the dubbing is sub-par. Spike still makes an exceptionally irritating Shinji, and Manga Entertainment just flat-out sucks. The mispronounciation of 'Eva' and 'Kaowru' eventually becomes very tedious.
However, those are minor elements.
This movie is basically about the human condition, our innate connections to one another. It's also a character study of the main character, explaining that all people suffer the same innert fears and sorrows. This is explained through the idea of Human Instrumentality, the merging of all human minds and souls into one entity, a living God composed of humanity itself. This is the final step in human evolution, and as you can see, is quite metaphysical and draws many paralelles between religious concepts (especially Hebrew mythos and jewish Quabbalah) and proto-psychological evolution.
And of course, if you're not interested in quasi-religious conceptual symbolism used to explain and translate Freudian psychology.. well, for those who prefer more visceral, there's also a hell of a lot of giant robot fighting ;) The mecha genre is really the vehicle that this movie used to put across the ideas to a larger audience, and even those are not dumbed-down for typical wrestling-watching, beer-chugging westerner mentality like so many movie makers seem to feel they're required to do in order to sell. Nope, this is a movie that treats the audience with respect and doesn't baby down to them. Instead, it challenges you to think, rather than sedate your mind with pointless candy-crap.
Because of the fact that it treats the audience as mature, thinking people, you need to give this movie a lot of thought in order to draw the most from it. Someone once told me that they found no character development in this movie and it's presceding series, and all I could do was laugh. In our culture, people are so used to having movies present their concepts and ideas on large silver platters and then shoved forceably down their throats with large dashings of cliche and trite, that it doesn't surprise me at all when someone becommes so numbed by this that they miss out the subtle, tactful elements that this movie relishes in.
A thinking man's anime. A movie for someone who wants to be entertained, and to be challenged. Enjoy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intruiging... yet baffling, 2 Mar 2003
This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End Of Evangelion [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
"Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion" is the feature movie which brings to an end the story begun in the TV series, "Neon Genesis Evangelion." The final two episodes of the series were the cause of much controversy, abandoning much of the plot, and led to Hideaki Anno even receiving death threats. So, to replace these final two episodes, "The End of Evangelion" was made, preceded at first by "Death and Rebirth," which recapped the series and featured the beginning portions of this movie.
As this movie begins, Shinji sinks into a deep self-loathing depression, pushed to breaking point by killing Kaowru in episode 24. But greater events are transpring - with all the Angels destroyed, the SEELE organisation makes it move, and launches an attack on NERV using their own mass-produced EVA units, determined to wrest control of EVA Unit-01, and use it to initate their Human Complimentation Project - the Third Impact which Shinji and his fellow pilots have been fighting to prevent. As the NERV complex is beseiged, Misato tries to bring Shinji to his senses, and when Asuka is killed in battle with the EVA series, Shinji has no choice, and enters the fray with Unit-01, only to have SEELE use it to begin Third Impact. Meanwhile, Gendo Ikari has his own designs for Third Impact, however, having planned to use Rei to manipulate it to his own ends, but she turns on him and merges with Lilth, the second angel, taking control of the process herself. Third Impact is well and truly underway, as AT Fields across the face of Earth are cancelled out and all life loses form, their souls being drawn into Lilith, becoming one perfect entity, the weaknesses of individual beings complimented by the strengths of others. And so the choice to allow this to happen, and to lose individuality... or to cast off this would-be paradise and live a life which has already caused him so much pain... falls to Shinji...
I won't say anymore. Because it's rather difficult to. Up until this point, the movie has been making sense - or as much sense as EVA ever makes. But as Shinji must make his decision, all cohesion falls away, and the viewer is treated to a bizarre, baffling sequence of images, scenes, and even live-action footage as Shinji is forced to make the greatest of decisions. Much of it is very puzzling, and, as is EVAs way, much of what follows is a case of "doing, rather than telling" - but when the visuals are as confusing as this, actually telling us, the viewers, what is happening would really have been a benefit. The final scene of the film is easily the most confusing - it DOES have an official meaning, but you'll have to personally search online to find out what that is, because there's no way to know just from watching the movie.
In short? Watch the confusing part about four times. Either you'll start seeing imagery and realising what some of it means, or your head will explode.
The English Language track of the movie is well-acted, with Spike Spencer (Shinji) doing admirably in such a depressing role. The quality of the English script cannot be praised as much, however - rather than actually try to make the dialogue flow like natural English, the writer has stuck more to the direct word-for-word translation of the Japanese - which leads to some very clunky dialogue and stilted lines. For example - no-one uses the words "pretense" and "ambiguous" in casual conversation, let alone when they're in the middle of a blubbering fit that should make it hard for them to talk, never mind talk like THAT.
The DVD's extras (beyond audio and subtitles) cannot compare to it's predecessor, "Death and Rebirth," consisting of only a small handful of trailers. The best addition, though, is definitely the English Commentary track, with Amanda Winn Lee (director, writer, producer, voice of Rei), Jason Lee (co-producer) and Talisan Jaffe (EVA fan and additional voice actor). The conversation on the track is light and funny, particularly from the bubbly Winn Lee, who, along with Lee, provides factoids about the dubbing cast and process, while Jaffe supplies much information on the meanings behind images in the movie, although sometimes one tends to think he's reading into it just a bit TOO much.
In summary - There's no question that EVA is famous; very human at it's heart, with intricately sculpted characters, and mecha action that's really little more than window-dressing on young boy's emotional tale. But the REAL selling point and claim to fame of EVA is it's outlandish and bizarre nature. And nothing showcases that better than "The End of Evangelion."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The End - Watch and be amazed, 10 Aug 2003
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Mr. I. P. Mciver "Guyverpop" (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End Of Evangelion [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
After watching the last episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion I remember sat just staring gormlessly at the television screen, feeling my heart beat and my lungs struggle to keep up. It was absolutely amazing. I can't say that I got all of it on the first viewing but I will be going back for another.
It's hard to explain why it was so good without spoiling it for anyone who hasn't had the pleasure yet. I haven't seen the so-called disappointing original episodes that ended the series so I can't compare them. The only thing I can do is say that nothing will ever compare to this. It is mind boggling, thought provoking, thoroughly intelligent science fiction at its best. If it had been handled by a Western set of writers they may have gone with the typical happy ending where everyone survives and everythings "great". Sod that! Shinji may have had his problems in the past but nothing could prepare him for the fate that awaits.
The animation is superb; the way the colours strike you in the multi-coloured futuristic apolcalypse leaves you wondering why Disney continue to use their tired, dull techniques. Neon Genesis could teach them a thing of two. It's very difficult to understand if it's 2am in the morning (I couldn't wait) so watch it a few times. I couldn't have hoped for a more emotional ending. Buy this. And then the series! And the books!!! I'm obsessed... there is still some beauty left in the souls of men.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End of Evangelion is an extrodinary piece of Art, 10 April 2003
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This movie is extended version of the Two last episodes 25 & 26 from the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. The Movie takes place after the defeat of the last Angel and while everyone thinks everything is well and everybody is safe SEAL plans to invade Nerv HQ and claim the Evangelions for themself and for their twisted plans. Shinji is totaly messed up after what happened to him through the series and at the end of Episode 24.
Misato finds out what happened during the second Impact. Ritsuko plans to get even with her lover and Asuka finally starts to understand what the evangelion is.
The End of Evangelion came out in 1997 and after 5 years its finally available on DvD. The DvD case is very good and the DvD is exellent itself with a very good DvD interactive menu and extra goodies. Tnx Manga entertainment. There is the latest Surround sound 6.1 and the old one 5.1 mode and the Audio commentary by English voice Director Amanda Winn Lee (voice of Ayannami Rei) and Jason Lee.
Amanda and crew share their thoughts and beliefs with the audience and creates a better understanding of the movie.
The English dub is ok with good voice acting but some words have been lost or replaces with other non suiting word when it was translated to english, thats the only stupid thing with the english dub, and the english subtitling does not match the english dub, weird! But the best way to enjoy Evangelion is to watch it in Japaneese becouse it is better emotional and situational voice acting then the english. The Japaneese voice actors are very very good.
Many people believe that Hideaki Anno decided to make End of Evangelion after he got death threats but he didn`t make it just because he was scared. He would have made the movie anyway. In episode 25 & 26 there are clues and spoilers that gave us the idea that this is not the end of Neon Genesis Evangelion series so that the two last episodes and the End of evangelion movie are connected to eachother.
The Animation is One of the best I have ever seen, with exellent drawings and a very good composed musical score and the use of classical music is wonderfull. A tribute to J.S Bach`s music. The Story is breathtaking and extrodinary well done and it will take you many many years to think about and a lifetime to forget. One of the most strongest,deepest and sad Anime to ever exist. A must to everyone that respects a good plot and to every Manga & Anime lover.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful way to end the world, 30 Dec 2005
This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End Of Evangelion [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
This movie ends the series in the most spectacular way ever. You will be sat tense in your seat, shocked and you will even feel sad and puzzled at events. I just feel sorry for the poor Shinji and all the things he goes through.
I won't give anything away but this movie concentrates on the final fate of humanity and the shocking revelations uncovered by Shinji Ikari.
I warn you if you are after a film where everythings happy at the end, e.g. Disney films and even Kill Bill then you will be shocked. It will puzzle you and bring up more questions about the series. This is definetly an intelligent series where the viewer can develop different views of the ending.
With beautiful animation, beautiful music to accompany tense battle scenes, and incredible character emotions it is well recommended for any fan of great animation.
I don't reecomend this for kids though as it features some violent scenes, scenes of sexual nature and swearing. I also reccomend people watching death and rebirth first before purchasing this or buying the boxset with them all in.
Overall: Neon Genesis ranks upon the greatest animation of all time for not been afraid to express opinions on relgion and death. You will no doubt develop your own opinions on the series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking, 30 Jan 2003
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Gareth Dineen (reading, berkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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this film truly is an amazing ending to an amazing series. the last two episodes of the series neon genisis evangelion left many questions unanswerd to its fans. this film is here to answer them. and surprisingly creat more.
the film is set just after the 17th angel has been destroyed. and the human instrumental process has begun.
this film is however not for the pure action junkies amoung us. yes there is a preety awsome fight scene in here but this film was not made to give you just fights. it goes deep into the human mind and has a very deep psychological meaning to it on how humans interact.
this film can be very difficult to watch for anyone who has not watched the original series. you can still watch it and have a great exsperiance but this film was made for the fans really.
but even if you have seen the entire series this film can still be confusing. it may take several times for you to totally understand the film but trust me it is defenatly worth it.
A must have for any Neon Genesis evangelion fan.
One of the BEST anime films out there,no question about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional piece of work - but avoid the commentary al all costs, 16 Dec 2010
This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End Of Evangelion [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
Everything that needs to be said about this movie has been said already - but a word on the commentary that comes with the DVD.

The commentary is known in Evangelion fan circles as 'The Commentary of Evil' or 'The Commentary of Doom'. It is jam-packed with assumption, supposition and flat-out misinformation.

For starters one of the commentators, Taliesin Jaffe has no direct connection to Evangelion other than he is involved with writing english dubs of anime. Amongst his many crimes on the commentary is prattling on about the religious symbolism in 'End Of...' and Evangelion in general when the show creators are on record many times over as saying that the christian and kabbalah names and symbols have NO deeper symbolism and are simply there to give the show a exotic look (remember in Japan christianity is a minority religion). Mr Jaffe presents a personal interpretation (which he is perfectly entitled to have) as fact.

Then theres Amanda Winn-Lee giving repeated endorsements to the English dub of EoE (im using the acronym from this point) when in fact even the most ardent English Dub fan will grudgingly admit its a bit shoddy. For instance I defy anyone to listen to Hyuga's chosen voice actor and not go 'What the....?'

Buy End of Evangelion without a moments thought but if you want a thorough analysis of the show theres plenty of resources out there on the internet. But avoid taking the commentary on this DVD as even the slightest bit reliable.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once More Into The Breach..., 6 Aug 2004
This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End Of Evangelion [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
This film is the second ending produced for this series. The first ending (Episodes 25 and 26) left fans so dissatisfied that director Hideaki Anno felt compelled to create an alternate ending and issue it as a full length film. One should keep in mind when watching it that in the voice commentary provided in this edition this film is referred to as "Hideaki's revenge." I really do not think that is true, but there is no question but that the Director/Creator of this film has made a film that challenges the viewer on all fronts, making it an unusually difficult film.
The film opens on the impending destruction of NERV headquarters. With the destruction of the 'Angels,' the members of SEELE move to implement their plan for the forced evolution of humankind. Stage 1 is the capture or destruction of the EVA and their 'riders.' For the rest of the NERV staff only a grim and violent death is offered. Shinji and Asuka manage to activate their EVAs and fight back. Meanwhile, Rei descends into the heart of NERV with Dr. Ikari to confront Lilith.
While this apocalypse occupies the first part of the film, filling the screen with both spellbinding action and some unnerving interior insights, one could argue that it is only a prelude to the real core of the film. Almost haphazardly, symbols from the Kabbala and the Crucifixion are woven into the action as SEELE prepares the ritual that will recreate humanity. Magically, Rei and Shinji become the main characters in a metaphysical play that will decide the future of man. It is no surprise that these two become bound to the moments of decision and rebirth. Both the characters are not completely whole as personalities. To each of them the conflict over individuality is both interior and exterior. Without these flaws, the decision would not have been in doubt.
As the story progresses fluid, the hurried action of the attack on NERV is replaced by a more elegiac pace. Longer still shifts and slower pacing give the viewer a rest, but at the price of an ever more complex and difficult plot. Without the film length commentary available on the DVD, much of the subtexts to the visual displays would remain impenetrable. This is the first time that I have felt that the commentary was required viewing. This film is worth seeing simply for its stretching of the limitations of anime. This is a marvelous but elusive work of art. Be warned - 'The End of Evangelion' lacks any manner of explanation of the events leading up to the film. Thus, familiarity with either 'Death and Rebirth' or the series itself is almost a requirement for making good sense of what is happening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic film even after 10 years, 31 July 2012
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Even after 10 years, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion is one of the best animated films of all time, ranking among Akira,the works of Studio Ghibli, and Ghost in the Shell.

Serving as an explanation to the very vague ending left by the original TV series of Neon Genesis Evangelion, End of Eva is a visual masterpiece and also a definitive end to a wonderful story.
Taking place during episodes 25 and 26 of the TV series, End of Eva shows us what was actually happening in reality during those two episodes, showing mainly the physical struggle of the characters and not just their psychological struggle.

It is definitely not a film for the faint of heart, with some frankly disturbing imagery between beautifully animated and brutal action scenes, but ultimately the experience is rewarding and, like the original series, leaves the viewer asking lots of questions not just about the film itself but about humanity as a whole.

It is also not a film for those not already acquainted with the original TV series, as it goes straight into the action and explains little through dialogue, with a huge focus on visual storytelling that only fans of the TV series will really understand.

I would fully recommend this film to anybody with any interest in anime at all, as it shows not only the best of japanese animation but also the ending of one of the most influential series of all time.
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