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2.0 out of 5 stars A Challenge to Perseverance, 1 Sept. 2004
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This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Collection 0.8, Episodes 24-26 [DVD] (DVD)
The art and enjoyment of the Evangelion series is through the unravelling of a story which marries teenage angst with a plot incorporating global conspiracy, genetic manipulation, and the nature and existence of mankind. This is, however, a work of anime fiction and not a philosophical treatise revealing new truths about self or consciousness. In the final episodes, the storyline is famously marred by the production team having miscalculated budgets. In my view, the greater disappointment is the pretentious self-indulgence of the story's creators in dabbling with issues relating to the meaning of self. I am fully aware of the differences between occidental and oriental philosphies in this regard, from study and from having spent much time in the Far East, including Japan. The final episodes of Evangelion add no true philosophical enlightenment and too much of the plot remains unresolved by the end of the series. The shift in the character of the storyline from convoluted megaplot to the inverted confusion of a boy alone is so abrupt that most viewers will be left unsatisfied. Even with the better funded "cinematic" version of the ending, you will end up asking yourself whether the open questions are even worth trying to answer...
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