svētdiena, 2010. gada 14. novembris
Anime Blu Ray Review : Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone . Shinji, believe in... ah naw fucking you is still a bitch
Continuing with my sudden surge of suddenly giving a fuck about my blog again, here is a review of Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone.
An uneducated person like Mark might think ''Evangelion was perfect! There is no need to remake it! This is all just some sort of bullshit cashin! Fuck this! I'm going to play some more Blops and yell yell at people while getting killed by 12 year old cyborgs with xray vision!'' and to an extent he has a point.
Now the Neon Genesis Evangelion metafranchise has made over 8 billion dollars and there's still brand new figures and shit coming out like every month constantly for 15 years now. Also from time to time they make novels or dating sims or something that present an alternate version of the OG EVA universe kind of commonly. So yeah, the Evangelion franchise is no stranger to the cash in thing.
However, this really isn't a soulless cash in like the ones Hollywood shit out every week for retards. In general, Japan hasn't gone in to overdrive with the whole remake thing and their remakes have a certain amount of respect for the source material, like pretty much everything Dynamic Productions does these days. This, however, does not apply to live action movies that were outsourced to dirty fucking baka gaijin.
Okay but disregarding the gaijin (an ancient japanese philosophy), the Japanese have a fairly good track record with remakes or sequels made much later. Atleast there is actual creativity behind those things and a will to pay tribute to something you like.
But anyway let's talk about a more significant reason. Evangelion was made during a time before Gainax had an unlimited budget for their animes and they actually had to consider limitations to what they could do. This ended up for some compromises.
The final episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion were when they had to scrape dried up remains from the very bottom of the barrel of their budget. You remember how Shinji just sat in the tree of life for like 3 episodes, almost not moving at all and it was entirely all voiceover? Yeah, the reason was since they couldn't afford to animate much.
Since they had to compromise, Hideaki Anno's vision didn't get compeletely fufilled.
Then they made the End Of Evangelion movie. It still had limitations and shit but still provided a better product (in terms of production, the actual things it presented I will best leave up to you to find out, then hit me up and we'll talk).
In general, Hideaki Anno wasn't that satisfied with the final product and decided to revisit Evangelion now that Gainax are superstars with a budget that would make 70s era Yoshiyuki Tomino's penis shrink to raisin size and give him a heart attack from envy.
So here we have the first of the Rebuild Of Evangelion tetralogy. So the first movie is for the most part faithful to the original TV series, going through the same plot points and having more or less the same characters, acting like more or less the same characters and played by the same exact cast (in Japan atleast).
Without wishing to spoil too much, the plot covers around the first 6 episodes of the series.
Shinji Ikari arrives to Neo Tokyo 3 since he recieved an invitation from his estranged father who he hasn't seen since his mother's death.
Just as he is picked up by Misato Katsuragim who becomes Shinji's guardian in Neo Tokyo 3, the city is attacked by the Angel Sachiel.
Shinji is delivered to NERV headquaters where he meets his father, Gendo Ikari after several years. Gendo, not wishing to waste time, Shinji is forced to pilot the mecha known as Evangelion Unit 01, for he is the only person who can after seeing that the other Evangelion pilot, Rei Ayanami is severely injured and in no condition to pilot it.
Shinji then has to face the angels, his duty, his inner demons, fear of death and the basic fact that he is a fucking spineless coward with issues.
So after some dead angels, some really cool action and Shinji being constantly forced to man up by women, the movie ends with Shinji and Rei Ayanami piloting units 01 and 00 respectively, have to defeat the Angel Ramiel with a beam rifle powered by Japan's entire power grid in a fantastic scene with a very cool music piece.
Oh also the ending song by Utada Hikaru? It is absolutely amazing.
Yeah so I can't say I loved the original Evangelion. The characters were depressing little bitches who spend most of the series walking around aimlessly and whining.
But the thing is, 1.11 has a runtime of 95 minutes, so they have to manage it all. So Shinji has less time for whining and has to spend more time in the EVA unit, fighting Angels. So the result is that I actually felt somewhat sympathetic towards Shinji, something I didn't in the original series.
But in the case of Rei, Rei actually behaves sort of like a person instead of a walking doll in the Rebuild movies.
Oh also you're wondering where's Asuka? She doesn't appear in this movie, but in the next one.
But the highlights for me were the fights between the EVA units and the Angels. They have some absolutely stunning animation. Seriously, watch it on the biggest HD screen you can find in the dark. It's awesome. They got absolutely everything right. The animation, the colors and the blend of 3D CG.
Also the movie has a fair share of thinly weiled hints of the possibilty that the movie takes place in a reset universe following the events of End Of Evangelion, but I wish not to adress that now.
Now we have to wait for next year when 2.22 comes out on Blu Ray. And then I don't know how long until 3.33 Q Quickening and 4.44 come out. how... lon...