LOVEFiLM Review: Evangelion 1.11 You’re [Not] Alone (2007)

Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone is the first installment 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 1.0: You Are (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

I’m still new when it comes to exploring proper anime films. I remember seeing the trailer for this one and was mesmerised by the whole thing. I had just had to see it. Luckily enough LOVEFiLM had it on the site.

The film is bonkers, but in a good way. The drama was typical for this style of film. It looks really good as well, everything was vivid and bright. I’ve not seen the original animation series which this is based on so I can’t comment on the story from that side. Evangelion 1.11 has a decent English voice dub, wasn’t disappointed there. I did feel the pacing was sometimes slightly off though.

I’d recommend this to people who are looking there way in to anime/manga films. It’s a decent film but still doesn’t touch Summer Wars or The Girl Who Leapt Through Time for me.

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  1. […] Wow. Well, I don’t really know what to say about the second instalment. I described the first as bonkers, but in a good way (you read it here). […]



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