It’s that time of year again. You know, where you lay out your arsenal of Easter Bunny traps on the kitchen table and spend Good Friday Eve plotting …
Yeah. Or not.
Does it baffle you, the correlation between Jews poking Jesus with the lance of Longinus and a bunny who excretes edible chocolate?
This dilemma segues beautifully to Evangelion. You know, that Japanese anime mecha series where every character is mentally ill to the point where you shout at Shinji Ikari because he’s so defeated that you just wanna pilot his eva for him!
I find most, if not all, Japanese anime difficult to endure. If it wasn’t for the awesome action, I wouldn’t endure those long-winded dialogue moments, full of painful exposition.
Thankfully, there has been an ongoing attempt by the original creators to remake and refine the dated television series. According to our ever reliable (cough) Wikipedia, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone is supposed to be the first of four films to be released.
This flick has only recently made it to DVD and I managed to watch it.
Fans of the old will quickly realise that this film is both familiar and new. There are many scenes which are the same shot-for-shot when compared to the series. And it’s clear that this first tale is summarising the first 6 or so episodes.
However this is no simple remake.
The story arc remains the same, but the later half of the film showcases an alternative—and much more epic—method of dealing with the angels, which have been artfully rejigafied with state-of-the-art technology.
What? Angels, evas? What the hell are you talking about?
My apologies for not delving into the story sooner. Well, my reason for not touching on the plot until now is because even I don’t fully comprehend it yet. Like Akira …
Anyway, don’t let my ignorance deter you. Essentially, Evangelion is about Earth defending itself against a range of unique alien-like giants (or angels) that descend and cause havoc one at a time (logically, they’d probably be better off attacking together but meh).
Here’s a Youtube clip to help explain.
Back to the movie discussion.
Thankfully, this film makes more sense than the original series ever did upon its virgin viewing. That’s because the storytelling is tight this time.
If you’ve never heard of Evangelion before and you’re daunted by its legacy, rest assured that you can see this film and you won’t be missing anything—except for the remaining three movies.
Hire the DVD, or buy it. This is essential anime education.
I rate Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone 8/10.