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Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
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Neon Genesis Evangelion is back - not that it ever really went anywhere. Since the original 26-episode TV series premiered in the mid-nineties, the anime's legend has only continued to grow, amounting to a small industry of manga, DVDs, action figures, model kits, and other merchandise that remains popular with anime fans worldwide. The series eventually hit the big screen, with a trilogy of films released in 1997, summarizing and capping off the series, but creator Anno Hideaki is not done with Evangelion yet. With a revamped storyline and additional, improved animation, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone brings the series back to the big screen, leading off an ambitious teratology of films dubbed Rebuild of Evangelion.

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone retells roughly the first six episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion, including Shinji Ikari's reunion with his estranged father, Gendo Ikari, and Shinji's introduction to EVA-01, the giant robot he's destined to pilot. Key characters Misato Katsuragi and Rei Ayanami are introduced, and viewers are given their first taste of the series' famously deep storyline, which mixes science fiction, war, psychology, theology, and existentialism into a single compelling work. Evangelion is famous for delivering not one, but two separate endings via the television series and the theatrical film End of Evangelion, and fandom has long been divided on which, if any of the endings truly fits the series. Creator-director Anno has the rare chance to return to his work a third time to deliver yet another possible ending to the saga, but Anno also promises that this new work will be accessible and enjoyable for both new and old Evangelion fans.

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Product Title: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) 新世紀福音戰士 - 新劇場版 : 序 Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (DVD) (通常版) (日本版) 新世纪福音战士 - 新剧场版 : 序 Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (DVD) (通常版) (日本版) ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序 (通常版) Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Ogata Megumi | Mitsuishi Kotono | Hayashibara Megumi | Yamaguchi Yuriko | Tachiki Fumihiko | Kiyokawa Motomu 緒方惠美 | 三石琴乃 | 林原惠美 | 山口由里子 | 立木冬彥 | 清川元夢 绪方惠美 | 三石琴乃 | 林原惠美 | 山口由里子 | 立木冬彦 | 清川元梦 緒方恵美 | 三石琴乃 | 林原めぐみ | 山口由里子 | 立木冬彦 | 清川元夢 Ogata Megumi | Mitsuishi Kotono | Hayashibara Megumi | Yamaguchi Yuriko | Tachiki Fumihiko | Kiyokawa Motomu
Director: Anno Hideaki 庵野秀明 庵野秀明 庵野秀明 Anno Hideaki
Release Date: 2008-05-21
Publisher Product Code: KIBA-1526
Language: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: King Records
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010043631

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
庵野秀明 (原作、脚本、総監督) / 緒方恵美 (碇シンジ) / 林原めぐみ (綾波レイ) / 三石琴乃 (葛城ミサト) / 貞本義行 (キャラクターデザイン) / 鷺巣詩郎 (音楽)



製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2007

世界を壊滅状態へと導いた「セカンド・インパクト」から15年後。 14歳の碇シンジは、特務機関NERV(ネルフ)の最高司令官で父親でもある碇ゲンドウから、 謎の巨大生物“使徒”と戦う人造人間エヴァンゲリオンのパイロットに任命される。 使徒との戦いが困難を極める中、地球存続のための任務を背負う彼らは、ある国家規模の作戦を実行に移すことになる。 

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Professional Review of "Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)"

August 26, 2008

This professional review refers to Evangelion: 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
It just won't go away. Neon Genesis Evangelion may not win the award for most prolific or long-winded anime, but few anime properties have seen the sustained popularity that Evangelion has. Originally airing in 26 episodes back in the mid-nineties, this combination of giant robots, shonen action, existential angst and manic-depressive self-flagellation has been over for a decade now. Creator Hideaki Anno did return for two films reworking the original series' famously dense and unsatisfactory ending, but for a good long while, Evangelion has been done. However, massive ancillary sales and fan interest say otherwise, with Evangelion living on in everything but animated form. Books, manga, toys, models, figures, games, etc. You name it, they've made it and stamped "Evangelion" onto it. Only Gundam or possibly Soreike! Anpanman! have more egregious merchandising going on than EVA. That popularity has obviously not escaped the attention of Hideaki Anno and the boys at Gainax. They know what side their bread is buttered on, so they've given in and are producing the Rebuild of Evangelion, a four-film project retelling the now-classic story of Evangelion complete with a compressed storyline, upgraded animation, and - you guessed it - an all-new ending. The first film, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone is an abridged retelling of the first six episodes of the television series, detailing the arrival of 14 year-old Shinji Ikari at NERV headquarters, his introductions to fellow pilot Rei Ayanami and superior officer Misato Katsuragi, and his reunion with the worst father in the entire known universe, Gendo Ikari. Shinji also discovers that it is his destiny to pilot the sinister-looking EVA-01 against the encroaching alien "Angels", massive interstellar visitors who are bent at doing something not-so-nice to humanity. What are they trying to do exactly? We don't find out in this movie, and anyway, that information would qualify as a spoiler.

Fans of the original series should probably run and get themselves a copy of Evangelion 1.0 immediately, because it's everything it promises to be. That is, it retells Evangelion with cool new animation, reintroduces classic characters without a single change to their character designs, serves up great set pieces that are as memorable as the original series, and dispenses tons of borderline pretentious psychobabble as justification for the ultimately depressing emotions. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The majority of EVA's long-winded exploration into self-worth and existential belonging is reserved for later in the series, though the filmmakers do foreshadow that by delivering more exposition here than in the original six episodes of Evangelion. There's less time to get to know characters in a two-hour film, so the filmmakers use straight up verbal exposition from key characters to get the situations to where they need to be by film's end. The narrative shorthand works, but it's not that exciting, and makes the involved concepts and themes rather obvious.

Also obvious is that Shinji Ikari is a major drag. The self-loathing, whiny main character was not new to science fiction or anime when EVA first premiered, but since its debut Shinji has become the poster child for self-pitying anime protagonists. The compressed storytelling allows Shinji to become very annoying very quickly, and doesn't give him the space, both literal and temporal, to help his self-absorbed personality become sympathetic. During the original series Shinji actually got to appear normal sometimes, but since Evangelion 1.0 has to get things going fast, he seems to be petulant and unhappy 24/7. As it is, Evangelion 1.0 comes dangerously close to making him insufferable - a big problem if the intention here is to attract new fans to the EVA franchise.

Then again, if Gainax really aimed to attract new fans, would they have included a shout-out cameo to a popular character that didn't appear until one of the final episodes of the original series? Likely not. Even if the character is slated for a much earlier appearance in this "rebuild", the uninitiated may still be puzzled at the appearance. This shows that Evangelion 1.0 is still mostly for established fans of the series, because it's established fans that will look past the dense backstory, copious exposition, and now-familiar concepts that Evangelion 1.0 possesses to see the complex and compelling anime that has yet to show itself in this single two-hour movie. Basically, the hook lies in where they'll deviate from the original, and not where they're going right now.

In bringing Evangelion back, the filmmakers don't seem to have changed it that much - though with three more movies to go, there's plenty of time for revision and reinvention. It's hard to truly judge Evangelion 1.0 on its own because right now, it just looks like more of the same. Since they plan on changing the ending again, "more of the same" will likely not apply one day. But will that day come in 2.0, or will we have to wait until 4.0 before the differences really start to matter? I have no answer, but Evangelion 1.0 does enough to make me want to find out.

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