新世紀エヴァンゲリオン 劇場版 DEATH & REBIRTH シト新生/Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth

[Screenshot]Watching the “reboot” of Evangelion reminded me I’d never seen the original Evangelion movies, although I’d had both the beginning (oh, no, Shinji, you didn’t) and the end (mmm, orange Tang) of End of Evangelion spoiled for me. But I didn’t get good advice on what to watch, so I started with what I thoguht was the “first” movie.

I may be coming on a bit negative for the franchise, but D&R is, like the first episode of the reboot, a complete waste of time for anyone who’s already seen the TV series. Death is a 70-minute recapitulation of the first 24 episodes (read: the episodes which didn’t suck quite badly enough to cause fans to riot). So it’s almost all stuff we’ve seen before (unlike the reboot, in which the exact configurations of scenes seen before were lovingly redrawn, this actually is a clip show), somewhat out of order and framed by the presumption that Shinji, Asuka, Rei, and Kaoru are in a string quartet (sure, why not?).

It has far less of the extremely annoying navelgazey bits that didn’t work in the series, but it also has far less of the parts that did work, and rushes throguh the setup so quickly that bits might get lost. I dunno, I followed it OK, but that’s because I’ve seen it before.

Rebirth is the first half of End of Evangelion, which gets its own full-length review. Suffice it to say that it does not actually end satisfactorily, which is excusable for something which purports to be episode 25 of 26, but a bit of a disappointment in something which is the second half of what is ostensibly a standalone product.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia, Anime News Network.

Advertisements

About Jake
I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: