Monday, April 03, 2006

End of Evangelion

Damn, you guys complain a lot. Well, here’s my first review on Anime is Blasphemy and I present to you the masterpiece classic End of Evangelion.


For the people who have seen the post-modern, yet disappointing finale to the acclaimed Neon Genesis Evangelion Series, this movie was made for you!!!

When Neon Genesis Evangelion crew had their budget cut, they failed to produce what they had in mind. When Hideki Anno received the opportunity to finish the series as it was supposed to, he gave the public a masterpiece and an ultimate dis to those who had criticized him for the poor last two episodes. With the Evangelion series officially over, it won a place not only in the minds of millions of fanatics but also as an Anime Classic in a league of its own.

So onwards!

Visual quality: 20 points - The post modern art meets anime! From the mind of the acclaimed director Hideki Anno, the visual mastery of the production is perfect! The juxtaposition between the Live scenes and the anime frames is both subtle and symbolic. The battle scene of Asuka's last stand against the mass produced Evas is unchallenged as the best battle scene in the entire series. Every frame of the armageddon sequence is a piece of art. Heavily drunk(?) in mythological and bibilical allusions the astounding visual quality is one that deserves a place in the Louvre. Full points!

Plot: 34 points - Here is where End of Evangelion loses a few points. The concept of the Third Impact and the human complimentary project is a little vague and difficult to grasp, but it isn't to a point where it hinders you from enjoing the movie. In fact, it is a perfect finale to the series. Its surreal armageddon sequence makes us wonder about our own fleeting existence as we all have to come into terms with the inevitable demise of our own selves.

Character: 30 points - This is one of the few movies I have seen where there are no irrelevant characters. Each and everyone compliments each other. The protagonists are even more refined as we go into the depth of their souls, searching for their fears and desires. The level of philosophy presented within the anime is unbelievable. Through the actions of the characters nihilist and fatalist ideals are presented with humanism and free will. Unbelievable piece of work.

Music: 10 points - The music in End of Evangelion is brilliant. Especially the song juxtaposing the Third Impact, Come Sweet Death, exmplified the complex emotions of the human heart in ways that art and plot cannot. The music is mostly sad, morbid, or forboding as expected in a end of the world scenario, but the best qualities of every song was complimented to enhance its effects on the whole story. It's truly a masterpiece

Overall score - visual quality 20 points, Plot 34 points, Characters 30 points, Music 10 points

Total: 94 points!!!

Reality is in an unfamiliar place, and dreams are within reality.

And the truth is within your heart.

For it is the hearts of people that create their appearance

And new images will change peoples' hearts and appearances.

Images... the power of imagination... The power to create your own future, and to make time flow.

But people must act of their own free will, or nothing will change at all.

So you must find your lost self on your own...

Even if you lose your own words, or become lost in others' words.

Anyone can return to human form as long as they can imagine themselves in their own heart.

Don't worry. All living things have the ability to return to their original form... and the heart to go on living.

Anywhere can be heaven as long as you have the will to live.

After all, you're alive... and you can find the chance to achieve happiness anywhere.

14 Comments:

At April 04, 2006 11:33 PM, Blogger Rabbit-man said...

Whoa Awesome review. I'm going to have to change the heading underneath the title of the blog now.

 
At April 05, 2006 6:58 PM, Blogger Rabbit-man said...

So what are your thoughts on the infamous ending line that Asuka (seriously are we supposed to think that name is GERMAN, they should call her Gertrude, Maria FRAU German lady #9) says to Shnji. (The line translates to something about him being disgusting, or her being sick.)

 
At April 05, 2006 10:21 PM, Blogger Aimless Anarchist said...

Well strictly in my opinion, the final words of Asuka Langely Soryu simply affirms the pertinent existence of consciousness. Also, it seems to exemplify futility and the fall of man from grace as all the senseless destruction was done for nothing. The futility, amiguity, and frustration of the individual is what partly defines existence: She feels pain, thus she still exists, we exist. It is Hideki Anno's simple message telling us not to seek an escape route out of pain as such would be an exit out of life itself.

 
At April 06, 2006 11:41 PM, Blogger Rabbit-man said...

I hate to say this, but I liked the ending of the Evangelion series better than this movie. (Don't get me wrong the movie is good, I'm not insulting it, just one humble rabbit-man's opinion.) Oddly enough I understand the TV show ending better. I mean the whole second part of the movie is just plain crazy, and the ending is too negative. I like the happy ending of the tv show. congratulations....congratulations.... CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

 
At April 07, 2006 12:03 AM, Blogger vicious dreamer said...

Rabbit-boy? Humble? Haha, those two words never NEVER match! Don't be manipulated by his soft words, you socialist! Look at him, sucking up to you, acting so obedient! You two disgust me, you... uh... yeah.. you two disgust me.

 
At April 07, 2006 2:11 PM, Blogger Kent Rogers said...

Yong Kwon gets all that from a cartoon with Magical robots? Someone has a vivid imagination.

 
At April 07, 2006 7:10 PM, Blogger Rabbit-man said...

Kent, you wish the robots were magical, they had to be plugged in to work. Your ignorance is astounding. Vicious Dreamer you crazy fool, I was just complementing Yong Kwon for finally posting something on here. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH WHAT I SAID ANYWAY. WE WERE JUST DISCUSSING ANIME, HAVE YOU SEEN THE OTHER POSTS? NOBODY TALKS ABOUT ANIME AT ALL. GOD DAMMIT. VICIOUS DREAMER, I BLAME YOU!!!!!!

 
At April 07, 2006 9:30 PM, Blogger Aimless Anarchist said...

Hey Kent,
have you seen End of Evangelion? You can analyze the movie in so many ways; you could probably study that single movie in a psychology class for weeks (and legitimately, considering the fact that the creator had suffered depression prior to the production)
Come on, Kent be a good sport. Don't bring bad feelings from other blogs to here. I think it will be apropriate to debate philosophy here... but we got to respect one another.

Thanks for the support Rabbit man and Vicious dreamer. You guys are still weird, but like brothers to me... We should really meet sometime...

 
At April 10, 2006 12:04 PM, Blogger vicious dreamer said...

Kent, shut the hell up. This is between Rabbit boy and ... the other dude. Great, now they're arguing with you instead of me. ME!!!

 
At April 10, 2006 7:54 PM, Blogger Rabbit-man said...

What Vicious Dreamer the conversation has to be all about you? Are you being a narcissist? HUH CISSY BOY HAHAHA-HA HA-HAHA!!!!

 
At April 14, 2006 4:27 AM, Blogger vicious dreamer said...

SHUT UP, YOU MULTI PERSONALITY DISORDER,FREAK!

 
At April 16, 2006 11:15 PM, Blogger Rabbit-man said...

Are you being PASSIVE AGRESSIVE now, punk?

 
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