End of Evangelion
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.
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.