Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone was released in Japan yesterday, which is great and all, but according to the first English review it’s not as epic as you might expect from the people behind the original masterpiece.
…if you want to put a TV series on the big screen you need to do something more than just pull the low-budget bits out and reanimate it. There was enough teaser material at the end to make me want to see what happens next - it does seem the second film will begin to diverge significantly from the original TV plot - but viewed as a singular entity, this “film” (if it can be called such) has very little to recommend it.
I guess I’ll wait for another review before I completely break down, because I really have high hopes for these four movies, but I must admit that I’m starting to worry. Fortunately I’m not the type who think that if this sucks, then the original anime is ruined. Nothing can touch that, so basically what I’m saying is that I’m all for sequels and can hardly wait for the live action movie. But right now all I’m thinking about is how much I want to see this movie with English subs, or dub since that’s actually how I usually watch Evangelion. I’ve watched Evangelion numerous times so it’s too late to watch it in Japanese, although that is usually what I prefer.
UPDATE: Hmm my faith in this movie has been somewhat restored. According to this review on AICN the movie is actually pretty good.
Ultimately, it is a retread but a fantastically enjoyable one, keeping all of the beats of the original material but overcoming the pitfalls of combining TV episodes together and bringing enough new stuff to the table to promise big, big things for the next two releases – especially the all new ending.
Wow, I’m so fucking excited I can’t express it with words. Gotta watch Eva all over again soon!