Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion posterRating: 8.3/10 (23,114 votes)
Director: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki
Writer: Hideaki Anno (screenplay)
Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsuishi
Runtime: 90 min
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama
Released: 01 Jun 2002
Plot: Concurrent theatrical ending of the TV series "Shin Seiki Evangelion" (1995).

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion:The End of Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン劇場版 Airエア/まごころを、君に Shin Seiki Evangerion Gekijō-ban: Ea/Magokoro o, Kimi ni) is a 1997 Japanese animated science fiction film written and directed by Hideaki Anno and animated by Production I.G. The film serves as an alternative, or a more detailed version to the final two episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series.

It is divided into two approximately 45-minute episodes, with each episode having alternate English titles just as with the original series: “Episode 25′: Air / Love is Destructive” and “Episode 26′: Sincerely Yours / ONE MORE FINAL: I need you.”.

The End of Evangelion won awards including the 1997 Animage Anime Grand Prix, but initially received mixed reviews. A 2014 Time Out New York poll of filmmakers voted The End of Evangelion one of the 100 best animated films of all time.[2]

Teenager Shinji Ikari is the pilot of Evangelion Unit 01, one of several giant cyborgs designed to fight hostile supernatural entities called Angels. Distraught over the death of his friend Kaworu Nagisa, Shinji visits fellow pilot Asuka Langley Soryu in a hospital and masturbates to her comatose body.

The shadowy committee SEELE discovers that Gendo Ikari intends to use NERV, the paramilitary organization that deploys the Evangelion units, for his own plans. SEELE dispatches the Japanese Strategic Self-Defense Force (JSSDF) to seize control of NERV, killing most of the staff. NERV major Misato Katsuragi orders Asuka moved to the cockpit of Evangelion Unit 02 and placed at the bottom of a lake, then rescues Shinji from JSSDF troops. Determined to have Shinji defend NERV, Misato brings him to Unit 01’s bay doors, but is shot in the process. Before her death, Misato implores Shinji to pilot Unit 01, kisses him, and forces him into the elevator. Shinji discovers Unit 01 immobilized in bakelite.

Concluding that NERV’s defeat is inevitable, Gendo retrieves Evangelion pilot Rei Ayanami. He plans to use her to initiate Third Impact, a cataclysm which will kill everyone on Earth, and reunite Gendo with his deceased wife, Yui. Attempting to stop him, NERV scientist Ritsuko Akagi sends a computer command to destroy NERV. Casper, a computer core modeled on Ritsuko’s mother, overrides her command and Gendo kills her. Meanwhile, inside Unit 02, Asuka overcomes her trauma and re-activates the unit. She destroys the JSSDF forces, but SEELE’s new mass-produced Evangelion units disembowel her and Unit 02. Unit 01 breaks free of the bakelite and ascends above NERV headquarters. From the cockpit, Shinji sees the mass-produced units carrying the mutilated remains of Unit 02 and screams.

Gendo attempts to merge with Rei, who carries the soul of Lilith, an angel hidden beneath NERV headquarters, to begin Third Impact. Having merged with another angel, Adam, he will become a god if he merges with Lilith; however, Rei rejects Gendo, absorbs Adam and reunites with Lilith, and her body grows to gargantuan size. The mass-produced Evangelion units pull Unit 01 into the sky and crucify it, beginning the ritual to initiate Third Impact. After several dreamlike contemplations, including a fight with Asuka, Shinji decides that he is alone and everyone in the world should die. In response, Rei/Lilith dissolves humanity back into primordial soup, reforming the souls of humanity into a single consciousness. Shinji rejects this new state when he realizes that life is about experiencing joy as well as pain. Rei/Lilith dies and Asuka and Shinji rematerialize in an apocalyptic landscape. Shinji begins to strangle Asuka, but when she caresses his face, he stops and breaks down in tears.

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