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Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
(Evangerion shin gekijôban: Jo)
Sponsored by: Luniver et Cie
- Japanese with English subtitles
“The series has been treated with respect but given an overhaul that makes it look better than ever” — ANIMETION.CO.UK
Director: Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki
Screenplay: Hideaki Anno
Cast: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Misato Katsuragi
Producers: Toshimichi Otsuki
Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
The premise may seem like a very familiar one to fans of Japanese animation. A lonely, awkward teenage boy. A father who’s distant both emotionally and physically, wrapped up in a top-secret military project. A gigantic, anthropomorphic weapon-suit. A terrifying, globe-threatening invasion by mysterious, unstoppable alien forces. Assemble all elements, hit the ignition and cue the spectacular, catastrophic combat. When the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION anime-and-manga franchise debuted on TV Tokyo and in SHONEN ACE magazine in the mid-’90s, it knocked the otaku world for a loop. The standard-issue anime concept described above had been blown apart, thoroughly examined and reassembled into something far more substantial and challenging—morally, emotionally, intellectually, aesthetically—than ever before. By the end of the TV series’ run, it had earned major anime awards on one hand and death threats for its guiding hand, Hideaki Anno, on the other.
A decade later, Anno and his team have embarked on an ambitious revisiting and in fact revision of the EVANGELION saga. EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE is the first instalment of four films, a tetralogy entitled REBUILD OF EVANGELION that reconsiders and revamps both the story arc and the standards of the animation in the series (including some breathtaking and seamlessly integrated CG work), reaching back to the initial terrestrial arrival of the supremely destructive Angels, and Shinji Ikari’s introduction to the secrets of his father’s NERV project and fateful acceptance of his role as mind-linked pilot of the powerful, prototypical Evangelion mecha. It’s a complex and often cryptic work whose eye-popping technological intricacy is matched by its dense psychological structure and powerful allegorical content, a film for both longstanding fans of the popular series and neophytes eager to discover what the fuss has been about.