Title: Evangelion: Death and Rebirth and The End of Evangelion
Genre: mecha, sci-fi, drama
Released date: March 15, 1997 and July 19, 1997 respectively
Running Time: 115 and 87 minutes respectively
Director: Hideaki Anno
Animated by: Gainax
Comment: Both titles were the movie spin-off of the successful NGE TV series. The first part named Death was the re-edit version of the TV series which focused on character exploration. The second part called Rebirth and The End of Evangelion was the continuation and more detailed ending of the TV series. The way Death repeated the story from the series was quite interesting for about 10 minutes but the remaining 50 minutes bored me immensely because it was mostly the same thing. Rebirth was actually the first half hour of The End of Evangelion so I’ll discuss the latter only. The first half of The End of Evangelion when SEELE attacked NERV was very disturbing with many civilians cruelly killed, gruesome EVA02 versus SEELE’s Evas action, Shinji breaking down, Asuka going berserk and many deaths of the familiar characters. Nevertheless this first half was so good, intense and thrilling that I almost forgot to breath. But the second haft was totally different because it was unnecessarily long and quite boring. It was like trying to explain what had already been explained so well. It was too much and the abrupt change of general mood and pace of the movie almost ruined the entire film. Conclusion: Despite the disappointing ending, the movie was well done in general and a must have for those who enjoy the TV series.