Evangelion 1.01: You are [Not] Alone DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 9.0
Video 8.5
Audio 8.5
Special Features   0.0
Total 8.9
Distributor: Madman
Classification: PG
Minutes: 94 minutes
Reviewer: Andrew Bistak

8.9


Evangelion 1.01: You are [Not] Alone

Imagine having the ability to remake a movie several years later to not only address certain plot holes but also open this movie to another generation and just like George Lucas, Hideaki Anno, the creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion has created Evangelion 1.01: You are [Not] Alone.

Even though the original Neon Genesis Evangelion series is still one of the most talked about anime series to date, the story was not the easiest to follow and if you thought Akira was difficult, than you obviously had not seen Neon Genesis Evangelion. Now if only George Lucas could remake Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace!

Evangelion 1.01: You are [Not] Alone is the first remake of this new series and is a fully fledged feature film. The film is set in 2015 and mankind has been decimated by a meteor which hit in the year 2000 and unfortunately this deadly meteor brought with it, the Angels. Unfortunately these Angels are not godlike creatures and humanity has banded together, more specifically the organisation called NERV to create biomechanical creatures called Evangelions to protect Earth from both the meteors and the Angels. To compound the situation, only children can control these creations which makes things a little tricky for all involved.

The main protagonist in the movie is Shinji Ikari who the viewer is introduced to early on the movie and as he roams the city breaking a curfew, he is caught in a devastating battle between the military and a monstrous creature. Thankfully he is rescued and brought to his mean spirited father Gendo. Using the situation to his advantage, Gendo decides to use his son to power one of the Evangelions who becomes the reluctant hero and perhaps the saviour of humanity.

The movie is quite top heavy with action, not that I'm complaining and if you wish to watch battles of epic proportions, than you have come to the right place. The characters are quite likeable, even the heartless bastard Gendo and seeing the relationship between Shinji and his acquaintance, Rei in the Evangelion program explored is quite interesting to watch unfold. Of course, if you have seen the original series, you already know how things will pan out, however there are still a few new twists and turns along the way, to keep even the most staunchest of fans pleased.

The video quality is quite impressive on DVD and the CGI and animation looks visually stunning with a vibrant colour palette. This definitely needs to be watched on widescreen and with your surround sound turned up loud. Add in 5.1 surround sound and this is easily a true cinematic experience. Unfortunately there are no extras included in this release which is a shame.

In conclusion, Evangelion 1.01: You are [Not] Alone was a thoroughly enjoyable anime experience that goes beyond the original cartoon series. With interesting and diverse characters, some great story telling, it's easy to be drawn into this engaging tale about the final days of mankind. Of course, the animation is also unparelled!






 
 



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