End of Evangelion is an alternate ending to the Evangelion TV series (replaces episodes 25/26). In this powerful conclusion, the final battle against the Angels is fought, and questions are finally answered. The fate of the world lies with Shinji, but how will he act?
Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?
In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.
End of Evangelion and Saikano might not seem similar at first glance but they deal with the same disheartening scenario: the collapse of humanity. Both are tours de force, uncompromising in their violence, poignant in their striking emotional appeal, visceral experiences of borderline nihilism that do not spare the characters and audience. These anime are about the end of everything as we know it; artistic brilliance drives the point with shocking efficiency as deconstruction is taken to frantic excesses, EoE and Saikano are the epitome of apocalyptic storytelling made believable via the very humane suffering that pervades both efforts.
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.
Visual trippiness, complex emotions, and plots revolving around the synchronization of human thought into one conciousness are the main connections between Lain and the End of Eva. Both involve lots of psychological examination, philosophical conversation, and the terraforming of the known universe through thought. Right down to the pace, endings, and conflicts, they are cut from the same cloth - plus they are my personal 2nd and 3rd favorite endings of all time.
Above the Buff Clan homeworld rises their complete fleet of battleships and heavy mobile mechas, dominated by the awesome majesty of their latest and most deadly superweapon. And even with all these forces, Supreme Commander Doba is troubled - he has staked the future of his entire people on this military might. Can the lethal weaponry prepared by the Ome Foundation truly prove sufficient to slay the Giant God of legend, Ideon? Meanwhile, on the Solo Ship, the Earthlings only want a planet they could escape to to avoid the endless attacks of the Buff Clan - a desire they know can never be. They cannot abandon the Ideon for fear of what others may try to do with its power, but they do not control it and its very existence among them only incites further bloodshed from their relentless foe. For the Solo Ship and the Buff Clan, the final conflict is rapidly approaching...
These mecha shows have been concluded, but there is felt a need to remake the ending as a big feature film. The result is a feature film that progresses inexorably and brutally to what can only be considered a highly bizarre climax. Ideon makes it a little more explicit as to the nature of these cosmic forces, but in either grim conclusion the state of mind of the mecha pilot can be of utmost importance.
I really enjoyed End of Evangelion but had my reservations about the way Be Invoked concluded (a little too silly for my picky and arrogant tastes), but even with those reservations I can't but concede that Be Invoked is a reasonable rec for this title and vice versa. A knowledge of the TV series the films are concluding - or at least the summary movie, in the case of Ideon - does not go amiss.