Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End Of Evangelion, well here it is, the climax to the series that i absolutley adored when i was an impressionable 14 year old, And may i say what a climax it is. For Forty Minutes.
Animation: Much better than the original series, slicker, faster paced, all because of a bigger budget i'm sure but who cares, its great. The character design has obviously been tried and tested within the series, but here it's better, especially on Misato, Asuka and Rei. The fight scene's, both eva and military, are very well executed, its great to watch. For the first half. Then it spirals downwards, awful pieces of real-life footage casually throw in, some strange posturing, re-used scenes and snapshots, its pretty upsetting to see it get so bad after it was so good.
Sound: One of the series main strong points, and it doesn't dissapoint here either. Great sound effects to accompany the brilliant visuals, the voice acting is spot on, plenty of emotion when its needed, only Gendo Ikari's voice is a bit lacklustre but this is only in comparison to the rest of the cast, in comparison to other anime's, it's still pretty darn good. And of course the music, as you would expect from a series that had such a great backing track, this doesn't dissapoint. The sound really is the only consistently great thing throughout.
Characters: Do i need to introduce them? Really? Have you not seen the rest of the series? If not, why are you reading this? Seriously though, the characters are amazing, from episode 1 all the way through to the end of the first forty minutes of The End of Evangelion. Each character could easily be just a representation of a psychological problem, nothing more than a deep dive into the human condition in contemporary terms, but they are more than that. I always wanted Shinji and Asuka to get together, but it speaks so much more obout their characters that they don't. Shinji, introverted to the point of extreme narcissism, Asuka, stubborn, egotistical yet so consumed with a feeling of having no self worth that it takes piloting a massive robot and killing angels to actually feel usefull. The two really should just get on with it, give each other a hug, share a romantic kiss, and then i wouldn't have to put up with the second half of this film.
Plot: This film starts off so good, so absolutley-amazingly-irrefutably-brilliant you wouldn't believe, the military coming to kill all of NERV personell to stop Gendo initiating third impact while simultaneously trying to initiate themselves. This results in a touching moment with Shinji and Misato, and The Greatest Mecha Fight Scene Ever, there is no exception. Asuka destroys the entirety of the attacking japanese army, then turns her attention to the 'Mass Produced Eva's' and destroys them too, seriously, look it up its f***ing great. Then she kinda gets defeated/killed, and shinji gets shoved into Unit 01 by a dying Misato and then he rises out of the ground, in a storm of anger, wings shining out of 01's shoulders, the eva going Beserk, this is gonna be good...
Except it's not, we get treated instead to another 40 minutes of double metaphors and Hideako Anno's personal psychological problems. Basically, this is the work of a director trying to understand himself, rather than giving us a great story he spends the entire time miring us in his own muddy thoughts. This wouldn't be so bad if we hadn't already been treated to it in the last 2 episodes of the anime already. I suppose this does end though, after Rei and Kaworu talk Shinji through the decision he has to make, as he is now in control of Liliths Black Egg in witch all human souls now reside, he eventually gives people the choice to live as normal if they have the strength of will to do so. Now the egg bleeds a lot, Lilith Rei dies, and it seems that all the souls are returning to what is now a post-apocalyptic world. We are then treated to Shinji, kneeling on Asuka's chest throttling her, then he stops and cries, and all she can say is 'Disgusting'.
Right, i've been a bit misleading here, this is my objective view of the film, because if i was being incredibly personal, i enjoyed it, and enjoy it every time i watch it. But i don't recommend it. Not unless you've spent a lot of your free time researching psychological and philosophical theories, read up on, studied and come to your own in depth conclusions on christianity (yes i know there is also kabbalah thrown in there too!). I have done these things, and purely for my own personal enjoyment, as a result, i see these double metaphors and philosphies instantly and don't get confused by them. But you will need an in depth knowledge of these things to have the same enjoyment out of it as me.
Overall, this is an anime film with tons of flaws, but if you loved the series, and want an ending, well it's here, just don't dive in unprepared.