Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone (2007)
By: Ryan Morrissey-Smith on November 5, 2013 | Comments
Madman | Region B | 1.78:1 ,1080p | Japanese Dolby TrueHD 6.1 | 98 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
Cover Art
Credits
Director: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki
Starring: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Akira Ishida
Screenplay: Hideaki Anno
Country: Japan
For a 26 part anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion is certainly being stretched over the years with a few different finale episodes, two films of the finale episodes re-edited, and a rebuild of Evangelion. Now we have the first few episodes re-edited, with new animation added and some new dialogue – Welcome to Evangelion: 1.11 – You Are (Not) Alone.

Evangelion fans will notice the new dialogue and the new animation, which fits in seamlessly amongst the older animation, with the older animation given a spruce up as well. Just in case you have no idea what Evangelion is, well in a nutshell – it's about a teenage boy enlisted by an organisation called NERV to control a giant bio-machine called an 'Eva'. His task? To fight monstrous beings known as Angels. The show takes place largely in a futuristic Tokyo years after a worldwide catastrophe. It is this and a whole lot more, with plenty of psychoanalysis, religion and philosophy thrown into the mix.

As with the TV show the main character Shinji is still a whiny bitch but thankfully less so in this incarnation. The other characters remain the same, which is a good thing. The dialogue is a little bit stilted as the Japanese to English translations don't always make 100% sense but that's ok because you get the gist of it anyway. Thankfully the story is so strong and has some truly bizarre and very Japanese anime moments (like a pet penguin and gratuitous poses by the female characters that make Michael Bay's leering at Megan Fox seem downright classy) that keep you on your toes.

It is pretty rare that an animation show/film is this deep but Evangelion tries to throw up a multitude of questions and situations that at one time or another will be something that you have faced or thought about in your lifetime – sans the massive robots – which is one of the reasons it is considered one of the greatest anime of all time.

The film twists what you knew already into something fresh and engaging whilst possibly dialling back the emotional engagement. Evangelion: 1.11 is well worth the watch, and of course it ends on a cliff hanger that could well change the story as you know it.
The Disc
Wow. OK, I've never seen an anime on Blu-Ray before but I'll certainly be watching more now, as it looked absolutely gorgeous, shown in 1080p. The Dolby True HD 6.1 sound is great as well, with frequent use of all channels and your choice of Japanese or English language options. The extras are vast – a 20 page booklet on the rebuild and a glossary of terms used in the film, character profiles and artwork, an animation layering video about the Rebuild of Evangelion, Angel of Doom Promotional Music Video, New Flashes (or TV spots for the film) and trailers.
The Verdict
Movie Score
Disc Score
Overall Score
A major influence on other anime, and even live action features (anyone who watched Pacific Rim can attest to that), Evangelion stands above all other anime series. As such, this is a must own for fans, with plenty of great artwork and the like in the 20 page booklet. Newcomers may be better off watching the original TV show first before tackling this one however.
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