So, someone actually posted a camrip of Eva 1.0 on the usual sites *ahem*. Quality isn’t too bad, and with the release date of the DVD still unknown, I guess this is the best thing in the mean time.
Won’t go too much in to the summary, but it basically keeps the events of the beginning mostly intact, and only starts to differ mainly towards the end of the movie, with the climax being Operation Yashima.
First thing of all, the aired movie feels “cut and paste” mostly, and I suspect the DVD will have an additional airtime of at least 20 minutes, and that’s being rather conservative of me already. It’s clearly noticeable throughout the first 50 mins of the movie or so, with the speedup from Shinji’s initial fight with the 3rd Angel, the conflict he has with Toji and his following triumph of the 4th Angel.
The movie truly picks up at the appearance of the 5th Angel, and oh boy, Ramiel is impressive now. Instead of remaining a boring cube, Ramiel actually changes forms in to various fractal shapes whenever it attacks, a testament to the amazing budget that the Rebuild of Evangelion series has access to. The electromagnetic sniper rifle is also given quite an upgrade, and it’s really impressive now, in terms of eyecandy.
Well, it’s not only limited to those parts, the whole movie is really a mixture of the old animation but with more details and CG whenever they have time to throw it in. Tokyo-3′s transformation looks really awesome now. The old touch of the original 2D animation is also still in it, evoking a nice feel of nostalgia at parts.
I’ll be honest here and say that I found Shinji in the movie way less pathetic and annoying compared than he was in the series. He’s more like a boy thrown in to a bad situation and confused about it more than being illogically emo that he was back in the TV series. I supposed it’s because of the speeded up character development due to the shorter airtime, but I’ll reserve my judgment until later.
The rest of the cast are as their original ones in the TV series, without many major changes to the characterization. Rei is still enigmatic and silent as usual, Misato remains the onee-san that likes alcohol, Gendou is cold as usual and etc.
Overall, I find it a nice starter to the series, upgraded with more shiny CG and explosions. Even Shinji is less pathetic than he was in the TV series and I hope it remains so. The preview for the next movie shows quite a lot of plot changes to happen, so I really can’t wait till it airs later this year :).