Thoughts on Evangelion 1.0: You are (not) alone

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 :).

15 Comments

  1. wildarmsheero Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

    Oh god. I’ve considered downloading that. I just may.

    Sigh.

    Got any screencaps so I can see for myself if the quality is passable?

  2. wildarmsheero Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

    Fuggit, downloading anyway

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

    Some sample shots from the raw. I’ll mention that this are with the aspect ratio fixed. The cam raw’s AR is actually f*cked up. If you have MPC though, it’s easily settled by setting the AR to 16:9.

    Only problem would be the sound, it’s rather tinny.

  4. Syaoran Li Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

    Oh my God, they actually played “Angel of Doom” when Shinji fired the rifle, when he was picking up himself to shoot again… just f-king WIN!!

    Oh boy, Evas 03, 04, 05 and 06 for the 2nd movie. A lot of chances await for us this year.

    Nothing more to add.

  5. wildarmsheero Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

    Hey, that looks pretty ok, thanks.

    I think I can deal with tinny sound.

  6. Shin Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

    wwwww cetak rompak

    Still, it does sound pretty nifty from what you said. Downloading now ^^

  7. Charlo Said,

    January 10, 2008 @ 7:25 am

    I only saw the second half of that. The first half is lost in cyberspace anywhere I go. Shinji is supposed to be more like his manga counterpart. Stronger and less dormat like. =D I liked how they changed mr. blue cube to something cooler. It freaked me out how it screamed everytime it was threatened or when it died (past midnight watching that part not good for me).

    It’s awesome to see evangelion again in amazing graphics. Damn, I wish i can see the whole thing now!

  8. Syaoran Li Said,

    January 10, 2008 @ 10:06 am

    I’m still impressed….

  9. Myssa Rei Said,

    January 10, 2008 @ 10:30 am

    Wait, wait, the production types are in? Historically one is lost to a S2 engine mishap, the other gets possessed by Bardiel. I wonder how they would fit them in, given the fact that the movies will introduce a new ending…

    And excuse me, Unit 06? The canon units stop at the type-05s (the Winged Vultures of Doom in EoE), and even the Steel Girlfriend games stop there (Kaworu, if I remember right, gets the MP-05, though in SRW Alpha 3 he gets Reigouki for the Gendou smackdown). I wonder if it will be the ‘testbed’ version to the FA-EVA01 we seen in the artbooks and Alpha 3.

  10. Ephorate Said,

    January 14, 2008 @ 7:35 am

    @ Myssa Rei

    Actually after Seele began construction on the mass production evas the development of Units 05 and 06 was scrapped and the unfinished evas were used to repair Unit 00 and 02 after their fight with Zeruel.
    The canon units are
    Unit 00, prototype, Pilot Rei
    Unit 01, Test type, Pilot Shinji
    Unit 02, 03, 04 Production models, Pilot Asuka, Pilot Toji, destroyed during the S2 engine test.
    Unit 05 and 06 scrapped production models mentioned in passing by Misato, never officially given pilots but according to some artwork from Gainax the pilots are Hikari and Kensuke.
    Units 05-13 (or 12 I honestly don’t remember) are the Mass Production Evas we see in EoE.

  11. Kaji Said,

    January 19, 2008 @ 4:13 am

    This forum ” http://forums.reiliberationparade.com.ar/viewtopic.php?t=234&start=495 ” is working on spanish subs.Can anyone translate the subs to english when they finish?

  12. Maff Said,

    January 19, 2008 @ 9:40 am

    Myassa Rei: Units 05 and 06:

    http://www.animenation.net/forums/showthread.php?t=209575

  13. EAngelos89 Said,

    January 21, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

    For english subs please go to the thread at EvaGeeks: http://evageeks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4349

    And download the subs from the latest entry you find.
    Please don’t spread the files, because it would be a shame if the beta subs are the ones everyone uses. But spread the link to the thread ^_^

  14. Kaji Said,

    January 24, 2008 @ 5:46 am

    Thanks for the subs!!! :D

  15. NoLifeKing Said,

    January 24, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

    Actually “cannon” is really hard to sort out in the Eva universe. The original anime had the conflict of “cannon” ending. Is ep 25/26 cannon or EoE. The manga is created by gainax and approved by the other creators. Also the PS2 game was written with a different ending by gainax was was stated in interviews to be cannon. The Rebuild is recreated by the entire original team pretty much making it cannon. I think it is because eva is such an expansive and interpretation based story that it is left up to the view to take away a bigger picture from all these different views on the story. So Long story short eva 06 will be cannon this year. (sorry for the rant)

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