Evangelion: 1.11 You Are [Not] Alone – impressions

August 4, 2010 at 11:38 am 7 comments

“You need to decide if you want to be the pilot  for the Eva. You’re free to go if you want to.”

Open wide~

Another very late update, as I only recently did I manage to get copies of the first and second movies of the Rebuild of Evangelion tetrology. I’ll write about 2.22 You Can [Not] Advance in a couple of days too, so hold your horsies~

Nerv HQ in HD goodness

So what’s new in the first movie…… nothing. 1.11 is essentially a flashy recap of the Shinji’s conflict with himself and angels 4 to 6. Not that that is necessarily bad. If you did enjoy the original anime series and your knowledge on the Instrumentality Project is a little rusty, movie 1 is definitely a nice way to get the brain juices flowing again.

Lilith nailed in by a giant tuning fork.

That being said, I’m sure many people were disappointed when 1.0 came out, as we were really expecting something different (which does, in fact, occur in 2.22). The character models have essentially remained the same, and while some of you may not have liked this, I personally was relieved they didn’t totally revamp everything.

Angels have never been prettier ❤

What IS good is the way they’ve animated the backgrounds and the fights. I was very impressed with what they managed to do with Ramiel (Angel 6). All that shape-shifting and shininess was very pretty XD. As you can see, I was most pleased with the art and animation in the Rebuild series~!

And brix were shat~

Sound is also a strong point in the movie. It’s good to hear familiar tunes that have been re-orchestrated. However, the original OP song “Zankoku Na Tenshi No These” is sorely missed and while Utada Hikaru’s “Beautiful World” is good, it’s hardly as iconic as the original theme.

The iconic cross now comes with a rainbows

You Are [Not] Alone was probably made for fans of the original series, as I would have imagined it being pretty hard to understand for newc0mers. It clearly skipped through a lot of the depth and backstory (and angst) that made Evangelion famous, in favour for flashier battles with the Angels. However, I doubt this alone would have impressed the faithful. It’s good to know that 2.22 improves on this.

It's just drilling your failure in...


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Finchev  |  August 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    the animation quality was exquisite on 1.11 it’s interesting that it was just a summary of the events before Asuka. But i guess they held back all the good stuff for 2.22. Whoa!

  • 2. Vladimir  |  August 4, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Definitely Eva at it’s best! i couldn’t take my eyes off the screen the whole time.

  • 3. Baka!  |  August 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Well…at least it looks prettier? I’m not sure whether it’s been worth the wait but it’s Eva…You HAVE to watch it.

  • 4. kashim40  |  August 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    one great movie of evangelion.. though i like most is the sequel , but this is good too.. because no one has to die in the end 😀

  • 5. Reltair  |  August 8, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I remember I started to watch 1.0, but then stopped because it was exactly the same thing over again. I’m glad to hear 2.22 is different, which means I’ll have to watch these two movies some time.

  • 6. Psycho  |  August 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    That “giant-tuning-fork” has a name. It is Lance of Longinus.
    Also maybe that Ramiel failed at drilling NERV base, but I doubt Gurren Lagann will fail.

    • 7. ippius  |  August 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      lol yeah i kno it’s the lance of longinus XP i watched the original Eva series.



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