7.71 h 42 min2007X-Ray16+
Scarred by the Second Impact, the Fourth Angel attacks Tokyo III and humanity's fate is left in Special Government Agency NERV's hands. Young Shinji Ikari is forced to pilot EVA-01. He and EVA-00 pilot Rei Ayanami are tasked to fight, but EVA-01 is damaged by the Sixth Angel. Misato Katsuragi draws up a plan to focus all of Japan's electricity into EVA-01's positron cannon to defeat the Angel.
Hideaki AnnoMasayukiKazuya Tsurumaki
Megumi OgataMegumi HayashibaraKotono Mitsuishi
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David the WavidReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
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So you're new to Evangelion, or even anime? Unaure what order to watch things? While the TV series, Neon Genesis, is a classic and one of my favorite shows, it can be slow just to draw out the episodes at some points. And it also looks very dated, especially on the "perfect" DVD set. 1.11 is essentially episodes 1-6 with updated animation and great pacing. In the time it would take to watch one episode, you'll already be hooked after finishing watching the first action scene.

After that, I'd recommend watching Neon Genesis episodes 7-24, then End of Evangelion. When you're done, THEN watch 2.22 and 3.33, which break off from Neon genesis continuity.

Have fun and get ready for the fourth movie!
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Darrick MillsReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
It could have been great! ....but....
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This could have been a great anime, but the main character is so annoying!! Immature, emotional, wishy washy, brat, drama queen. He has the ability to save humanity, BUT, he is having self confidence issues, so a bunch of people have to die and things must be destroyed before he can snap out of it and do anything.

Then after the battle he has to have deep drama "me time" to sort out his unstable mental health. What a JOKE of a character!

The action is good, the story is OK, but that boy wonder main character is HORRID!!
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AndrewReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great Visuals, but Why the Remake?
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A remake of the first six episodes of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion, Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone takes place in the year 2015 where monsters, called Angels, are attacking Japan. It is up to an organization called NERV to defend the country by using Evangelions, giant, robot-like contraptions. Teenager Shinji Ikari (Megumi Ogata) is summoned by his father Gendo (Fumihiko Tachiki) to pilot one of these machines. While intially reluctant, he chooses to go into battle rather than see fellow pilot Rei Ayanami (Megumi Hayashibara), who is already severely injured, from going into battle again. From there, Shinji and Rei battle Angels.

I thought that the visuals in this movie are fantastic. As a remake, the movie took the original material and enhanced everything with more details from the backgrounds, character expressions, and action sequenes. It appears that the filmmakers took advantage of the advances made in animation technology since the original series was made. The end result is a great experience visually. The other technical aspects work well here, too. I watched the film with the original Japanese voicework and I thought it was good all around. In addition, the music, much of which is also from the original series, is a joy to listen to.

My main issue with this film is that it feels pointless. As mentioned above, this is a remake from the television series. In fact, it follows the source material very closely, very often with shots that are exactly the same. Indeed, I think the only major difference, aside from some cut scenes, was the fight with the Sixth Angel (Ramiel) was enhanced and extended. As the movie is essentially six episodes edited together, it gives it a weird pacing. The material was definitely meant to be watched episodically and not mushed together like this. It really begs the question of why this movie should exist if one has already seen the original anime considering the scarce changes aside from improved visuals.

Overall, though I enjoyed this movie, I felt it was a lazy adaptation from the source material. If you are a big Neon Genesis Evangelion fan, it would be worth checking out.
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copafaceReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I watched Evangelion 1.01 : You Are (Not) Alone both because of Interest In the series as well as the chief director of these 3 films Hideaki Anno Is also directing Shin Gojira and I wanted to get a feel of his style and It's safe to say I beyond Impressed. All my friends who watch Anime on the regular have always told me to check out the Evangelion series with high recommends since I'm big on giant beings beating the crap out of each-other. Holy crap this movie Is just.. PERFECT.. where do I begin?

Well for one thing, the animation Is absolutely PERFECT. I loved the mixture of traditional animation and 3D animation! The blending of the two really brought out the best In Anno's directing style and shows he's down to do something different and to do It right! Sound Design wise, the soundtrack Is just awesome & the Inclusion of the Utada Hikaru track Beautiful World at the end was a lovely choice and It honestly made me re-wind the movie a few times. The sounds of the mechanics and the Eva Units were realistic and even while animated, the sound design really brought out the believability In both weight and maintenance, the angels though.. holy crap.. Angel 6 Is without a doubt one of the most beautiful yet scary as hell designs ever! The way this thing would shift to attack was breathtaking and how It's charging sounds were basically a screaming woman In a higher pitch not only stunned me but also made me question the angels and their true nature, that coming from an animated movie just shows the ferocity behind the film's team. I watched the dubbed version of the film and I personally loved everyone's performances, everyone came off well fit to their characters and played them perfectly. No one felt out of place or out of character and they all gave a believable show.
The movie's story Is what I wasn't expecting to like as much as I did. Normally with giant anything In the story, main character backstories are kinda here nor there.. but Attack On Titan proved me wrong and.. so did Evangelion. I cared about Shinji, Rei, Misato & everyone In-between the mix, no one felt just THERE, the backstories & character personal galore made me connect with the main characters and they all felt real! One of the things I really loved with the film was the well balanced out drama and action, the film didn't pull a "John Carter" and each bit was just as engaging as the last!

Speaking of which, the drama In the film Is superb as Is the action. Watching Shinji go through the film doubting himself and not being able to accept that he's a good pilot with that emotional struggle was INTERESTING and left me cheering for him until the very end of the movie. Rei was left with some mystery towards her, but she still gave off a strong & cold performance until the end where she begins to break down a few walls. Misato from the beginning I saw as the big sister type, she was funny, unpredictable & In some ways the perfect teacher for Shinji! In the end It's her words that finally end the inner turmoil Inside Shinji's mind, she makes him realize this Is a one size fits all deal, everyone Is at risk. Couldn't give enough praises for the drama! Now, the action. When action hits the screen you feel every bit of It right In the center of your chest, the stakes are high the energy Is catastrophically addicting to watch and no matter your setting, you're cheering, gasping & crying al the way through each fight Is an emotional rollercoaster. I found It rather refreshing how well the drama and action were balanced out & how the team mixed at times was astounding! While the classic trope of "talking while fighting" was there, but It didn't feel like a burden and It helped that what was being talked about was Interesting!
Evangelion 1.01 : You Are (Not) Alone was one hell of a ride, I loved every minute! I became Invested In almost every character, I cared about their turmoil and well being, the action sucked me In and delivered an awesome experience In and of Itself. Can't get enough of It!

I was surprised to see this movie was made In 2007 no less, so It's almost on It's way to 10 years old, but you'd never guess that watching the movie. The movie has aged beautifully and I cannot wait to see the next two!

I give Evangelion 1.01 : You Are (Not) Alone a 5/5
and a HIGH recommend!
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JOReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Formulaic and predictable in a boring way.
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The Japanese seem to have character archetypes that repeat in every anime. There's the strong, silent type leader with dark glasses who couldn't be bothered and has it all figured out ... everything ... for all time ... eternally unruffled and bordering on apathetic. The angry woman. The airheaded second in command much too young for their position. The young simp for whom everything is "IMPOSSIBRU!!!!"

All the battles are 'deus ex machina' resolutions because the hero's gadget is always a type zero that is an extra tough prototype with abilities known only to the inventor, who isn't talking, because he is the perpetually unruffled genius commander. So when the bad guys do something IMPOSSIBRU, the hero machine HYPER-IMPOSSIBRUs.

And I only watched the first few minutes, but could tell you all of this because I grew up with most of the after school cartoons being these low budget post-Meiji sci-fi dramas.
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DWReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Do you like drunken sexy captains of the guard who have a ...
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Did 26 episodes of mind-stabbing anime just not do it for you? Did you feel the need for more/different?

Then this is the movie for you.

Do you like drunken sexy captains of the guard who have a penguin that lives in their refrigerator (with the beer)?

Then this is DEFINITELY the movie for you.

Seriously, it's Evangelion, only... y'know, re-assembled.

In all seriousness, EVA was a hot mess on DVD and this is a sincere attempt to fix it. The transfer from VHS was NOT good, the people doing the frame-by-frame had a bad case of the caffeine shakes and a lot of the subtitling was just dreadful. This is a complete rebuild, so it's not only got cleaned up (redrawn?) animation but all the subs are perfect, the signage works. All the creepy religious symbolism is preserved, it just looks cleaner.

I still prefer the original, but hey. This is still great.

Note: I don't remember if the penguin is in it, I'll update this review if it turns out he isn't. Utterly irrelevant to the plot, he's still pretty much my favorite part of EVA.
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John K.Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
As painful as The Office and nothing to laugh at
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"Anything worth doing is worth doing with giant robots." I'm willing to accept this outrageous premise.

But what I have trouble accepting is that a defense organization would choose the most emotionally damaged, self-doubting individual to pilot an awesome weapon of mass destruction, so that the continued existence of the human race is contingent on that undependable individual's whims.

Because generals like drama? No explanation, not even a hint, is given for such a counterintuitive selection.

But even worse, we have to listen to Shinji's excruciating self-talk. Repeatedly. While the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

Save 100 minutes of your life and go watch something else.
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Torin McFarlandReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pacific Rim meets Shaman King
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While I haven't read the manga or seen the TV series, I enjoyed this film, though clearly there was a bit of backstory I didn't have (fair warning to those in my situation). The animation is great, with some beautiful panning shots just under the level at which we expect Ghibli or Your Name, and soft character art. The dub is pretty good, though it's amusing how little it matches up with the subtitles. Like stated in the title, this is a large military robot piloted by kids fighting monsters trying to destroy the human world. Great fun! The angels and Evas are a fresh take on the subject though, with certain new features and aspects I personally wasn't expecting. So if you're looking for a few movies to watch and you're not too particular, this should be both engaging and entertaining enough to wile away some hours.
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