Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone - ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序 (Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Jo)
Evangelion 1.0 poster Japan (2007)
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone is an action / science fiction / psychological drama animated movie based upon an alternate Earth history where the beings known as Angels are out to destroy humanity. It was directed and written by Hideaki Anno. Music was composed by Shiro Sagisu. The Studio Khara, Anno's own production company, produced the movie and distributed by Studio Khara & The Klockworx Co., Ltd..
It's an animated film based upon the original Hideaki Anno anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion(1995). The Evangelion: 1.0 is the first film of four in the re-adaptation of the original story. Unlike other re-releases of other anime series being brought to theaters, where production would simply stretch the original cell work for the big screen. The Rebuild of Evangelion project is a complete remake from the ground up and much of the story elements have been changed to create a new story, and a promise of new characters for the future films. The movie was designed independent of the anime's original production company, GAINAX; but was created with their cooperation.
News of the first film in the Rebuild of Evangelion series was first reported the September 2006 release of the October issue of Newtype magazine, and was promised for a release in the summer of 2007. The film's executive producer, Toshimichi Otsuki released that Hideaki Anno had gone through his original Evangelion anime in it's entirety. Anno promised that the Rebuild project would clear up all the misunderstandings that the original series left the fans with. He would tell Newtype in it's December 2006 edition that he would finally be able to recreate Evangelion "as he wanted it to be". Now that he was free of the constraints of technology and budget.
Rebuild Evangelion Comparison of Shinji's appearance
The movie is an adaptation of Neon Genesis Evangelion Episode 1-6, and is nearly a point for point retelling of events. Though abbreviated in areas for the theatrical time limits, and minor scene alteration. The modern 3-D technology of the time was able to grant a level of intricate detail, and the most notable changes were made to the design of the Angels and the sea of the world has bee changed to red. After the destruction of an Angel's core, there is no longer a corpse left behind, but is completely liquifies into a blood-red fluid. The character Kaworu Nagisa, who originally didn't appear until near the finale of the anime, makes a short appearance in this first film, and Misato Katsuragi is already aware of the existence of Lilith underneath NERV HQ. After the credits to Evangelion 1.0, Misato announces a preview of the next movie that shows series favorite Asuka Langley Soryu, new Evangelion models, and hints at a brand new character who never appeared in the original series, later introduced as Makinami Mari Illustrious. Misato finishes the preview with her famous phrase of promising more "fanservice".
The movie was released on September 1, 2007 to 84 theaters. In the first week of it's release Evangelion 1.0 earned ¥280 Million ($2.8 Million) and the top spot of the box office. It would fall to second place for the second week, but was reported to of been viewed by over four million people in the first four weeks of release. The theatrical distribution would make a gross profit of ¥2 Billion ($18.7 Million) and be the 4th highest grossing anime film at the Japanese box office in 2007. It became the highest selling Evangelion movie of the series at the time, beating the records held by the previous two films Evangelion: Death and Rebirth(March 1997) and The End of Evangelion(July 1997).
Rebuild Evangelion Comparison of Eva Unit 01
Evangelion: 1.0's international screening would have it's first viewing on October 12, 2007 as the closing film of the 2007 Pusan International Film Festival. Though the dialog was in Japanese, it was provided with subtitled in both Korean and English. The first North American reveal was on March 2009 at both the 24th Santa Barbara International Film Festival and AFI Dallas International Film Festival. On December 31, 2008, it was announced that FUNimation Entertainment had aquired the licensing for the entire Rebuild of Evangelion series. The English dub cast was produced by Carly Hunter and Justin Cook. The ADR direction was done by Mike McFarland. FUNimation would join with NTV & Eleven Arts to distribute the English dubbed Evangelion: 1.0 to North American theaters. The Canadian theatrical release was on September 30, 2009, and the North America release followed on November 17, 2009. It was released in 77 theaters across, 60 of which were in Canada. The North American release grossed $100,000. The first release being at the 2009 Anime Expo to a standing ovation. Much of the original cast for the Japanese and U.S. production was reunited from the original anime series. The most dramatic voice change was of the lead Rei Ayanami's voice actress, originally done by Amanda Winn-Lee, now being performed by Brina Palencia.
The stunning rebuild of the anime masterpiece is now extended and enhanced with never before seen new animation and 266 visual and audio improvements.
Tokyo-3 still stands after most of civilization was decimated in the Second Impact. Now the city endures the ceaseless onslaught of the deadly Angels, bizarre creatures bent on eradicating the human race. To combat this strange and ruthless enemy, the government agency NERV constructs a fleet of towering humanoid machines – the Evas – and Shinji Ikari is called into action, reluctantly taking his place at the controls of Eva Unit 01.
Living a life of loneliness and questioning his existence, Shinji struggles to accept responsibility for mankind’s battle for survival in this visually striking rebuild of one of the most important anime of all time. Shinji will fight the Angels alongside the only person who might understand his plight – Rei Ayanami, the elusive and frail pilot of Eva Unit 00. In this film experience not to be missed, Shinji and Rei will struggle to learn a simple truth: when carrying the burden of humanity’s survival on your shoulders, you are not alone.
DVD & Blu-ray
Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone Blu-ray JPN (May 2009)
Evangelion: 1.0 would have minor alterations to put to picture, editing, and sound quality. It was retitled as Evangelion: 1.01 and released as a two-disc special edition DVD in Japan on April 25, 2008. There were 300,000 of these special-edition DVD sets made, and the "Normal Edition" released on May 21, 2008. The "Limited Edition" release would sell and estimated 263,395 units in the first six months of it's sales and ranked as the fourth best-selling DVD in Japan. In May 27, 2009 three minutes were added to the film for the Blu-ray Disc and new DVD release and titled as Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone. Though FUNimation had released the Evangelion: 1.01 edition on November 17, 2009, they released Evangelion: 1.11 Blu-ray/DVD on March 9, 2010. Included was a 20 page booklet, the "Angel of Doom" music video, and a preview of the next film, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, set to ""Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) -2007 MIX-", from the Evangelion: 1.0 OST.