[Guest Review] Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone

Topic started by gia on March 7, 2010. Last post by REDRUN 4 years, 4 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
We're working on our own review for Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone-- due out this week from FUNimation, March 9th to be exact --but as it's a video review it may be a bit before we get it posted! Fortunately DJTyrant submitted the following guest review for you enjoy in the meantime. Thanks DJTyrant! 
 
Guest posts are intended to encourage diversity of thought; the opinions represented within are not necessarily those of Anime Vice or its staff.
 - g 
 

Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone - Blu-Ray 

Evangelion 1.11 is the definitive home video release of the first rebuild movie of the classic series, Evangelion. Funimation really put out all the stops to promote Evangelion, showcasing the movie at various conventions and theaters across the U.S. and Canada. So is putting up with that cliched emo boy Shinji worth your time and money? Read on and I’ll let you know! 

 EVA-01
 EVA-01

Background

If you’re not familiar with Evangelion, it is the classic Gainax series that really defined the mecha genre, while being mostly NOT about the mecha. Shinji Ikari is our protagonist who is thrown into piloting the Eva 01, thanks to his father dragging him into NERV (saviors of the constantly under attack Japan). Shinji uses the Eva to defeat the attacking Angels, which are hell bent on starting the Third Impact and destroying all mankind. Shinji isn’t alone though, as the quiet Rei Ayanami also is around to pilot Eva 00.  

 This Still Happens
 This Still Happens

Story & Tech

The story for Evangelion 1.11 follows the the original TV series episodes one through six pretty faithfully, with only subtle changes that the most hardcore and analytical Eva fans will be concerned over, especially towards the end of the film. There’s additional footage in the first fifteen minutes in the film that is added over the 1.01 release from Funimation last November, it’s mostly dialogue and doesn’t necessarily add much but it’s a nice touch. After seeing the Japanese release at Anime-Expo 2008 and the English release at Anime-Expo in 2009, I still didn’t really notice the differences, but your mileage may vary.  

Concerning the Blu-Ray release that Funimation put out, there really is nothing to worry about. Since the movie is coming from an HD source, it’s not an upscale and is natively in 1080p and looks stunning on a nice HDTV. This is easily one of the best BD releases for Funimation, if not for anime in general. The colors are vibrant (which were updated for this release) and the action is amazingly smooth, this is the best Evangelion has ever been, and any doubts about Funimation’s ability to produce a great Blu-Ray should be put to rest right now. The menus are beautiful and fit the color theme of the Eva 01, along with solid extras included on the disc as well.  

                 
 Brina Palencia as Rei
 Brina Palencia as Rei

Dub

The dub is always going to be a contention for some people, as the majority of the cast is back from the original ADV dub. Spike Spencer delivers his role as Shinji well again, almost comically at times (anytime Shinji screams), but it really fits Shinji’s awkward character well. Rei got a new voice actress and Brina Palencia fills the role well with a very vapid performance, devoid of life, hitting spot on characterizing Rei. Definitely give the dub a shot as not only is the dub solid, but the subtitles can be somewhat difficult to see. I’m not sure this was Funimation’s decision as I remember having this exact same issue when seeing the Japanese release in 2008, because the subtitle text is white with a very faint black stroke, which at certain times during the film will blend into bright backgrounds. It’s not a deal breaker, but it gets annoying at times and I do appreciate the white font color though.  

Conclusion

Overall the movie is great and being a remake of such a classic series that has had such a strong resonance with anime and non-anime fans alike, opening the series up to new fans (while updating the visuals to stunning HD at the same time) is fantastic. The only real complaint is that I really want the next film, Evangelion 2.0! Please Funimation, licence it soon so we can see it! 

As is, this is a must have for any anime fan with a blu-ray player, much less any blu-ray owner as this really shows off what HD anime can be. 

Score: 5/5 

Positives:

  • One of the best looking Blu-ray release for anime yet
  • Stays faithful to the original TV series
  • Solid Dub
 

Negatives:

  • Subtitles can be difficult to see
  • Makes you want Evagelion 2.0!
 
 On to Evangelion 2.0!
 On to Evangelion 2.0!

Evangelion 1.11 was reviewed on a Playstation 3, connected to a Samsung 46”  and viewed in 1080p in the English dub. Movie was purchased by the reviewer.

Post by Void_Wizard (735 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Awesome!~ I look forward to the video review of in the future as well. A must-buy for me!
Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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Um so who was the guest author?
Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@sora_thekey said:
" Um so who was the guest author? "
DJTyrant it's written up there
 
1.11 is just a remake right?
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@sora_thekey: sorry, I like to put it up at the top. DanielM usually puts it at the bottom :)
Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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@gia said:
" @sora_thekey: sorry, I like to put it up at the top. DanielM usually puts it at the bottom :) "

Yeah I realized it after I asked... I looked at the bottom for the author... my bad
Post by scottfrye (25 posts) See mini bio Level 2
Yes, it very much so makes you want Eva 2.0.  
 
Hear that FUNimation. 
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@scottfrye: Oh, FUNi will put out 2.0 if they can, I have no doubt. I'd guess that the delay is at the behest of the Japanese licensors who want to make sure there's no reimportation.
Post by TheDarkPrince (3 posts) See mini bio Level 1
Just got it at Best Buy, can't wait to watch it.
Post by Zeouterlimits (516 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Just pre-ordered the Collectors Edition Blu-Ray, and getting to see this + Eva 2.0 on the big screen in 2 weeks time!!!! 
 
Eva, you complete me.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,642 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@gia: 
Maybe they just need to work out the regional coding issue.
 
I only recently discovered that the Case Closed DVDs that FUNimation puts out might actually have the subtitled versions with the proper names in the subtitles. I checked out their website, but it's kind of confusing. They are having something call Case Closed: Viridian Collection, but no where does it explain the difference between the standard seasons of the show and this "Viridian Collection".
Post by JohnnySake (47 posts) See mini bio Level 1
I'll second any recommendations for this show. I watched it over the weekend, thru a PS3, and it was beautiful to behold and listen to. Ok Funi, bring on the second movie, asap!!
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@FoxxFireArt: The Viridian Collection is FUNi's discount re-release line, which also features somewhat more environmentally-friendly packaging, the idea that it's "green" and it'll save you some "green," hence the name "viridian." I'd be surprised if the content was different in a Viridian version than the regular, but it's possible I suppose.
Post by John_Martone (2,992 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@scottfrye said:
" Yes, it very much so makes you want Eva 2.0.   Hear that FUNimation.  "
Yeah, I never wanted the second movie as much as I did after this. Like, finally watching this just awakened a hunger.
Post by Arjuna (202 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I'm thinkin' I'm gonna get my hands on this bluray.
 
I often find that re-releases don't work for bluray, since the source was never created in an HD format.  However, I think I remember reading somewhere that this Evangelion release was totally redone.  Some kind of tracing job, so to speak, where they effectively went back and re-drew everything to make it HD. 
 
I was gonna ask if anyone knows if this is true...  but as I type this I just went and looked at some youtube trailers for it, and it does seem to be HD; hard lines, and solid colours.  I might've answered my own question.  It would be pretty nostalgic for me to go and watch this again.  hehehe, it`s been a WHILE!!!  ...  and it`d be nice to see it in a condensed, higher-quality version.
Post by REDRUN (17 posts) See mini bio Level 8
@John_Martone said:
" @scottfrye said:
" Yes, it very much so makes you want Eva 2.0.   Hear that FUNimation.  "
Yeah, I never wanted the second movie as much as I did after this. Like, finally watching this just awakened a hunger. "
I agree. I too can not wait for Eva 2.0. When they rebuild the series into a movie format, I was skeptical, thinking this would just be an edit and cut of the TV series. They totally outdone themselves with the visual and audio enhancements, plus it being in a gorgeous 1080p, my mind was blown away. The editing and flow of the series is now in a pace to retell the story a different but well told way that I could remember. Comparing the original release to the 1.11 version, the rebuild was well justified and apparent as my jaw hit the floor. The wait for 2.0 and 3.0 will painfully long, but this is something worth treasuring in my collection. I recommend this to be a part of anyone's collection.
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