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Shinji Ikari is a anime/manga character in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise
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I think i mentioned it somewhere that it wasn’t until 2007 that i first began watching anime and reading manga with gusto, having had little exposure prior, precluding YuGiOh! which is devoured with intensity during my earlier years.

Sufficing to say my approach to anime and manga is a little different now than it was a few years back, a little less discerning; it was probably because my exposure to anime back then was so limited that i pretty much devoured whatever i encountered-so long as it fell within specific battle oriented categories.

Only now, with my tastes slowly expanding and transforming, can i say that i have gathered a pretty intricate perspective on anime, at least based on what i have watched and read; and its only now, after so many years that i can begin to appreciate just what anime and manga has to offer as a pretty unique medium of entertainment and, more importantly, all the flaws that it has been known to present to its viewers.

Though that description might in itself present some issues; after all how do you separate a fault, a failing, from an attribute; it’s like complaining that no one ever dies in comic books, not taking into account that the triviality of death is a deep rooted attribute and characteristic of the comic book universe, if it is to continue down its current structure of story telling.

In this post i attempt to cover all those elements and factors of anime and manga that i have found irksome and irritating over the years.

Though i would qualify that by saying that not every element or attribute mentioned in this post is applicable to anime in general, but rather specific facets, types, genres of anime that i have come across.

Equally important is the fact that the negative nature of some of the elements mentioned is only determined by their usage; in other words certain elements might prove irksome in one scenario but brilliant in another; most times it comes down to execution.

So, without further delay, what irritates me, sometimes even downright infuriates, me about anime:

1. NAKAMA POWER- I intend to elaborate on this issue in another post, but for now i will say that there is probably no bigger sin that has ever been introduced in anime than this irritation known as nakama power. The idea that the outcome of battle would be determined by the feelings and positive hopes one one party makes my blood boil.

I was highly amused while watching this one anime in which, after spouting a grand speech on heroic ideals and determination and wanting to protect others, the hero found himself soundly defeated by an enemy that went on to remind him that no amount of resolve could close the distance in strength between them.

Even within the fictional world of anime one expects a level of logic and realism to prevail; and there is no plausible realm in which great resolve can translate into raw power and skill, and 99% of the anime that utilize this concept are completely ruined by the presence of Nakama power.

Notice that even Dragon ball z, the cliché of cliché’ anime, somehow managed to avoid the use of nakama power, instead depending on ridiculous power ups, a silly tool still way more justifiable than Nakama power.

Note worthy examples include almost everything in Fairy tail, One piece to an extent; though bleach [sort of] escapes this category, instead finding its poison elsewhere. Not forgetting Guilty Crown

Acceptable uses of the concept can be found in Gurren Luggan and History’s Strongest Disciple. Though series like Blood+ and Fullmetal Alchemist has proven this concept largely unnecessary.

2. RANDOM POWER UPS- I HATE random power ups almost as much as i detest Nakama power, and while it fares more positively in comparison Nakama power, the sudden emergence of hidden abilities, earth shattering powers, never before hinted upon weapons will destroy the credibility of an anime (at least in my eyes) faster than the dumbest plot holes.

And the coincidence of all such circumstances, always timed to unleash in time to contend with some unstoppable force, rendering any strategy or battle plans meaningless.

And yes i consider Ichigo’s sudden uber hollowification against Uluquiora to be a random power up, just one of the few that worked but only because the Esparda’s defeat by any other means would have been, as otaku like to say, an ass pull.

And here’s where i appreciate series like Naruto and One piece that showcase a primary protagonist’s slow rise to power; because the majority of shonen anime depend upon sudden power ups to turn wimpy incompetent heroes into formidable opponents to near invincible villains.

One wonders why they create such powerful villains if rationally defeating them will eventually prove impossible outside some previously unknown super saiyan mode.

And am now hearing rumours that Hunter X Hunter does just this with Gon during the Chimera ant arc; though one can only assume that, given Togashi’s track record, he, along with the likes of Gurren Luggan, will be one of a few that can pull this off brilliantly.

3. GENIUS PROTAGONISTS- Its difficult to believe that some years back many Naruto fans were floating the idea that the series would have been better off with Sasuke as the lead, which doesn’t make sense because natural born geniuses in anime strip the tension out of most story lines, making things seem too easy.

There is no place for geniuses in anime and manga outside of support roles or as antagonists; thought its worth mentioning that those anime which effectively utilize genius protagonists balance them out with even smarter villains and acceptably challenging obstacles. Just look at Death note where no victory was achieved without considerable struggle.

4. BATTLE GENIUSES- Back to picking on the big 3; I am talking about characters that, while barely average in intelligence, will walk onto the battle field against a superior opponent and almost always emerge victorious, always adapting in the last instant against a power initially overwhelming to them.

And this pretty much describes Ichigo, always spending the better part of an hour getting skewered and battered, only to discover the opponents weakness through pure observation when challenging an invisible attack, or gaining that extra boost of speed to match a demonically fast enemy.

It’s always the same dumb nonsense, that an ability to adapt in the field can literally serve you against any and all enemies, one wondering just how discovering your enemy’s weaknesses after an hour’s battle will aid you at a point in time where you should be in no physical shape to achieve victory.

It’s probably why i appreciated Jiraiya’s death so much in Naruto, that even after discovering the enemy’s true power, he found himself incapable of doing anything other than sending this information off to his pupil, dying in the process.

A lesser mangaka would have eliminated that particular plot, instead having Naruto display uncharacteristic intelligence in the midst of battle.

5. NAKAMA- Maybe there was something initially endearing to this concept upon its conception who knows how far back, but i am tired of anime and manga that possess little to no plot outside of the protagonist’s need to defend his nakama.

This term has been severely misused in story telling, the topic of many grand speeches to justify one unnecessary conflict after another.

6. FAN SERVICE- It would be a strange otaku that would complain about the presence and level of fan service in Queen’s blade, because that’s pretty much all the series is about. However one such Otaku would be more than justified in making the same complaint against a series like Freezing Vibration, essentially attempting to take a darker tone with its story but ruining the tension created by attacks that do little more than rip cloth and expose flesh.

Fan service has its place in anime, and a few splashes here and there in even the most serious anime isn’t likely to disparage its quality. Unfortunately most fan service proves to be quite unnecessary.

I should also probably mention the weird and unrealistic body sizes and proportions.

7. WHINY VILLAINS- I have elaborated on this fault in a separate post detailing the traits of a great villain. And reiterating those complaints, i have just about had it with villains in anime and manga whose primary purpose in life seems to be to elicit sympathy from the audience.

That so many villains these days have to berate use with a sob story about their lives, that we are expected to forgive and relate to fiendish characters whose only saving grace is the ridiculously unrealistic levels of torture they underwent during their youth; that almost all anime today end with the hero and villain weeping incessantly over the course their lives took. It irritates me to no end, that anime cannot bring to us some truly evil villains.

Tortured pasts and complicated origin stories do not necessarily make great villains.

8. GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE- I have come across what i would refer to as some considerably strange otaku who will not touch an anime unless it spills blood and guts in liberal amounts. I don’t get the appeal.

Action series devoid of blood in any form are unrealistic and make absolutely no sense. However there are series whose only selling point is the glorious amounts of blood spilt in each episode.

Too many anime series use gore for shock’s sake, attempting to keep fans glued to the screen with the promise of a thousand unique and gruesome deaths. It’s the reason i failed to watch Final Destination, which is just one massive death fest.

Great offenders here include Afro Samurai and Shigurui. Again i understand the place gore has in anime; however more than half of the bloody anime i have come across felt like they were forcing gore for gore’s sake.

9. LENGTHY BATTLES- I wrote a post on this particular topic a while back, comparing short and long battles in anime. And i remember concluding that both forms of battle had a role to play in an anime, and how positive a long or short battle proved to be was always determined by the the circumstances in play.

In other words there are times where lengthy battles are indeed a necessity. This unfortunately doesn’t apply to most anime, who have no problem allowing duels to run into the dozens of episodes at a time.

Most such anime simply fail to keep the clashes fresh, and over time the battles become repetitive, basically bringing to the screen too many of the intricacies of the fight, basically a blow by blow telling.

10. COMPLEX TERMINOLOGY- One of several reasons mecha as a genre simply doesn’t appeal to me; the idea that an anime would waste precious minutes explaining to us viewers the intricacies of some of these scientific and engineering concepts simply baffles me.

I understand the need to create realism in one’s story, but do we need to waste time listening to characters blurting out gibberish about how the central triflorating coil impacts the heating of the semi concrete switch.

90% of all mecha and sci-fi series feel the need to fill us in on how their false science works. Outside of actual elements of an anime that are key to understanding the concept that drives a series, they all need to stop.

11. UNYIELDING PROTAGONISTS- During my first two hundred episodes of One Piece is seriously considered dropping the series, not because of its quirky style but primarily due to Luffy, a hero that, no matter how many times he was decimated by his enemy, always got up, again and again, ready to take loads more punishment.

Now am not saying that Luffy never went down during those initial 200-400 episodes; I am saying that when he did go down, he still stood up to face his opponent once more, most definitely unconscious but none the less indomitable.

I am curious. Medically speaking if i snatched a club up and knocked a human being down, unconscious and all, would it be within their ability to rise up none the less and continue engaging in battle? Because i might be wrong and Luffy could well be within the limits of reality.

12. BATTLE MONOLOGUE- I understand why combatants would choose to express themselves in battle; what i don’t understand is why any being of average intelligence would decide to reveal the secrets of his ability to his enemy.

I mean, isn’t that part of the strategy, keeping your enemy guessing and basically ambushing them during a fight? I get that we the viewers need to understand what is going on in a given scene, but writers could be smarter about educating anime fans.

It’s probably for this reason that i still appreciate the old Samurai X anime, that each major clash included a bystander that basically provided us, the viewers, a blow by blow of the fast paced events occurring on the battle field; that’s actually a more believable tool that Kenshin simply spilling to Sato the rational of his legendary skill.

13. INBALANCED CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT- Krillin says it all. I would have had much greater appreciation for Ichigo’s growth during Bleach’s progress if there was anything akin to favourable development for support characters such as Rukia and Sado.

Anime series, especially those with large casts, need to learn to provide balanced development to all core cast members of any given stories. The idea of a single character driving the success of an entire story is long obsolete.

14. THE ONE- This harks back to my 13th point; the idea of that so called singular hero born and bread and chosen to rise, rule, save the world has a tendency to turn me off. Though, as i have mentioned before, certain series have the uncanny ability to pull tropes such as this off brilliantly.

Again it all comes down to execution; and anime that choose to gush over a single core character at the expense of all other important characters will kill an anime for me.

15. AMATEUR HEROES- Now this isn’t necessarily a criticism, but more of a…consideration. I understand the idea of anime, especially shonen, being targeted primarily towards certain audiences; but i can’t be the only one to notice that 95% of all heroes in all anime universes a younger than 12 years of age.

The idea that, on a vast planet of diversely skilled individuals, one ten year old stands as the best hope of humanity against one threat or another. This was my problem with copellion (Anime), whose organization had the opportunity to engineer their heroes into being rather than simply choosing them from the masses.

And they still chose to create restrictively skilled high school age girls and boys. I sometimes find myself rolling my eyes at the idea of a 7 year old acting no different from a 30 year old, commanding great power and respect and displaying even greater wisdom.

And again this isn’t always a bad thing; after all i love Naruto. But some of these kids shouldn’t even know how to tie their shoe laces, yet i am supposed to believe that they can concoct genius level strategies and pilot super robots?

16. WHINY CHARACTERS/CONFLICTED HEROES- I think most Otaku will have at some point encountered these most irritating of characters. More often than not, the most conflicted heroes are also the most whiny. You know them, those protagonists that simply cannot make their minds up, will spend most of the series fleeing from responsibility or a calling, whining and crying about their supposedly poor lives, before finally making an appearance at the end.

I can probably accept a little whining, but characters spending nearly two thirds of the series weeping extremely irritate me.

17.USLESS FEMALE CHARACTERS-

I have to confess; i have come across very few female characters in anime and manga that i actually like; and it has nothing to do with the fact that so many of them play little more role than the damsel in distress…okay maybe that’s partly the problem.

However i am most irked by how useless most of them are to the plots of their respective series, besides contributing to fan service and ecchi components.

18. BEACH EPISODES-

I get it; they’re filler, supposed to allow us a glimpse into the lives of our protagonists as they wind down from the stress of daily life, should be funny, supposed to be enlightening, but i am sick to death of them.

If every anime chose to strike these beach/camping episodes from their structures, i would be greatly pleased. The only exception i have found is Another, which actually used the beach episode to pull off a shocking death.

19. CONTRADICTING AGES- Characters with 12 year old bodies that are supposedly several years older-for the record, i am not talking about vampires and the like, but basically human characters; this goes back to my complaint about a silly abundance of teen and pre teen heroes, which is what most such anime do, supposedly bringing older and more mature protagonists to situations, but still determined to bring a child like attitude and atmosphere to the series.

20. PAEDOPHILIA- There are certain anime series that can pull off some innocently funny situations between considerably older and considerably younger characters. Most however come off as quite disturbing.

And that’s it for this rant about those dark sides of anime that infuriate me; though strangely enough, its because this is anime we are talking about that i am not actually advocating for any of these to get eliminated from basic anime story telling.

Anime has a reputation for taking the mundane and squeezing magic out of it; i am certain that, by putting their heads together, anime writers, producers, creators can take any of these elements and transform them into items that can generate considerable entertainment.

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NOTE: This blog is a bit personal, a bit of a rant, and might even come off as pretentious. It is mostly unedited because I wrote it as a way of getting things off my chest.

A part of me wishes I would stop reading comments and discussion about Flowers of Evil. People are still criticizing the anime for taking its rotoscoping approach. Recently the video and images of the live-action that they rotoscoped over for the anime were posted on niconicodouga, and some people have claimed that it is actually better than the finished anime.

I read another comment (from a few weeks ago) saying something to the effect that "I hope they keep the semi-rape scene". I'm not sure which scene they are referring to since I have not read the manga, possibly it is the one from episode 3. Then I realized how disturbing it actually is for someone to hope for a rape scene. Is this the type of people that watch anime? Is this what people think of when I tell them that I like watching anime? That I look forward to loli-sex scenes and the like?

It doesn't help that Flowers of Evil stars a male lead who I identify with to a large extent. So when people criticize the character for being weak-willed, indecisive, a wimp. I feel like they just are not taking the time and effort to understand his character and where he is coming from. It is one thing to say that he has acted wrongly and condemn him for his actions (for example stealing Saeki's uniform). It is another thing to just ignore him, call him names and conclude that the world is better without scum like him. By extension then, sometimes I feel like people who criticize characters like Kasuga, or Shinji from Evangelion, are also criticizing me. That by extension, I'm weak-willed, indecisive, not worth paying attention to, not worth trying to understand etc.

Part of the reason that I continue to write comments on this website, and write occasional blogs is because I hope that by doing so, I will be able to help open people's perspectives. Maybe if I write my thoughts on an anime, or an episode I just watched, I can help people look at anime differently, or consider something that they have not considered before. Another part of the reason I continue writing on this website is because by writing about anime I am simultaneously trying to figure out more about myself. Why do I watch anime? What do I find interesting/fun/cool/, why do I find it interesting, and what does this say about myself as a person?

So, I try to keep an open mind when looking at characters and judging characters. Trying to understand a character is like trying to understand another person. The difference of course being that these characters were created, and their actions scripted by the author. Characters are kind of like foils or examples. And it's just annoying to read comments where it is pretty clear that little effort is being made to try and understand characters or their story. This does not just go for characters that I relate to. I like to believe that every anime is interesting on some level. The very fact that a certain anime gets produced is enough to start a discussion.

Again, perhaps this is all just me trying to justify my hobby, to justify all the hours I have spent over the years watching anime, trying to justify that my education in the humanities is worth it and relevant to everyday life.

P.S. On a lighter note... I only realized after I wrote this that there is some good discussion going on at the Crunchyroll Flowers of Evil Discussion thread (you just have to go to the latest pages). I'll probably somehow end up posting comments both in the anime vice discussion thread and CR. It's not spam if they don't know I wrote it on another site! >=D

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"The visual work called Evangelion is composed of a variety of desires.
And it turned out the best way for us do that right now is to redo Evangelion for the theater. "
 
Original Story, Screenplay, Chief Director
Hideaki Anno (Sept. 28 2006)

It was many years ago that I first got hooked on the anime classic Neon Genesis Evangelion and it's several different movies that were each labeled as the "true end". While the previous movie End of Evangelion stood as the latest 'true end'. Now, has begun another dramatic retelling of the Evangelion series. Rather than just blowing up the classic frames of the anime for the theater. The entire series was sent back to square one for the animation in rich high detail perfect for the Blu-ray generation, This is a review of the first Blu-ray in the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone.
 

Evangelion 1.11 Blu-ray Features

Evangelion 1.11 Blu-ray US
Evangelion 1.11 Blu-ray US
Included- 20 page guidebook
  • Disks: 1
Audio Options:
  • English (dub)
  • Japanese (w/subtitles)
Special Features:
  • Rebuild of Evangleion (Shiro Sagisu ver. / Joseph Maurice ver.)
  • Angel of Doom Promotional Music Video
  • News Flashes
  • Movie Previews - Evangelion 2.0 & Evangelion 1.0 (Fly Me to the Moon ver. / Beautiful World ver.)
  • FUNimation Anime Trailers (Dragon Ball Kai, Darker Than Black, Soul Eater, ect.)

This purchase of the DVD was mostly unplanned. I was taking advantage of the last day of the Amazon discount on all anime blu-ray. It was one of those impulse buys that I'm so happy I made. I have other Blu-ray discs, but this is the first one that I've watched start to finish since I got the HDMI cable for my PS3. For every frame of this recreation is stunning. So much detail to the movie. As much as I would like to see these films on the big screen. At home and on a high def TV really is the way to watch this. Plus side, no jackass talking through the movie.

The packaging for the Blu-ray is a bit different than the standard blue-plastic case. It comes in a plastic and board folded case adorned with images of Rei Ayanami on the front and Shinji Ikari on the back. It's held in a holographic board sleeve. The disc itself is a plain minimalist orange.
 
Guide Book
The guide book included with the disc is twenty pages long. It has images of art work, an introduction by series creator Hideaki Anno where he talks about the plans for this new rebuild project, a basic introduction, production notes, a description list of the cast and The Angels, and a glossary of series terms (Second Impact, AT Field, LCL, ect.). So, if you are new to the whole series of Evangelion. This booklet does a good job of holding your hand through some of the more vague details. A helpful addition given that this 100 minute film sums up events from the first six episodes of the TV series.

Special Features
Rebuild of Evangleion (Shiro Sagisu ver. / Joseph Maurice ver.): This is a special featurette where they analyze the production notes and all the layers of computer animation used in creating the Evangelion 1.0. It breaks it all down piece by piece for many of the most dramatic scenes in the movie. The two versions are actually the exact same thing set to different music.

Angel of Doom Promotional Video: This feels less like a music video in the traditional sense. It's several random scene from the movie set to instrumental music and lasts about 1 minute 14 seconds. It's still pretty good. I loved the scene this song was used in during the movie. I would suggest you watch the full movie before watching this.
 
New Flashes: Again, I couldn't really call these news flashes. They're closer to teaser trailers that were more than likely used to promote this rebuild project years ago. They are two thirty-second screens of black and Japanese text that are translated to the Western audience.
 
Movie Previews: The movie previews for the disc starts off with the "Fly Me to the Moon" trailer for Evangelion 2.0. The following six are just trailers for Evangelion 1.0 set to either "Fly Me to the Moon" or "Beautiful World". There are three versions of each of these that just have minor changes to the end.
 
Trailers: These are a list of trailers found on this Blu-ray. All are for FUNimation dub releases. An odd omission is a lack of a trailer for D.Gray-man. Seeing how that trailer opens before the main disc menu. All these trailers have horribly over the top narration done for them. It makes each one seem incredibly campy.
  1. Dragon Ball Z Kai (teaser)
  2. Darker Than Black
  3. Soul Eater
  4. Nabari No Ou
  5. Kenichi
  6. Tower of Druaga
  7. Gunslinger Girl
  8. Aquarion
 
I hope you found this review of the Blu-ray helpful and detailed. If you are a fan of Evangelion, I really see this as a must buy. Newer fans can't go wrong either and it's easier than trying to track down the entire season of the first anime. There is a lot of potential in this movie series, and I look forward to seeing it all play out.
 

Blu-ray Review Verdict: 4/5

It's a good movie on Blu-ray. Just as far as the special features. I would of liked to of seen a bit more variety, maybe some behind the scenes, or cast commentaries. A series this detailed deserves it. A solid purchase non the less.

Please, enjoy the following trailers and movie clips.

Watch the first 8 Min. Courtesy of FUNimation


Evangelion 1.0 movie review

Rating: TV-14
Length: 1:40:00

In the year 2000 was the Second Impact. In the wake of this devastation half the world's population was wiped out. Fifteen years later, a young boy named Shinji Ikari is called upon by his father, the very man who abandoned him three years ago. Without even knowing the purpose, he has arrived, and placed upon this child's shoulders is not just the duty of piloting the Evangelion Unit 01. With it is the task to prevent the Third Impact and the fate of all humanity. Surrounding him is a mysterious girl named Rei and his self-appointed guardian, Misato Katsuragi. How can he flight for a world that has done little else but give him pain?

I am almost always against random remakes of movies and other such things for Blu-ray or other platforms. They are normally just slightly tweaked versions of the original and nothing much is ever really changed. Much in the same way they are constantly re-releasing Star Wars on new formats and the most they do is add one or two small things to warrant another new purchase. This is completely different. These rebuilds come right from the series' original creator, Hideaki Anno; and every bit of animation was done from the ground up. This is no polish job.

The Good

 Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
 Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Firstly, this movie is a visual masterpiece. You will be hard pressed to find a frame in this movie not filled with amazing detail. Despite being animated you can nearly feel the depth. On Blu-ray only made this even more appealing. There is also the dub work done by FUNimation. They brought back almost the entire original cast for this movie, and everyone is still at the top of their game. The most dramatic change would be the replacement of Amanda Winn Lee as the voice of Rei. She is now voiced by Brina Palencia. For me, Allison Keith steals the show. She has a long experience with the character and knows what notes to hit.
Normally, I listen to original Japanese work with subtitles on animes almost exclusively and watch the dubs once to see what it's like. That was completely turned on it's head here. The English work is top notch dramatic reading. I've watched this movie five times since I got it in my hands. Only once was I watching the Japanese voice work. Not that it's in any way, shape, or form bad. FUNimation just did exceptional work. I only wish more series were dubbed this well.
 
For all the people that like to say Shinji whines too much, but how many others could go through the same thing and not complain at all. Everything that happens to that Eva he literally feels. So much to the point that he's nearly killed in this movie, but everyone expects him to keep getting in. That fact is what saves him from being annoying. He does keep getting in and tries.

One of the more touching scenes has to be the moment Misato clutches Shinij's hand when she tries to give him an ideal of what there is to fight for, and we see him squeeze her hand back. I love little touches such as that. Still, my absolute favorite was Shinji getting up to take the second shot at the angel at the finale. It's hard not to see the parallels of the sniper scene and the X-Fighter assault on the Death Star in Star Wars. I may get a lot of haters for saying this, but I like this Evangelion scene more. Watching him get up to pick that giant rifle while Misato cheers him on was really exciting and moving. As she's talking to Gendo Ikari in that scene. It almost feels as if she's talking to the audience, as well. Telling us to have more faith in him.
 
The Angel redesigns were all improvements. The best one has to be the angel Ramiel. The original version had him in a constant geometric form, but this movie it changes shapes with each new tasks it takes. This gives much more of a feel of the power behind the attacks. Watching it change shapes and the sound effects gives it all weight. It's wild to watch as you see the beam literally melt half a mountain.
 
After the credits there is a preview for the next movie. Much in the same way with the original anime, and overly chipper sounding Misato talks briefly about the coming events of the next movie and promises a little fanservice.
For a TV-14 rating, there is some nudity of fully exposed breasts of Rei. Not meaning to sound greedy, but I'd prefer to see more of Misato in the next film.
 

The Bad

One of my biggest complaints against the movie would be in time. At 100 minutes, it's hard to feel that they are capturing much of the subtext that made this series so great. This movie does do well. I just feel going for a more solid two hours would be better. To be honest, I would also be happy if these were three hours, but I'm not sure many others would be. It still manages to seek in many of my favorite scenes and add in some new ones.

What's weird is just how relaxed people always seem to be during these Angel attacks. People are always walking casually about from place to place. All while the fate of humanity is on the brink of possible eradication.
 
This movie doesn't make it at all clear just how Toji and Kensuke could of possibly learned that Shinji was the pilot of the Eva. As a long time fan of the series, I already know the answer, but someone new might be confused. For this particular movie, these two guys feel kind of pointless.
 

Verdict 5/5

One of the biggest challenges is to try and not spend the whole review just making comparisons to the original. This should more be about judging the movie on it's own merits. That's just hard to do when the original is so well known, but I think this movie actually benefits from the comparison. That's because in nearly every way this movie proves strong.
 
 What change will Mari Illustrious bring to Evangelion 2.0?
 What change will Mari Illustrious bring to Evangelion 2.0?
What I notice is how some of the relationships have changed slightly. Many of those scenes of Shinji and Rei have been pulled back, but the ones with Misato seem stronger. Even later, Ritsuko sort of talks about how there could be something romantic between the two, but she could of been teasing.  I'll be interested to see if that gets pulled back at all when Asuka and Kaji are brought in for the next movie.
 
I was cautious about these movies originally. I thought it would all just be a more detailed version of End of Evangelion in the end, but the introduction of new characters and events actually has me curious where this will all end. We could get something really different.

I've been a long time out, but I'm certainly right back in the thick of it, now. This movie is a solid 5 out of 5 for me. All the good stuff more than outweighs the bad.

Favorite Moment: Shinji prepares to take a second shot

Least Favorite Moment: Shinji's walkabout

WTF Moment: Note- Use public transit in Tokyo 3. Cars are screwed.

Favorite Character This Episode: Misato Katsuragi


-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ animevice / @ FoxxFireArt
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Ah Chaos Head where to start. I've seemed to have developed a strong love, hate relationship with the is series so strong I can easily cut the series in half and its all thanks to Takumi. Now first things first, turns out Takumi ends up as a great character and the truth is 
that this is a good coming of age story BUT early on Takumi's character is such a turn off. Now don't get me wrong I don't want every
protagonist to be as like able as Goku but still Takumi doesn't do himself any favors. I've heard him being described as an older Shinji which I totally disagree with. Shinji tried from day one he just... needed a lot of convincing! Then again watching the evolution of Takumi from something worse than an Okatu to a member of sociality was great. The progression is defiantly one of the highlights of the show.  
The art is fantastic and although this is the first Madhouse anime I've watched I'm looking forward into running into them again (after further research I've watched some of their stuff before. I didn't realise they are the studio behind Death Note) . It was by far some of the best I've seen in a while plus the music is very memorable too (I love the Outro theme song and the DOS text that types the lyrics out at the top left of the screen. Really fitted with Takumi's character. Not to forget its 16 bit bleeps and bloops which all added to the Otaku-ness).
 The story line in my opinion was good as well but my main gripe was the needless techno babble that felt was there to pad. It felt like they had the story but had to make it at least 12 episodes long so they added all this Science Fiction nonsense that I just felt wasn't needed and didn't really add much to the story line and just made it more confusing. Okay it explained the powers of Takumi and co but is that really needed? I mean look what happened when George Lucas tried to give a scientific reason behind The Force. Some things are better of left un-said and this is one of them.  
The plot twists where a bit predictable (the first time I heard and saw 'Shogun' I was pretty sure it was Takumi from the future or something of that description) yet they still kept me hooked and interested to find out more. None of this doesn't come into play till the final three episodes though! I just feel it would've been better if all the episodes where as full of suspense. I know that might be asking a lot but Code Geass R2 pulled it off so I know its possible.  
I think Chaos Head had the potential to be something really unique and special but it tripped itself up with trying to give a reason for everything when it just wasn't needed. If they could condense the show down to say 8 episodes and have less Takumi playing his MMO and hating on 3 Dimensional women I think I would've enjoyed the show more. Although that said that doesn't stop the ending from being very heart warming I just felt it was a lot of hard work to get there in the first place.  
It also reminded me a lot like the DS Game 'The World Ends With You' not just in location ( Shibuya) but in the meaning of the locations. For instance both places have Shibuya River being key places at the end of the series and showing the main protagonist at giant zebra crossing (The Scramble its called in TWEWY). Plus the use of the crossing the road noise (the sound that plays when you can cross the road basically X D). Not to forget the important of fashion in both of the worlds.  
That leads me to another point, that whole 'Shibuya attracting young people' thing was also confusing and unnecessary, along with the detective explaining it. He seemed to play such a small role I'm not sure why he was featured so heavily.  
 The best way to describe this series is like a rainbow. Might take ages to follow but once you reach the end there's a pot of gold waiting for you (or something like that, I'm not great with analogies). 
 Anyways till next time! 
 
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