Sunday, August 27, 2017

Film Review: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End Of Evangelion (1995) by Sophia Cynthia Cabral

Genre: Animation, action, drama
Date of Release: 19 July 1997 (premiere)
Company: Gainax
Directed by: Hideaki Anno (also writing credits for the screenplay) & Kazuya Tsurumaki
Starring (as voice) in Japanese Version: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Fumihiko Tachiki, Akira Ishida, Motomu Kiyokawa, Mugihito, Takehito Koyasu, Hiro Yûki, Miki Nagasawa
Starring (as voice) in English version: Spike Spencer, Amanda Winn Lee, Tiffany Grant, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Tristan MacAvery, Aaron Krohn, Amy Seeley, Laura Chapman, Brett Weaver, Kurt Stoll, Kimberly Yates, Tom Booker, Keith Burgess, Riley Barber, Jason Lee, Taliesin Jaffe, Michael Ross, Dave Wittenberg, Maria Kawamura
The End Of Evangelion is considered the “true ending” of the TV series which was broadcasted in Japan in 1995 –and ending in 1996- for all of the anime followers who have seen the show it’s one of Anno’s masterpieces.
It’s a mix of many things, like drama, psychology, religion, human relationships and experiences, mecha all put together in a stable and cohesive package with just the right amount of action.
The story is quite promising, because it gives a true feeling of ending contrary to the TV show’s finale.
The voice acting is amazing, more specifically Asuka’s seiyuu (voice actor/tress) in the battle scenes -personally my favorites of all time- the color palette is on standard colors most of the time, rarely using other effects, like sepia or black & white.
The progression of already well established characters done impeccably and with a flawless execution, the music -by Shiru Sagisu- is fitting at all times, especially in the battle of scene of Eva-02 VS Massive Production Evas. One of the best examples of it is on that battle where you can see the contrast of the action, the struggle for victory and classical music with Bach’s Air on G. -Sophia Cynthia Cabral

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