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Genre: Anime
Starring: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Fumihiko Tachiki, Motomu Kiyokawa, Tomokazu Seki, Tetsuya Iwanaga, Jyunko Iwao
Director: Hideaki Anno
Rating: NC-16 (Some Nudity)

Year Made: 2007




- Rebuild Evangelion: 1.01
- "Angel of Doom" PV
- Photo Gallery
- Fly Me to the Moon
- Beautiful World
- Teaser




Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Fullscreen
Sound: 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 1 hr 38 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




A catastrophe of unparalled scale and magnitude overwhelmed the entire globe, causing half the population of the Earth to perish, leaving behind vivid remnants of devastation at numerous locations around the world. 14 year old Shinji Ikari was called out to Tokyo 3 by his father whom he has not met for a long time.

At Tokyo 3, he is driven to the headquarters of the special government agency NERV to meet his father, who immediately orders Shinji to pilot Evangelion Unit One and fight against the Angel which is destroying the city.

While Shinji resisted at first, the sight of an injured female pilot - Rei Ayanami is enough to make him decide he would not run away from this challenge and agrees to engage the enemy at hand. With the fate of the world resting on his shoulders, how will the 14 year old boy Shinji fight?


It’s hard to judge “Evangelion: 1.0 You (Are) Not Alone” as a stand-alone movie because it’s not. In actual fact, it’s a compressed version of the original Evangelion series and this is just the beginning of four films slated to be released over the years.

If you are not a follower of Evangelion (like this reviewer), you might find yourself wondering why those strange, bizzare looking creatures called Angels are attacking Tokyo-3 and why of all people, the protagonist, a 14 year old boy, Shinji Ikari is chosen to pilot Evangelion Unit 01 to fight against the enemies. You have no time to search for the answers it seem, as the anime moves at such break neck speed that before long, you are totally immersed in the world of fighting machines versus Angels.

Despite all the actions and loud explosions, the anime does have its quiet and comical moments involving naked bodies. Shinji Ikari turns out to be the son of Gendo Ikari, the creator of “Project Evangelion”. Abandoned since young, Shinji is a shy, elusive young man who yearned for some attention from his estranged father. His inner struggle to pilot the Evangelion Unit 01 to save humanity doesn’t contribute to increasing his self-esteem either. In addition, Shinji also struggles with his relationships with the people surrounding him, liked his guardian and commander of the Evangelion team, Captain Misato Katsuragi and his mysterious colleague, Rei for example.

Since this is the first of a four-parters, we expect a clearer picture of the various characters as it progresses. No one can beat the Japanese in terms of character and mechanical designs so for the time being, just sit back and be amazed by the detailed hand drawn animation and CG enhancements.

If “Evangelion: 1.0 You (Are) Not Alone” is a reboot and compressed version of the original long-running series, then I guess it has successfully proven its point and I can’t wait for the second to arrive.


"Rebuild of Evangelion: 1.01" is a 15 minutes montage showcasing the conceptual designs, pencil sketches to the final animations seen on screen. “Angel of Doom” PV runs at 2 minutes and feature the score by Shiro Sagisu. Famous Japanese pop star Utada Hikaru provides the theme songs, “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Beautiful World”, snippets of it can be heard here. A teaser and photo gallery round up the rest of the DVD.


This code 3 DVD comes with the original Japanese language and Dolby Digital 5.1. The picture is pretty sharp but do expect some grains as compared to the more recent crop of 3D productions. Audio is sharp and relatively strong with the DD5.1, just crank up those volumes to truly immerse yourself in the battlefield sequences.




Review by Linus Tee



. Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (Movie Review)

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