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Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance

When I was in high-school I rarely left the house. I spent the majority of my time reading X-Men comics, playing Final Fantasy VII, and listening to Wu-Tang alone in my room. The rare times I did venture out I would catch a bus to Hamilton and visit my friends Luke and Justin.

With Justin I would entertain the party scene and validate him as a wingman; but with Luke I would stay indoors for some all-night-nerdery. For years we would swap opinions and products. Whether it was games, comics, or movies it didn’t matter. If it was off-the-wall and odd it was enjoyed.

Neon Genesis Evangelion was given to me by Luke in those days gone by. It’s the story of Shinji Ikari and his pain-filled pursuit to protect a world from impending doom, and it’s a story I still can’t seem to get enough of.

In 2002 the “Rebuild of Evangelion” campaign began. Studio Khara/Klockworx/Gainax got together to remodel the 26 episode series into four feature films. With promises to tighten up the narrative and remodel the visuals I was at first a little suspect. So much so in fact that I didn’t see the first film [Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone] in theaters. However, thanks to Funimation’s continued campaign to get fans in front of the silver screen I acquiesced and went to see 2.0.

Screened in the original Japanese, us fans went bonkers when we realized the authentic adventure we were about to undergo. Shinji, Rei, and the lovely Asuka were all back kicking a** in their Eva’s, (and so were the Angels, doing the same). The theology was there as well. Hearing terms like Lilith; Marduk; and the Dead Sea Scrolls returned my mind to my beloved passion. It was all there in fact, and then some, presented in glorious HD! It was an experience better engaged in than described, and that is why I’m going back to see the final showing tonight.

Thank you Funimation for bringing this story about a boy at odds with his father; his struggles with a hot-headed girl; and the beautiful mysteries of Judeo-Christianity to Canada. Thank you for returning me to a once poignant, and again present, chapter in my life at the movies.

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rayyan-Said/100000584811929 Rayyan Said

    I always heard good things about Evangelion but just never got around to watching it. Maybe I should.

    • Anonymous

      Honestly Rayyan it is a must see. I know that the majority of #mlatm is filled with movies I love, but I appreciate material according to the category it’s placed in, and if you are into anime Evangelion is king.

      I’ve seen a plethora of anime in my day and none has endured longer than Eva and Escaflowne for me. Babes and Mecha mixed with Judeo-Christian mysticism and a brooding narrative. It’s dark, it’s intense, and it’s brilliant. Symbolism abounds, and it’s rewatchability is on full. Plus, with the re-launch of the series into a film tetralogy newcomers get an updated and improved version of the original. S**t I just spent 65 bucks on Eva this week… I’ve fallen in love with anime all over again just because of funimation’s fan service in bringing this to the big screen.

      I’m gonna watch 1.0 tomorrow… who knows maybe another mlatm will follow. Thanks for reading.

  • Anonymous

    When I first moved to the t-dot I really got my Anime chops wet. It’s amazing to live in a city where you can see something like this in theatres!

    Can wait to watching the first one on blu ray tonight!

    • Anonymous

      Agreed! Funimation is awesome for providing North America with this opportunity. However, next time I will just go to the Scotiabank showing… Canada Square Theater is a little retro for me… I’m a bit of a movie snob now :’( LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509428908 Clara Vaz

    Ok, so I’ll be completely honest and say that I know nothing about any of this. It sounds cool though. Mainly because I’ve dabbled in Aeon Flux, which I love something crazy and which brought me to the movie Ghost in the Shell, that I obsessed over. Stand Alone Complex was also good and I love the japanese version of vanhellshing. so really, I might like this. :D

    • Anonymous

      That actually is not that bad of an anime run. Many people got started with Aeon Flux as it was project posted by MTV back in the day for the American public. However, Ghost In The Shell is some real official tissue! I promise that if you liked those projects that the Evangelion movie series is definitely worth your time. It harnesses that abstract and spacey feel that you would have come to love, but it adds a much more diverse narrative to boot :)

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