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Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo (2013)

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One of the highlights for me at the Reel Anime Festival in 2010 was Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, the exhilarating second part in the new theatrical version of the landmark anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Since that time, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of the next part. And now, thanks to the good people at Madman who have decided to run the Reel Anime Festival again this year instead of 2014 (as it has … (read more)

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Resurrection (1995)

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Forget Mel Gibson’s The Passion. For true Easter spirit check out Neon Genesis Evangelion: Resurrection. This is the first of the two ‘directors cut’ volumes featuring brand new, never-before-seen footage. Resurrection, the first of the two volumes, hosts episodes 21-23.

This is Hideako Anno’s third go at finishing the Evangelion series, after two post-series movies; Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and End of Evangelion he’s still at it.

Up front I want to get off my chest that … (read more)

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Cutie Honey (2004)

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Right. It is hard to review this film without going all Valley Girl speak. “Like, dude, this film is seriously sick!” There is something about its bright day-glo colours, insane plot and relentless cheerfulness that just screams substance abusing slacker teenagers let loose in a mall with a bunch of sticky crayons and glitter.

Or maybe that is just me.

Cutie Honey is not unlike the ’60s TV serial Batman in its lurid psychedelia and campness. And, much like that … (read more)

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His & Her Circumstances – DVD Collection (1998)

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So what did Hideako Anno do after tramping around the Jungian collective unconscious with giant robots, angels and a bunch of emotionally traumatized adolescents that was Neon Genesis Evangelion??

An adapation of a high school romance manga.

Bwuh?

Yep, Anno adapted His & Her Circumstances, (or Kare Kano) with nary an existential crisis nor biblical armageddon in sight. His & Her Circumstances explores the relationship between two overachieving high school students. On paper this appears to be … (read more)

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (1997)

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It takes a unique perspective not to mention guts to combine giant robots, Christian symbolism, teenage angst, dysfunctional families and Jungian psychology. If Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s creator, Hideako Anno was a New Yorker he’d be happily seeing an analyst 3 times a week moaning about not being breast fed. Thankfully he’s Japanese, loves giant robots and sees anime as a therapeutical tool. Then net result was Neon Genesis Evangelion, one of the densest animes ever created.

I’m going … (read more)

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion (1997)

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After sitting through Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth, I’m glad I had the second movie, End of Evangelion ready to drop into the disc the tray of my DVD player. It becomes immediately apparent that the second half of Death & Rebirth is the start of End. Yep, that’s right, the material is repeated. In effect the second half of Death & Rebirth is a preview for End.

End of Evangelion, is the real meat, essentially … (read more)

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