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Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone for the Uninitiated

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

I will be the first to admit – I am no fan of Japanese anime. Not that I hate them, but my interest in them just wasn’t there. I distinctively remember my last anime was Spirited Away, and to be honest, although it was a beautiful movie, it didn’t compel me to add Japanese anime to my “to-try-out” list.

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone changed that.

In an explosive animation bringing the anime creation Neon Genesis Evangelion to the big screen, Eva 1.0 got me tethered to the edge of my seat. Literally.

You can read all about the movie on Wikipedia, but here’s a take from someone like me – the uninitiated.

The movie revolves around Tokyo, which was under attack by a battalion of monsters named as “Angels”. The fate of Japan, and the human kind, lies on the shoulder of a young boy Shinji Ikari, who struggles to do what is right for his people and what is right for him.

As the “fated child” to pilot Eva One, Shinji was put to the test between his ultimate yearn for his father’s love, and his terror in piloting the gigantic soldier robot in battling the onslaught of Angels.

The ensuing battles outlined the technology superiority of the Japanese – not only in the fight to protect their people, but also in the design of Tokyo 3.0 – their fortress city.

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