NERV faces a brutal attack from SEELE, but with Asuka in a coma, and Shinji in a nervous breakdown, things soon turn into the surreal. This movie provides a concurrent ending to the final two episodes of the show “Neon Genesis Evangelion”.
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Goes a long way to say very little. The original episodes 25 and 26 were enough, but I'm willing to let this "complementary" feature film slide for all the weird and cool visuals it contains. Honestly, though, I can't see this being of value to anyone with average interpersonal skills.
The second part of this [ONE MORE FINAL: I need you], to my surprise, gets really avant-garde, with a lot of frame splicing, strange light effects, multi-exposure things, and some really experimental live-action sequences with voice-over. Asuka's last line, "how disgusting," and the translation confusion surrounding it, is reminiscent of Michel's final line ("Makes me want to puke.") in Godard's "À bout de souffle."
The fact that this is so inaccessible to everyone who is not familiar with the series makes me love it even more. It's been years, but I will never forget watching this for the first time. One of the most intense movie experiences I've ever had.
A brilliant and at times ludicrous experience that will tear your senses to shreds, while at the same time a very dark, and indeed personal, presentation of isolation and depression. A perfect ending to a fantastic series (not to say the original ending isn't brilliant) and undoubtedly my favourite animated film. Not bad for something effectively made as a middle finger to rabid fans