Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion ★★★★½

The alternative and for many fans definitive ending to the groundbreaking anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” is an experimental and surreal existentialist masterpiece that could only be made by a visionary artist. “The End of Evangelion” is deeply personal, moving, artistically awe-inspiring, and transcendent, and it serves as a satisfying emotional as well as thematic conclusion to the entire show.

Direction, animation, visual storytelling, editing, sound, and voice acting are all superb. The film combines introspective character moments with breathtaking sci fi spectacle and features
mind-blowing imagery, intriguing religious symbolism, well-developed characters, brilliantly orchestrated chaos, and astounding philosophical and psychological depth.

You can interpret the movie from a meta perspective, especially in terms of the relationship between art and artist as well as art and audience. Yet at his core, “The End of Evangelion” is a comprehensive and hard-hitting study on the human condition, with a strong focus on the duality of life. Birth/death, existence/nothingness, body/soul, evolution/stagnation, human connection/ loneliness, conformity/individuality, fate/freedom, love/hate, pain/pleasure, and hope/despair are all thematic pairs that get explored in this film. Ultimately, it ponders the most important questions about life: “Is it worth it?” and “Am I worth it?”. Heavy stuff, and deeply resonating.

“The End of Evangelion” is frightening and devastating yet also cathartic and profoundly beautiful. A mind-bending milestone of the medium that remains both enigmatic and impactful. Like the entire series, it´s a must-see.

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