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Title I Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Jo
Evangelion New Theatrical Edition: Beginning
(ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序)
Title II Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0 Poster
Film
Directed by Hideaki Anno
Kazuya Tsurumaki
Masayuki
Written by Hideaki Anno
Release Date Sep 01, 2007
Running Time 98 mins.
Followed by
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone is the first film in the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series. It premiered in Japan on September 1, 2007.

OverviewEdit

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone is a retelling of the original series from episodes 1 to 6. While the later movies diverged from the plot of Neon Genesis Evangelion, 1.0 stayed true in many ways, from identical characterization to scenes reanimated shot-for-shot from the source material. A large change from the TV series was the use of CGI in place of traditional animation in several scenes, such as the Tokyo-3 skyline and the Angels Shamshel and Ramiel.

PlotEdit

Shinji Rebuild 1.0 Phone

Shinji arrives in an empty Tokyo-3

Shinji Ikari receives a message from his father, asking him to come to Tokyo-3. He is picked up by Misato Katsuragi, and taken to meet his father, at the headquarters of his organization, NERV. Meanwhile, the city of Tokyo-3 is attacked by a strange creature, the Fourth Angel. At NERV HQ, Shinji is shown what his father has been working on: A giant "robot", Evangelion Unit-01. Shinji's father, Gendo Ikari, forces him to pilot it, saying he is the only one who can. Shinji fails to defeat the Angel, and blacks out in pain, but Unit-01 goes berserk and defeats the Angel on its own.

Soon afterwards, Shinji wakes up in a hospital and is officially instated as the pilot of Unit-01, the "Third Boy". Shinji runs into problems in school with Toji Suzuhara, whose sister was injured in the battle. The Fifth Angel, attacks Tokyo-3, and Shinji is forced to battle again. He defeats it, but disobeys orders during the fight, and decides to run away. After making his way to an under construction bridge, he is brought back by NERV employees. At school, Toji forgives Shinji after his experience in the entry plug, and they become friends. Following this, Shinji interacts with his fellow pilot, the mysterious Rei Ayanami for the first time. Another powerful Angel appears, the Sixth Angel, which nearly kills Shinji with its beam attack. It then proceeds to drill down into the Geofront cavern below. When Shinji recovers, Misato takes him down to Central Dogma (instead of Terminal Dogma in the series), where she shows him Lilith, a white giant hanging from a cross. She explains that if an Angel were to unite with Lilith, it would cause Third Impact. This encourages Shinji to pilot Unit-01 again. A plan is developed to defeat the Sixth Angel by using all of the electrical power of Japan to power an experimental positron rifle, which Unit-01 will use to snipe the Sixth while Rei, in Unit-00, supports by blocking its attack. After his first shot fails to kill the Angel, Shinji successfully fires a second shot that destroys the Sixth Angel.

The Sixth Angel's Halo (Rebuild)

The 6th Angel approaches

The final scene cuts to the moon, where a line of coffins lie on the lunar surface, and a giant bloodstain intersects the landscape through the middle of the row of boxes. Out of one of these rises Kaworu Nagisa, who begins talking to SEELE 01's monolith communicator. Behind them appears to be a secret SEELE moon base, with a white giant similar to Lilith restrained behind them in a scaffolding pit. Kaworu says that the "Third" hasn't changed, and he can't wait to meet Shinji.

SoundtrackEdit

Main article: Music from Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Main article: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone Original Soundtrack

The film's soundtrack was released in two formats. The first contained uncut recordings of most of the songs. The second contained every song in the film cut to sync with the on-screen length. Hikaru Utada's song "Beautiful World" is theme song for the movie, playing during the credits.

ReceptionEdit

On its opening weekend in Japan, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone took the #1 spot at the box office with an equivalent of $2.4 million, despite playing at only 84 theaters. Many theaters were filled to capacity.[1] The film went on to gross $15,343,699 in total earnings.[2]

Notes and referencesEdit

  • The first trailer for the film was released online on July 13, 2007.
  • A spelling error: when Misato and Shinji are in the elevator, right before it opens and they meet Ritsuko for the first time, the instructions printed next to the level display clearly say "Emargency" instead of "Emergency". Another spelling error is seen briefly during Operation Yashima, where "Storage" is misspelled "Strage". These errors have been rectified in the video release.

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