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Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone(ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序)

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Japan · 2007
Rated PG-13 · 1h 41m
Director Hideaki Anno
Starring Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi
Genre Action, Animation, Drama, Science Fiction

Fifteen years after the cataclysmic Second Event, Shinji, a teenage boy, is recruited by his father to join NERV, a clandestine paramilitary group that will have him fight the aliens, Angels, who have come to eradicate humanity. Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone is the first of a film tetralogy that retells and modifies the acclaimed anime Neon Genesis: Evangelion.

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Slant Magazine by

There are no new explanations here, just a better packaged version of what Anno already delivered, which makes You Are (Not) Alone very attractive but fundamentally pointless.


Village Voice by Aaron Hillis

As a visceral experience, it’s entrancing, especially during Shinji’s fight sequences, when his anxieties are cruelly exacerbated by having his body and mind symbiotically bonded to his father’s combat toy.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

The story possesses a true depth of character; there is every reason to hope that Anno’s multiple meanings become increasingly clear in the subsequent installments.


The New York Times by Mike Hale

When the material is condensed, nearly everything that made the first two-thirds of the television series distinctive _ — the deliberate pace, the wry humor, the subtle (for anime) characterizations — is lost. “Evangelion” becomes just another giant-robot story.

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