Neon Genesis Evangelion
is back - not that it ever really went anywhere. Since the original 26-episode TV series premiered in the mid-nineties, the anime's legend has only continued to grow, amounting to a small industry of manga, DVDs, action figures, model kits, and other merchandise that remains popular with anime fans worldwide. The series eventually hit the big screen, with a trilogy of films released in 1997, summarizing and capping off the series, but creator Anno Hideaki is not done with Evangelion
yet. With a revamped storyline and additional, improved animation, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
brings the series back to the big screen, leading off an ambitious teratology of films dubbed Rebuild of Evangelion
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not Alone) retells roughly the first six episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion, including Shinji Ikari's reunion with his estranged father, Gendo Ikari, and Shinji's introduction to EVA-01, the giant robot he's destined to pilot. Key characters Misato Katsuragi and Rei Ayanami are introduced, and viewers are given their first taste of the series' famously deep storyline, which mixes science fiction, war, psychology, theology, and existentialism into a single compelling work. Evangelion is famous for delivering not one, but two separate endings via the television series and the theatrical film End of Evangelion, and fandom has long been divided on which, if any of the endings truly fits the series. Creator-director Anno has the rare chance to return to his work a third time to deliver yet another possible ending to the saga, but Anno also promises that this new work will be accessible and enjoyable for both new and old Evangelion fans.