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by Allan Fish

(Japan 1997 90m) DVD1/2

Found on the shores of the silver devastation

Mituhisha Ishikawa, Tsuguhiko Kadokawa  d  Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki  w  Hideaki Anno, Shinji Haguchi, Kazuya Tsurumaki  m  Shiro Sagisu

VOICES BY (Japanese version) :- Megumi Ogata (Shinji Ikari), Yuko Miyamura (Asuka Langley Sohryu), Kotono Mitsuishi (Misato Katsuragi), Megumi Hayashibara (Rei Ayanami/Pen-Pen), Fumihiko Tachiki (Gendo Ikari)

Suffice it to say that when Hideaki Anno’s original ending to his magnum opus Neon Genesis Evangelion was released, it received a mixed reception.  The final two episodes were the key to the business, for by the time it came to animating them the budget had run out, there were other problems behind the scenes, and what we really had was not so much an ending but a diptych of dream states.  Two episodes with essences of Nietzsche and which could be said to have swallowed themselves with the same ravenous appetite with which Eva 01 ate one of the 17 angels let loose on the earth. 

            Immediately, there was talk of the real ending, and in fact I could easily have lumped this alternate ending in with the series as one entry, for they were in some ways meant to be.  What we get instead of the mind business of the original ending is a real fight to the death against the effectively Biblical apocalypse.  An ending to stop a new beginning or, as may be more accurate and appropriate, another new beginning to stop a worse one in which mankind was wiped out. 

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