Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone

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

Rebuild of Evangelion
Title 1: ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序
Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Jo
Evangelion: New Theatrical Edition: Prelude
Title 2: Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone
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Written By Hideaki Anno
Directed By Hideaki Anno (general director), Kazuya Tsurumaki, Masayuki
Theatrical Release September 1, 2007 (Japan)
Video Release Date 1.01: April 25, 2008
1.11: May 27, 2009
Angel Appearances Fourth Angel, Fifth Angel, Sixth Angel, Second Angel (Lilith)
Eva Sorties Eva-00, Eva-01
Movie chronology
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"Evangelion 2.0"


Shinji on the telephone after arriving in Tokyo 3.
Sachiel temporarily stops Unit 01's attack.
Remaining battery power timer running down.
Misato at a bar with Ritsuko (not shown).
Ramiel heading toward Tokyo 3.
A brief shot of Kaworu.

Overview

Evangelion 1.0 is an alternate retelling of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion series, covering material up to the battle against the Angel Ramiel in Episode 06 of the original series. Evangelion 1.0 very faithfully recreates many scenes from the original series, often shot for shot, but with better animation quality, using modern digital animation techniques.

Plot Summary

Shinji Ikari receives a message from his father, asking him to come to meet him. 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 Angel Sachiel. 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 Eva-01 goes berserk and defeats the Angel on its own.

Soon afterwards, Shinji wakes up in hospital and is officially instated as the pilot of Eva-01, the Third Child. Shinji runs into problems in school with Toji, whose sister was injured in the battle. The Fifth Angel, Shamshel, attacks Tokyo-3, and Shinji is forced to battle again. He defeats it, but he disobeyed orders during the fight, and decides to run away. After making his way to an under construction bridge (whether or not Shinji was contemplating suicide seems to be individual interpretation), he is brought back by Nerv employees. At school, Toji decides that Shinji isn't a bad person, and they become friends. Following this, Shinji interacts with his fellow pilot, the mysterious Rei Ayanami for the first time. Another incredibly powerful Angel appears, Ramiel, who nearly kills Shinji with its powerful beam attack. It then proceeds to drill down into the Geo-Front 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 Eva-01 again. A plan is developed to defeat Ramiel by using all of the electrical power of Japan to power an experimental positron rifle which Eva-01 will use to snipe Ramiel while Rei, in Eva-00 supports by blocking its attack. After his first shot fails to kill the Angel, Shinji is successfully able to fire a second shot and destroy the Angel.

Meanwhile, in the final scene, the camera pans up from the end of the battle with Ramiel and zooms in on Earth's Moon. On the Moon, a line of what appear to be coffin-like boxes is on the lunar surface, with a giant stain of blood intersecting the landscape through the middle of the row of boxes. Out of one of these rises a nude Kaworu Nagisa, who begins talking to Chairman Keele's Seele 01 "sound only" monolith communicator. Behind them on the Moon appears to be a secret Seele base, with a white giant with an appearance similar to Lilith restrained behind them in a pit covered with scaffolding. Kaworu says that the "Third" hasn't changed, and he can't wait to meet Shinji...

Similarities between Rebuild and Original Series

Many scenes were recreated almost shot-for-shot. See: "Guides:Neon Genesis Evangelion vs. Evangelion 1.0"

Differences between Rebuild and Original Series

For a thorough list of differences between the first Rebuild movie and the original series, see: "Differences between Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0 and Original Series"

The Final Scene

While most of the movie was a very close (at some points, shot by shot) recreation of the original story, the last scene is not only entirely new but also unlike anything seen in the original series, and has resulted in a great deal of fan speculation concerning the nature of the remaining three Rebuild movies. However, Evangelion 2.0 and Evangelion 3.0 has succeeded in confirming at least part of the speculation related to the final scene.

The movie cuts from the end of the Ramiel battle to a site on Earth's moon. A line of what appear to be coffin-like boxes is on the lunar surface, with a giant stain of blood intersecting the landscape through the middle of the row of boxes. Out of one of these rises a naked Kaworu Nagisa, who begins talking to the Seele-01, represented by his monolith. Behind them on the Moon appears to be some sort of a moonbase, with a giant restrained behind them in a pit covered with scaffolding. This giant has a purple mask held on to its face with massive, visible stitches, and barely visible on the lower half of the mask is the crest of Seele - the same symbol seen on the original Lilith's mask. (Evangelion 2.0 confirmed speculation based on the trailer at the end of 1.0 that the giant was Eva-06, and that Kaworu would be its pilot.)

A shot of the Earth, its atmosphere still blue but its oceans stained as red as blood is seen, and Kaworu says that "The Third is still the same." and that he looks forward to meeting Shinji. (The state of the Third Angel in Evangelion 2.0 confirms that "The Third" was indeed the "Third Boy", Shinji. However, "That Child" remains open to speculation)

Bizarrely, Kaworu speaks to Seele-01 on the moon, although there is no air on the moon and so no sound can propagate. Even if Kaworu didn't need to breathe and could survive in a vacuum, extreme-temperature environment, to speak normally as on Earth (or in any atmosphere) would be impossible.

Evangelion 2.0 places the construction site of Eva-06 as Tabgha Base on the moon. Gendo and Fuyutsuki are in pressure suits in a spacecraft, and wonder whether Kaworu is human when they see him. Kaworu greets Gendo from a distance, confirming that Kaworu can breathe and hold a normal conversation in a vacuum.

It can be assumed that the fact that Kaworu can speak, breathe and live in a vacuum is due to the fact that he is an Angel, as we learn in Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, and does not have the same requirements or restrictions that a normal human would have on the Moon. Also ties into Kaworu's original role in the TV series as an Angel somehow related to SELEE.


Soundtrack

Reception

On its opening weekend in Japan, Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone took the #1 place at the box office: 236,158 people spent 280 million yen (about US $2.4 million). Unusually, it earned this much money despite playing at only 84 theaters, though many of them were packed to capacity [1]

Notes

  • The first trailer for the film was released online on July 13th, 2007
  • After the credits finish, a trailer plays for the next movie in the Rebuild series, "Evangelion 2.0". Amusingly, its structured exactly like the "next episode on Evangelion" segments that ended each episode of the original series, including the same musical theme and a voice-over by Misato.
  • 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"(The "o" is missing). These errors have been rectified in the video release.

Guides

Episodes & Films
Television Series Episode 01 | Episode 02 | Episode 03 | Episode 04 | Episode 05 | Episode 06

Episode 07 | Episode 08 | Episode 09 | Episode 10 | Episode 11 | Episode 12 | Episode 13
Episode 14 | Episode 15 | Episode 16 | Episode 17 | Episode 18 | Episode 19 | Episode 20
Episode 21 | Episode 22 | Episode 23 | Episode 24 | Episode 25 | Episode 26

Movies Death | Rebirth

The End of Evangelion: Episode 25' | Episode 26'

Rebuild of Evangelion Evangelion 1.0 | Evangelion 2.0 | Evangelion 3.0 | Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0