Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)

Today I watched what amounts to an alternate ending of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. In terms of the animation and polish, I definitely like this ending better. However, I read that part of the reason this ending starkly contrasts with the anime's ending is because of the negative feedback received from the anime's ending. While I don't know the exact nature of the feedback, my personal experience was that the nature of the ending was reasonable, but the way the ending was presented was chaotic. Consequently, I would have personally been fine with essentially this movie but with the anime's ending.

Asuka Langley Soryu (Yuko Myamura / Tiffany Grant)

Although I would have been fine with the anime's ending, I feel like my principals align more with this movie's ending. More explicitly, I value individuality. Being a hive mind may be superior from a survival standpoint, but one could philosophically question who is doing the surviving. If your mind is melded with everybody else's mind, who is surviving? Because there is a sense in which you are already melded with the universe whether you are alive or dead.

In any case, I would recommend watching this movie after watching Neon Genesis Evangelion, because it's a good alternate ending to the anime, and arguably the better ending in all respects.

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 99% match. I decided to give the movie neither a thumbs up nor a thumbs down.

Gendo Ikari (Fumihiko Tachiki / Tristan MacAvery) and Rei Ayanami (Megumi Hayashibara / Amanda Winn)

Instant Comments:
Seele is attacking. They're doing so well.
Holy crap. These Seele soldiers are ruthless. The people they're shooting basically unarmed.
They just showed a scene where an employee raises his hand like he's surrendering and then a Seele soldier fires at him, and then despite the fact that he's clearly dead, the soldier walks up and fires a couple more rounds into the dead employee.
"Sorry, it's nothing personal."
Shinji is not a likable protagonist.

Shinji Ikari (Megumi Ogata / Spike Spencer)

Ah. This is informative. See, this is exactly the sort of information that needed to be given to the viewers in the series (regarding Adam, Lilith, and Angels)
I think sometimes the show pushes repetition too far.
"That's how grown-ups kiss. We'll do the rest when you get back alright?"
Damn. He's evil.
Oh my goodness. Feels bad. (Unit 2 goes down due to the Spear of Longinus. And the worse part is Shinji is just sitting around like an idiot.
At 42 minutes, it says "To Be Continued" and credits roll. Ugh. Feels dumb. [Skip to about 46:30 minutes to continue.]

Rei + Adam + Lilith

Lol. This idiot just wants to reunite with his wife Yui.
Rei is falling apart.
Okay. That's weird. (he presses his hand onto her breast and then his hand sinks in)
WTF. Spear comes from the moon. [Immediately following scene they explain that's the original spear.]
He says it all depends on Ikari's son (Shinji) now.
@57 minutes: "What do you wish for?" On the one hand, I think this is kind of like what episodes 25 & 26 were portraying, except in a different way.
Uh. What?

Misato Katsuragi (Kotono Mitsuishi / Allison Keith) kisses Shinji

Watched 20190922 (Netflix, Instant)
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997) Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki. 87 min

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I watched this video explaining the ending of Neon Genesis Evangelion by IGN:

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