*possible spoilers ahead*
After watching this movie and then seeing the ending say “To be continued”, I was like “huh?!” @_@
I thought that this movie was a stand-alone synopsis of the entire series of Neon Genesis Evangelion, but then I thought that would be almost impossible to do since cramming 26 episodes of the TV series into one 3+ hour movie would leave a lot of holes in the story, granted that Evangelion is already a complicated anime series as it is.
After a little bit of googling, I found out that there are 4 movies to Rebuild of Evangelion and that the next one (Evangelion: 2.0 Division) will be out next year. Since this 1st movie was released last year, the time in between movies should have been shorter considering that they’ve reused most of the animation from the TV series. Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0 is basically a retelling of the 1st 6 episodes of the TV series, but more condensed and with a lot of CGI work done. The CGI rework doesn’t distract much from the story but when done in the right places, such as when Tokyo-3 rises up from the ground, you can’t help but say “whoah!”.
Thankfully, Rebuild of Eva still retained those moments where Shinji is portrayed as a troubled and lonely individual, which is an integral part of the story and is the basis for his inner conflict in piloting EVA-01. As for the design of EVA-01 and the Angels, well, if you’ve seen the original TV series, then you’ll probably notice some changes, such as with the weapons EVA-01 uses and most especially with the fifth Angel, Ramiel.
If you’ve watched the original TV series of Evangelion and loved it, then you’ll definitely need to see Rebuild of Evangelion, as it has captured all that made the original series great! Since this is still the 1st movie and there’ll still be 3 more movies after this, judging from how this 1st movie turned out, I think this 4 movie series is a must-watch for any EVA fan!