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Evangelion 2.22 blu ray June 23, 2011

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My pre-ordered blu ray of Rebuild of Evangelion 2.22 arrived! Funny how long it’s taken to get this – I first saw this in a Japanese cinema over 2 years ago!
The pack is nice though. Booklet seems small but is 20 packed pages of interesting info. Bonus features DVD looks good too. Can’t wait to watch it all.

Revisiting Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0 May 22, 2010

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I just saw for the second time Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance at the BFI Southbank, part of their Anime Weekend.

I’ve waited almost a year to see this again — with English subtitles — having made a special trip to see it in Tokyo last year. It blew me away then and it blew me away again the second time around. This is without a doubt one of the best anime films I’ve ever seen and one that certainly rewards repeat viewing.


Evangelion 2.0: You can (not) advance (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Ha) September 7, 2009

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While in Japan, I was lucky enough to catch the second Renewal of Evangelion movie at the Human Trust Cinema in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Ha (Renewal of Evangelion: Ha or Evangelion 2.0: You can (not) advance as it is alternately known) is the next in GAINAX’s remakes/reimaginings/cash-in rip-off’s of their popular, controversial anime series.

Despite my misgivings about reanimating and redoing an otaku favourite, I was really impressed by the first film (Evangelion 1.0: You are (not) alone). Yes, the story was exactly the same as the first six or so episodes of the series, but it had been a long time since I’d rewatched the TV anime and the newly animated footage was stunning. To see everything rendered in new, 21st Century colours and CG was a treat for the eyes, and the story still holds — in some ways it was even better without the filler fluff that comes with a TV series.

Yet, while the story was essentially the same, it did hint at big changes to the original plot — Kaworu, for example, made a few taster appearances.

This is carried on in the second film, which while going through essentially the same hoops as the original anime, takes a different route in getting there.

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann the movie: Gurren-hen May 9, 2009

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I watched the first Gurren Lagann movie the other night and it’s worth a quick post. Largely, it’s just an edit down of the first half of the TV series, but there are some changes to note.


Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Eps 1-27 (complete) October 7, 2007

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Gurren Lagann


In short: GAR!

Thoughts: There’s only one way to describe Gurren Lagann and that’s simply GAR! It’s enough to make grown men weep with tears. Manly tears, but tears nonetheless. Yep, this is gonna be a rave, so prepare yourself. Who the hell do you think I am?

(Spoiler warning)