Rebuild of Evangelion

March 4, 2007

Rei Ayanami2006 marked the 10th anniversary of Gainax’s landmark anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion and with it, the series’ enduring popularity shows no signs of slowing. To this day the series generates millions of dollars in revenue and is seen again and again on DVD and Japanese TV.

Although a new live action version of the series was announced in 2003 by ADV Films, many fans are unsure about the production values and changes to the storyline that have been rumored to have taken place. But in September of 2006 Gainax confirmed that a new animated film series dubbed Rebuild of Evangelion is indeed in production. The series of four movies is slated for initial release in September of 2007 and has heavy involvement from the series’ creator Hideaki Anno.

According to Wikipedia the first three of these new movies will feature an alternate retelling of the TV series, including new scenes, settings, backgrounds and characters. The official Japanese website features a cryptic trailer for Rebuild of Evangelion and hints at new evas as well. Reportedly the fourth film installment will feature an all new conclusion to the storyline that fans were originally so upset with. Instead of wrapping up the series, the release of The End of Evangelion only served to feed the fan’s hunger for all things Eva.

As one of those huge fans of the series, I’ll be looking forward to this new release and keeping my finger’s crossed that they can re-create the magic and drama that made the original so great. Stay tuned!


4 Responses to “Rebuild of Evangelion”

  1. The original series are still one of my favourite. And I was pretty pissed of they were touching the series by making some alternate endings (the best part of the series in my opinion.)

  2. Ged Says:

    Thomas, I think you’re like the first person I’ve read that says they love the original endings of the TV show. I don’t have anything against them per-say, but there are many, many unanswered questions that you do not get resolution to until you watch The End of Evangelion. We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled and see how they do, but I’m confident with Anno overseeing the project.

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  4. colby Says:

    um well you guys know why there are differences right? i mean the new evangelion series is actually a continuation of the original rather than a re-telling. this is some whatever thousand years after shinji and auska and this is actually the result of the pairing of them. also when watching the first of these you will notice that auska fails to appear in the anime. she doesnt exist in this time. also this is not the first time for this to happen, remember in the original series that they found all the eva skeletons and the sub-terranean dome? that was the result of the original which we have not and will not see. the last of the four rebuild movies will be after shinji and whoever b/c auska doesnt exist. which we did not get to see at the end of the original series. hope this explains some questions about why they are changing the plot line somewhat and also why new characters will be put in and all that. it is not a rebuild as it claims but a continuation.

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