Review: End of Evangelion

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Evangelion’s true ending. The movie begins by finally and completely shattering sexual innocence, and in the ending, characters that had been developed through 26 episodes are pitilessly annihilated in a terrifying all-consuming alien apotheosis. Evangelion has been much derided for the superficiality of its religious elements, but the Fourth Impact is an apocalypse in the truest and most literal sense. As John described it, a revelation. Magnificent, ecstatic, shameless.

Shinji Ikari’s teenage narcissism is magnified to cataclysmic levels by delirious angelic forces in a ritual which brings the world to the precipice of total genocide. Neon Genesis Evangelion, a sci-fi Freudian coming-of-age drama, and a mainstream cultural hallmark in Japan, is consummated with nothing less than a pure lacerating exposure of the male pubescent ego, and functions subsequently as an exposure, illustrated by the ensuing fan reaction, of the infantile and self-absorbed consumers of anime and manga.

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