I caved. I wasn’t originally going to watch the new remake of NGE, since the original wasn’t exactly my thing. But I ended up watching it anyway… Oh well.
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone is the first in a series of four films that retell the story told in NGE. This first film is pretty much an exact copy of the story from the first six episodes, but with a major graphical upgrade. And it is mighty pretty, at that. The scene with Ramiel is now an awesomely epic sight to behold.
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, the second film in the tetralogy, is where the new story diverges from the old.
It vaguely follows the story from episodes 8 to 19, but only vaguely. I recognized some of the scenes from the old series, but quite a few events have been changed. We have a new character, different Angels, and that ending… Asuka is still here, though. That’s good. Her last name was changed though, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why.
It would be an untruth for me to say that I didn’t like these two movies. I really hope that the ending to this new series won’t be a letdown. We’ll have to wait and see.
In this clip from 1.0, you can see how close the old and new are.