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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 12/31/1999

Evangelion: Death and Rebirth is comprised of two parts: Death, a recap of the 24 TV episodes; and Rebirth, which shows us what happened after the last TV episode. For more information, also see "Neon Genesis Evangelion".
If you haven't seen the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series, you'd best forget about watching Death and Rebirth because it's totally useless as an independent anime feature.
As I've described in the synopsis, Evangelion: Death and Rebirth consists of two parts, which are as the title states, Death and Rebirth. Death is like one big flashback. It's a collation of key scenes and events from the TV series, with some additional backgrounders interjected here and there. It's all presented along with about a zillion thought-provoking, uh, captions. There were so many flashing words that I can't remember them enough to give you an example. However, those who've watched the series would know what I'm talking about (TV eps 23 and 24 have lots of those). The flashbacks range anywhere from 6 months to 12 years ago, and they are set against a school quartet practice session for the pilots. Sound bizarre? Personally, I hate it when Evangelion overdoes the philosophical drama and profundity. Fortunately, since Death is simply a recollection more than anything else, this kind of presentation works.
Now let's move on to Rebirth. Rebirth shows us exactly what happened after the series -- after Shinji kills the last angel. Seele is now out to eliminate NERV and the Evangelions, a mission which includes killing all the EVA pilots and basically everyone who gets in the way. Although it's very exciting, don't count on Rebirth to give you anything definite. Rebirth ends in the middle of Seele's onslaught against NERV, and the last thing I remember seeing is Asuka regaining her synchronization ability and going on a rampage with her Unit 02 -- wiping out what Seele forces she can get her hands on.
The art and animation are superb, as is the case with the TV series. The Japanese language version features a lot of really renowned seiyuus, among them Megumi Ogata (Princess Emeraude in "Magic Knight Rayearth", Sailoruranus in "Sailormoon") as Shinji Ikari; Megumi Hayashibara (Faye Valentine in "Cowboy Bebop", Lina Inverse in "Slayers") as Rei Ayanami; and Mitsuishi Kotono (Sailormoon herself, also Juri in "Revolutionary Girl Utena") as Misato Katsuragi.
To sum it up, Evangelion: Death and Rebirth gives you a sneak preview of what's to come in "End of Evangelion". It reveals certain things that may have been overlooked in the TV series, yet at the same time it also poses more questions for viewers to ponder on. It's not the best EVA has to offer but it's definitely a must-see for fans of the series -- myself included.
You just have to see "End of Evangelion" after this...

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Review Title:
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth
Alternative Titles:
Shinseiki Evangelion Gekijouban: Shi to Shinsei
110 Minutes
General Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
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Young Adults
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