Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (movie)
In the middle of the movie, you can see a number of live-action sequences, usually showing a crowd in front of a stage or people walking on the street and such images. In one of these, showing the latter, you can see three persons in the crowd from behind which, judging by their hairstyles, are Rei, Asuka and Misato lookalikes.
Before Unit 01 breaks out of lilith there are a bunch of images that show letters written in kanji. They flash by very fast arent just for show. These letters are the various hate mails that where written to Hideaki Anno, from fans of Eva who didnt like the original ending to the show. One of these images even shows the Gainax Shop with graffiti on the walls.
When asked about anime influences for the updated look in Godzilla X Mechagodzilla(2002) at a Los Angeles American Cinematheque screening, director Masaki Tezuka replied, "I have not seen Evangelion."
While recording the scene in which Shinji strangles Asuka, Ogata Megumi (Shinji) became so frustrated and agitated that she actually pushed Miyamura Yuko (Asuka) to the floor and strangled her. Because of this, Miyamura had difficulty speaking her lines for a while.
According to Misato, the computer screen she is viewing near the beginning of the film is a file which reveals the truth of Second Impact. In reality (from what is legible) it is nothing but a short bio on Gainax and its films.
Gendo Ikari's muted final words to Ritsuko were never scripted. There was originally meant to be an explosion in the background making the line inaudible, but even after it was cut Anno still wanted the line to be unheard. Yuriko Yamaguchi (voice of Ritsuko Akagi) had difficulty delivering the subsequent line "Liar" without knowing what Gendo had said. Anno gave her one small hint as to what the line was, and she instantly knew exactly how to delivery the line. To this day, only Anno and Yamaguchi know what that hint was.
One shot in the live-action sequence shows three women with their backs turned to the camera who are dressed exactly like the characters Rei, Asuka, and Misato.
The red dummy plugs we see injected into the Mass Production Eva series before they launch are labeled "Kaworu".
The film was based on the scripts Gainax originally intended to use for episode 25 of the TV series, but were unable to due to budget and production problems, and TV Tokyo's refusal to allow the episode to be produced for television broadcast. The second half of the film builds upon the script to create an ending concurrent to the one shown in the TV series.
An alternate sequence was originally planned for the live-action portion of the film. In it, Shinji dreams of a world that exists without him. The sequence follows live-action versions of Asuka, Misato, and Rei in various stages of their daily lives, without NERV, Angels, or Evangelions. It ends with Asuka being followed by an "invisible" Shinji, who realizes in monologue that this is not reality. As the transition from live-action back to animation is made, Rei and Shinji discuss the nature of dreams vs. reality, as seen in the final cut of the film. Portions of this alternate sequence can be seen in the original theatrical trailer, which is shown on the R1 DVD before the movie plays.
Winner of the "Audience Award" at the 2nd Animation Kobe (1997)
Japanese nude model Maiko Yuki appears in the film.
Following the release of episode 26 of the TV series, disgruntled fans sent Anno death threats and vandalized the front of GAINAX's office. A screenshot of an email death threat and a picture of the vandalized office building are among the random images played toward the end of the film.
The title of the film's second half, "Magokoro wo Kimi ni" (Sincerely Yours), comes from the title of the Japanese version of Charly (1968), which was based on Daniel Keyes's "Flowers For Algernon". "Magokoro wo Kimi ni" was reportedly the title given to the first edition of Keyes's story when it was released in Japan.
The entire flash card set for all the previous episodes appears just after the crayon drawing sequence.
While advertised as comprising of two episodes, it actually is three episodes, the first one being there only to keep the narrative intact for people who are only able to get hold of this film.
Asuka's voice actress, Yuko Miyamura, mentioned in an interview that Asuka's final line in the movie was her own idea. The original script called for the line "An'ta nanka ni korosareru no wa mappira yo!" ("I'd hate to be killed by a bastard like you!"), but Miyamura, Megumi Ogata (the voice actress who played Shinji) and director Hideaki Anno were at a loss over how the line should have been delivered; Ogata even attempted to strangle Miyamura in frustration. Finally, Anno told Miyamura to imagine a stranger doing something sexual all over her body while she was sleeping; he also asked her what she would think or say upon waking and realizing what had happened. Miyamura's reply: "Kimochi warui" ("I feel disgusting").
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