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I've watched the WHOLE "Neon Genesis Evangelion Director's Cut DVDs" right now - which is making my eyes hurt badly, giving me terrible headaches, and contributed to my always increasing dementia, and I have mixed up feelings about it. It was released before the Star Wars DVDs, yet it has great similarities. I love both, I consider both to be modern art masterpieces, and the original version of both are now lost thanks to pointless special editions versions
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Neon Genesis Evangelion, here's IMDBs plot summary, which makes it look sillier than it is, it is actually VERY complex: "When the Angels start attacking the planet Earth in the year 2015, only a handful of 14-year-old EVA pilots are able to stop them. The weak-minded Shinji Ikari suddenly finds himself forced to pilot EVA-01, a giant organic mecha, designed and constructed by NERV, that is the only thing that can stop the Angels."
The thing is, when GAINAX released those DVDs, they have changed the series in the same way Lucasfilm has changed the O-OT. Episodes 21 to 24 have re-done animation (The SW SE's changes come to mind), extra scenes (Jabba's scene in ANH comes to mind), and some altered scenes to "fit" with the REAL ending of the series, "End of Evangelion" (Anakin at the end of ROTJ comes to mind). Episodes 25 and 26 were the original ending for the TV series, but they now have been "replaced" with a movie released in 1998 called "End of Evangelion", which was based on the original plans for episodes 25 and 26. (At the end of episode 24 we see a "preview" of what would be the episode 25, Air, but the animation for the episode was only partially done back then, before they eventually scrapped the idea thanks to budget limitations, so it looks very rough, almost scary to watch).
To Evangelion fans only, might contain spoilers:
OK, so, Longinus spear is NOT on the moon anymore (wtf?), Adams legs grow up when the spear is removed by Rei so it would fit End of Evangelion, Asuka tried to had sex with Kaji (in a sickening new scene), and Kaworu had some connection's with Seele. OK, I admint, there are some good things, such as some improved animation, specially on episode 24, but... Has Evangelion become what Star Wars is now? Have we lost it forever? Are there going to be more changes for the 10th aniversary, next year? One thing's for sure: I'm not getting rid of my old copies of the original broadcast of Evangelion, with video tracking problems and all.