C_U_P wrote:EPISODE 1 NOTES: This episode was very typical of a super-robot show. It has the usual formula of "reluctant kid gets forced by his neglecting parent to fight in a big machine to save the earth from big invincible stompy thing." Nothing was really outstanding to me, aside from the awesome first piece of BGM, the opening, and the awesome animation. I've read about how this show had no budget, and how GAINAX was taking a lot of shorcuts in the animation. This is not budget animation. Everything is detailed and fluid. I find it funny that suck a well-loved series has such a typical and average first episode. I'm sure it'll get better though.
My comments on your comments:
very typical of a super-robot show
I would say "Mecha". Not "super-robot". Evangelion is not typical of the super-robot type.
the awesome first piece of BGM
All hail Shiro Sagisu! The BGM in Eva is one of its stronger qualities all the way through.
've read about how this show had no budget, and how GAINAX was taking a lot of shorcuts in the animation. This is not budget animation. Everything is detailed and fluid.
The show started out with a moderate budget, but the animation got a lot worse towards the later episodes. That's OK, though, because Anno (director) decided to use it as a sort of a stylistic statement, and began using lots of long shots of still images, and other such money-saving devices, to represent certain moments in the show. By the time you get to the last 6 episodes, you will have discovered a fun game: Spot the cost-cutting.
I find it funny that suck a well-loved series has such a typical and average first episode. I'm sure it'll get better though.
Yeah #01 sort of sucks in some ways, but It's kind of supposed to suck. What I mean is that it was supposed to mirror the first episode of Mobile Suit Gundam, and other mecha shows - Evangelion works, on a certain level, as almost a satire on other mecha shows, and how similar they all are.
Gets better? Of course it does. Eventually. The series only really begins to shine at about #12 - up until that point, most of what happens is good, and sequentially essential, but does not neccesarily represent the director's best work. #1-#4 are kind of the good side of average, #5 & #6 are excellent, #7 is the low point of the series, then from #8 onwards you have a run of excellence, and then from about #12 onwards is where it becomes outstanding for me. Something like that, anyway. They are all good, even #7 really, just that some are so much better than others.Originally posted on: 26-Apr-2005, 03:05 GMT