In this primary trailer for Hideaki Anno’s film The End of Evangelion no actual animation from the movie is shown and instead we are treated to a sequence of live action scenes featuring the actresses behind the characters of Asuka, Rei, and Misato from the series combined with various lines of dialogue. Upon viewing the actual movie, although there is a live-action sequence in the third act of the film few of the scenes in the trailer are shown. In fact, a completely alternative ‘live action sequence’ was filmed but was cut from the final version of the movie. This sequence then became something of a legend as it wasn’t included in any of the home video releases of The End of Evangelion until the 2003 remastered ‘Renewal’ set in Japan where this scene was included as an extra on the DVD. Sadly, although the remastered version of the television series was made available in the states, the remastered version of the final movie never got released stateside. The reason behind this was that ADV Films owned the rights to the Neon Genesis Evangelion television series but not the rights to the subsequent movies which were bought by Manga Entertainment. So although ADV Films released the an American version of the remastered TV series, Manga Entertainment never bothered to release the newly restored version of the film. ADV Films has currently gone under and Manga Entertainment has long since lost the distribution rights to the films so I happened to find the ‘lost’ live action sequence from The End of Evangelion and I decided it needed to be posted on here.
This alternate reality is in fact ‘our’ reality in which we don’t have giant robots or giant creatures attacking us fairly frequently. All of the characters are as they would be in ‘real life’ and interestingly, this alternative reality doesn’t include Shinji. I actually prefer the live action sequence which they kept in the final cut of the film itself but this alternative version is worth seeing if just to see what the voice actresses who perform as Rei, Asuka, and Mistato (Megumi Hayashibara, Yuko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsushi) in Evangelion actually look like.