Iiniku Ushijima: ReiRei Ayanami (Ayanami Rei?) is a fictional character from the Japanese media franchise Neon Genesis Evangelion created by Gainax. She is the First Child (First Children in the Japanese version) and pilot of the Evangelion Unit 00.At the beginning of the series, Rei is an enigmatic figure whose unusual behavior confounds her peers. As the series progresses, she becomes more involved with the people around her, particularly her classmate and fellow Eva pilot Shinji Ikari. She is revealed to be a key factor in the events that conclude the storyline. Her role in this conclusion is not made entirely clear in the TV series, but is one of the principal plot points of The End of Evangelion.
The End of Evangelion (Air/Shin Seiki Evangerion Gekij -ban: Air/Magokoro o, Kimi ni?) is a 1997 Japanese animated science fiction film written and directed by Hideaki Anno, released as a finale for mecha-based television series Neon Genesis Evangelion.
The film is divided into two episodes, each with a separate Japanese and English title: Episode 25': "Air" (Ea?) / "Love is Destructive" and Episode 26': "Yours Sincerely" (Magokoro o, Kimi ni?) / "ONE MORE FINAL: I need you". They effectively replace the series' controversial final two episodes with a more "real world" account of the story's apocalyptic climax. Gainax originally proposed titling the film Evangelion: Rebirth 2.
The End of Evangelion received polarizing opinions initially, with the film obtaining the Animage Anime Grand Prix in 1997 (amongst other awards) and reviews that ranged from glowing to antipathetic. After a decade following the film's release, reviews are still extremely polarizing.
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