The Witcher: Blood of Elves (1994) by Andrzej Sapkowski

Where the first two novels in THE WITCHER series were short story collections, the bulk of the series is the five-novel saga that follows them, starting here with BLOOD OF ELVES. Structurally, it makes for quite a change. Gone are the charms of author Andrzej Sapkowski’s riffs on fairytales, gone is the tightness of structure…

The Witcher: The Last Wish (1993) by Andrzej Sapkowski

THE LAST WISH is a collection of fantasy short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski between 1986 and 1993 (later translated into English in 2007). There are five short stories that were published in a Polish fantasy magazine through those years, two stories written especially for the collection, and a framing story written to…

Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo. (2012)

The first film in this REBUILD series was a direct, often shot-for-shot, remake of early episodes of of the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION series, made primarily by the same people who made those episodes back in 1995. The second film superficially changed some things up, reshuffling parts of the story, filing off nastier (read: more interesting)…

Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. (2009)

Where the first film in this reboot (of sorts) series slavishly recreated the first six episodes of the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION series it’s based on, this second film is a lot more original, incorporating some scenes and elements from that series, but amidst reimagined plotlines and characterisations, with a considerable amount of new material. I…

Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone. (2007)

So much of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, the television series, as well as its sequel film THE END OF EVANGELION was about pushing both its characters and its actual viewers to progress, to self-actualise, to come to a meaningful psychological understanding of themselves and make an effort to connect with other human beings. Creator Hideaki Anno…

Revival of Evangelion (1998)

This is simply the interpretive clip-show of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION’s first twenty-four episodes, titled DEATH, compiled with the sequel film/arguable-alternate-ending THE END OF EVANGELION. As far as its own merits go, DEATH is certainly nice contextualisation for the sequel film, and is interesting enough a take on the clip show format that fans beyond completionists…