Drew Edelstein’s review published on Letterboxd:
If you decide to live, anywhere can become heaven.
After all, you're alive.
There are chances to be happy anywhere.
As long as the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth exist, it will be all right.
We have the power to destroy the world and to save it, to uplift each other or condemn each other to an eternity of nothingness. The story of humanity is the story of pain and compassion and of our boundless potential juxtaposed against the struggle and pain that brings us all down, of a world of hedgehogs all bristling against each other for that one moment of beautiful connection that makes us feel whole.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is that story, that eternity of human struggle abstracted and intensified to cosmic proportions, a story of finding your purpose and loving yourself that extends further than any single story has before or since.
It is the story of birth and life and death and decay, of casting away the shackles of the self and embracing the love of others and uncertainty of the world. It is hope, hope beyond hope, an act of faith and a affirmation of existence that genuinely believes in our capacity to grow and to change and to love, because we can all be better so long as we hold faith in each other.
I never thought I'd be better. I never thought I'd be worthy of life and of love and of all the good in the world. I wished for another life, another world, to be another me, to have the power to turn back time and to turn all my pain and mistakes and regret and the everything I knew back to nothing.
I still have moments and hours and days where the scribbles in my mind overtake the world, where I want to fade away into the nothingness I once treasured so much.
If I ever did though, I wouldn't have you.
I can't make it alone and you deserve to exist because we are stronger together, so much stronger together than we could ever be alone. Even when our world feels as if it is ending, when the darkness that surrounds us seems so overpowering, and when we feel so broken and hollow in the moment, we can make it through, together.
Everything will be okay. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. It is worth living, worth loving, worth fighting on for another day.
Everyone on this Earth gives me the shape to exist, the will to live, the desire to love, the power to wake up in the morning.
If you are reading this, I hope in some small way, I can do that for you too.
Love is destructive and love is painful, but without love we are nothing.
I need love, and I need you.
We can be happy anywhere. We can make this world good. Even if it's the hardest thing in the world some days, all we have to do is try.
When we all choose to try, we can do anything.