@Asaid16: Not to spoil anything, but the film "The End of Evangelion" is exactly that: it ties up the story, and actually replaces episodes 25 and 26.
"Death & Rebirth" is a kind of highlights movie of the series up to and including episode 24, and also includes the first 40 minutes or so of "The End of Evangelion".
Beyond that there's Evangelions 1.11, 2.22 and 3.33. These are an updated version of the Eva story, taking it into whole new territory. The fourth and final of these films is currently still in production.
Hope any of that helps.
Not to spoil anything, but the film "The End of Evangelion" is exactly that: it ties up the story, and actually replaces episodes 25 and 26.
Ehhh, both kind of debatable imo. As I understand it (to the extent anyone does understand it) what you see in EoE was the original planned ending, issues with the TV network's funding of the show and with Anno going a bit out of his gourd led to episodes 25 & 26 being produced instead, which tell basically the same story but from a much more abstract angle. The one major difference being that (major spoilers) while the TV version ends with Shinji accepting instrumentality, EoE ends with him rejecting it. Which of these was the original intended conclusion I'm not sure has ever been revealed, nor how big of a role Anno's respective mental states at the time of each production played in those decisions, or his attitude to the fan backlash over the TV ending (and as to which you consider the better ending, ymmv). While I think EoE is still a great watch, I do find it kinda superfluous. Personally I think the TV show is perfect as it is.So End of Evangelion is the true ending
While they’re certainly alternate I’m not sure I like the word “replace”, personally. They’re a more straightforward and traditional way of portraying events and with a different ending but Eva isn’t a straightforward story by any means. I’m inclined to view it (all of it, TV, movies and the rebuilds) as much more Anno’s exploration of his own psychological state than as a traditional narrative (and by extension, the psychological state of his once fellow otaku he was devoloping a (self) loathing for - Gainax was essentially the first major studio by and for otaku and for good or ill, laid the groundwork for a great deal of what the anime industry became).The two "episodes" which make up End of Eva are numbered as 25' and 26' (with apostrophes), so I'll insist that they replace 25 and 26 in that version of events.
I've just adapted this thread for that very purpose for anyone who'd be interested.Maybe it is time for another discussion on this? I know there are a few people passionate about the show here again these days, and I’d be interested to hear yours and others’ thoughts and theories Neil. Probably a good idea to start a new thread for it though.