Childhood ends. Friends drift apart. Innocence is lost. That, we know.
Hideaki Anno makes a tale that explores the turbulence of adolescence and the coming of age of four girls clashing head first into the worst and most misogynistic aspects of Japanese society. An examination on how through their vulnerabilities, women can be forced into becoming products. Also, an exploration on the concepts of self-worth in times of change.
Anno goes all out with a kinetic and energetic style of filmmaking that endows the film with energy and despair in equal measure.
Also, I want to note that this is one of the few instances where a film made me actually scared. The bathroom scene is just too much for me to handle.