Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. #6 (of 8) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, December 29, 2003
Release Date: Monday, November 17, 2003
What They Say
The first test of the new Eva turns into a disaster as the giant bio-humanoid goes insane and proceeds to run amok! When the combined efforts of Asuka and Rei fail to stop the berserk monster, Shinji must face it alone in Unit 01. But his compassion for the fellow human trapped inside the beast becomes his undoing. As Gendo unleashes the monstrous power of Unit 01's autopilot, it becomes horribly apparent that the Evas are far more than just machines.
This three chapter volume will tell us more about what an EVA is, and will reveal some very important plot clues.
I listened in alternate Japanese and English episodes, and both stereo streams were good, with no problems detected. I did find that some of the subtitle text occasionally lagged behind, but not enough to be more than a minor annoyance.
Video is good, with no defects in the transfer process detected, and the same quality level as the previous volumes.
The front box cover has Unit 01, all broken but keen to kill. The rear cover has half a dozen stills from the episodes. The single page insert has a picture of Unit 01 dining alfresco on Unit 03 (causing a river of blood) on one side and the chapter listings on the other. The disc is the usual gloss black printed affair.
Simple blue and red background, looking similar to a control panel. In the background (at the top) you can see a short version of the intro looping. All hot spots worked well. The top menu presents the episode and scene options, as well as the language and “Extras” selections. All-in-all, nothing to get excited about I’m afraid.
Not a whole lot, but you do get; clean open & close; the bios covering Pen-Pen, Hugai, EVA 03, thirteenth Angel (Bardiel), fourteenth Angel (Zuruel). As ever, you should look at these bios after you’ve watched the volume, unless you are cool about spoilers.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This three episode volume starts with the new EVA 03 unit being delivered. This in turn requires that Misato & Ritsuko have to leave for the activation grounds at Matsushiro, order to prep the new EVA. Meanwhile Toji, the new EVA pilot, is less than enthusiastic about his newly elevated status, and tries to keep it secret from everyone. As ever Asuka and Shinji continue to fight, well Asuka argues and Shinji just listens. Even Kaji, who is sleeping over, can’t believe how antagonistic they are to each other. Later Kaji gives Shinji a pep talk, the gist of which is that people will never understand each other 100% (especially women).
Meanwhile back at the test ground, Misato makes an off hand comment that the EVA’s could be used to take over the world, but Ritsuko lets it slide. Later during the testing of the new EVA unit, it becomes apparent that something is wrong, but before any remedial action can be taken Unit 03 goes rogue as it has been overtaken by an Angel. And so Commander Ikari designates Unit 03 as the thirteenth Angel and orders the other EVA units to destroy it. A very exciting battle ensues, with the Angel taking out Rei and Asuka, leaving only Shinji to fight the threat. As ever Shinji has his doubts, and these very nearly cost him his life. As a last resort Shinji’s control of Unit 01 is severed and the mysterious Dummy Plug is remotely activated. This allows Unit 01 to totally annihilate Unit 03, much to Shinji’s helpless horror.
In episode 19 we see the fallout from the EVA on EVA confrontation, with Shinji quitting NERV. And so, whilst he waits at the station to leave for good, we learn something very important about all the kids in Shinji’s class. Only before he make a clean getaway another Angel appears, and it totally wipes the floor with Units 0 & 2 as well as the HQ defense systems. It is Kaji who reminds Shinji that he has to make the right decision, and that the decision should leave him without any regrets. And so Shinji decides to take Unit 01 out to confront the most powerful Angel yet to appear, in a no holds barred fight to the finish. The outcome of the fight see Unit 01 “awaken” and the real EVA burst forth from it’s armor to become a beast! Only Commander Ikari is happy to see this turn of events.
Episode 20 has SEELE close to panic, as they realize that Unit 01 abilities and the turn of events may change the course of history in a direction that favors Commander Ikari plans, rather than their own. Meanwhile Shinji has merge with the EVA unit, and as such is no longer part of reality. With Rei in hospital and Asuka having a emotional breakdown, not to mention the destruction of NERV HQ, things look very grim and tempers are fraying. Inside the EVA unit Shinji is having a crazy conversation with himself (or is it the EVA talking?) and it centers around his low self esteem. It is touch and go as to whether Ritsuko can save Shinji, and in the final analysis they find that they think that they have lost him. In the end it is the thought of his mother that brings Shinji back from the abyss of dissolution. One interesting aspect of the experience is that Shinji has a pre-birth memory, in which his father sates that if the newborn is a boy he will call it Shinji, and if it’s a girl he’ll call her Rei.
The final post crisis scenes have Misato and Kaji doing the horizontal mamba. Misato is trying to get some information and Kaji is trying to hide something, but both agree they need to know more about what is happening. But something in Kaji words of love bodes ill for their future together, as he drops a pill into the ashtray.
This volume tells us many things about how the characters feel about themselves once the veil of pretence is moved to one side. And as such is an eye opener onto the characters motivations.
In summary- An excellent volume, with plenty of action and some great plot clues, so keep your eyes open.
Japanese Language,English Language,Spanish Language,English subtitles,Character Bios,Clean Open & Close
Primary equipment: JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment: 21” Sony Trinitron monitor, ATI 9700pro & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & headphones.
Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films UK
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion