Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:5 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, April 26, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2001
Things begin to drift towards the tripped out mind games Eva is famous for in this, the fifth volume in the series. Technically, it is on par with the past few discs. Crisp but not stunning picture (probably due to the source material rather than the transfer), clear audio and easy to use menus. Now on to the content.
This disc is probably the most character focused thus far. The first episode is all about the anxieties Shinji feels around his father. It's rather depressing, actually, to think that a boy could be that distant from his father, even though this sort of thing happens all the time in real life. The other main plot in this episode involves Misato's conflicting feelings about Kaji. The further on into the series we get, the clearer it is that the characters and not the Evas are the real stars here.
The second episode on this disc contains the sole Angel encounter. A giant sphere appears over Tokyo-3, so naturally the Evas are sent out to destroy it. But in a great creative twist, it turns out the ball in the sky is nothing but a "shadow" of the real Angel, a super-thin carpet on the ground. It absorbs Shinji, and we are plunged into the boys psyche and get a deeper glimpse of what it is that makes Shinji tick. The episode cumulates in an extremely well done and powerful scene that I won't spoil. Let's just say that Unit 01 has a few tricks up its sleeve.
The last episode is really just a lead in to the first episode on the next disc. After an accident during construction, America gets freaked out and sends the fourth Eva, Unit 03, to NERV for safe-keeping. Thus begins the search for the Fourth Child. Although no one comes out and says it, by the end of the episode if you haven't figured it out you were probably asleep. It's clear the writers wanted you to figure out who it is. Making things more complicated, Misato isn't sure how to tell Shinji about the Fourth Child's identity, which leads to some problems next volume.
Although not as action-packed as previous volumes, what action there is in this volume delivers. Those of you wanting to know more about the characters and their motivations are in for a treat. Again, Eva just keeps getting better. The end of this volume only leaves you wanting more.
KHL DVD 221, Sylvania 19" TV
Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: A-
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: B-
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion