Mania Grade: A
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: B-
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:4
By Aaron J. Heiner
February 16, 2002
Release Date: February 13, 2001
Due to a major error on the behalf of a local Suncoast Video, I was able to pick up a copy of Eva disc 4, nearly two weeks before it's scheduled release date, Neon Genesis Evangeilion seems to have a cult following almost as large as Akira. I do not think I know of anyone in anime who does not own it or has at least watched Eva. After hearing a lot of mixed emotions about the series I finally got around to buying the first disc to see whether or not I would enjoy the series. I am rather glad I did buy it because I really do enjoy this anime, and now am on the forth disc. The series is quiet in depth and would require more time and space than I could afford.
Eva takes place in 2015, fifteen years after the angles first attack the Earth. NERV a special agency formed to combat the Angles. To fight the Angles NERV uses Eva's which are highly advanced mechas. The only downside to these mechs is that they can only be piloted by fourteen year olds, and NERV tends to go through them a little more quickly than they should. Eva is a good series if you like mecha's even if you uneducated about Christian mythology you will still be able to follow the plot easily. Knowing the myth does add a lot to the content.
CONTENT: SPOILER INSIDE
The first episode numbered 12 shows us why Misato fights for NERV as well as brandish her new promotion, before sending the children off to fight an Angle that attacks by aerial bombardment. Luckily all it took was for Misato was to bribe the children in to this suicide mission was a steak dinner, or so she thought. Episode 13 we finally get to learn more about the MAGI, the computers that run NERV, and its creator, Ritsuko and her relationship to NERV during an Angle which attacks NERV from within, by hacking into the MAGI. Lastly Episode 14 we start the first half with a recap of all the previous Angles and the fight between them and the Eva's. Then we float in a "Lain" like moment or a CK-1 commercial with Rei, pondering her existence. Oh by the way, the preview for episode 15, Misato promises more fan service.
The disc's audio was amazing as far as the selection of language available as it is the first disc with this many options as far as language selection. You have the choice of English, Japanese, French or Spanish but the trade off for this is that the overall sound quality suffered. This might have been a prime example of using the multi-layering ability of the DVD format. In later discs these issues are addressed.
The video was by far better than expected and I did not see any degradation of the quality. I was surprised by the reviews I have heard from other reports about piss-poor video quality, I guess a lot of people are watching Eva on twenty year old Philco 13" TV sets or something.
EXTRAS - COVER:
I was not overly impressed by the extras. ADV provided plenty of plugs to their other releases but other than a bio section the extras were a bit slim. As with most newer ADV films it has that bloody ten minute preview of its current titles, which requires you to go to the menu button at once. As far as the cover goes, it had a very nice eye-grabing graphic of Maya.
If you like hardcore mecha action, deep characters, intense plot and a little humor then Eva is a must. Though a notepad might be useful for looking up those mythology references.
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