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- Audio Rating: A
- 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 Jared Wietbrock
March 24, 2002
Release Date: February 13, 2001
We have reached the mid-point of this series, and things have unfortunately fallen into a pretty predictable pattern. Each episode in this volume seems to focus on a certain character, but then an Angel shows up like clockwork and the Evas must be deployed to defeat it. However, for such a predictable formula, this volume still manages to stay fresh and interesting.
The first episode is Misato's. Having received a promotion, Shinji finds himself wondering why Misato joined NERV in the first place. Most of the episode focuses on the various motivations of Misato and the Eva pilots. Midway through the episode the next Angel shows up, and I have to say it is one of the stupider ones in the series. A giant eye that is on a suicide mission to drop on Tokyo-3 and destroy it in the impact. The battle (if it can even be called that) between the Evas and this thing isn't even that interesting, nor does the insight into the characters prove that entertaining. I have to say this is one of the weaker episodes in the series thus far.
However, the next episode more than makes up for the preceding one, which was in danger of becoming filler. Episode 13 is all about Ritsuko and the mysterious Magi computer system that seems to make most of the decisions concerning the running of Tokyo-3. The Angel in this episode is the best yet. Instead of being some giant monster, this one takes the form of a mass of microscopic machines that hack into Central Dogma and attempt to take over the Magi. Being the daughter of the woman who designed the Magi, Ritsuko is charged with preventing this from happening. For an episode whose main action sequence boils down to people typing on computers, this episode does a marvelous job of keeping the tension high and really had me on the edge of my seat. Plus, I really like the creativity used in coming up with this Angel.
The final episode on this disc is the dreaded recap episode, something I really don't think needs to be in a 26 episode series. However, this episode is also a reason why every anime fan owes it to themselves to see Eva at least once. The style used in recapping the first 13 episodes is unique. The closest I can come to describing it is to say it is almost like a visual report that would be presented to top government officials. Which in a sense it is, because this episode introduces the top secret agency of SEELE, who is supposedly in charge of NERV. However, Dr. Ikari has little desire to follow orders from anyone, even if that someone is supposedly only following prophecies laid down in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The further into Eva I get, the more I find myself pulled into the story's world. Although there is really nothing major in the plot department going on here, the characters and the various Angels are enough to carry the series through these three episodes. If you've been watching Eva, I see no reason to stop now. It just keeps getting better.
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