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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: C-
  • Extras Rating: C
  • 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 0:5

By Chris Beveridge     March 27, 2001
Release Date: March 27, 2001


Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:5
© ADV Films


What They Say
Betrayals and revelations erupt across NERV as Kaji?s allegiance to an outside authority becomes apparent.

Shinji?s faltering abilities become deadly when a new Angel attacks and absorbs Unit 01! Trapped inside, Shinji?s mind begins to collapse as a series of hallucinations assault his sanity? and unless he can free himself, Ritsuko will have him destroyed!

Meanwhile, the search for the mysterious Fourth child begins as the newest generation of Eva is readied for launch! Contains episodes 15-17 and character bios.

The Review!
If you haven't thought the show has had any weird points yet, well, this is where things really start diverging and getting weirder and weirder.

Audio:
For our primary review, we listened to this in its original language, Japanese. Frankly, there's not enough time in the day to watch this series in all four languages on it and still review everything we get on a weekly basis, but I really love that they do include the multiple languages. The Japanese track sounds good for what it is, with clean dialogue and no noticeable distortions. The music sounds quite good, with some really powerful scenes on this disc making good use of it.

Video:
As the episodes have progressed, things continue to look better and better. While there's still a bit of a washed out feel in some scenes, others look great. Some of the softness in a few scenes also look intentional, especially when compared to some of the more clean and clear looking sequences. Rainbows don't show up to our eyes and only a few minor isolated instances of line noise during a camera pan here and there. Colors look good and blacks look solid. The only area where we noticed some grain/compression artifacts is during some of the night blue sky scenes.

Packaging:
Taking the front cover this time around is Toji, looking all studly and almost aggressive. For those who want, you can take the insert which contains the stubbily and studly Kaji and put him on the front cover instead. The back is set up similar to previous volumes listing the episode numbers included and a brief rundown on the content alongside a few pictures.

Menus:
The menus are the same as previous volumes, so they're pretty functional and in the style of the show's computer screens. Access times are very quick and since there's not a lot of levels to it, very easy to navigate. So why the low grade? For some reason, at least on my deck, the main menu takes an entire cycle of music before it becomes available for input. Fairly annoying in my book. The first time I popped it in I thought the batteries had gone on my remote, but then I noticed the blue flag wasn't on the screen allowing me to move it around to the selections. Returning to the main menu did not have this problem though.

Extras:
The extras this time around are character bios as seen on earlier discs. Due to other discs giving away spoilers in bios such as these, we're skipping them (and yes, we've seen this series before, but we forget a lot of things and can still be re-surprised).

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The introspective moments continue here though they've started to expand to more of the cast. Misato, though she had to be drunk to do it, confesses some of her fears and her past to Kaji. Her revelation that she feels a lot like Shinji in her feelings about her father and how they've caused her to run during her life makes her wonder about her ability to help Shinji and be a mentor to him.

Kaji's time away from the job also begins to reveal more things about Nerv and the other groups affiliated with it, such as the Marduk Institute and the 108 companies that are owned by it. The number 108 makes it's first appearance in the series here I believe, and always gets a smirk from me in how frequently it gets used throughout anime and manga.

Throughout the three episodes, only one Angel makes an appearance, and it's quite the odd one. Appearing literally out of nowhere, it shows up just above Tokyo-3 and looms about menacingly. After being told just a day earlier how well he was doing, Shinji's new found confidence leads to a rather sizeable disaster as he ends up getting sucked right into the Angel's trap, along with a good portion of Tokyo-3.

The nastier side of Asuka really makes itself known during this incident, since Shinji had scored higher than her and his actual confidence about it got right under her skin. I'm figuring there's something of the kiss the two shared in the previous episode in her disgust as well, both with herself and him. Though she does play nasty here, it does give some interesting glimpses into her personality in more detail.

And things can only get worse of course when one of the entire branches of the Nerv group simply disappears along with Evangelion unit 4. This sends the committee into a tizzy and starts pushing things up faster now that the Unit 3 is being airlifted from America to Japan. And with a new Eva there must be a Fourth Child, which is only going to set the stage for even more conflict within the group.

There's a lot of undercurrents played out through these episodes about the true nature of the Eva's and the entire Nerv project(s) as well. Misato starts to have doubts while Ritsuki and Gendo continue to manipulate things and people to their favor. The games continue...

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,Spanish Language,French Language,English Subtitles,Character Bios

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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