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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: D
- 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 0:6
By Brian Shea
February 16, 2002
Release Date: April 17, 2001
Audio was excellent as usual; everything sounded clear. I checked out the Japanese and English Audio Tracks. The Japanese sounds great, along with every other DVD, although I can't help but hate plenty of the voices in the dub, which brings the overall audio score down.
The Eva DVDs keep improving in this department, this one looks better than any of the others. It sure helps during the fight scenes in episodes 18 and 19. It seemed to blur a little in episode 19, but outside of that it was pretty consistent. However, while it does look quite good, there are plenty of other anime DVDs out there that look better. Since this is such a popular anime, they shouldn't have a problem with getting it to look good.
Pretty good as usual in these DVDs. The cover showcases the famed 'Berserk Unit 01' from episode 19. The additional cover for this installment is a new one not featured in the VHS release, its of the dummy plug controlled Unit 01. Like usual, the back cover includes a brief summary and some pictures. While I prefered the layout they used for the first 2 DVDs better, these ones are still pretty good. Pretty much my only beef with the packaging is the way it holds the DVD. Its extremely hard to get the DVD out of there, and when you do its just as hard to get it back in. I've decided to hold my DVD elsewhere since I don't want to run the risk of scratching it.
Same menus as all the others, there isn't much to say here, they work fine for me and I didn't have any problems at all.
If there's one thing ADV definatley screwed up on for the DVD release of Eva, it was the extras. You'd think with the most popular anime of all time they'd atleast have some good extras on the DVD, but unfortunately all we get are some extremely short character bios. A creditless opening/ending and some music videos would be nice, but I guess ADV is too cheap to include them.
These episodes are where Eva really takes off. Although nothing much more than an above grade mecha show in the first 4 DVDs, the show vastly improved on the 5th DVD and takes off with the 6th. This DVD contains 2 of the toughest angels in the series, spread over three of the best episodes of the show.
The first episode, number 18 starts off slow like the previous episode. We're treated to more character development here for Touji, Shinji, Asuka, Kaji and the others. News has been spreading about a new Eva, Unit 03, and the pilot, the 4th Child has been selected. In whats easily the worst story arc in the DVD, everybody learns who the pilot of Eva 03 is but Shinji. While it provides an interesting cliffhangar, the awkwardness of the rest of the episode certainly can't be made up with that. When the new Eva is finally tested it runs amok and is reclassified as the 13th Angel. As usual the 3 Evas go out, but both Unit 00 and 02 are beaten pretty quickly by the angel. However, when the angel approaches Shinji he refuses to fight, since he doesn't want to harm the pilot inside. Aggrevated by Shinji's refusal to fight, Gendo switches the control over to the Dummy Plug; which goes ahead and kills the angel rather quickly. However, in one of the more gruesome scenes of the series, the berserk Eva starts tearing Unit 03 to pieces, spewing blood everywhere. It ends with crushing the Entry Plug while Shinji screams out for it to stop. Its not till after this sickening scene that Shinji discovers who the pilot is.
The middle episode of the DVD is arguably the best episode in the series, featuring the usual first half of character development and second half angel fight. Angry at his father over what happened, Shinji attempts to destroy NERV HQ but is quickly stopped. When he recovers Shinji resigns from NERV, wishing to never see an Eva or his father again. Tension has reached an all time high between Shinji and his father. We're treated to more of the interesting 'train' sequences from the last DVD before the 14th Angel arrives to wreak terror. The Angel plows right through NERV's shield layers, and then proceeds to dismember Unit 02. After watching Rei go on a suicidal run to blow up the angel ending in yet another failure, Shinji heads back to NERV HQ and pleads with Gendo to let him pilot the Eva again. Just as the angel makes it into Central Dogma Shinji arrives and starts beating the heck out of the angel. However, the Eva soon runs out of energy and the Angel tears the Eva's 'binding' to shreds and starts attacking it's core. You see, in one of the coolest twists in the series yet, we discover the Evas are actually living creatures with bindings around them. Luckily for the good guys, the Eva goes berserk for a 3rd time and proceeds to tear the angels to shreds, finishing it off by chowing down on the angel. Although one of the bloodiest, this episode contains the best fight in the entire series, in addition to the toughest angel. We also find out many more plot twists in this episode as well.
The DVD finishes off with episode 20, in which Shinji has been absorbed into his Eva after the last episode's battle. The NERV staff tries as hard as they can but cannot figure out a way to get Shinji back. We are treated to plenty more of the scenes like those in the last DVD, in which Shinji has more internal arguments with himself about his father and who the enemy is. After encountering his mother for the second time in his Eva, Shinji returns to the world of the living. The episode ends with an infamous scene that I won't go into here.
All 3 episodes on this DVD are vastly entertaining and kick the plot into high gear. With only 6 episodes remaining, things really start building up to a big finale(although it never really comes; see the final DVD for more info). With 2 entertaining angel fights and more psychological scenes with Shinji, these 3 episodes really show off how good Eva is.
Panasonic DVD ROM; 17 inch monitor, Cambridge Soundworks Speakers