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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: B
  • 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 0:7

By Chris Beveridge     May 29, 2001
Release Date: May 29, 2001

Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:7
© ADV Films

What They Say
The secret workings of NERV begin to become clear as SEELE mercilessly interrogates NERV?s key personnel in a ruthless bid to uncover Gendo Ikari?s real agenda!
Later, Rei must make a terrible sacrifice in order to save NERV once more, but even as the survivors sift through the wreckage, a guilt-ridden Ritsuko summons Shinji and Misato to a secret chamber for an even more startling revelation!

Contains three complete original episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion!

The Review!
With only six episodes left at the start of this disc, there's a lot of work to be done. But thankfully, there's something called backstory that's given here, and it's much needed to fill things out. If you're looking for non-stop Angel action, it's not here, though there is quite the great battle.

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.

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.

After a mix of decent to "what were they thinking" covers for the first six volumes, the first real standout cover in the series and its one that was not on the VHS release. The image of Asuka sitting in her Eva with the blank white sky behind her is quite striking and looks positively wonderful. The reverse side replicates past covers with the animation, summary and feature listings. The insert provides the cover from one of the VHS volumes showing the spinal remains of an early Evangelion test.

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.

Another batch of character bios that we're not looking at until we reach the end of the series.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Much like the release of Gasaraki #5, Evangelion #7 contains a lot of backstory. While things begin to collapse around everyone in the present day, from Kaji being accused of kidnapping Fuyutski to Misato's downward spiral over her time spent with Kaji. While Shinji's feeling fairly good about himself after the events of the last episode, Asuka is close to a complete breakdown after being rescued by Shinji in the past episode.

So what's best to do at this point? Begin talking about the past! We start getting a number of flashbacks and flashforwards to the present with a number of characters, showing how the area of the second impact looks today to the events surrounding its occurrence. An interesting segment shows Misato back in 2002 where she had spent two years saying nothing following her survival of what appears to be ground zero, while losing her parents to the devastation, as well as everyone else that was on the team.

We also get to look into the past of Gendo, his wife Yui and Fuyutsuki and what on the surface could appear to be something of a romantic triangle but really isn't. Yui's an interesting character, though not a lot is really shown about her, but she provides some of the more pivotal moments, such as the first firing up of the Evangelion prototype with Shinji watching from one of the windows. Where things really get interesting with Yui is her relationship with Ritsuko's mother, the designer of the MAGI systems.

Another amusing point is the indirect meeting between Ritsuko and Misato, whose making up for lost time and talking a lot. The two get along quite well and with the introduction of Kaji into their group, things get even more interesting. Amusingly, it's noted that after Misato met Kaji, she spent a week in bed with him. The relationship between the three, as relayed to Ritsuko's mother, proves to be an interesting way to tell the story while things continue to be interesting between Dr. Akagi and Gendo Ikari.

The truly dramatic section of these episodes though is when the 16th Angel shows up. In a different move than previous Angels, it simple establishes an orbit around Earth. Asuka tries to regain some of her pride and stature by taking on the Angel after it's assigned to Rei, since she also realizes that if she can't handle this Angel, she's never going to pilot again. With the high orbit of the Angel, her weapons are unable to deliver the power it needs to hit it properly through its AT field. While trying to figure out what to do, the Angel launches its attack.

And to the surprise of just about everyone, it's a psychic attack. The Angel begins to invade her mind, peeling away the layers and trying to understand her. The commencement of the attack kicks off the loud music sequence of "Halleluiah" that really works well for this segment. Asuka's almost in tears, repeating over and over to the Angel to stop raping her mind. The emotional moments are running quite high here and the impact is strong. What makes things even worse is that Gendo sends Rei out to save her, using one of their last resort weapons to take down this particular Angel. Asuka's pain of the mental rape is only compounded by the fact that she feels once again saved and beaten by Rei.

There are a number of very dramatic moments throughout these episodes, moments that really pay off quite well after watching the series. The characters are now truly going through the wringer and depending on who the viewer likes, they'll find themselves going through the same thing and empathizing with the character. For a lot of folks, myself included, it's these last six or so episodes that are the real highlights of the series, and it's great to finally see them again after a couple of years. Excellent stuff.

Japanese Language,English 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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