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  • Audio Rating: A
  • 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 0:8

By Richard Norton     February 16, 2002
Release Date: June 26, 2001



The Review!
This 8th and final DVD has the most cheerful cover for a notoriously downbeat ending. But, at last, Misato!

I am not going to write about the controversial ending, as this has been discussed to death in the past. So what advantage does the DVD offer that the VHS did not?

Well, it made me realise I needed a bigger pause button on the remote, and better jog and shuttle than the Pioneer has.

I watched the disc in Japanese dialogue with English subtitles, then the dubbed version, then dubbed with subtitles. Just to take it all in from every option possible. And understand the ending better.

In the end I preferred the Japanese dialogue with subtitles, because there is a large amount of (for an anime) individual speeches and statements, as though from a surrealist stage play, and the Japanese voice acting came across as giving the characters more depth and feeling than the English counterparts.

The following 2 paragraphs are spoilers (episode 25);
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There is a scene in Misato's and Kaji's past where they are making love (off screen). Due to the H.I. project, Shinji is shown this when Misato's psyche is being analysed. He is embarassed, she is ashamed. The Japanese track has no sound effects, however they have been provided in the English dub. (This is the same on the VHS versions). Curious.

Episode 24, is perhaps more controversial than the way episodes 25 and 26 end Evangelion. The last angel, Kaworu Nagisca is introduced, in the form of a boy of 15, the same age as Shinji. He befriends Shinji, betrays Shinji and then convinces Shinji to kill him. Shinji does this in a fit of rage, Kaworu embodying all the people Shinji considers have betrayed him in the past, rather than just because of Kaworu's actions alone. This anger is induced by his father ordering him to destroy another of his friends. Afterwards Misato, instead of playing "Counsellor Troi" tells him he did the right thing, and not to feel bad about it. He *does* need a shrink bad, cue episodes #25 and #26 etc.

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ADV used the new improved fonts for the subtitles, the same as on their Original Dirty Pair DVD#1 and Gasaraki DVD#5. Still very readable, but not so intrusive on the picture as the former style.

I found the video quality a great improvement on the VHS, colours being clearer, sound superior and the 3 episodes looker much newer than they actually are as a result.

This disc being the last, I was hoping for some extra extras, but there were none. A credit-less opening and ending, or even angle choice would have been appreciated.

I recommend this disc to Eva VHS owners for the higher quality video and audio; to those who wish to complete the Eva experience, even if you think the movies are the true ending; to Misato fans;...and collectors of Eva everything.



Review Equipment
Panasonic TX24-TI television. Pioneer DV-525 region selectable player

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