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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: C-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Starchild/King Records
- MSRP: ¥6600
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion TV (Overview)
January 01, 2000
What They SayThe Review!
What can I say, it's Evangelion. If you're reading this you most likely already know whether you like it or not. That said, in my opinion it's one of the best anime series of the past few years and it's a must have.
There are 4 episodes per volume; in the end there should be 7 DVDs to complete the series.
The video quality is excellent, with no noticeable artifacts.
It is definitely a clearer picture than the ADV LD releases, with more detail and the noiseless picture DVD owners have come to expect. Even though these DVDs are only around 100 minutes long each, Gainax went through the added expense and trouble of making the discs dual-layer (RSDL) allowing for a better quality picture. Thank you Gainax.
The audio is 2 Channel Dolby Digital and sounds excellent.
Since this DVD was intended for the Japanese market, there are no subtitles or language choices other than Japanese. You'll either have to be fluent in Japanese or have scripts to know what's going on.
The menus are utilitarian black and white with no music and/or animation but they work well and there is a wealth of information on Evangelion to be found on each DVD, provided you can read Japanese.
The packaging is the standard Japanese DVD packaging, which is to say a standard CD type jewel box. Those expecting a keepcase will be disappointed. Overall these are excellent DVDs for fans of Evangelion. If you have a player capable of playing region 2 DVDs I can recommend them without hesitation.
A final piece of advice: If you do wish to buy these DVDs, buy them directly from Gainax. My DVDs arrived 10 days after I faxed my order and cost around $52 each including shipping costs. All the import Anime dealers in the US are charging $70-$85 a piece for these DVDs and generally have to special order them, taking a month or more. Go to Gainax's English website (http://www.gainax.co.jp/menu-e.html) for instructions on ordering. Note that confirmation of your order will be emailed to you in Japanese and will be unreadable unless you have a program to display Japanese characters.
Japanese Language,Staff Listing with Bios,Cast Listing with Character Bios,Guest Cast listing for each episode,After recording scripts for each episode,Conceptual Artwork,Creditless Opening and Ending Sequence on Volume 5