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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: ADV Films UK
  • MSRP: £19.99
  • Running time: 80
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. #5

By Paul Jacques     September 22, 2003
Release Date: September 22, 2003

Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. #5
© ADV Films UK

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!

The Review!
Some new threads are being intertwined into the main plot. Finally we start to realize that the EVAs are not just robots, but something much more- but what?

I listened in both Japanese and English, and both stereo streams were good, with no problems detected.

Video is good, with no defects in the transfer process detected, and the same quality level as the previous volumes.

On the front cover we have Toji smiling on, with a blood spattered Angel (Leliel) in the background. Insert is a single sheet with a moody looking Kaji set against a background of another Angel (sorry, I can’t tell you which one, might spoil the surprise when it pops out). The rear cover has nine stills from this volume.

Simple blue and red background, looking similar to a control panel. In the background (at the top) you can see a short version of the intro looping. All hot spots worked well. The top menu presents the episode and scene options, as well as the language and “Extras” selections. All-in-all, nothing to get excited about I’m afraid.

Not a whole lot, but you do get; clean open & close; the bios covering Toji, Hikari, Nerv 02 and Twelfth Angel (Leliel). As ever, you should look at these bios after you’ve watched the volume, unless you are cool about spoilers that is.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This three episode volume starts with Kaji investigating the Marduk Institute (with it’s 108 affiliates) and it’s connection with the youngsters who pilot the EVA’s. Soon it is obvious that someone is trying to hide the Institutes origins and real purpose. Also included are the sub stories of Shinji worrying about meeting with his father for an important anniversary. Plus Misato feeling of failure and her father. The thrust of this episode is about the changes that have shaped the characters motivation. With many scenes involving reminiscing and retrospective hindsight, it’s all good character development, so stay alert. Of course this episode contains the famous Shinji\ Asuka kiss - “I should never kiss to kill time” - and shows just how mean Asuka can be. The grand finale has Misato and Kaji discovering what is kept in Terminal Dogma, and boy is it a big something!

The next episode starts light enough (although it’s too light after the ending of the previous episode) with the Shinji\ Asuka\ Misato breakfast antics. Then it’s down to lab for testing (Shinji scores the best results), with Asuka taking it very badly, although Rei appears not to care. A little later, Leliel appears, and all three EVA’s are sent out to engage the enemy. Things go very badly with Shinji getting “swallowed” by Leliel. During his isolation, Shinji has many hallucinations - or are they conversations with Leliel? – and just when he is about to die, an instinct for self preservation kicks in, which enables him to escape his prison, even though his EVA has no power.

The final episode is a bit like a post mortem of the previous episode. In this NERV (SEELE) attempt to ascertain what happened to Shinji and how it could effect the grand plan. Misato attempts to placate the committee, but it is clear she has some growing doubts about NERV and the people she works with. Events quickly overtake the enquiry as NERV looses one of it’s offices in what looks to be a freak accident. This causes NERV to recruit a new EVA pilot, so we get to meet the (new) fourth child, and it’s a real surprise as to who that is!

In summary- Some action, but this volume is mostly about advancing key plot elements that are necessary for the ending. Not as exciting as the previous volumes, but still good to watch.

Japanese Language,English Language,Spanish Language,English subtitles,Character Bios ,Clean Open & Close

Review Equipment
Primary equipment: JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment: 21” Sony Trinitron monitor, ATI 9700pro & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & headphones.


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