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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 2 - Europe
- Released By: ADV Films UK
- MSRP: £19.99
- 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 Vol. #7
By Paul Jacques
December 30, 2003
Release Date: December 17, 2003
Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. #7
What They Say
© ADV Films UK
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! A complex triple-cross leaves the fate of mankind hanging in the balance as the Evangelions must once again defend the earth from a host of Angelic invaders, but Asuka’s traumatization leaves her helpless. Alone, 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!The Review!
In this volume we are well and truly rolling on towards the end.Audio:
I listened in alternate Japanese and English episodes, and both stereo streams were good, with no problems detected.Video:
Video is good, with no defects in the transfer process detected, and the same quality level as the previous volumes.Packaging:
The front box cover has Asuka in Unit 02, looking afraid. The rear cover has half a dozen stills from the episodes. The single page insert has a picture of one of the secret in Terminal Dogma. The disc is the usual gloss black printed affair.Menu:
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.Extras:
Not a whole lot, but you do get; clean open & close; the bios covering Oaoba, Uri Ikari (Shinji’s mum), Naoko Akagi (Ritsuko’s mum), fifteenth Angel (Arael), sixteenth Angel (Armisael). As ever, you should look at these bios after you’ve watched the volume, unless you are cool about spoilers.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Episode 21 starts with the dramatic news that Sub Commander Fuyutsuki has been abducted, and suspicion falls upon Kaji. In turn suspicion falls on Misato as Kaji cannot be found, so she is placed under arrest until the investigation has been completed. Of course the Sub Commander has been abducted by order of SEELE, who wish to find out what Commander Ikari is up to. There then follows a very revealing flashback of how NERV and it’s senior people came together and are interlinked. As such this is the detailed background information you will no doubt have been craving for. And it’s all there, including love, hate, jealousy and naked ambition. Of course the question is, who shoots Kaji (c’mon you can work it out)? You may want to watch ep 21 again, as it’s such a milestone.
The next episode has some vital background information on Asuka, which helps explain why her ability to pilot an EVA, as well as her mental stability, are deteriorating. Meanwhile the EVA construction project has been speeded up, but for what purpose, no one (except SEELE) is sure.
A little later a new Angel appears in orbit, and Unit 002 is launched to intercept, but the Angel uses a physic attack which causes Asuka to fire wildly in all directions. This forces Commander Ikari to order the use of the Lance on Longinus in order to bring down the Angel. This reveals a lie that Ikari has been perpetrating about the cause of the second impact (that killed Misato’s father), and this causes deep suspicion within Misato. In the end it is Rei that delivers the Coup de Gras to the Angel, but too late to prevent Asuka from being mentally broken.
In episode 23 we see the outcome of various situations in the characters lives; Asuka self esteem is dead; Ristuko self denial ends; Ikari friendly relationship with SEELE is finished; Misato has lost Kaji and no longer trusts Ikari. The underlying feeling from all is that of deep bitterness and regret.
A new Angel appears over Tokyo 3 and in the battle that ensues Rei’s EVA is invaded by the Angel, and she undergoes a introspective bit of soul searching at it’s hands. Asuka is sent to the rescue, but due to her mental state she can’t even move her EVA out of the lift, making it very public that she can no longer be an EVA pilot. In the end Rei makes the supreme sacrifice in order to destroy the Angel. Only, and amazingly, Rei isn’t dead, she re-appears in the hospital a little time later. Meanwhile SEELE interrogate Ritsuko about the incident, only they use a phrase that stirs hatred in her heart for Ikari. At the same time Misato looks at the pill that Kaji left in the ashtray, and it turns out to contain access information. Finally Ritsuko, Misato and Shinji all take a trip to terminal Dogma to look at the secrets it contains.
In summary- Wow, what a corker of a volume, secret revealed left, right and centre!
Japanese Language,English Language,Spanish Language,English subtitles,Character Bios ,Clean Open & Close
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.