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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Collection 0:4

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Content rating: 6
Posted 2003-02-22 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by kurt on 2003-04-06 23:53:00

Evangelion has impressed me from the start all the way through disk 3, but the episodes on disk 4 just aren't up to snuff. Sigh. It's still a good show, but -- at least in this section -- not a great one. Aside from the half-episode spent recounting the series so far (bleagh), the problem is changing the focus from the children who pilot the Evas to the adults who command them. Perhaps their stories might be just as interesting if told well, but the writing in these episodes feels too heavy-handed to me.

The first episode puts Misato on the spot as the officer in charge of NERV headquarters while Ikari-san and his second-in-command travel elsewhere. We see very briefly flashbacks to an event which occured when she was a child: the Second Impact. I think we are supposed to gain some insight into her personality, her drive to defend the Earth, but I didn't get it. The actual encounter between the Angel and the Evas is an anticlimax, too.

In the second episode, we learn a bit about Ritsuko's past, especially her relationship with her mother. A very different sort of Angel infiltrates the NERV fortress and attacks their computers, which were designed and built by Ritsuko's mother. I like the way that the action leaves the stereotypical arena of "giant robots whack each other" and takes a more subtle approach, but, once again, I just didn't feel any connection to the character and her past. Sorry.

The first half of the final episode on this disk is one of those "recap of what's happened so far" segments which appear so frequently in anime. Yuck. The only positive feature is that we are shown the names of the eleven Angels. Most (or all?) of the names sound as if they are Hebrew -- which does start to make one wonder just why humans have been calling these invaders from space "angels" all this time. Hmmmm....

So, after watching this disk, I now know that both Misato and Ritsuko had unhappy relationships with their parents. I'm afraid that I react with "Big Deal." We already have one character, Shinji, who is in many ways defined by his love and hate for his father. Do we really need so many others?

On the positive side, I really did enjoy watching the interplay between the three children. I would have liked to see much more of it, and I hope that in future disks, the focus returns to Shinji, Rei and Asuka.

Equipment used when writing this review:
Sony DVD player, 27-inch JVC TV set, stereo speakers.

Content: 6 Video: 8 Sound: 7 Packaging: 8 Menu: 8

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Other reviews of this disc:
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:4 by CmdrTaco (Rating: 8.00)
Evangelion continues to be a strong series as we round into the midpoint. This disc has a couple of strong episodes, but is a little burdened by the half episode of recap (which I'm sure is really nice if you're watching the show 1...(continues)
Content: 8 Video: 8 Sound: 8 Packaging: 8 Menu: 8

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Collection 0:4 by rewster (Rating: 7.80)
Today was supposed to be a good day, no classes, payday, and a new volume of Evangelion has been out for two days, so my local DVD dealer MUST have it... but alas they didn't, and after walking over 2 miles to the next nearest mall to get...(continues)
Content: 7 Video: 9 Sound: 8 Packaging: 7 Menu: 8

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