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Content rating: 8
Posted 2003-02-13 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by kurt on 2003-03-08 01:26:00
The third disk in the Eva series maintains the high quality
of the show, and maybe even raises the bar a notch.
Despite the "Angel of the Week" nature of these episodes,
the REAL action goes on between the pilots. We are
finally starting to peek inside the heads of the children
who are all that stands between the human race and
annihilation, and I say, "It's about time."
Rei actually speaks several complete sentences in the final
episode, and, on a couple of occasions, initiates
an exchange! While she remains an enigma, we at least
have a chance to see her do a bit more than sit quietly.
She swims laps in a pool, for example, in a most interesting
manner: without moving her arms or her legs. Maybe she's
part cephalopod, and has some sort of siphon structure in
her ... um, well, *cough* right.
When we were first introduced to Asuka on the last
disk, she came across as a bossy, arrogant jerk; but
there was a moment when she and Shinji looked at each
other in a particular way. Not flirting, not teasing,
more like really old friends, or siblings. In the
episodes on this disk, the pattern continues: she
tries to dominate every situation, but doesn't
always succeed. And to her credit, she really is
willing to acknowledge her failures, and the successes
of others. I think that she and Shinji are falling
very quickly into friendship -- fraternal, that is.
And I like it. There aren't enough shows with strong
but asexual bonds between men and women.
Because the focus is on the serious side of the
Eva pilots, the writers force some of the other
characters to amuse us. Sure, there are a few
funny moments between Yoji and the increasingly
frustrated Katsuragi, but I hope it doesn't go on
for the rest of the series. It will be about
four more episodes before I start rooting for NERV
to use Yoji as the ammunition in their next
All in all, a really good show. It isn't reaching
the level of "great" at the moment, but it's close,
and the backgrounds are slowly filling in.
I'm expecting good things from Neon Genesis
Equipment used when writing this review:
Sony DVD player, New! 27-inch JVC television,
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