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Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:5

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Content rating: 8
Posted 2003-03-06 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by Cacophanus on 2003-04-15 02:52:00

After a weak disc four, the fifth entry in the Evangelion series brings the show back to its previous level of excellence. We begin to see at last some of the deep secrets which have been lurking just below the surface of the story since its start.

Warning: spoilers follow!


Well, I had recently realized that there was probably some connection between the age of the three Eva pilots (about fifteen or sixteen years old) and the fifteen years since the Second Impact. Coincidence? I think not. I had also been wondering just what -- not who -- Rei was. We still don't know the answer ... but it's becoming clear that she is something more than (less than?) human, and tied in some way with the Angels. But what exactly is the connection?

We begin to see deeper aspects of some of the other characters, too: Yoji is playing a very dangerous game, working both for NERV and for the Japanese government. Just which side owns his true allegiance? Or, perhaps, does either? His snooping has also opened Katsuragi's eyes: she is starting to smell something rotten in the state of Denmark. Her realization that Ritsuko -- perhaps her best friend, and certainly one of her very few friends -- has been hiding information from her must hurt her deeply. I think that her role in this drama is becoming more and more clear: she's the good person, the Everyman, trying to reconcile human decency with the desperate measures required to fight the Angels. Unlike all the other people in positions of power, she may be willing to give her sense of humanity priority in this struggle.

As for Shinji and Asuka, I maintain even more strongly than before: they are the perfect brother and sister at heart. They get on each other's nerves, they suffer together the teasing of their peers, but they really do love each other. Not that way, as an incident on this disk makes clear, but the same way I love my sister and brother. It's so sweet.

The Fourth Child is revealed at the end of the final episode of this disk. I have a very, very bad feeling about him; my "Red Shirt" meter is going off the scale, especially since we learn that the class representative is sweet on him. Sigh. He's a good man. But in Evangelion, that may not be enough.

Equipment used when writing this review:

Sony DVD player, stereo speakers, JVC 27-inch television.

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

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Other reviews of this disc:
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:5 by CmdrTaco (Rating: 7.80)
Things are heating up in the world of Evangelion with disc 5. As more is revealed about the angels, the relationship between Rei and Shinji's father, and the strange technology powering the Evas, this disc answers a few questions,...(continues)
Content: 9 Video: 8 Sound: 7 Packaging: 7 Menu: 8

Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:5 by rewster (Rating: 8.60)
That's right, boys and girls, it's time for the monthly pilgrimage to the mall to get the next DVD of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Actually, this one kinda made me feel more like I was buying a DVD of Serial Experiments Lain.


Content: 9 Video: 8 Sound: 9 Packaging: 8 Menu: 9

Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:5 by RVarall (Rating: 8.00)
I'll admit it, I'm fairly new to anime. However, since I've started my addiction to this woderful form of animation I've been told that I MUST watch the Neon Genisis Evangelion series. I don't have a VCR in my room though, so I've been...(continues)
Content: 9 Video: 8 Sound: 9 Packaging: 8 Menu: 6

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