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Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:6

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Content rating: 8
Posted 2003-03-18 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by kurt on 2003-04-20 19:50:00

As Ikari Gendo says somewhere in episode 19, "It is the beginning of the end", or maybe "It is the end of the beginning." All the storylines which have been twisting into bigger and bigger knots are starting to snap. The really big explosions are yet to come, but it won't be long now.

For example, Shinji finally tries openly to rebel against his father: goaded by an inexcusable lack of information and an unfortunate series of circumstances, he dares to threaten NERV headquarters while in Eva 01. It doesn't work, of course ... but his subsequent punishment serves to remind everyone that Shinji is not Just Another Eva Pilot. Sure, Misato loves him, and his fellow pilots like him, too, but it becomes clear that he has another Big Fan on his side.

We don't really learn anything more about the Angels, just a few hints. After watching episode 18, I was taking a shower when the thought suddenly hit me: could there be some connection between Shinji's long-dead mother, the mysterious Rei, and the Angels? You may recall Rei's mystical journey back around episode 12 or so, in which we saw a parade of images running through her mind as she spoke out loud. Well, this time, we get a similar trip inside Shinji's head. It seems to me that Shinji, like Rei, may not be "just" an ordinary human. If so, just what did Gendo do back at the time of the second impact? And what has he been doing since?

These episodes are very heavy on Shinji, with a minor emphasis on Misato. I miss Asuka -- she always brings a breath of fresh air into the show. And the Fourth Child, who is revealed with tragic results in episode 18, drops out of sight for the remainder of the disk. Will we see him again?

I've been warned that episodes 25 and 26 are, well, not so popular; I've even been told that I should avoid watching them, and instead substitute one (or both?) of the movies. That means that there are only 4 episodes left; it is going to be one heck of a ride, and I'm looking forward to it very much!

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

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

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Other reviews of this disc:
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:6 by CmdrTaco (Rating: 8.40)
And here faithful readers, is where Neon Genesis Evangelion goes from strange to bizarre. The 6th volume of this classic series marches in and forces us to rethink everything we've thought about Evas and Angels. And true to form, it...(continues)
Content: 9 Video: 9 Sound: 9 Packaging: 7 Menu: 8

Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:6 by hemos (Rating: 8.60)
Disc Six continues many of the plotlines of the prior five discs in this *excellent* series. I've now completed watching the whole series, and the series is amazing...except for the ending. But that's another review.

One of the...(continues)

Content: 10 Video: 8 Sound: 9 Packaging: 8 Menu: 8

Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:6 by rewster (Rating: 8.00)
Before i start this one.. i just have to say.. WOW. People warned me when i said i was thinking about getting into this show, because it gets REALLY deep as the series goes on, and that's certainly evident by watching this disc and the...(continues)
Content: 9 Video: 8 Sound: 9 Packaging: 6 Menu: 8

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