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Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:7

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Content rating: 9
Posted 2003-03-23 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by kurt on 2003-04-23 20:03:00

When my brother (hi, Chris!) finished watching the episodes on Disk 7 of the Evangelion saga, he expressed his feelings succintly:


I have much the same reaction, but let me try to put it in a few more words.

We are approaching the end of the story, and it's a good thing: the strain of siege of Angels is starting to show on all the main characters. People are being pushed to -- and past -- their breaking points, and it's not pretty. The viewer isn't spared: he is tantalized with bits and pieces of the Big Story, but not yet quite enough to make sense of it all. It's unsettling.

The first episode goes back sixteen years into the past, giving us a glimpse of the start of NERV. Gendo -- not yet Ikari, in a very strange twist -- was a real bastard. He hasn't changed at all. I don't understand what women see in him, but we learn in this disk that he's quite the chick magnet. Unfortunately for all concerned, apparently. Ritsuko's memories of her mother aren't pleasant, as we saw several disks ago, and now we discover why. Still, although we learn a bit more about the Akagis, and see Ikari Yui for the first time, we don't really understand what's going on. Those disembodied voices who have been grilling Gendo throughout the series appear again and again -- but who are they and what is their plan (besides the obvious one of becoming gods)?

The second episode is All About Asuka, and, I'm sorry to say, it's not a happy one. My favorite Eva pilot suffers from the mental attack of an Angel (which is very effectively conveyed by the wierd rainbow colors and blasting Halleluia Chorus from the "Messiah"), and loses all her confidence. Poor Asuka. I was hoping she'd pull herself together and go out in a blaze of glory, but I guess I'll have to wait for the final disk to see it.

Rei, on the other hand ... well, we finally learn just what's going on with Rei. "Whoa" is right. I am pleased to find out that my guess at a connection between her and Shinji's mother is born out at last, but not in a pleasant way. Sigh. It makes me feel sorry for the poor girl.

You know that life really sucks when Shinji is the Happiest Camper, and, in this series of episodes, he pretty much is. I have a very, very bad feeling for how this is all going to come together in the final three episodes. By which I mean to say two things: I suspect that many of the characters I've come to regard with affection are going to kick the bucket, or end up in a pitiable state ... and I also don't see how all the questions can be answered in another 75 minutes.

I guess I'll have to find out.

Equipment used when writing this review:
Sony DVD player, 27-inch JVC TV, stereo speakers, and a glass of Ravenswood Zinfandel. MMMmmmmmmm.

Content: 9 Video: 8 Sound: 8 Packaging: 8 Menu: 7

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Other reviews of this disc:
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:7 by CmdrTaco (Rating: 7.00)
The second to last of the television Evangelion DVDs is just as confusing as the last. Questions are answered. Back story is revealed. And shockers are in abundance. And animation gets cheaper. And angels get even more rare and...(continues)
Content: 8 Video: 7 Sound: 7 Packaging: 6 Menu: 7

Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:7 by hemos (Rating: 8.60)
Wow. Disc Seven moves at hyperspeed, with a huge amount of the background explained, and tries to set the stage for disc eight. I'm not quite sure how to go about this review, without giving some spoilers, but I'll do my best.


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

Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:7 by rewster (Rating: 7.40)

Welp, seven down, one more to go (well.. if you count the movies, three more i guess)..

When I started collecting anime, I checked out Evangelion because it looked interesting, and it was one of the few animes I had seen discussions...(continues)

Content: 9 Video: 8 Sound: 8 Packaging: 7 Menu: 5

Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:7 by dosdemon (Rating: 9.00)
And here we have another painfully small installment of NGE. I'm watching this amazing series for the first time, buying the discs as they're released by ADV. After this one, I'm almost tempted to run out to Suncoast and buy /gasp/ the...(continues)
Content: 10 Video: 9 Sound: 10 Packaging: 9 Menu: 7

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