Neon Genesis Evangelion: V.3 Collection 0:3 (ep.9-11)
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It's triple jeopardy as the Angels continue to attack and the forces of NERV are finding themselves sorely pressed to find new ways to combat the alien invaders. Facing a new Angel with the ability to instantly replicate itself poses problems enough, but when an unborn Angel is found incubating inside an active volcano, the decision is made to meet the devil in it's lair! Can even an Evangelion survive mortal combat beneath a million tons of molten lava? Then NERV is left defenseless as a major power failure cripples Tokyo 3 and Shinji, Asuka and Rei must find their way through an underground labyrinth to the Eva's subterranean launch bays. But even if they get there, will they still be able to launch?
Brash new Eva pilot Asuka seems to take a sadistic pleasure in deriding shy, melancholy Shinji. When the two of them are required to fight as a unit to destroy an invading Angel, she moves in with Shinji and Misato, complaining all the way. After practicing to music, they win the battle with a mecha version of a rhythmic gymnastics routine. Asuka volunteers to take her Eva into an active volcano to capture an Angel in its chrysalis stage; she's nearly killed when it escapes and has to be rescued by Shinji. After the volcano adventure, the pilots and Misato take a well-earned rest at a hot springs, where Shinji discovers the principal of thermal expansion can have embarrassing personal applications. Asuka also insults Rei, but all three pilots have to work together to defeat a huge, spidery Angel that secretes a corrosive acid in episode 11, "In the Still Darkness." A mysterious power failure that occurs during the Angel attack points to the actions of Shinji's father, Commander Ikari, who ruthlessly pursues his private agenda. All three episodes display the strong storytelling that has made Evangelion one of the most popular anime series. Not rated; suitable for ages 14 and up for robot versus robot violence, brief nudity, and minor profanity. --Charles Solomon
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In the next episode, Asuka is refused permission to go to Okinawa with her class by Misato. Asuka, throughly ticked off, feels she isn't treated right. In a pool, Shinji tries to understand physics. Asuka gives him a college crash-course (seeing how she finished college that year) which is actually a lesson on how when an object is heated, it gets bigger. (...)
During the rest of the episode, Asuka has to defeat an Angel in a volcano and in the third episode, all three Children have to defeat an acid-emiiting Angel above NERV HQ.
In all: this is the continued standard of the first two and doesn't lessen their quality at all. Extras still suck but that's enough to put up with when you're watching the Best Anime in My Humble Opinion!
The first of the three tales finds Asuka and Shinji pitted against an Angel (Israphel) who can magically duplicate itself when it is under attack. After a failed first effort, the two EVA pilots must learn to coordinate their efforts perfectly. Considering how little they like each other this may be harder than destroying the Angel. It certainly is funnier.
Next, NERV scientists discover an Angel embryo (Sandalphon) deep in the lava of an active volcano. Asuka, deprived of a chance to go on a class trip, is determined to destroy it on her own... If she can just get over the embarrassment of her special heat-resistant suit. Misato's determination puts Asuka in severe danger and the outcome is in doubt to the very end.
The final episode finds NERV headquarters in darkness due to human sabotage. Without power, Shinji, Asuka, and Rei must break into NERV to get to the EVAs before they can face an acid wielding Angel (Matriel) determined to liquefy Tokyo-3.
These episodes show the EVA pilots at their best and their worst. We do get a tiny glimpse of whatever it is that motivates Asuka's abrasive bravado, and how this balances and contrasts with Rei's calm acceptance and willingness to do whatever is needed. Poor Shinji, cursed with a brilliant but cold and distant father finds himself attracted and bewildered by both. Writer/director Hidako Anno again uses short glimpses, rather than long exposition to build interest. This enables him to accomplish a great deal of layering of story, development and symbol in the sparse context of the Anime medium.
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First of all, I have to give this DVD two thumbs up, as it brought me back into the anime circle of things. Read morePublished on April 18 2003
I was never a fan of anime until I saw this series.
15 years after a catastrophe that has killed half of the world population, invaders called "Angels" have arrived... Read more
Anyone not familiar with the Evangelion series can do worse than pick up the 0:3 collection (Episodes 9-11). Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2002
Of the first 3 DVD this one has been the best. This is offset by the fact that there are only 3 episodes rather than 4 on it. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2001 by Aaron Newlands
The more involved in the story you become. In this disc, we see more of Commander Ikari's true nature, which really is not what you'd expect from a father. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2001 by Beowulf
Evangelion is an intense psychological anime, and it has easily become a favorite. However, unlike the first two DVDs, this one only has three episodes... Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2001
I've read people complain about the quality of the DVD menues, etc. Don't let that stop you from purchasing this DVD. Read morePublished on July 25 2001 by LJ
The NGE series is, in one word, amazing. It is a completely original take on the Christian myth of the Apocalypse. Read morePublished on May 24 2001 by John Miller
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