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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Perfect Collection

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better then I expected. June 22 2003
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Format:DVD
I just finished watching this series, Episodes 1 to 26, in one day and I'm really surprised that I liked it. I was told by friends that since I like anime I just had to watch this. The way people talked about it I expected to be grossed out, have my religious views stomped on and be wallowing in depression by the end. I actually found this story more redeeming then disturbing.
I'm not really into fighting animes on the whole and it doesn't take too much for me to click the fast forward button, but I didn't think these fight scenes were that intense. After awhile they seemed to get very formula; Angel appears, fight it, freak out, repeat ad-nausea um. I find watching five minutes of "Saving Private Ryan" or "Platoon" more upsetting then watching this whole series. Maybe I've seen too many nature programs but the Evas eating each other wasn't that big a deal to me either. If the kids had been hacking at people or animals instead of at odd pseudo-machines with no personalities it would have had more of an impact.
I do like the characters progression through the story. I heard that the main writer had major depression for a few years before writing this series and man does it show. In someways the story is more about people dealing with mental illness and trauma with the Apocalypse just thrown in to keep people who are into action interested. It included a ton of different theories and vocab, sometimes used correctly and sometimes not, from psychology, counseling and human development. You can practically see this guy reading from text books or one of the very few decent self help books
I'm apparently one of the few people who LIKED the original ending. The animation techniques used to show oddly shifting thoughts and images and the people's different perspectives was wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rumors are true...it's the best.... June 19 2003
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The most basic of Evangelion's numerous layers of plots goes as follows: as a gigantic, indestructible creature, later dubbed an "Angel," wreaks havoc on Earth, adolescent Shinji Ikari is sent for by his father Gendo, head of the supersecret underground organization NERV. With no prior training, Shinji is reluctantly able to pilot a giant robot called Eva Unit 01, destroying the creature. As the series goes on, Shinji's reluctance to pilot 01 grows as he battles more of the evil "Angels," along with fiery German import Asuka and silent, unnerving Rei Ayanami and their Eva units.
The questions will fly fast and furious. What are Evas and how were they created? What and where are the Angels from? What is their link to the "Second Impact" that put the Earth in its current state? Who and what is Rei? Why does Unit 01 respond the way it does to Shinji, who becomes NERV's best pilot despite his reluctance and lack of training?
The other plot layers weave a complicated but intriguing web that you will understand better with more viewings. There are secret organizations who can predict the arrival of Angels and the outcomes of battles. There are double agents, faked histories, cover-ups and painful betrayals. Mix this in with the heavy theology: the idea of Angels as the bad guys, and the giant light crosses that erupt at their demise; the naming of objects--Adam, The Spear of Longinus (Longinus being the centurion who speared Jesus on the cross), man as a creator of something that will bring about his destruction, Shinji as Gendo Ikari's forced sacrificial lamb...and on and on. Read into everything the series gives you to gain a full appreciation of how deep the creators wanted you to ponder.
This is, Cowboy Bebop in mind, a terrific accomplishment in terms of music and sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A total anime experience June 16 2003
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Since other reviews have discussed the series in detail (plots, characters, etc.) I will only add that this series should be experienced as a whole, and not piecemeal. Watching the series out of order or only getting a few of the episodes will only lead to a disappointing experience (as well as confuse the hell out of the viewer). If you are truly interested I would recommend getting the entire series as well as the two movies, Death & Rebirth (2 hour recap with some new footage that leads into the final act) and The End of Evangelion. Actually, the series won't make as much sense without watching End of Evangelion (which is incredibly surreal--big mindtrip!!). This series is less of a shoot-em-up then some preview footage may lead you to believe. If mature anime is your thing, I would highly recommend this series. If you don't like to think about metaphysical and psychological topics and have a short attention span (i.e. you don't want to have to think about the possible meanings of the show) then you might want to save you money. Otherwise, this is about as good as anime gets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Explaining The Hype Behind Evangelion June 12 2003
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Most great anime series tend to tie things up within either the 26 (Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, RahXephon) or 40-plus episode (Great Teacher Onizuka, Tenchi Muyo) frame--Rurouni Kenshin's 90-plus aside. But what is it about this 26-episode series that has it so oft-mentioned with the phrase "greatest series ever"?
The most basic of Evangelion's numerous layers of plots goes as follows: as a gigantic, indestructible creature, later dubbed an "Angel," wreaks havoc on Earth, adolescent Shinji Ikari is sent for by his father Gendo, head of the supersecret underground organization NERV. With no prior training, Shinji is reluctantly able to pilot a giant robot called Eva Unit 01, destroying the creature. As the series goes on, Shinji's reluctance to pilot 01 grows as he battles more of the evil "Angels," along with fiery German import Asuka and silent, unnerving Rei Ayanami and their Eva units.
The questions will fly fast and furious. What are Evas and how were they created? What and where are the Angels from? What is their link to the "Second Impact" that put the Earth in its current state? Who and what is Rei? Why does Unit 01 respond the way it does to Shinji, who becomes NERV's best pilot despite his reluctance and lack of training?
The other plot layers weave a complicated but intriguing web that you will understand better with more viewings. There are secret organizations who can predict the arrival of Angels and the outcomes of battles. There are double agents, faked histories, cover-ups and painful betrayals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one million stars out of 5 The BEST anime I have ever seen!!
This is an excellent series. No, "excellent is not enough to describe how much I LOVE this series! If I were to go into detail about this series we would be here all day. Read more
Published on June 12 2003 by M. McKee
5.0 out of 5 stars "Tear open the door to your heart."
If the previous DVD's story was a hint that nothing is quite what it seems, in the three episodes here, the scales begin to fall away, almost without warning. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2002 by Marc Ruby™
4.0 out of 5 stars Things start to get serious.........
This DVD is definiately a turning point in the series. Up to this point has been basically slapstick sexual humour and utterly awesome action sequences. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars All Roads End Here. Evangelion Is Simply A Masterpiece
Since I was a kid, I've always been a fan of anime. From watching the old episodes of Robotech in the early 80's, being blown away by the mastery of Akira, to almost suffering a... Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2002 by A. Alfred
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exploration of the Complexity of the Human Soul
One words saids it all about Neon Genesis Evangelion, "Amazing". All the Neanderthals who give this item four stars or less obviously possess no gray matter; they are... Read more
Published on July 28 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST ANIME EVER
This is a must buy for any anime fan. Evangelion is THE best anime ever. It has a sketchy ending but otherwise it is absolutely enticing. Read more
Published on July 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST ANIME EVER
This is a must buy for any anime fan. Evangelion is THE best anime ever. It has a sketchy ending but otherwise it is absolutely enticing. Read more
Published on July 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpeice of Anime
This anime is GREAT! Good animation, indepth characters and storyline. Definitely deserves a complete 5 stars, and is undoubtedly worth the buy
Published on July 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Evangelion!
This show is the one that got me hooked on anime. There are lots of great bad guys(Angels) as well as the exceedingly cool good guys, the Evangelions(EVAs for short). Read more
Published on July 25 2002 by Katy A. Palan
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