Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum 06 (ep.21-23)
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The new Eva Unit 03, piloted by Shinji's friend Toji, mutates during its initial test and becomes an Angel. When Shinji realizes another human being is inside the menace, he refuses to attack it. Using an override circuit, Shinji's father takes control of his Eva and rips the 03 apart. Horrified and disgusted at this brutality, Shinji quits as an Eva pilot--until a new and more powerful Angel strikes at NERV headquarters. Seeing his friends Asuka and Rei overcome, Shinji returns to defeat the deadly new foe. But his Eva goes berserk, attacking and devouring the Angel. As it grows in power, the Eva partially absorbs its pilot. Drifting through semiconsciousness, Shinji confronts memories that recur in variations, like an aria by Philip Glass. Characters in other, popular mecha series never confront these moral dilemmas. The youthful pilots in Gundam Wing adhere to a warrior code that extols heroism; they have few qualms about slaughtering their foes. Shinji knows that warfare is not a noble calling, and that causing the death of a human being is a horrifying prospect. His ambivalence about his role as a pilot forces him to analyze his troubled relationship with his remote and brutal father and how that relationship has warped his self-perception. Episodes: 18. "The Judgment of Life," 19. "A Man's Fight," 20. "Form of the Mind, Form of the Man." Not rated; suitable for ages 14 and up for robot versus robot violence, nudity, minor profanity, and sexual situations. --Charles Solomon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A lot of director's cuts really are just collections of deleted material pasted back on. With some frequency, the cuts were made for a valid reason. On occasion, the cuts were made to accomplish something arbitrary (to get a better rating or meet a length requirement). That is the case here. These episodes represent a return to Hideaki Anno's original concept for the series and provide considerable insight into the confusions of the first US release.
Episode 21 has been filled out considerably, providing a better picture of the progression that led to the birth of the Evangelions and the inception of NERV. While most of the information can be gleaned elsewhere, this makes the story gel for the view. You will immediately become aware that you are watching a redubbed Japanese product, not a re-localized cut (which is what the original release was. This creates a bit of visual confusion until you adjust, but actually presents considerable new information, as many of the subtitles are different or new.
Unfortunately, is also becomes apparent that the entire production has been redubbed and John Swasey has replaced Tristan MacAvery as Gendo Akari.Read more ›
Evangelion is dark, no question, but for truly depressing viewing, watch the preview of the live-action version: a long dreary interview with two guys from Weta, interspersed with sketches of the characters. Shriek in terror at the characters' new & improved names. Throw up your arms, or possibly your lunch, at the pronunciation of Eva & of Evangelion (had they actually seen the anime?). And find a body language expert to explain what it means when X is droning on & on, & Y is sitting quietly beside him doing some very peculiar things indeed with his hands.
On to the Review:
I first watched these directors cut's off of a bootleg website in Japanese (I only understand like... what and hello in Japanese) and I was blown away. The story unravelled itself for me through the mere visuals of this astounding new Rebirth. Ah, I just caught the cornyness of it... Death, Rebirth, End, and Ressurection. I guess Anno could be less involved with death, couldn't he? Anyways, I have high hopes for all future Eva products. What a beautiful DVD! 5 and 1/2 Stars! (I always hate when people do that)
p.s. If anyone can force the Anime Network to start broadcasting in my area I'd really appreciate it. (Broward County, FL)
One thing nobody's said yet is that this is actually a remaster as well. Seems ADV lifted the redone video from that Eva project in Japan that cleaned up the video and gave it a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. The colors are more vibrant, the lines more distinct, and scene changes less visually jumpy. There is no Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, however.
Not much is different in episode 21, however, things change with episode 22. I won't spoil anything, but I will say that there is an incredibly powerful new scene involving Asuka...the fact that it wasn't included in the original is apalling. The eva battle in episode 23 is COMPLETELY different then in the original, and gives loads of new insight not seen before. This newly redone battle sequence somewhat hints at what's to come in End of Evangelion.
One bad thing is that there's a redub, and while I didn't mind the fact that some actors were dropped, it does seem that nearly everyone is far less enthusiastic. You can tell that, upon listening to it, most of them are thinking "I've gotta do this again? I thought I was done with Evangelion years ago." One exception is the voice actress behind Asuka. She's actually improved since the series, and her presence is every bit as powerful and moving as it was on End of Evangelion, if not then more so. This is definately good, Asuka's new scene is, without a doubt, the most important addition to the disc.
There's an excerpt on the Eva live movie with Weta workshop, which would be some of the lads behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy.Read more ›
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This DVD is aimed at die-hard Evangelion fans. It also coincides with preproduction of the live-action movie. Evangelion is the Holy Grail of anime TV series. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by William
Everyone else tells the details, but this really said nothing new and has little that is new. The untold plot had already been told in the movies and this only reenforces it. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004
In one word: awesome. I've seen these cuts before (btw, episode 24's WILL blow you guys away, lol) and on DVD, they're even better. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Paul T. Vlosich II
I love 'Evangelion' and I have watched it several times over the years since its release. I enjoy discussing with friends what the show is about and I am one of those people who... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Andrew Cross
Well, after years/months/days of waiting, it's finally here: episodes 21-23 in all their "director's cut" glory. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Brad Nelson
Overall, despite ADV's constant attempts to sabotage the project, the episodes alone garner the DVD four stars.Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Brad Nelson
Well lets get to the point...the main reason you would be buying this video is to check out the extra scenes that you get from the director's cut footage. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by mario
I'm an old-school Eva fan... I watched it all on VHS with english dub. And the old English dub was AWESOME. This one mediocre. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by Ian Price
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