This DVD contains episodes five through eight of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Episode five is still establishing the Neon Genesis Evangelion universe, and focuses on the character of Rei. After this, though, the remaining three episodes started to put a little more emphasis on the action. The final episode on this disc introduced a new Eva unit, along with its hot-tempered red-headed pilot, Asuka.
When I first put the disc in the player, a trailer started. At first, this was no big deal. However, as the previews kept coming, my husband took a look at the time on the counter and saw that these previews lasted for ten minutes. Needless to say, my husband and I were not pleased, because ten minutes worth of trailers at the start of a DVD is obnoxious. This felt almost as bad as the number of trailers that Disney puts at the beginning of their DVDs.
On the disc, you can select from four menu options; the options are "Scene Access," "Communications," "Extras," and "ADV Previews." For "Scene Access," you can choose which episode you want to watch on the disc. "Communications" is the option for subtitle and language selections. For subtitles, you can choose to either have them on or off. For language, you can choose from English, Spanish, French, and Japanese.
The "Extras" menu contains three options. The first is labeled as "Character Bios"; the bios include a picture of the character and a brief text write-up. The characters included in this feature are: Asuka, Gendi Ikari, Ryoji, Eva Unit 02, Angel #5, and Angel #6. The next feature is "ADV Website"; all this selection does is to take you to a screen that has ADV's website featured on it. However, since ADV no longer exists, this link is rather irrelevant. The final extra in this menu is the DVD credits. The final selection on the main menu is labeled as, "ADV Previews." Unlike the previous disc, there is no menu to choose which previews to see. Instead, it goes straight into the ten minutes of previews that are at the beginning of the disc.
There were a couple of issues with the DVD mastering that really bugged me. First, the next episode previews on this disc were not put into their own chapter like the previous disc; instead, you had to fast forward through the ending credits in order to see them if you didn't want to watch the credits. Also, it seemed that the text being used for the English subtitles on this disc were bigger than on the previous one. Personally, I thought the larger subtitle text distracted me from the visuals more.
If you're a fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion and haven't either already picked up this DVD release or one of the DVD box sets that were released for the series, this could be worth adding to your DVD library if you can find it for a reasonable price. Just beware of some of the mastering quirks on this particular release.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this disc that I checked out through the King County Library System.
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Lesley Muir Aeschliman (ljaesch)
I'm a freelance writer whocovers anime and manga on her blog, Lesley's Musings... on Anime & Manga. I also have a music blog called AeschTunes that I post at every once in a while. … more
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