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Neon Genesis Evangelion, Collection 0:1 (Episodes 1-4) (2000)

A movie directed by Hiroyuki Ishidô, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Keiichi Sugiyama, Masahiko Ôtsuka, and Masayuki

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The beginning of the Neon Genesis Evangelion saga

  • Nov 16, 2011
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:1 is a single DVD that contains the first four episodes of the series. The episodes on this disc are definitely meant to establish the Neon Genesis Evangelion universe, as well as to provide character development for Shinji Ikari, the main character. Right now, the pacing of the series feels a little on the slow side, and I hope that the pacing will improve as I watch the other DVD releases for this series. My initial impression of the series so far from watching the episodes on this disc is that while Neon Genesis Evangelion isn't the best anime series I've seen, it's also not the worst series I've seen, either.

When it comes the bonus features, you can see character bios, a page that features the website for the now defunct ADV, the DVD credits, and ADV Previews. For the character bios feature, the bios feature a picture of the character and a brief write-up. The characters included in this feature are: Shinji, Misato, Aida, Eva Unit 01, Angel #3, and Angel #4.

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.

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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December 28, 2011
Another great write up
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One of the most popular anime series of all time,Neon Genesis Evangelionoffers interesting characters, sophisticated direction, and solid storytelling. A giant meteor struck Antarctica in 2000, devastating much of the Earth. Since then, humans and the mysterious aliens known as Angels have been locked in a deadly struggle. In 2015, scientists at the NERV Center in the fortress-city of Tokyo 3 are developing ways to combat the Angels, notably the Human Enhancement Project and the giant battle robots called Evangelions. Fourteen-year-old Shinji Ikari, whose aloof father heads these research projects, is drafted to pilot Evangelion Unit 01. Shinji is a reluctant hero, as many mecha pilots are, but his reluctance is not just an arbitrary whim; it's rooted in his estrangement from his father. Shy and socially maladroit, Shinji displays a likable warmth the grimly taciturn teenagers in ordinary mecha shows lack. Rounding out the cast are Rei Ayanami, the silent, albino pilot of Unit 00; irrepressible Misato Katsuragi, who serves as a substitute mother to Shinji; technical expert Ritsuko Akagi; and Shinji's classmates Toji Suzuhara and Kensuke Aida.Evangelionoffers a dark vision of the future, but director Hideaki Anno presents it very skillfully. Episodes include: 1. "Angel Attack," 2. "Unfamiliar Ceiling," 3. "The Phone That Never Rings," 4. "Rain, Escape & Afterwards." Not rated; suitable for ages 14 and up: robot vs. robot violence, brief nudity, and minor profanity.--Charles ...
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DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
Runtime: 120 minutes
Studio: Adv Films
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