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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 Solomon
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CastSpike Spencer, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Megumi Ogata, Tiffany Grant
DirectorHiroyuki Ishidô, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Keiichi Sugiyama, Masahiko Ôtsuka, Masayuki
DVD Release Date:  May 23, 2000
Runtime:  120 minutes
Studio:  Adv Films
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review by . November 16, 2011
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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 …
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