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» Company
ADV Films
» Running Time
120 minutes
» Genre
Action, Drama
» Type
TV Series
» Final Score
» User Rating
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Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 1

» written by Dark Wind [Discuss]

A 14-year old boy named Shinji Ikari is ordered to go to Tokyo-3, Japan by a request from his estranged father Gendo Ikari. He arrives, and suddenly an alien known as an Angel appears and starts to attack Tokyo-3. A beautiful, 29-year old woman named Misato Katsuragi comes in the middle of the battle with the Angel and picks up Shinji and she takes him to the underground secret base of Nerv. There, Shinji finds out he was brought to Nerv as a pilot for the all-purpose mechanical beast known as Evangelion Unit 1. Though he has had no prior training or experience in piloting an Eva, he gets into the cockpit ever so reluctantly to fight the Angel that is right above ground. Chaos ensues…

Ah, the first four episodes of the famed Evangelion anime. I picked this up years ago on a whim, not knowing what I would be watching. And I have to say, still, after all this time, I find these first four episodes extremely lackluster, as an anime show and compared to the rest of the series. I’ve watched it many times now, and I get no excitement from watching it whatsoever, no fun out of it. Ok, I’m exaggerating, but compared to the phenomanel forthcoming episodes on the later volumes, these are just not that great. Not much heavy religious symbolism, no character introspections, no deep mysteries shown, and only one interesting fight sequence. There’s not much else to say.

The Breakdown
I really don’t want to explain this. Buy it to see the rest of the series. And the rest of the series truly does deserve high ratings in my book.


» The Pros
The animation, so far, is really nice, and I'm really interested in the characters, be they big-breasted or not. I also feel for Shinji a bit, and for the other characters, which makes relating to the show that much easier, which in effect makes the show better.

» The Cons
Though I do feel bad for Shinji and his plight with his overly-cold father, I do wish he would realize that he must pilot Eva 1 to save the world and humanity as it exists in it's current form. If he wishes for the world to be destroyed, then he's a psycho anyway and thus, should be taken care of as such. I wish Hideaki Anno didn't have to make his main character such an uncaring wuss.

» Animation
I'm basing this rating off of two things, one, it was animated in 1995, and two, it was a TV series. So, for being a 1995 TV series, I think it's animated fairly well. For today's standards though, it falls short quite a bit.

» Sound
I actually really enjoyed the music. The battle themes, background songs, and the opening/closing are all very well done. I could listen to this on a CD i fI had the choice.

» Story
Story? Has something happened to create one yet? No? Well, I know the rest of the show is excellent, so I'm willing to wait.

» Recommend
Despite the actual discs contents, you must buy this to see the rest of the series, so go ahead and do it, preferably buying at least volume 2 with it.


» Other Information
Language: English/Japanese with English Subtitles

Character Biographies

This cover is pretty cool, with Shinji actually looking tough, which is a rarity. While overly too purple, if did get me to buy it, so the cover has the merit of being cool. Something interesting to note though, the insert provided inside the DVD keepcase also acts as a reversible cover, and the picture this time is the very hot and very talented Misato katsuragi ina very hot pose. So, after seeing the DVD, which do you think is on the front of the DVD now?



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