Neon Genesis Evangelion, Collection 0:3 (Episodes 9-11)
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(Jan 23, 2001)
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For me, these three episodes represent the best of the series. They are the happy midpoint after we have introduced all of the main characters and are getting to know them. They take a moment to revel in the world that Hideaki Anno (the director) and Gainax (the production company) have created before spiralling events take control out of everone's hands. In the truest Japanese sense, these are the perfect blossom between the unfolding and the inevitable wilting of the world that has been created. Needless to say, they are my favorite episodes of the series.
The disc itself is quite lovely and the video quality of the series remains incredible. While the DVD extras are, at best, minimal, the sheer fact that these are now available on DVD is reason enough to buy the series. I would eventually like to see ADV release a version with more episodes per disc and a lot more bells and whistles, but I will be happy with this for the time being.
"Evangelion" is not really a series that one ponders over getting the next volume of, but if for some reason you are wondering whether to continue after the second DVD, I most definitely recommend doing so. Watch the disc and enjoy the pure simplicity of the storytelling. This disc represents the calm before the storm and the pace and story only grow more frantic from here.
The first of the three tales finds Asuka and Shinji pitted against an Angel (Israphel) who can magically duplicate itself when it is under attack. After a failed first effort, the two EVA pilots must learn to coordinate their efforts perfectly. Considering how little they like each other this may be harder than destroying the Angel. It certainly is funnier.
Next, NERV scientists discover an Angel embryo (Sandalphon) deep in the lava of an active volcano. Asuka, deprived of a chance to go on a class trip, is determined to destroy it on her own... If she can just get over the embarrassment of her special heat-resistant suit. Misato's determination puts Asuka in severe danger and the outcome is in doubt to the very end.
The final episode finds NERV headquarters in darkness due to human sabotage. Without power, Shinji, Asuka, and Rei must break into NERV to get to the EVAs before they can face an acid wielding Angel (Matriel) determined to liquefy Tokyo-3.
These episodes show the EVA pilots at their best and their worst. We do get a tiny glimpse of whatever it is that motivates Asuka's abrasive bravado, and how this balances and contrasts with Rei's calm acceptance and willingness to do whatever is needed. Poor Shinji, cursed with a brilliant but cold and distant father finds himself attracted and bewildered by both. Writer/director Hidako Anno again uses short glimpses, rather than long exposition to build interest. This enables him to accomplish a great deal of layering of story, development and symbol in the sparse context of the Anime medium.
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I was missing this chapter from all my collection and now is complet and I'm so happy :') It was like a hole on my chest because I didn't have it, because these chapters are really... Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by Alex_Ae
The animation holds up and the characters while not always likable they are always interesting. Craziness abounds and is awesome.Published on August 4, 2013 by bubbajoe
Shinji is 14. After his mother's death and long separation from his father he is summonded to Tokyo 3. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by KevinB
Episodes 9-11 of one of the most successful animation series directed by Hideaki Anno and with Yoshiyuki Sadamoto as the character design narrates how the EVA trios, Shinji, the... Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by susumu-5
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:3 is a single DVD that contains episodes nine through eleven of the series. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Lesley Aeschliman
I couldn't stop watching. I had to find out what was going to happen next. I lost track of time wacthing these episodes.Published on September 25, 2009 by William J. Shepherd
The show Neon Genesis Evangelion is an OK show at best, I would rate a good episode at a 6-7 at best, but contains multiple episodes that recycle animation for 25 minutes with a... Read morePublished on November 11, 2007 by Mick N. Hilvers
If you're into Anime, you need this whole series. It's very well written, great score, great fight scenes, character development... Read morePublished on May 11, 2005 by R. Renken
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 3 only contains three episodes (#9-#11), but these episodes have character development, thrills, and surprise - humor! Read morePublished on March 2, 2005 by L. Mintah
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