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Neon Genesis Evangelion, Collection 0:8 (Episodes 24-26)

Megumi Ogata , Megumi Hayashibara , Hiroyuki Ishidô , Kazuya Tsurumaki  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Ishidô, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Keiichi Sugiyama, Masahiko Ôtsuka, Masayuki
  • Format: Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2001
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JIX3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Neon Genesis Evangelion, Collection 0:8 (Episodes 24-26)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The final episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion have been the subject of widespread and often heated debate since the series debuted in Japan in 1995. Shinji is no surer of himself at the end of the 26th episode than he was at the beginning of the 1st; his victories as an Eva pilot have only intensified his doubts and fears. As he broods on his lonely fate, he meets the mysterious Fifth Child, Kaoru Nagisa, the only character who treats him with genuine kindness. The battle with the 17th and final Angel assures the continued existence of humanity but devastates Shinji. As he attempts to grasp what has occurred, his identity shatters. Everyone he has known appears to question and torment him in long sequences of animated schizophrenia. The collapse of Shinji's ego recalls the chilling conclusion of Yukio Mishima's "Sea of Fertility" tetralogy, when the main character realizes he can no longer be certain of his own existence. Buddhist theology, Western existentialism, and apocalyptic Christianity fuse into a bleak vision of a universe in which there are no answers, in this life or any other. Anno created the series after four years of deep depression, and his logical yet frustrating conclusion to Shinji's odyssey gives Evangelion a fascination that has made it a landmark in the history of Japanese animation. Not rated; suitable for ages 14 and up: brief nudity, violence, sexual humor, and complex adult themes. --Charles Solomon

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In the deadly calm of the aftermath, the sudden and unexpected arrival of the Fifth Child hits like a hurricane, leaving Shinji at the eye of a whirlwind of activity as he finds a kindred soul in the unearthly Nagisa Kaoru^E but does Kaoru really have a soul at all? Prepare for the shocking conclusion to the most controversial animated series ever produced. Where Angels fear to tread, Shinji must go alone. At last, the circle of life will be completed. He is The Beast That Shouted I at the Heart of the World. It is Final Genesis.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Controversial yet Spectacular Ending June 9, 2001
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The last disc of this series brings everything to a climax...and then breaks it down into total chaos. All of the characters go into a retrospective about themselves, which takes two episodes. It can be rather confusing...but at the same time, it is meant to be.
As for the of the reviews posted here is a bit misled. There will be no third movie; the poster that he refers to has been acknowledged by both Studio Gainax and the fan community as a fake. There are two movies, one of which replaces the last two episodes of the series, while the other goes on to provide a new ending to the series all together. For more information on the movies, do a search for End of Evangelion or Evangelion: Death & Rebirth on your favorite search engine.
Both of these movies are currently liscensed by Manga Entertainment, and are (tentatively) scheduled to be released in October, 2001.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The End of an Epic August 19, 2001
In what I consider to be pieces of art, the final episodes of Evangelion live up to the quality of the series and, in my mind, far surpass it. However, many people have brought up the quite valid fact that they fail to answer questions raised during the course of the story and are an unforgivable departure from the artistic style of the rest of the series. Although it is hard to address these issues with most of the general viewing group not having seen the Evangelion movies, I feel that the best overall understanding of this series comes from watching both endings. While some would argue that they cannot or should not be viewed as co-existing entities, this is the only way I feel that you can get the complete picture of the series. The last two episodes contained on the 8th disc are more of the mental ending to the series, with the physical ending being left for the movie(which by the way will be released on Oct. 29th give or take a day). I gave this DVD 5 stars because I feel it is an important one for all fans to see, BEFORE seeing the movies. While some will not find them the most enjoyable of episodes they provide a very interesting look at the world of the Evangelion from the perspecitve of a character within its boarders. Shinji is without a doubt the most human-like character ever to exist within an animated world because of these last to episodes, and I feel that this fact made the series overall, but more importantly the two movies, much more enjoyable. As for the quality of the animation, while many would disagree with my views, I thought it was intersting that it shared the same disassembled and broken look as did the Shinji and the other characters. The one aspect of this DVD that I will speak against is the quality of ADV's work. The lack of extras and the "jumpyness" of the film do detract from the quality of the DVD, but I still gave the DVD 5 stars because these errors do not detract from the quality of the story contained on the DVD.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Rise up young boy to the heavens as a legend" December 4, 2002
With this DVD, the main stream of the Evangelion series is brought to an end. The viewer has been exposed to almost every possible variation of anime's favorite themes. We have had giant monsters, young children battling insurmountable odds, and secret agencies pursuing their own ends. On top of the extraterrestrial threat of the Angels, mysterious committees and secretive leaders plan maneuvers that have one foot in the Kabala, and another in the Dead Sea scrolls. Every one of us has thrown up our hands at one time or another to demand some explanation of events, but none of us have given up being entranced by a story that invites multiple interpretations.
'The Final Messenger'
With Asuka completely disabled. NERV activates Kaworu Nagisa, the Fifth Child. Kaworu seems to bond with Shinji immediately, and his kindness and affection begin to pull the Ikari boy out of his angry shell. But peace is not to be. Kaworu is actually the Seventeenth Angel, Tabris, and Shinji must not only bear his betrayal, but must attempt to kill Tabris even as the Angel admits his love. The Instrumentality begins.
With the end of episode 24, the exterior action of 'Neon Genesis Evangelion' comes to an end. The next two episodes take us to a new dimension. For the first time we see past the symbols and mysterious. Many times Hideaki Anno has hinted that the real action of this series takes place on an interior stage, and that is where we find ourselves.
'The Ending World'
Episode 25 gives us a last look into the interior of all the key players. We see their feelings and needs in the light of common human experience. Kaworu's message was the need to break past the shells of our egos and experience the inner oneness of human experience.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evangelion Collection 0:8 Corrections May 7, 2001
Evangelion Returns in this climax. Episodes 24-26 chronicle the end of this controversial Anime series. Though the actual EVANGELION MOVIES, are NOT included on this DVD, due to "End Of Evangelion" and "Evangelion: Death & Rebirth" being licensed to Manga, and not ADV Films. This is a must buy for any fan of the series, and any fan of Anime in general. Keep an eye out in October for the movies on DVD from Manga. - Enygma077
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absoultly Amazing! November 4, 2001
These last few episodes are constantly debated among Evangelion fans, between those who think they sucked and those who think they were one of the best things they have ever seen. It really depends on what you enjoyed about the series, either the action or the deep emotional problems. Episode 24 will easily appeal to either side of the argument (they were just really cool), episode 25 and 26 is where the division arises. That's because it is nothing at all like the rest of the series. Everything becomes stream of conciousness in the last two epsiodes and serious philosophical questions are confronted head on. There is also a complete lack of action, by this time the series had pretty much run out of money so the animation is "cheap." However, the way in which the last episodes were done were amzingly artistic, Anno did a great job directing with limited recources. I personally loved the whole part about gaining freedom by adding restrictions. And there's also this lovely little alternate reality scene with Shinji, Asuka, and Rei as normal school children (it makes sense in light of what is going on in the episode and the final conclusion)
I personally loved theses last 3 episodes. There is deep insight to humanity, and it leaves off with a very positive message. Yes, you heard me, a POSITIVE message, that I thought was quite uplifting. I seriously don't see how people got depressed from the end of the series.
The biggest problem people seem to have is that very little plot is explained. That's a valid complaint, but the "movie" End of Evangelion, gives a whole lot more backround to what happened, a good amount is explained, just not directly (you have to think really critically).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
The original ending of evangelion, I must admit this is my favorite that has been presented by the creator and the recent attempts in the manga and the alternate ending movie just... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest mecha series of all time
The animation holds up and the characters while not always likable they are always interesting. Craziness abounds and is awesome.
Published 8 months ago by bubbajoe
5.0 out of 5 stars An anime legend
Shinji is 14. After his mother's death and long separation from his father he is summonded to Tokyo 3. Read more
Published 17 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars Congratulations!
Contains episodes 24-26

On the question "which is better, episodes 25 and 26 of the TV series, or 'End of Evangelion'?" you'll get every possible answer. Read more
Published on March 3, 2012 by Niugui Cilantron
3.0 out of 5 stars The ending of the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:8 contains the final three episodes of the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series, and these final episodes are a trip. Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Lesley Aeschliman
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird but fantastic
This is probably the weirdest ending, but it definitely tries to bring closure. It was worth it all, right down to the final episode. Read more
Published on September 25, 2009 by William J. Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars I've said this from the beginning
THIS IS THE BEST ANIME EVER IT DESERVES BETTER. No one listened so the comentary sucks. Buy it because of the remastered audio rocks or the picture has been cleaned up to... Read more
Published on September 14, 2005 by that
3.0 out of 5 stars A slightly satisfying ending
- This review contains no serious plot spoilers -

I admire the Evangelion series, but after finishing watching the entire series, I felt the last few episodes leave a... Read more
Published on November 27, 2004 by Sean
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I had expected...
Though of my relatively young age, I'm very interested in complicated anime such as Evangelion. During the beggining of the series, mainly episodes 1-15, it seems like your normal... Read more
Published on January 22, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Congraulations!.... yeah right
Not that this is bad in any way. I must say that this ending is not what I was hoping for in the slightest, however. Read more
Published on August 11, 2003
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