Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum Collection
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The year is 2015, and half of the Earths population is dead, victims of the disaster called Second Impact! Answering a summons from his enigmatic father, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari arrives in the rebuilt city of New Tokyo-3 just as a gigantic creature identified as an "Angel" attacks! Forced into the cockpit of a giant bio-mechanical construct known as an Evangelion, Shinji must defend the city from the rampaging Angel or die trying! The future is back like youve never seen it before, in Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum Edition!
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It's late in the game for this series, and hope the potential buyer can find this review. I was asking myself, as I suspect many of you are, what the differences are between each set.
(keeping it dummed down, and to only sets I see on Amazon. Since there's been countless re-releases/reboxes)
*Anything "platinum" is the latest re-master, and so will be the best quality you can get, and will also includes the Directors Cut episodes.
NGE: Perfect Collection - Original release, remastered from VHS. Worst video quality.
NGE: Platinum Collection - Were several releases of this collection, but only see 1 on Amazon, the "Thin Pack Set". BUT, no extras (other than directors cut episodes) or even slip in inserts/art for cases. Literaly just thin pack and disk.
NGE: Platinum: Perfect Collection - Tin case. "Platinum disks" with "perfect" disk cases. These are the full size cases, so you're getting the newest disks with the art/inserts/extras you dont with the thin packs. Outragous $$$
NGE: Limited Holiday Special - Platinum Collection re-release includes extras than Thin Packs dont. *I Think* it is a single case w/ several inserts to hold all the DVDs.
Bottom Line: Get "Platinum". This series is old, and you'll be forking a lot of $$ to get anything good condition. Someone in an EVA Forum recommended the Thin Pack Set due to best quality, So that's what I bought.
I can tell because the case have no scrathces, no bumps, no signs of damage at all, all dvds are in perfect condition.
It was overpriced for my taste, but I simply love it its way better than the Perfect Collection which I also bought and owned, this Platinum version has remastered audio and scenes!!! Sound great looks awesome! This gives me nostalgia!
This series, however, does have some maturity; as it happens the series occassionally becomes drama-ish, focusing heavily on characters and dedicating large amounts of screentime. In the early and late episodes, the drama almost seems like Evangelion's main focus.
Surprisingly, the middle episodes are somewhat light hearted which actually was an excellent decision. Giving the audience good times with the cast means we really care about them and when bad things happen it stikres the audience hard. Additionally, the super robot battles portray the "life of death" aspects realistically since any attack from both the robots and invading creatures is generally intended to be fatal or at least debilitating, as opposed to wearing the enemy down, then unleashing a distinct "finishing" attack.
Now, as for the series itself, the plot actually runs pretty formulatic. The electic cast will be experiencing a normal day of school, or secret pilot tests, until something goes wrong and an enemy (known as Angels) shows up and everyone is put to the test of finding a way to overcome and defeat the enemy. There are some cool and entertaining battle sequences to be found here, but, at the end of the day, Neon Genesis Evangelion isn't really about the giant robot versus the giant monster battles, it is about the characters. The simple plot of robots against the monsters is supported and maintained by the carefully crafted and intricate character interactions and later on the pyschological studies of the characters.
As for the product itself, this plantium collection contains all 26 episodes of the orignial series and an extra disc with some director cut episodes. The package is clean and sexy, displaying pilot Rei on one side and her foil character, Asuka, on the other. Anyone interested in anime, or just excellent entertainment in general, owes it to themselves to make sure they have this collection in their own.