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5.0 out of 5 stars The Plot Thickens..., 13 Sept. 2003
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This collection of episodes is very much the transition from Evangelion's first half of sexual humour and incredible action sequences to its darker and more surreal second half where it really hits full throttle. So far, those wondering why everyone refers to this series as "the greatest anime of all-time" may well have been scratching their heads, enjoying what they saw, but never really loving it. Until now. Although the first two episodes on this disc still stick to the Angel of the Week formula, there's a much grimmer feel starting to sink in as the stakes are raised higher. It's obvious now that the show is changing direction, and whilst I said Volume 3 was the calm before the storm, this is like a light shower of rain, and I say that in a good way.
1. The Value of a Miracle Is…
Wow! The introduction of this episode is absolutely wonderful and really unforgettable. The rest of the episode switches from character development to an Angel falling from space directly on top of NERV HQ. It may sound a bit stupid, but it is done in a really exciting way as all three Eva's race to catch it before it wipes NERV off the map permanently. One of the best yet.
2. Angel Invasion
Possibly the most tense episode so far, NERV are faced by an Angel in the form of a microscopic virus that literally invades NERV HQ and sets about contaminating everything. Angel Invasion focuses on Ritsuko who has to race against time to stop the virus whilst being haunted by memories of her dead mother. A very satisfying thriller with very little Shinji, Asuka and Rei that makes for riveting viewing.
3. SEELE, Throne of Souls
After two spectacular episodes of Angel slaying, we change tune completely for an episode that is part series-so-far-recap and the rest an episode dealing with an Eva synchronisation experiment that goes horribly wrong. Admittedly the first half, though very well done, is slightly dull, the second half more than makes up for it as we get a glimpse inside the heads of Shinji and Rei which are beautifully done and reminded me somewhat of the more surreal moments of Akira. Overall, a very good episode with a most intriguing ending.
I would say that this was probably the best Evangelion collection yet, boasting three wonderful episodes that won't fail to disappoint. Now that the series is beginning to get darker and more surreal, I wait with anticipation for Volume 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "If you should betray the chapel of your memories", 6 Aug. 2004
The three episodes on this DVD (12 thru 14) take us to the midpoint of the Evangelion series. The preliminaries are over, we have been introduced to the players, and have become fully engaged in the efforts of three young people to stop a steady flow of attacks on the earth by strange creatures known collectively as 'angels.'
Even so, we really know very little. In particular, the whys elude us. With each episode, we have been granted a tiny hint that something truly momentous lies just under the covers, that this is much more than an up-to-date space opera. Kabalistic symbols have danced in the air from the beginning, but now there are whispers of prophecies from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Lance of Longinus. Just what is Gendo Ikari's true agenda?
In Episode 12, 'The Value of a Miracle,' Misato's promotion to major grants us a sudden insight into her own motivations. However, any festivities must come to an end when a new angel (Sahaqiel) appears in the skies over NERV head quarters. Asuka, Shinji, and Rei must stop it from crashing to earth like another meteor.
Then in 'Angel Invasion' a strange spreading corrosion turns out to be a nanotech angel (Ireul) intent on infecting the Magi - the three supercomputers that support NERV and Tokyo 3. Ritsuko Akagi, NERV's chief scientist, must battle the ghosts of her mother to keep the Magi from self-destructing.
After two episodes of monster slaying, Episode 14, 'SEELE, Throne of Souls', is an entirely different piece of work. It officially ushers in the second half of the series with a brief recap of past victories. Rei's own philosophical questions about her own identity are counterpoint to a nearly disastrous experiment with the EVA. In the background, the increased role of the mysterious SEELE committee raises more questions than it answers.
Hideaki Anno has proved himself a master at the subtle references that raise suspense and provide a continuous sense of mystery. Even as he allows his characters an increasing level of humanity, he starts the process of questioning exactly what that humanity really is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evangelion volume 4, 25 July 2003
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The fourth volume of this epic anime is another that wont disapoint. This time round we see a battle with a huge aerial angel that all three evas much catch, we find out why Shinji really is an eva pilot, and much more besides. The plot really starts to take shape here, with the lance of longinus being introduced late on as well. If you have seen, or own the previous installments, then this is an absoulote must!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 22 May 2013
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My son loves all these type of dvd and has a hugh collection this is just one of them brilliant
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