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Worth it just for Episode 24!,
This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Collection 0.8, Episodes 24-26 [DVD] (DVD)
The most important fact one needs to know before seeing these episodes is that they are not the true ending to Evangelion. After Gainax's budget was slashed after the extremely violent episode 17, Hideaki-san was unable to complete the Evangelion saga as he wanted to, and their lack of resources showed in the constant still frames and long pauses. Nevertheless, he certainly made the effort for Episode 24. 'The Beginning and the End: Knockin' on Heaven's Door' is by far the best episode of the series, also involving the most pivotal moment of the entire series during the last thirty seconds.
However, after that episode GAINAX's budget was pretty much zero, and 25 and 26 were only added to fulfil the contract that they had with the distributors. Because of this, for several years viewers had to make do with an alternative 'watered down' ending from Anno’s original vision. It's still a very powerful piece of filmmaking but it is ultimately outdated with the release of ‘End of Evangelion’, which replaced 25 and 26 as the true ending to the best anime series ever.
In some ways, it might have been better had episode 24 been included on the previous Volume, and 25 and 26 being sold separately at a lower price. Depending on how much of a fan you are, it might not be worth spending the money just for one episode. However, bear in mind that episode 24 *is* the best one of the series, and though 25 and 26 are not the real ending they are together still an amazing achievement on such a low budget and it is partly because of this that I feel that this volume deserves five stars.