- Directors: Hideaki Anno
- Format: PAL
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Ad Vision
- DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0007WAGCI
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,519 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum - Vol. 2 [DVD]
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The second volume of a digitally remastered edition of the Japanese anime classic. Set in the year 2015, the human race has retreated into vast underground cities after the invasion of the dreaded 'Angels', a race of alien creatures. Earth responds by forming the NERV agency, which creates the Evangelions - giant biomechanical weapons that can only be piloted by children. 14 year old Shinji Ikari (Megumi Ogata) is summoned against his will by his father to Neo-Tokyo 3 to take up the controls of one of the Evangelion weapons and lead the fight against the Angels. In this volume, a rival group to the NERV agency appears, while a new pilot joins the team and proves difficult to get along with. Episodes are: 'Rei II'; 'A Human Work'; 'Asuka Strikes'; 'Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!' and 'Magma Diver'.
Top customer reviews
We should be getting the entire series in one set, not split up over a series of sets which vary in price between the low and reasonable price at which I picked this volume up and some quite frankly ridiculous prices, which is a shame, as NGE is surpassed as a series by very few, perhaps Serial Experiments Lain and Adventure Time, and really should be experienced by everyone as a result, but the poor nature of its release stops this from happening, which is such a shame.
NGE needs a reasonably priced box-set re-release, but since ADV are out of business, who to pick it up? I'd guess Manga, as they have published most of the rest of Evangelion, but who am I to know?
Watch NGE if you get the chance, it's brilliant, just be wary of its potholed release history.
watch it with youre heart open wide, and it will be good ^^xx
I found the first volume to be intriguing but it didn't grab me as much as I expected, the concept was good but the series didn't seem provide enough information about the back-story. When characters appeared they seemed a bit over the top and I cared little about them. However these five episodes introduce only a few extra characters and therefore focus more on those already established - the character development pays off, although they are still fairly unbelievable you can connect with them better than before.
The plot becomes bit more involved too; pretty soon Shinji starts to question what the Eva actually is, in the meantime he receives a history lesson and learns that the accepted 'facts' over the cause of Earth's climate change are nothing more but a collective cover-up by the various governments of the world. With this extra knowledge we can appreciate the Eva project more than we could previously and understand how international politics can interfere with NERV's funding. There's a definite sense of worldwide involvement this time as a third Eva pilot is introduced from America and all three get to meet.
It's clear that the series is a light-hearted one aimed squarely at a teenage male audience, there are plenty of fan-service shots such as flashes of semi nudity and the odd glimpse of underwear, there's also a particularly obvious example where Shinji is embarrassed by two girls bathing while saying very suggestive things! There's never anything overtly rude on show though, it's all handled in a playful way and it's pretty clear that the series is selling itself on the back of it. This is perhaps best demonstrated by the 'in the next episode' announcements when we are proudly told "...and of course there'll be lots of fan service!".
Although the battle to save the world against attacks from the giant 'angels' is a serious one, it's hard to take the mission seriously because the characters never do! Whilst facing death in the face they get distracted by things of minor consequence - but perhaps I think that because I'm now in my 30's (only just though), the inconsequential distractions in this series are the sort of issues which preoccupy teenagers all the time and is one of the reasons why the series has been such a success. The story is good but takes place almost in the background, making way for the student-aged kids of the future to experience the anxieties and awkward moments a teenager of today can identify with.
In a nutshell: If were fifteen then I'd give this 5 stars, but I'm now twice that age and although I can share in the fun of teenage kicks, I'm past the point at which I can really identify with them. It's a nostalgic blast of what it was like to blush when talking to a girl and an adventure which is entertaining enough to keep me watching. Older viewers may appreciate RahXephon which essentially used the same plot but handled similar themes in a more mature way.