I have unhealthy affections towards Evangelion which are well founded and perfectly reasonable. Evangelion to me, is the anime that pushed me from being a Tenchi loving child into the well-rounded anime fan I am now. It introduced to me the love I have for watching the world end, over and over again.
With the platinum series finally being released on region 2, I can relive the experiences that dragged me into the anime world in wonderful 5.1 surround sound and with glorious re-mastered animation. From what was becoming a tired looking and dated anime, comes a new experience which turns my fanboy senses back on.
This volume brings the delightful Asuka Langley onto the scene. Prepare to meet a bitchy red haired german girl with a thing for older men and a superiority complex. Oh yes, she is wonderful.
In terms of what actually happens in this volume, I am a little disappointed to say it continues its “Monster of the week” format. Thankfully for my sanity, and to the relief of my sarcasm detector, this is the last volume which utilises this formula. From here on, the story gets darker, more twisted, and in Anno’s own style, more ludicrously complicated.
This volume comprises of episodes 6 – 10 of the series which bring you very quickly into the story and allows you to see more of the happy story that is Evangelion.
ADV have worked tirelessly on the remastering, which looks superb, and the additional extras and commentaries are a nice touch. The 5 episodes on this disc are also a very welcome change. The discs do come with the 5.1 Japanese dubs/English subs as well for those who disliked the original English dub, making this a thoroughly quality release. So much so that when I heard the press release back in 2002, my purchasing of the R1 Eva original boxset was immediately put on hold until this was released.
This edition is such an attractive purchase that I do wonder why the original DVD release is still on sale and at a very high comparative price as well. To me, this marketing decision is most confusing and misleading.
When it comes to my post-apocalyptic mecha, I am completely biased. Series fulfilling my science fiction addiction and this genre will always get my full attention. While not all are top quality, the majority are well written and the rave reviews they get are well deserved.
Evangelion is a series many have tried to copy. The success of the original screening has surpassed even the most pessimistic fan out there, and with Geneon releasing brand new figurines (Female angels?! - Check them out here) to go with the series, we can expect to see many more years of the EVA “cash cow”. However, this is a release which I believe should belong on every anime fan’s shelf, even if it is only for the shiny box effect!