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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genesis 0:3
     

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genesis 0:3

Director: Hideaki Anno

Cast: Hideaki Anno

 
During the initial activation of Evangelion, Unit 00 goes berserk, ejecting the pilot Rei Ayanami as well spending its limited battery power in an attempt to tear apart the test facilities. Shinji Ikari's father Gendou rushes to the rescue of Rei, severely burning his hands in the process of releasing the wounded pilot from Unit 00's ejected entry plug. While NERV is

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During the initial activation of Evangelion, Unit 00 goes berserk, ejecting the pilot Rei Ayanami as well spending its limited battery power in an attempt to tear apart the test facilities. Shinji Ikari's father Gendou rushes to the rescue of Rei, severely burning his hands in the process of releasing the wounded pilot from Unit 00's ejected entry plug. While NERV is inspecting the remains of the 4th Angel, Shinji notices burns on his father's hands. NERV researcher Ritsuko Ikagi explains the catastrophe involving the activation attempt of Unit 00 to Shinji, since it happened before he arrived. His father's weak spot for Rei confuses Shinji and he begins to question people about her. The evening before the second activation attempt, Ritsuko asks Shinji to deliver Rei's new ID card to her. The second activation attempt with Unit 00 is successful and, almost as if on cue, the 5th Angel arrives. Shinji is sent out in Unit 01 to intercept. ~ Shaun Gilroy, All Movie GuideShinji tries to get to know Rei Ayami, the pilot of Unit 00, but he finds that becoming the strange girl's friend could very well be impossible. She has no friends and all the records of her life before have been destroyed, leading Shinji to wonder who or what she is.

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One of the major anime works of the last decade, the 1995-96 television series Neon Genesis Evangelion was a blast of fresh air in a medium that is sometimes marked by cookie-cutter sameness. Director Hideaki Anno (Gunbuster) used the medium as no one had before: as a means for personal expression and for exorcising private demons (his troubled relationship with his father casts a shadow over the story). The gamble paid off: Eva is both a must-see pop hit and a rare example of creativity uncompromised by the usual market forces. In the far future, after an unspecified disaster known as the Second Impact, Earth is attacked by hostile beings called "Angels." To combat these immense enigmatic foes, a scientist named Gendo unleashes psychically powered, semiorganic battle robots known as "Evas." After a string of costly failures involving the Evas and their child pilots, Gendo reunites with his introverted, estranged teenage son, Shinji, only to use him as a tool in a struggle with truly apocalyptic implications. Eva takes a few cues from 1970s Japanese pop classics like Ultraman and robot shows like Mazinger Z, and then blasts off for the twilight zone. Conspiracy, mystery, and religious imagery figure heavily. But more than the doom and gloom, it is the complex and endlessly fascinating characters who make Eva sparkle and come to life -- the beautiful but haunted waif Rei and the spunky redhead Asuka are fine foils. With its controversial final episode, which shocked the original viewing audience, the only possible comparison for the series may ultimately be to David Lynch's Twin Peaks. Still a unique and wild ride by any standard, Neon Genesis Evangelion is anime's equivalent of a primal scream. Volk Lindsay

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Release Date:
11/11/1998
UPC:
0702727018138
Original Release:
1995
Source:
Section 23

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