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EVA-00 and EVA-01 are deployed from a hillside bunker.


Shinseiki Evangelion
(Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Episode 6: Showdown In Tokyo / Rei II

Copyright: 1995 TV Tokyo / GAINAX / NAS (Japan), 1997 AD Vision (North America)
Length: 30 minutes
Rating: Contains Violence, Brief Nudity and Mature Situations, Parental Guidance Suggested
Format: Subtitled/Dubbed (VHS)

Screenplay: Anno Hideaki Director: Ishido Hiroyuki Assistant Director: Otsuka Masahito Producers: Yamamura Atsuko (TV Tokyo) Sugiyama Yutaka Character Design: Sadamoto Yoshiyuki English Version Executive Producer: John Ledford (A.D.V. Films) Translation by: Kimrua Kuni

[ plot summary ]

vhs jacket

The unexpected attack by the fourth Angel has left Shinji in critical condition, and the EVA-01 unit heavily damaged. A defenseless NERV HQ finds itself under assault from the 4th Angel, relentlessly drilling through the thick armour of the underground base to the command center itself! Shinji ends up in critical condition, and is immediately placed in an autodoc for treatment. Meanwhile, Misato devises a desparate plan to try to destroy the Angel, using an experimental prototype weapon, and 180 million kilowatts of electricity. But this Angel seems to be able to detect the activities of the NERV weapons...

[ capsule review ]

Episode 5 left us in a classic cliff-hanger situation, with Shinji in dire straits, his EVA under heavy assault from the fourth Angel. As expected, Rei is thrown in as back-up to Shinji, and is forced to selflessly risk her life to protect Shinji, the designated gunner for the new experimental particle accellerator gun. There are some interesting parallels drawn in this and the previous episode. Gendo Ikari's self-inflicted injuries when he struggled to free Rei from the entry plug; and then Shinji injuring himself doing the same thing, in an almost identical situation. It's nice to see that Rei's reactions towards Shinji turns out to be far less detached -- and even though the outcome is entirely predictable, it's fairly well written. It seems that Rei is only now learning how to interact with humans, as if perhaps she's... hmmm... Too bad I only have the first four volumes of this series -- so far.

It's curious to see that Rei's character is written in a way which reflects one of the more severe traits of traditional Japanese society -- a form of martyr complex, in which a person will do whatever it takes to accomplish a given task, regardless of personal consequences. Some very good acting by Ogata Megumi (Shinji), and Mitsuishi Kotono has the scene of the episode when Misato comes up with her plan, and then requisitions all the equipment. Overall, this is the best episode so far. Besides, the folks over at GAINAX managed to throw in a scene of my birthplace, Ube. Can't be all that bad of series then, can it? - AN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 4 stars N/A
Direction: N/A 4 stars N/A
Acting: N/A 4 stars N/A
Animation: N/A 3 stars N/A
Music: N/A 3 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 4 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/A 4 stars N/A

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