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Shinseiki Evangelion
(Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Episode 12: The Value of a Miracle is...

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

Screenplay: Satsukawa Akio, Anno Hideaki Director: Ishido Hiroyuki Producers: Kobayashi Noriko (TV Tokyo) Sugiyama Yutaka Character Design: Sadamoto Yoshiyuki English Version Executive Producer: John Ledford (A.D.V. Films) Translation by: Kimura Kuni

[ plot summary ]

vhs jacket

15 years ago, the great disaster known as 'The Second Impact' takes place in the Antarctic. A very young Katsuragi Misato, wearing a silver crucifix, is gently placed in an escape pod by her father just moments before the horrific explosion destroys their research base. 15 years later, and the recently promoted Major Katsuragi Misato still bears the scars of the event, but the scars are not merely physical. Meanwhile, Gendo and Futsuyuki are exploring the wastelands of Antarctica aboard a UN carrier fleet, when trouble erupts: the largest Angel ever observed is attacking from space, dropping parts of itself as powerful bombs. Both Misato and Shinji must come to grips with their emotional trepidations of their respective fathers and destroy the new menace before it destroys them!

[ capsule review ]

Just what really happened during the "Second Impact?" Shinseki Evangelion continues to both delight and confound me by dropping tantalizing little tidbits, only to leave you hanging. The opening scenes of this episode are a good example: we see Misato's father sacrifice himself to save his injured daughter, and as Misato witnesses the following explosion, the flashback ends. Yes, it's an excellent means to provide some background into Misato's character and what drives her, but we're still left with the bigger mystery: what really happened during the Second Impact? Within this episode, we see that Misato and Shinji are kindred spirits -- both coming to grips with their feelings about their fathers. The rest of the plot is pretty stock stuff -- Angel attacks Earth, NERV comes up with a long-shot solution, Evangelions save the day. - AN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 3 stars N/A
Direction: N/A 3 stars N/A
Acting: N/A 3 stars N/A
Animation: N/A 2 stars N/A
Music: N/A 3 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 3 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/A 3 stars N/A

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