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Shinseiki Evangelion
(Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Episode 14: Seele, Throne of Souls / Weaving a Story

Copyright: 1996 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

A re-cap episode for those who may not have seen the first season, this episode neatly sums up the events to date, while adding a few personal remarks and insights from the various characters. Ayanami Rei ponders not only the existance of the universe, but also her own origins during the first attempt at cross-synchronisation between herself and EVA-01. Later, Shinji attempts a cross-synchronisation between himself and EVA-00, when something terribly goes wrong, and EVA-00 tries to destroy the control centre like it had several months ago, when Rei was first injured. After the incident, Ritsuko is convinced that the EVA unit itself was trying to kill her...

[ capsule review ]

The series has been a roller-coaster ride for me in several ways. At times brilliant, and other times simplistic and innane, I'm often wondering if Hideaki Anno isn't somehow related to David Lynch. (For those of you who aren't familiar with Lynch, he's the director/creator of such works as Blue Velvet and the very controversial television series, Twin Peaks -- the latter a series in which many claim the script was done on the set itself during taping.) The soliloquy by Ayanami Rei (Hayashibara Megumi) coupled with the visual cuts is fascinating and nearly prose in nature, and presents a most disturbing image in the origins of Rei herself -- some foreshadowing, perhaps? The personal insights into key events in the past episodes are very useful, especially if you haven't been paying attention to the series. We also get some more information about the EVAs themselves -- while there has been no explicit statement to date, it's hinted that the Evangelions might be sentient, self-aware machines. Not an exciting episode, but very important in its content. At the very end, an obviously crucial element is once again introduced -- only to have the episode end. - AN

[ café rating ]

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

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