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Young Soryu Asuka Langley at her mother's funeral


Shinseiki Evangelion
(Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Episode 22: At Least, Be Humane / Don't Be

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: Yamaguchi Hiroshi, Anno Hideaki Director: Takamura Akira 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

Misato learns that SEELE has ordered the construction of EVA units 5 through to 13, well ahead of the previously established schedule. But the recent events involving her incarcaration has left her very suspicious of everyone's motives, espcially those of a certain NERV director...

Meanwhile, Ritsuko is very concerned about the rapid decrease in Asuka's ability to synchronise with EVA-02. Her recent encounters with the Angels have greatly affected her self-confidence, to the point where she can barely shychronise with her unit. The appearance of the 15th angel poses an even bigger problem: the Angel is in long-range orbit, outside the range of the Evangelion's arsenal of weapons. But when the Angel launches an attack on Asuka's own mind, NERV is in a crisis. Unit 01 is still under orders to remain deactivate. Gendo decides that there is only one alternative: to have Rei and Unit 00 to launch the Spear of Longinus -- the Spear embedded in Adam itself!

[ capsule review ]

Asuka's synchronisation performance is degrading

An uneasy moment between Asuka and Rei in the elevator

Rei in EVA-00 gets ready to launch the spear...

Asuka under psychic attack by the 15th angel

The Spear of Longinus in high orbit

Cliché: n 1. A trite or overused expression or idea. (as quoted from The American Heritage Dictionary, 2nd Edition). Some things are so immediately identifiable that their use should not be allowed in any media except in cases where it's a) factual, or b) a parody. The Hallelujah Chorus is so well known, that it's hardly used anymore in any context, save cheap comedies. But what makes this particular instance even more unforgivable is that it's not the first time that Anno's used this too-often heard piece: yep, you've guessed it, he used it in Gunbuster as well. This episode was proceeding so smoothly, that I was caught completely off guard, and started laughing. And is someone drawing faces in Asuka's psychograph? Any of you remember Bruce Willis and Hudson Hawk? Well, at least the latter was an attempt at comedy...

It's too bad that our brains are so dependant on associative learning -- that is, we tend to relate certain events with memories. Take out the Chorus, and you've got a fairly decent episode. More background about Asuka's not-so-happy childhood, and her source of emotional detachment. The relationship between EVA and the pilot. Perhaps most effective was the use of high-speed cuts between Asuka's mind being invaded, and the words used to represent the emotional terror that she was subjected. The only other weakness here was Miyamura Yuko's acting ability... or lack of it. She's not up to the task at hand, so much of this scene could have just as well been from your typical dubbed package. There's also a very long scene involving Rei and Asuka in an elevator -- 51 seconds long. The pause was meant to be so long that it makes you uncomfortable; but in this case, you'll have time not only to go grab a coffee, but grind the beans and brew it too! More budgetary constraints, I wonder?
- AN, 98.05.10

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Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/R 3 stars N/R
Direction: N/R 3 stars N/R
Acting: N/R 3 stars N/R
Animation: N/R 3 stars N/R
Music: N/R 1 star N/R
Translation: N/A 4 stars
Overall Rating: N/R 2 stars N/R

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