As this popular sci-fi drama continues to unfold, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari, the pilot of warrior-robot Evangelion 01, begins to emerge from his shell. He's traumatized in a skirmish with an octahedral flying fortress, but ... more »Misato sends him right back into battle. Rei plays defensive blocker in her Evangelion as Misato diverts all the electric power in Japan to the untested cannon Shinji uses to destroy the fortress. (They'd never manage it in California.) Shinji begins to recognize his feelings for the taciturn Rei and the garrulous Misato. He also learns his textbooks lie: the devastation of the Earth was caused not by a meteor strike, but by the explosion of an Angel that human explorers discovered in Antarctica. Complications ensue with the arrival of the third pilot, Asuka Sohryu, a temperamental redhead who quarrels with everyone in sight. She and Shinji are forced to work as a team, piloting Evangelion 03 in an unexpected sea battle with a sharklike Angel. But Shinji and his friends face even graver danger from the plots of his scientist-father and the dashing agent Ryoji Kaji. Director Hideaki Anno continues to develop his main characters while keeping the plots and subplots moving smoothly ahead. Contains these episodes: 5. "Rei, Beyond Her Heart," 6. "Showdown in Tokyo 3," 7. "The Human Creation," 8. "Asuka Strikes." Not rated; suitable for ages 14 and up: robot versus robot violence, brief nudity, and minor profanity. --Charles Solomon« less
Ryan M. from PEWAUKEE, WI Reviewed on 10/31/2011...
its a great followup of collection 1 It's getting interesting
In this DVD most of the important characters are revealed. It's funny, interesting, and has lots of battles!! The whole series is great, all of you thinking getting it should!!
csmith400 | Jacksonville, FL | 10/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After returning to NERV and resuming his pilot duties, Shinji and his friends meet the Second Child, Asuka Langley Soryu on a battleship carrying her Evangelion Unit to NERV. Their peaceful afternoon on the ship is interrupted by the arrival of Gaghiel, who attempts to destroy Asuka's Evangelion Unit and thus hinder NERV. This episode also shows viewers one of NERV's many terrible secrets. The following episode introduces my favorite particular angel, Ramiel, whose ultra-dense Absolute Terror Field can only be pierced by a blast from the experimental prototype SDF Positron Cannon. The only problem with this: the Positron Cannon requires an extremely large amount of energy, meaning that all of Asia must go without power while the Cannon is active. Worse still, Ramiel's powerful blasts and dense A.T. Field mean that whoever has the Cannon had better fire before Ramiel does and score a direct hit on the beast . This episode also offers more information on Rei Ayanami's true nature and origins. This DVD marks the beginning of EVA's shift from mecha/angel battles to introspective psychological discussion. The angels continue to get tougher, the pilots continue to slowly slide into insanity, and Anno's dark themes become ever more visible."
Much better than the first disc
Josh Leman | Littleton, CO United States | 12/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This second Neon Genesis Evangelion disc is a marked improvement over the first one in my opinion, in terms of both DVD quality and the entertainment value of the episodes themselves. The image quality here is WAY better than the first disc--sure, it's still not as gorgeous as some of the newer anime shows that are turning up on DVD, but considering what ADV had to work with this picture is simply beautiful. Even better, it doesn't have the "overlays" that plagued the earlier disc (where signs and notes that were originally in Japanese were jarringly covered with English language text). It causes a number of problems with overlapping subtitles in episode 6 if you watch it subbed, but it's always easy to tell what's going on. The disc automatically plays a few trailers for other ADV shows when you first put it in, but (unlike the annoying automatic trailers on most of Disney's releases) they can easily be skipped by pressing the menu button on your remote. Like the first disc, there are no extras other than a few character biographies. As for the episodes themselves, you'll find a couple of really tense action sequences, some foreshadowing of future plot developments, and most importantly the introduction of female leads Asuka and Rei (well, Rei was sort of introduced in the first collection of episodes, but this is where she becomes a major character). Aside from the occasionally annoying comic relief, this is first-rate anime viewing. Highly recommended."
Not the Series' best part, still AWESOME
Marc Ruby? | 11/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I feel A Viewer from Texas is doing the series a gross misjustice, and attacking what certainly is one of the best anime series and most popular. Granted, this portion of the show is not as smooth as the later parts (excluding ep 25 and 26) as far as animation goes. However, to assume that the director didn't even care for the show is absurd! This show was done on a LOW BUDGET and if you'll compare animation, you should realize that this is a TV SHOW. DragonBallz and Pokemon and other lesser animes are TV shows themselves, so just LOOK at the ENOURMOUS difference in animation quality. Next is the "psuedo-psychology." All I can say is that I'm sorry A Viewer cannot appreciate the escelation of this element as seen in the show. I'd like to remind him that the series is from the perspective of a mentally instable 14 year old and a woman who witnessed an apocolypse and spent two years in catatonia, in ADDITION to the fact that such overexaggerated views on "reality" are prevalent in Japanese entertainment. It's a shame many Americans cannot appreciate it. I too became curious as to how some of the things in Eva were "quantified" (such as destrado, the will to cease living). If you accept the fact that this takes place fifteen years from now, where science has reached a point so advanced that it can produce Evangelions, thereby making Man like a God, then the revelation of someone making a Scientific Unit for Psychology isn't quite so bizarre. The mind itself and all the decisions we make are simply electronic transmissions amoung brain cells. Now to my informative part. This portion of the series takes a final glance at sadness as we see much of the haunting Rei Ayanami, and her participation in repelling the fifth angel. All such traces of drama are then wisked away until what will most likely be the fifth DVD (all DVDs after the second have 3 eps) as we experience the "happy days," a romp-style part of the show lead by Asuka, who lets the world know that you can kill Angels with a smile on your face. THe only reason why I give this 4 stars and not 5 is solely because of how strong the shows caliber gets later on, but never take this part of the show for granted, its still a great anime."
A major improvement over 'Collection 0:1'
Matt | WI United States | 07/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The plot thickens with the second DVD installment of "Evangelion", and there's some major character development especially with one of the main characters, Rei in episodes 5-7. As with Collection 0:1, you get 4 episodes on Collection 0:2.This DVD overall is much improved over the first. Due to it being just a single-layer DVD (whereas the first was dual-layered) makes for much improved image quality, because the compression of video is lessened. Although the image tends to "shift" or "jump" on the first frame when cutting to another scene, this is of little annoyance to me. I've seen many other anime titles where this kind of thing is noticeable, even on VHS tapes, so this is not a fault of the DVD disc or DVD playing hardware/software. The sound quality, as with the first DVD, is top notch. All 3 dubs (English, French & Spanish) as well as the original Japanese audio track, as with the first DVD, are all present as well.If you already have Collection 0:1, and enjoyed it immensely like I did, pick this one up. It's worth the price."
"Desperate for something to touch"
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 11/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Now that we have met Shinji Ikari, the second child, it is only fair that we follow his encounters with the other children, Rei Ayanami, the first child, and Asuka Langley Sohryu, who is the third. All of these fourteen year olds are destined (perhaps doomed) to save the world of the Second Impact from the attack of Angels - bioengineered creatures determined to destroy the human population.We know from some idle conversation that Rei has no memories of a time before her training to merge with one of the gigantic Evangelion built to stop the angels. Badly injured in the testing of the prototype unit, it is only in episode 5 that she finally takes an active role. Rei is withdrawn and unemotional, so it is only because of a wildly embarrassing incident that Shinji penetrates her exterior. Then Ramiel, Angel 5, attacks NERV headquarters and Rei and Shinji must work together to face the threat. Then later (episode 7), Shinji and Misato confront a berserk robot created as competition for NERV's EVAs.In episode 8 we finally meet Asuka, who is the exact opposite of Rei. Loud, egotistical, and intensely competitive, she is the pilot of EVA 02, the first 'production EVA. Shinji and Misato fly out to meet with the fleet that is transporting the new EVA from Germany to Japan. Asuka is only distracted from making Shinji miserable by the arrival of Gaghiel, the horrific sea angel. As Gaghiel starts tearing the fleet apart Shinji and Asuka must pilot the untested EVA 02 while Misato tries to come up with a scheme to stop the angel and keep the two young pilots alive.One of the things that is notable about this series is that the pilots, Shinji, Rei, and Asuka, are all too human. Shinji's underlying cowardice, Rei's distance from her emotions, and Asuka total lack of distance from some inner source of anger grant this story a sense of reality that something like 'Power Rangers' is totally lacking. I also have to commend the acting of the English voice cast for the color and accuracy of their readings."