In "The Birth of NERV," the filmmakers offer the viewer glimpses of the main characters' childhoods in scenes that hint at the sources of their problems and sorrows. And the penultimate episodes are dominated by sorrows at... more » NERV, the organization that handles the Earth's defenses against the invading Angels. Asuka has grown so hostile, she can no longer bond with her Eva. After being badly injured in battle with the 15th Angel, she's removed from the program she lived for. As Commander Ikari insists on keeping Shinji's Eva in "cryostasis," Rei is left to face the serpentine 16th Angel alone: rather than be overcome by it, she destroys her Eva, the Angel, much of the surrounding landscape--and herself. Shinji is shattered by her disappearance. After decoding a message from the murdered Kaji, Misato forces Ritsuko to reveal to her and to Shinji the hideous truth about the creation of the Evas. But Misato, Shinji, and Ritsuko are only pawns in the larger game being played by the ruling cadre of the sinister SEELE organization. The 16th Angel has been vanquished and, according to the predictions they have derived from the Dead Sea Scrolls, only one remains to appear. These fragmented episodes showcase the singular mixture of Christian symbolism, sci-fi action, and Eastern mysticism that has made Evangelion one of the most widely--and hotly--discussed series in the history of anime. Not rated; suitable for ages 14 and up: robot versus robot violence, minor nudity, and grotesque imagery. --Charles Solomon« less
WARNING -- Do NOT purchase if you already have the boxed set
J. Dautel | Salt Lake City, UT United States | 02/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"FINALLY!!! To clarify once and for all:
Platinum Collection 7 contains four episodes--
#24- The Original Version #24- THE DIRECTOR'S CUT #25- The Original Version #26- The Original Version
There is NO director's cut for episodes 25 and 26. If you already purchased the Platinum Collection Boxed Set, then you already have ALL of the episodes that are on this seventh disk. For some reason they organized the single disks differently than the Boxed Set, and therefore there are seven seperate single disks and only six disks in the Boxed Set.
DON'T buy this disk if you are looking for extra episodes that they didn't squeeze into the Boxed Set. The Boxed Set contains all the original episodes of the series, and it also contains the director's cut for episodes 21, 22, 23, and 24. There's nothing else available anywhere.
The original end of the series (episodes 25 and 26) was unsatisfactory to many fans, and so the director reworked the ending in the form of TWO movies. They are NOT included in the boxed set. You can buy them seperately, or they also come in a two-pack box. The first movie is called "Death and Rebirth," and the second movie is "The End of Evangelion." They are both excellent films, and serve as an entertaining and thought-provoking alternative to the original ending of the series.
Needless to say, this series is the best that anime has to offer. All the incredible action and animation is perfectly complimented by a mix of intricate characters and philosophies. Neon Genesis Evangelion is as much about tackling the nature of the soul as it is about giant alien creatures getting killed by giant robot things. It's wonderful."
Tying Up the Loose Ends
mltingnail | Exton, PA USA | 04/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great volume. Eva in general is a great series but this is fantastic. In this volume we get to see the death of two major characters as well as see Asuka become so devistated my an angel attack that she begins to have difficulty in everything she does. The show gives us an indepth look at what an Evangelion is and how it is formed. There are a multitude of flashbacks from a great number of the of the characters lives. The viewers find out what happened to Shinji's mother, Ritsuko's mother, and what Rei really is. There are many flashbacks showing scenes of joy, love, friendship, mistrust and hatred. Meanwhile the present scenes deal with sacrafice and mourning. There are some great scenes in this volume. Volume seven starts to explain every thing that has led up to this moment. There two really phenominal angel attacks in this volume. I would consider these three episodes to be some of the best episodes in Neon Genesis: Evangelion because of the plot and the character development. It will leave you feeling very sorry for each of the characters in the saga of Evangelion."
Daniel B. Kauffman | USAF Academy, CO USA | 03/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I made the mistake of thinking I was gyped out of some of the episodes when I bought the Platinum Collection boxed set (which has "Collection" disks 1-6). So I bought Platinum Collection 7 thinking I would now have the director's cuts of some more episodes, but it turns out the boxed set just consolidates Collection disks 1-7 into 6 disks. Amazon.com let me return it, but I had to pay for shipping. Oh well, lesson learned. I thought you all might learn from my mistake."
Finally Kaworu on the Cover! ^_^
Sabaku No Gaara | United Kingdom | 04/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I dont normally write Reviews but after reading some of the others i just had to. First off ignore pretty much all the other reviews, they seem to be owners of the older DVDs. How do i know this ? Well they seem to think episodes 21 - 23 are on this disc, Wrong! Its the last of the Platinum Volumes and contains Episodes 24 - 26 the Last two of the series. I would also like to point out that Volume 6 which i just got today has the Directors Cut Episodes of 21 - 23 quite cool. So Evangelion Platinum is all you'll need series wise. But Death and Rebirth and End of Evangelion should also be bought. Not really a Review of the Anime but the fact i gave it 5 stars speaks for itself. ^_^"
Psychosis and Apotheosis.
Matt Johns | Atlanta, Georgia - USA | 06/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot truly put into written words the effect this series has had on me. I am probably one of the most desensitized people in existance when it comes to watching violence and suffering of others, but watching this DVD nearly made me cry. This show pushed the limits of everything, EVERYTHING I had seen or known before, past the conceivable barriers of the human mind. If you are even half as hardened and cold as I am then you will be moved to tears by simply watching the chronicles of Evangelion contained on this DVD. Death, life, and the limits of sanity are all brought into question. Rei, Misato, Asuka, and Ritsuko experience horror beyond any that a human being ever has before, and the limits of their minds and the memories they hold are all brought to the redline when the 15th and 16th angels attack and leave hell in their wake. I don't care if you never buy another anime series again: get all the DVDs in this series and then watch as all you thought you knew about God and Man is utterly annihilated. Genesis and Judgment are all brought one step closer to understanding in the most emotionally shattering collection of EVA yet."