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Product Review: The EVANGELION 2.22 DVD

You can (not) resist this set.

 I still don't get why this is sometimes called EVA 2.0. Might there be greater symbolism here that's beyond my ken?
 I still don't get why this is sometimes called EVA 2.0. Might there be greater symbolism here that's beyond my ken?

I received the DVD of EVANGELION 2.22 recently from Funimation and, lucky me, also got the chance to check out the Blu Ray version at my pal Metal Mike’s place. You might remember that I watched the sub in theaters earlier this year and walked away from it hoping the dub might solve some of my issues with the movie. Purists will be glad to know that two feel very much the same (aided and abetted by another seamless Funimation dub.) Myself, I was disappointed that the wildly-inappropriate pop ballad was kept to once again undercut almost all the tension of the Third Impact.

Without getting too deep into technical details, the picture’s sharp and the sound’s crisp, making for a beautiful presentation-in-total that just radiates futurism. There’s a comprehensive animation process sizzle reel that harps on just how many individual elements went into each and every lavish. Normally, I’m not a fan of integrating 3D models into 2D animation, so I was definitely humbled to discover that there was a lot more CG in this toon than I initially perceived - - I thought I had an eye for that. While the rest of the featurettes are just collections of TV spots and trailers, there’s an interesting selection of deleted scenes that were omitted early in the production process. The tidbits there about Kaji’s added flirtations with Shinji (yeah) and Rei’s disinterest in a more revealing plug suit like Asuka's maybe aren’t as interesting as the glimpses into a stage of production where After Effect-ed, marked up storyboards are used as placeholders. There’s also a “remixed” version of the climax. I couldn’t tell the difference - - the song didn’t suddenly have a hip hop beat or anything - - but it’s there for you all.

Were I to name the set’s most appealing features, I’d say that 20 page inset booklet is actually really helpful as a field guide to the show’s complicated mythos - - even if you do pride yourself a veteran fan. Hearing the dub cast on it made the movie feel realer to me given my prior experiences and there’s actually a pretty cool commentary track where they get interviewed by the American voice director. That, of course, includes our always entertaining pal, Spike Spencer.

I’d even say the deep orange packaging is very well conceived and executed. You simply can (not) go without buying this, so go on and find out how to get it here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

ThePhantomnauton April 20, 2011 at 1:45 a.m.
Just finished watching it before you posted it! :P
AgentJon April 20, 2011 at 1:59 a.m.
The reason why it is sometimes referred to as 2.0 is because when it was originally released in Japanese theaters, it was only known as 2.0, just as the first movie was referred to as 1.0. they were both released on DVD as 1.0 and 2.0 respectively, but months after each release, a 1.11 and 2.22 were brought to the public with added scenes and features (a few minutes on each, or what should be known as an "avatar edition"). They didn't bother releasing the original versions here; we just get the crappy directors cuts :P
So for those keeping score at home, here's the sitch:
2.0 = Original Theatrical Version
2.22 = Superawesome Bells and Whistles Version

Edit: Also, my short(ish) rant about the box for the movie. I like it, I just wish Funi would have kept some consistency. 
FoxxFireArt moderator on April 20, 2011 at 5:08 a.m.
I swear Tom, a large majority of the time I think you bring an incredibly new insight to the culture of anime. Few times, I could strangle you out of jealousy. Into anime reviewing for this long and FUNimation sends you some awesome DVDs.

That being said, I didn't find the 3D extras added to the movie all that bothersome considering how little they were used. What I found interesting was the changes the dub version made to a couple of scenes. That scene in the pub, the Japanese version has Kaji teasing Misato about her trust in Shinji. About the reasons she trusts Shinji over the Dummy System. The dub version, Shinji's name is never even mentioned in the scene.

In the final scene of the movie, Kaworu says that "This time, I will bring you happiness.". Using the term "this time" implies there was another time.

Kaji's changes in this story I find fascinating. His story purpose, on top of his past with Misato, was to be the one to relay story points to Misato, such as Lilith being underneath Central Dogma. Misato already knew that in the first movie and Kaji never really adds to her knowledge at all. He adds to Shinji's knowledge when he tells him about her being a survivor of the First Impact. They do play up her past with him in several scenes, but most of his plot related scenes are gone.

I enjoyed the cast commentaries. I cataloged the commentaries on Evangelion 2.0's profile. Who spoke and for how long.
ninjadude853on April 20, 2011 at 5:20 a.m.
I literally just got this DVD from Amazon yesterday. I haven't watched it yet because i also got 1.11, but i'm going to watch it tonight, though now i'll probably look through that booklet.
GrandMarshalon April 20, 2011 at 5:33 a.m.
Time for more you can (not) jokes

...I cant think of any, i might have run out at this point
kashif1on April 20, 2011 at 7:48 a.m.
I swear, some day i'm gonna own my own review site and funimation will send me cool stuff.  Anyway nice review
sora_thekey moderator on April 20, 2011 at 4:01 p.m.
I was going to buy it last week... I thought this was not dubbed though.
ninjadude853on April 20, 2011 at 7:11 p.m.
Okay, i got done watching it a few hours ago...

First off, that scene where Unit 1 with the dummy plug takes on the berserk unit 3? that was incredibly F#($ed up. Seriously, i haven't been that disturbed since seeing the Hansel and Gretal arc of Black Lagoon.

Second, can someone explain the white haired kid on the moon to me? I haven't seen most of the main series, so i may be wrong,
tacosRcoolon May 4, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.
I loved this! I bought this on Blu ray just for the hell of it and it looked so amazing! I just can't wait for the third and fourth parts!
Overall it is kinda of nice that they redid the series. Somethings I wished they didn't cut out but overall it is very enjoyable so far

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Spike Spencer is a U.S. voice actor. He's best known for his roles as Shinji Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rolo Lamperouge in Code Geass, and Hanataro Yamada in Bleach.

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