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Shinji, in EVA-01 tries to stop the JA (Jet Alone).


Shinseiki Evangelion
(Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Episode 7: The Human Creation / A Human Work

Copyright: 1995 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: Enokido Yoji, Anno Hideaki Director: Sugiyama Keichi Assistant Director: Otsuka Masahito Producers: Yamamura Atsuko (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

Ikari Shinji is still trying to adapt to Misato's lifestyle. Somehow, Misato's routine of having a beer first thing in the morning doesn't seem to help matters at all. Add to this the manner in which she makes her "entrance" for a parent/teacher interview, and suddenly Shinji feels very self-concious about his room-mate. But things are much different when business is involved -- especially when it's business that Misato doesn't enjoy: hob-nobbing with bureaucrats for a proposed new low-cost alternative to the Evangelion: The Japan Self-Defense Forces' (JASDF) Jet-Alone (JA) self-powered remote robot. It's bad enough that the unit is nuclear powered, but things look worse when it appears that the robot might actually work. Things definitely do get a lot worse when the JA goes out of control, and heads towards a reactor melt-down. Will Misato be able to get the bureaucrats to stop playing golf long enough to get the password to shut the unit down?

[ capsule review ]

Things were looking quite interesting at the end of episodes 5 and 6 -- the series went from a very trite adolescent giant-robot show to something with a little depth and substance. Episode seven falls back to the old ways, once again portraying governments and their minions as simple-minded idiots. The only saving grace to this episode were two sub-plots: one involving a conspiracy which leads to the malfunction of JA; the second involving Misato's dual personality -- aloof, almost irresponsible when things are going well, but she's all business when the pressure's on. Animation quality is standard for a TV series, though this episode featured some neat angle shots -- the drop-shipping of the Eva from the bomber for example -- though I have to wonder: instead of having Shinji drop-shipped behind the JA, why didn't they simply drop him in front, have him hold the JA until Misato could be flown in by helicopter? Surely it would be just as easy to trip the runaway robot? (Hey -- that might even loosen up the reactor control rods!) Not a great episode, though the political background has me a little intrigued. - AN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 2 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 3 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 4 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/A 2 stars N/A

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