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Shinseiki Evangelion
(Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Episode 13: Angel Invasion / Lilliputian Hitcher

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: Ito Mitsuko, Satsukawa Akio, Anno Hideaki Director: Okamura Tensai Assistant Directors: Otsuka Masahiko 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

MAGI: The group of three supercomputers which operate and control New Tokyo-3. After a lengthy and routine diagnostic check, the MAGI is brought back online in order to perform new synchronization simulations on the three young EVA pilots and their machines, unfettered by their plug-suits. Unbeknownst to the rest of NERV, a new Angel has begun a deadly assault on NERV headquarters -- by creating nano-circuits and taking over the MAGI itself! Ritsuko races against time to prevent the latest threat from taking over New Tokyo-3!

[ capsule review ]

Most of the series in the first season concentrates on a single major character in each episode, in order to introduce some background information. In this case, it's Ritsuko, and some history about the MAGI -- the three supercomputers, consisting of Balthasar, Melchoir and Caspar. According to Ritsuko, it was her mother and not herself who built the MAGI (she claims she only brought them online). The latest angel invasion takes place in the form of a computer super-virus, which attempts to order the three super-computers to self-destruct. Very clever and fast-paced direction keep the tension levels high, in what I believe is the best episode yet. While some of the 'human interest' aspects of the episode seems somewhat simplistic and contrived, the director is able to maintain a high level of suspense throughout. (Note the little message left in the core of Caspar by Ritsuko's mother. Obviously, there were some strong feelings between her and Ikari Gendo.) Yes, the 'race against the clock' theme is an overused plot device, and yes, it seems that every such conflict ends with only one second to spare, but who cares? This episode will keep you at the edge of your seat! - AN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 4 stars N/A
Direction: N/A 5 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 3 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/A 4 stars N/A

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