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Shinseiki Evangelion
(Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Episode 15: Lie And Silence / Those Women Longed For the Touch of Other's Lips, and Thus Invited Their Kisses

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: Satsukawa Akio, Anno Hideaki Director: Hanyu Naoyasu 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

While flying over the recently formed second and third Ashino lakes, Fuyutsuki expresses concern over recent developments with Gendo -- developments which include the activities of a certain Kaji, who is not only a member of NERV, but also represents the Japanese Department of the Interior. A certain someone who is uncovering the depths to which NERV has gone to be able to expand their sphere of influence...

Meanwhile, yet another wedding is taking place, and Misato begins to take stock of her own life -- a life which she had previously shared with Kaji. After the festivities, Kaji, Misato and Ritsuko get together for drinks -- something that the threesome had not done for some time. Yet with each passing of another co-worker's wedding, she begins to feel a certain emptyness. A feeling that perhaps, her decisions in the past were not always for the best...

Later, Misato discovers Kaji wandering into a classified area -- an area she herself had not entered. An area which housed the beginnings of all Evangelions...

[ capsule review ]

A much needed break from the action sequences, this episode concentrates on character development with a dash or two of humour thrown in for good measure. What does Asuka do to kill time when she skips out early on a blind date, and the only other person around is Shinji? I could tell you, but on second thought, don't hold your breath.

Relationships, both past and present come to the fore in this show. Shinji and his father have one of their very rare father/son get-togethers, this time to visit the grave marker of his deceased mother. Shinji continues to dwell on his his own lack of understanding, and a very interesting scene comes about when when Shinji asks Rei what his father is really like. (Actually, their entire conversation is pretty good.) But in this episode, Misato is the real central figure. Her self-analysis while drunk provides some insight into her past relationship with Kaji. The motivations for her introspections about her past, and reasons for leaving Kaji are believable enough, but not the scripting. An actress of immense conviction would have been needed to be able pull this pulp out of the wastebasket, but Mitsuishi Kotono isn't that good -- don't get me wrong, I think she's a pretty decent seiyu. A shame, since the rest of the story is fascinating, and she's skilled enough to have had people balling their eyes out had the writing for the key scene been better. But true to typical Anno style, it's overdone, complete with violins swelling to a near crippling cliché crescendo (allegorical alliteration for the articulate academist!) Subtle is something this series is not. - AN

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Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 3 stars N/A
Direction: N/A 3 stars N/A
Acting: N/A rate_04.gif N/A
Animation: N/A 3 stars N/A
Music: N/A 4 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 4 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/A 3 stars N/A

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