"The Bandai Channel website announced that Petit Eva ~Evangelion@School~, the "first official super-deformed series" based on Neon Genesis Evangelion, will be adapted for video. The official announcement will be made in the September issue (on sale August 10) of Newtype magazine in Japan. The Gainax/Khara franchise spinoff spoofs the psychological science fiction drama by reimagining the characters as classmates in Tokyo-3's Nerv School, headed by Principal Gendō Ikari and Misato-sensei. The student body includes three different Rei "sisters," the EVA-01 mobile weapon reimagined as the school bully Evanchō, and the ill-fated Jet Alone robot as JA-ko, a "hidden character" in the form of a shy android girl.
Ryuusuke Hamamoto created the character designs which has inspired four-panel gag manga serializations in four different magazines: Monthly Shōnen Ace, Newtype, Dengeki Hobby Magazine, and Figure Oh. The Petit Eva project has also developed merchandising from super-deformed figurines to limited edition Doritos corn chips."
If you ever wanted absolute, definitive proof that Gainax doesn't give a FUCK about their devoted Eva fandom, look no further than this claymation abortion that Gainax actually slapped their approval on. In TV, Movies, or literature I have never seen such a complete disconnect between fans that worship something as an absolute artistic masterpiece, and creators who have such open disdain for their own fans.
12 year old wannabe elitist on MAL and 4chan: "You guys, Eva is the DEEPEST animu EVERRR! Not only is Anno the greatest psychological writer since Shakespeare and Dostoevsky, he is the greatest stream
of consciousness writer since Joyce and Woolf, and the greatest Avant Garde, symbolic filmmaker since Tarkovsky and Bergman! When literary historians look back at the 20th century achievements in art and literature, they aren't going to mention Ulysses or The Stranger, or The Master and Margarita, or As I Lay Dying...they are going to be talking about Neon Genesis Evangelion baby! You retarded n00b faggots can watch your Naruto and your Elfen Lied and your Cowboy Bebop. We are watching ART for the ages here!!!"
Anno and Gainax: "What's that? You want to make a shitty, unfunny, slapstick claymation version of what is a sacred cow for hundreds of thousands of geeks? Go for it! We don't give a fuck! Just take Eva and rape it into oblivion! We honestly couldn't care less, because fuck our fans!"
Each "episode" if you could even call it that is about 2 minutes of a single unfunny joke with Mr. Bill quality claymation figures of the Eva characters. If I was a rabid Eva fan, I don't know how I could watch this and not have my head explode from seeing my sacred baby get sodomized like this. Fortunately, those of us that are true culture snobs don't have this problem. We don't have to worry about Tolstoy selling the rights to his novels so that some escaped mental patients can make claymation SHIT humor versions of them. Petit Eva school almost made me feel bad for the insufferable Eva fanboys...almost.
I finally got around to watching the two DVDs of the "Puchi EVA - Evangelion School" box set. This is a set of 3D CG chibi character stories based upon the characters from EVA, but set in a junior high. The collection is from Star Child, KIBA 91633-4, and consists of a "Nice Rainbow Disc" DVD with 9 short episodes, and a "Xebec Disc" with 15 short episodes. The total time of the material is 134 minutes. The box set was released on March 3, 2009. There are TV ads for the series on both discs, as well as interviews with the creative teams, and
some rather unique "making of" shorts on the "Nice Rainbow" episodes, and music videos of the opening and closing theme songs on the "Xebec" disc. The box also came with a little model of EVA 1 in its "Evanchou" form, along with a number of accessories, including a Gurren-Lagann drill. (Gainax will be Gainax…)
The best way for me to describe the series is: EVA meets Dr. Slump, directed by Mamoru Oshii, inspired by Chuck Jones, and set in an out-of-control Second Life world. The "Nice Rainbow" episodes are fairly straightforward gag-comedy shorts. The episode where Misato-sensei attempts to wake up a sleeping Shinji in class by throwing chalk is probably my favorite and it channels some of the best of the old Looney Toons escalating "battle" cartoons from the 40s and 50s. The episodes on the "Xebec" disc are much stranger, and at times are profoundly disturbing, but are never-the-less quite interesting thanks to their added depth.
If you liked EVA you really ought to look up these short animations. You don't have to search for subtitled versions because there is no dialog, only music and sound effects. If you haven't seen EVA you should skip "Evangelion School" because it won't make much sense in that case. All-in-all I found it to be an interesting, sometimes intriguing, often hilarious, and always challenging set of little stories.
I never suspected myself to rate something with 1's across the board.
I don't even have to get into detail. The biggest question is: Who is this for? A child could watch it, but then they'd be interested in NGE, and I don't think a child should watch NGE. So, in that respect, it's inappropriate to introduce a child to this ONA. And, since it's not appropriate for children, it's easy to see how this definitely isn't for adults. I mean, it's just bad.
Not even going to break down each category. Just trust my 1-rating for each category and avoid this.
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It's very hard to even begin to describe this series since it's so bizarre and random. Each episode consists of a stand-alone skit that involving various characters in scenes and events that are modeled after the alternate reality Shinji is shown at the end of Neon Genesis Evangelion. All of the episodes parody some aspect of the franchise, such as the characters, and derive humor by putting Evagelion characters in situations so different than normal (for them, anyway).
Since the plots vary so much between episodes, and the show is entirely dependent on humor, it should be no surprise that the quality varies tremendously between episodes.
One of the funniest ones (so far) is episode 7, which makes fun of Gendo. So far, about half of the episodes have been funny to varying degrees and half are just boring.
The characters are generally pretty funny. Even though they are just caricatures of the ones from the series, they do manage to capture the personalities of originals. The main cast so far includes the three Eva pilots, Gendo, and Eva Unit 01 (who has been reimaged as human sized). There have also been appearances by Kaworu and Misato.
The art and sound are very low grade - the graphics are on par with early PS1/N64 videogames and the sound is below that. However, this only adds to the humor of the series, so even a rating of "fair" isn't a bad thing. There isn't a translation to worry about as there is no spoken dialog or any text to read. Anything that needs to be communicated to the viewers is done by pictures in a character's speech/though balloons.
When all is said and done, E@S probably isn't going to be the type of anime that you sit down and watch the entire run of at once. The style simply doesn't lend itself to that type of viewing. It is however, more than entertaining enough to watch at least once and then to go back and rewatch your favorite episodes.