History Anime / NeonGenesisEvangelion

10th Jul '17 5:30:08 AM jormis29
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** {{The Movie}}s feature commentaries by Creator/AmandaWinnLee, her husband and Taliesin Jaffe, which are generally [[LoveItOrHateIt beloved/despised]] (some have even nicknamed it "Commentary of Evil") for being mostly riffing, with a lot of conjecture about the possible meanings behind the films' abstract symbolism, and details on the process of dubbing the films and remastering the audio.

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** {{The Movie}}s feature commentaries by Creator/AmandaWinnLee, her husband and Taliesin Jaffe, Creator/TaliesinJaffe, which are generally [[LoveItOrHateIt beloved/despised]] (some have even nicknamed it "Commentary of Evil") for being mostly riffing, with a lot of conjecture about the possible meanings behind the films' abstract symbolism, and details on the process of dubbing the films and remastering the audio.
9th Jul '17 3:51:46 PM nombretomado
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** Most characters' family names are those of Japanese ships that were sunk during WorldWarII. Additionally, Asuka's second family name, "Langley" complements this scheme too: ''Langley'' was an American ship sunk in World War II. Similarly her mother's second family name ''Zeppelin'' in this case references a German aircraft carrier that wasn't completed (just like Kyouko's mind was left fractured).\\

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** Most characters' family names are those of Japanese ships that were sunk during WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Additionally, Asuka's second family name, "Langley" complements this scheme too: ''Langley'' was an American ship sunk in World War II. Similarly her mother's second family name ''Zeppelin'' in this case references a German aircraft carrier that wasn't completed (just like Kyouko's mind was left fractured).\\
4th Jul '17 5:36:25 PM nombretomado
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** Using TheOtherWiki as source, one could easily diagnose:

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** Using TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki as source, one could easily diagnose:
21st Jun '17 7:41:45 PM Az_Tech341
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** Shinji’s tendency to sink into hopeless depression before struggling with his challenges ultimately lead to him [[spoiler:[[YouAreTooLate being too late to save Asuka in episode 25']]]].

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** Shinji’s tendency to sink into hopeless depression before struggling with his challenges ultimately lead to him [[spoiler:[[YouAreTooLate being too late to save Asuka in episode 25']]]].25]]]].
21st Jun '17 6:14:36 PM Seraphine
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** Shinji’s tendency to sink into hopeless depression before struggling with his challenges ultimately lead to him [[spoiler:[[YouAreTooLate being too late to save Asuka in episode 25]]]].

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** Shinji’s tendency to sink into hopeless depression before struggling with his challenges ultimately lead to him [[spoiler:[[YouAreTooLate being too late to save Asuka in episode 25]]]].25']]]].



** ''The End of Evangelion'' has an awesome one. Early in the movie when Misato checks the computers, the screen with orange text has her saying "So that's what happened during Second Impact". However, the text is in fact a brief bio of Creator/StudioGainax where every instance of the word Gainax is replaced by GEHIRN, and IMPORTANT-LOOKING, ALL-CAPS phrases like SECOND IMPACT and ADAM inserted at random. Additionaly, there are some bogus "binary" numbers (10-bit instead of 8-bit), and there is a 4 among them. This could be a symbol for death, which is pronounced the same as the number in japanese (shi).

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** ''The End of Evangelion'' has an awesome one. Early in the movie when Misato checks the computers, the screen with orange text has her saying "So that's what happened during Second Impact". However, the text is in fact a brief bio of Creator/StudioGainax where every instance of the word Gainax is replaced by GEHIRN, and IMPORTANT-LOOKING, ALL-CAPS phrases like SECOND IMPACT and ADAM inserted at random. Additionaly, Additionally, there are some bogus "binary" numbers (10-bit instead of 8-bit), and there is a 4 among them. This could be a symbol for death, which is pronounced the same as the number in japanese (shi).
21st Jun '17 5:45:17 PM Seraphine
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* BigBad: SEELE. All the catastrophic events that take place in the series are all by-products of their plan to bring about Human Instrumentality. However, [[spoiler:they may or may not subvert this by the end of [=End of Evangelion=], as the rest of humanity [[MindScrew may or may not be happy with the result]].]]

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* BigBad: SEELE. All the catastrophic events that take place in the series are all by-products of their plan to bring about Human Instrumentality. However, [[spoiler:they may or may not subvert this by the end of [=End ''End of Evangelion=], Evangelion'', as the rest of humanity [[MindScrew may or may not be happy with the result]].]]



* FingerTenting: Gendo is pretty much the poster boy for this trope, doing it in ''almost every scene in which he's sitting down''; sometimes also combined with a PyschoticSmirk. His trademark covering-the-mouth variant is often called "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-gendo-pose the Gendo pose]]". (As a bonus, using the pose repeatedly helped cut down on [[NoBudget animation costs]] and nobody had to worry about [[LipLock matching lip flaps when dubbing into another language]].)

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* FingerTenting: Gendo is pretty much the poster boy for this trope, doing it in ''almost every scene in which he's sitting down''; sometimes also combined with a PyschoticSmirk.PsychoticSmirk. His trademark covering-the-mouth variant is often called "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-gendo-pose the Gendo pose]]". (As a bonus, using the pose repeatedly helped cut down on [[NoBudget animation costs]] and nobody had to worry about [[LipLock matching lip flaps when dubbing into another language]].)



* DeusAngstMachina: At the start of the plot, [[ParentalIssues Shinji hates his father and blames him for the absence of his mother]] because [[ParentalAbandonment she died in mysterious circumstances involving his father, after which he sent him to live with his teacher (his aunt and uncle in the manga), being incompetent to raise him without her]]. When his father requests his presence again, it isn't apparently because of regret but of necessity: he needs Shinji to work for him; if Shinji doesn't comply, the world will end. After Shinji agrees to do this, he requests to live alone, and would do but for Misato's insistence he live with her. Misato, we discover, [[spoiler:was also abandoned by her father twice: once in favour of his job, [[HeroicSacrifice the second time in favour of her life over his]], and absolutely ''hates'' the Angels for robbing her of him]]. [[BandagedBabe Rei]], whom Shinji met during his reunion with his father, actually does live [[LonersAreFreaks completely alone]]. [[spoiler:This isolation is enforced by her caretakers on Gendou’s orders, because she plays a key part in Gendou’s Instrumentality scenario.]] Later, she undergoes a SuicideMission to protect Shinji, [[DefiedTrope who saves her from death]]; then, she undergoes another SuicideMission to protect Shinji, [[spoiler:[[TakingYouWithMe and goes]] [[HeroicSacrifice all the way]]]]. After meeting Rei, Shinji meets Touji, who resents him deeply because his sister was badly injured in Shinji’s first Eva fight. [[spoiler:Eventually, Touji forgives and befriends him, and is later crippled (in the anime)/[[DeathByAdaptation killed (in the manga)]] by Shinji’s Eva, despite Shinji’s protests.]] After he meets Touji, he meets Asuka, who takes a liking to him. She gambles that he'll reciprocate by kissing him; he doesn't. [[spoiler: After this, [[BreakTheHaughty her pride is further broken down]] by Shinji achieving a higher synch rate than her and thus displacing her as top pilot, and after being [[MindRape pyschologically assaulted]] by an angel that unearths all of her worst memories and experiences, [[DrivenToSuicide she decides suicide]] [[InTheBlood is her best option]].]] Finally, Shinji meets Kaworu: the only person to love him unconditionally; too bad that ceases when [[spoiler:Shinji discovers that Kaworu is a disguised enemy and [[DespairEventHorizon kills him]] ([[HeroicSacrifice at Kaworu's insistence]]), [[MoralEventHorizon crossing]] [[ThouShaltNotKill a line]] he’s never dreamed he would]]. [[{{Angst}} All this blame, responsibility, and alienation]] [[BreakTheCutie prove too much for Shinji]] [[spoiler:, who won’t bring himself to fight and save Asuka to prevent the Third Impact, and, [[ProtagonistCentredMorality when finally given the choice]], [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds decides to end the world]] [[DownerEnding rather than save it.]]]]

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* DeusAngstMachina: At the start of the plot, [[ParentalIssues Shinji hates his father and blames him for the absence of his mother]] because [[ParentalAbandonment she died in mysterious circumstances involving his father, after which he sent him to live with his teacher (his aunt and uncle in the manga), being incompetent to raise him without her]]. When his father requests his presence again, it isn't apparently because of regret but of necessity: he needs Shinji to work for him; if Shinji doesn't comply, the world will end. After Shinji agrees to do this, he requests to live alone, alone and would do was going to, but for Misato's insistence he decides to live with her.Misato due to her insistence. Misato, we discover, [[spoiler:was also abandoned by her father twice: once in favour of his job, [[HeroicSacrifice the second time in favour of her life over his]], and absolutely ''hates'' the Angels for robbing her of him]]. [[BandagedBabe Rei]], whom Shinji met during his reunion with his father, actually does live [[LonersAreFreaks completely alone]]. [[spoiler:This isolation is enforced by her caretakers on Gendou’s orders, because she plays a key part in Gendou’s Instrumentality scenario.]] Later, she undergoes a SuicideMission to protect Shinji, [[DefiedTrope who saves her from death]]; then, she undergoes another SuicideMission to protect Shinji, [[spoiler:[[TakingYouWithMe and goes]] [[HeroicSacrifice all the way]]]]. After meeting Rei, Shinji meets Touji, who resents him deeply because his sister was badly injured in Shinji’s first Eva fight. [[spoiler:Eventually, Touji forgives and befriends him, and is later crippled (in the anime)/[[DeathByAdaptation killed (in the manga)]] by Shinji’s Eva, despite Shinji’s protests.]] After he meets Touji, he meets Asuka, who takes a liking to him. She gambles that he'll reciprocate by kissing him; he doesn't. [[spoiler: After this, [[BreakTheHaughty her pride is further broken down]] by Shinji achieving a higher synch rate than her and thus displacing her as top pilot, and after being [[MindRape pyschologically assaulted]] by an angel that unearths all of her worst memories and experiences, [[DrivenToSuicide she decides suicide]] [[InTheBlood is her best option]].]] Finally, Shinji meets Kaworu: the only person to love him unconditionally; too bad that ceases when [[spoiler:Shinji discovers that Kaworu is a disguised enemy and [[DespairEventHorizon kills him]] ([[HeroicSacrifice at Kaworu's insistence]]), [[MoralEventHorizon crossing]] [[ThouShaltNotKill a line]] he’s never dreamed he would]]. [[{{Angst}} All this blame, responsibility, and alienation]] [[BreakTheCutie prove too much for Shinji]] [[spoiler:, who won’t bring himself to fight and save Asuka to prevent the Third Impact, and, [[ProtagonistCentredMorality when finally given the choice]], [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds decides to end the world]] [[DownerEnding rather than save it.]]]]



* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Averted with Auska verbally abusing Shinji. Auska's constant verbal bombardment and puts-downs push Shinji seem like typical tsundere behaviour, but due to Shinji not having much self-confidence only serves to push him further and further away from her, which only causes her more frustration trying to work out ''why'' he's being pushed away, which, in turn, causes her to be even more scathing.

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* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Averted with Auska Asuka verbally abusing Shinji. Auska's constant verbal bombardment and puts-downs push Shinji seem like typical tsundere behaviour, but due to Shinji not having much self-confidence only serves to push him further and further away from her, which only causes her more frustration trying to work out ''why'' he's being pushed away, which, in turn, causes her to be even more scathing.



** Shinji’s tendency to sink into hopeless depression before struggling with his challenges ultimately lead to him [[spoiler:[[YouAreTooLate being too late to save Asuka in episode 25']]]].

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** Shinji’s tendency to sink into hopeless depression before struggling with his challenges ultimately lead to him [[spoiler:[[YouAreTooLate being too late to save Asuka in episode 25']]]].25]]]].
17th Jun '17 6:38:59 PM Az_Tech341
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* PeopleInRubberSuits: A truly bizarre in-universe example. [[spoiler:This is basically what the Evas are--cloned Angels in suits of armor with some cybernetic implants. It's almost certainly a sly nod to the preferred special effect for giant city-destroying monsters in Anno's beloved {{Kaiju}} movies.]]

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* PeopleInRubberSuits: A truly bizarre in-universe example. [[spoiler:This is basically what the Evas are--cloned Angels in suits of armor restraint with some cybernetic implants. It's almost certainly a sly nod to the preferred special effect for giant city-destroying monsters in Anno's beloved {{Kaiju}} movies.]]
17th Jun '17 5:42:48 PM Iaculus
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* {{Kaiju}}: The show is directly inspired by ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', and has as much in common with this mini-genre as HumongousMecha.

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* {{Kaiju}}: The show is directly inspired by ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', and has as much in common with this mini-genre as HumongousMecha.HumongousMecha (especially since [[spoiler:the HumongousMecha are actually semi-pilotable kaiju - PeopleInRubberSuits, no less]]).



* PeopleInRubberSuits: A truly bizarre in-universe example. [[spoiler:This is basically what the Evas are--cloned Angels in suits of armor with some cybernetic implants.]]

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* PeopleInRubberSuits: A truly bizarre in-universe example. [[spoiler:This is basically what the Evas are--cloned Angels in suits of armor with some cybernetic implants. It's almost certainly a sly nod to the preferred special effect for giant city-destroying monsters in Anno's beloved {{Kaiju}} movies.]]
5th Jun '17 7:46:34 AM MarqFJA
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* RealEventFictionalCause: The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant-impact_hypothesis Giant Impact]] (also known as "First Impact" in-universe) is stated to have been the result of [[{{Ultraterrestrials}} Lilith]]'s starfaring vessel, the Black Moon, crashing into primordial Earth about 4 billion years ago, with said vessel's rocky exterior separating from the vessel and coalescing into the Moon; as for the real-life explanation, it's a cover-up story by the AncientConspiracy in-universe.

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* RealEventFictionalCause: The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant-impact_hypothesis Giant Impact]] (also known as "First Impact" in-universe) is stated to have been the result of [[{{Ultraterrestrials}} Lilith]]'s starfaring vessel, the Black Moon, crashing into primordial Earth about 4 billion years ago, with said vessel's rocky exterior separating from the vessel and coalescing into the Moon; as for the real-life explanation, it's a cover-up story by the AncientConspiracy [[AncientConspiracy Seele]] in-universe.
5th Jun '17 7:45:16 AM MarqFJA
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* RealEventFictionalCause: The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant-impact_hypothesis Giant Impact]] (also known as "First Impact" in-universe) is stated to have been the result of Lilith's starfaring vessel, the Black Moon, crashing into primordial Earth about 4 billion years ago, with said vessel's rocky exterior separating from the vessel and coalescing into the Moon; as for the real-life explanation, it's a cover-up story by the AncientConspiracy in-universe.

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* RealEventFictionalCause: The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant-impact_hypothesis Giant Impact]] (also known as "First Impact" in-universe) is stated to have been the result of Lilith's [[{{Ultraterrestrials}} Lilith]]'s starfaring vessel, the Black Moon, crashing into primordial Earth about 4 billion years ago, with said vessel's rocky exterior separating from the vessel and coalescing into the Moon; as for the real-life explanation, it's a cover-up story by the AncientConspiracy in-universe.
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