As a Genre Deconstruction
, the way Evangelion plays with tropes is borderline malicious towards the Super Robot Genre
, and especially malicious towards the Real Robot Genre
. This is mostly done by pointing out a necessary yet illogical
convention of the genre, then proceeding to use it anyway because of its unique style. This unique style is using tropes that the audience has built-up Willing Suspension Of Disbelief
from other shows and pushes them to their darkest extremes
while employing the Rule Of Scary
and religious symbolism
to keep Fridge Logic
at bay. But after a trope goes through the Evangelion process, it's effectively broken and can never really be used the same way again.
In the series, its made clear that Humongous Mecha
are incredibly impractical (notice how the military drops bomb at the Angel at first, and how Jet Alone is depicted as a clunky, useless piece of machinery that's better off shut down). So why are the Evangelions used? Well, because they're based off the same Imported Alien Phlebotinum
, they're able to go through the Angels' special barrier (the AT Field). But this explanation would not work for any other series except for Evangelion, as the Real Robot Genre
is robbed of its plausibility and just raises the question of "Why Don't You Just Nuke Em
, with far more practical means of delivery like jets"
Other examples: why are our protagonists Child Soldiers Falling Into The Cockpit
? (Because the only one who synchronize with an Eva is the child of the person inside that Eva's Soul Jar
! This explanation hardly holds up for Evangelion, much less another series.) Why are the Angels attacking one-by-one
at the same place
? (Because they're not intelligent, and even then, they all want their own version of Third Impact, which is initiated by bonding with one of the Eldritch Abominations
Nerv has stored in Toyko-3. This would not hold up for a more typical Alien Invasion
, which one would expect to be a decentralized, all out assault waged by a collective of intelligent beings, making the format of giant robots battling aliens every week more ridiculous.)
At the very least it made Follow The Leader
difficult, and at the very most, redefined the genre by breaking its tropes.