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Post Reply Which ending do you prefer in Evangelion?
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I know this is a heated debate in the Evangelion fandom: which ending do you prefer to the series? So far there are only two complete endings: the Neon Genesis psycho-trauma "congratulations Shinji" ending and the extravaganza known as The End of Evangelion. The last ending is due in the 4th film of the Rebuild series, to be released later this year in Japan. So which ending do you prefer and why? If you like both, explain the pros and cons of each. Or if you want to speculate how EVA Final will end, go for that too! ~SEELE 02
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Theres only one ending, the pyschological ending from NGE is just Shinji rejecting instrumentality, which happens in EoE
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Yes, I know Shinji rejects himself basically, but the tones of both endings are significantly different.
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well yes, but the NGE end is basically just a snippet of the internal psychology of Shinji during one part of EoE, Gainax ran out of money in the end of NGE, so EoE is the full end... I guess though, out of the two, EoE is a better overall end because it sums up more than just the psychological struggles, if not in a very needlessly convoluted manner... although to be fair they are the same ending -.-
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I agree with you there. You are more EVA literate than I am haha.
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Ive spent hours reading pages from the EvaGeeks wiki~
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That takes dedication. That explains why you are the creator and head of this group and SEELE 01, and why I am SEELE 02.
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Perhaps someday you will reach my level, you just cant run away~
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I am kind of hoping the rebuild takes an alternative ending. Not that I do not like the End of Evangelion ending I would just appreciate a different ending. I mean I know the ending is already going to be slightly different because of how much they had to cut out to fit it into four movies but I think you guys get what I am saying.
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Ya, no I totally agree, and I think thats whats going to happen, especially after 3.0, but Im still worried, given Gainax's history with overly convoluted plotlines, particularly at the end of whatever series it is, even FLCL, their greatest overall work and probably my favourite anime just above EVA, suffered from that to some degree too (albeit considerably less so)
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I rather enjoyed the exesential idendity crisis of the original ending, but the first half of EoE was awesome so if they actually found a way to combine the two i would be extremely happy. the psychological trauma of the first really makes you think, but intrumentality of EoE left me scratching my head and was overly depressing even for Evangelion while the whole "congatulations shinji" seemed to be a more upbeat closer where he learned not to hate himself as much
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Either way, lets just hope we can avoid too much confusion and convolution and maintain at best the happiest ending possible in 4.0....
Also, my current theory, 1.0<2.0, 1.0 was a stepping stone to the greatness of 2.0, so hopefully thats the same will happen for 4.0 (ie 3.0<4.0)
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Class3- I completely share your opinion. I thought the first half of EoE was one of the most brilliant pieces of cinema ever. I'm serious. The end of the movie was a bit too much for me as well. Although Asuka's "I feel sick" line at the end can have many interpretations and I think it is one of the best closing lines by a character in any movie, there was something special about the conclusion of Neon Genesis. It left me feeling satisfied. The beauty of it is that the "congratulations Shinji" thing may have actually happened or all of it might have been in Shinji's head. I like it that way.
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You guys bring up fair points, but I saw the NGE ending before EoE, obviously, and the part at the beginning of the last episode kinda bugged me though... as much as I like the whole congratulations thing at the end, that line at the start "While the human instrumentailty project commences..." left me wondering just WHAT was happening outside the mental space we were witnessing, and what it all meant, so the NGE ending always left me with kind of a bad taste in my mouth due to it basically telling me ALOT more was happening, but I didnt get to see it
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Posted 5/7/13
Saorin-senpai. I never thought of it that way. Great point. I guess it comes down to the preference of if you actually want to see everything that is happening or if you want to leave it to your imagination. That is a point that is valid in any art form, I believe.
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