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Posted 2/9/08
many people do not fully understand Evangelion; however I have found somebody who understands more than most.



I did not write any of this I am giving credit to the one who did, I will send you the link on where I found this

here is what she says.



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In defense of a vision: Anno's Evangelion

By: Sarah Davis



Note: I've seen the movie, people... The link to my opinions on it is right there at the bottom of the page, and has been there for no less than FOUR MONTHS. Probably longer. Before e-mailing me to complain about what I said concerning the film, check HERE for a review of it. Most of the e-mail I get is redudant whining about how I mistreated, misunderstood, and misrepresented the movies.





Shinseiki Evangelion is one of the most popular anime currently available in English. It has succeeded as a Japanese television series both in Japan and around the world. Evangelion is one of those few anime that can appeal to nearly anyone. It has everything it needs to succeed



Or so it seems.



The unfortunate aspect of Shinseiki Evangelion (Eva) is that most fans love the series with unbound glee and affection until the last two episodes. Throughout the series prior to that point it has all the plot, character development, subplots, emotional impact, great animation, good music, cool mecha, and more to make it an astounding sight to behold. Then the final two episodes occur. After everything has presumably been resolved the series takes a sudden turn. The Eva Units disappear. The combat is over. The series becomes almost awkward, it is so cerebral. The characters analyze themselves throughout, peering into the depths of their own souls. It leads to nothing but a series of "congratulations" from the cast, in the direction of Shinji Ikari, the protagonist. It seems strange that a series which began with such a bang would end in such a somber, personal note. Suddenly it shifts dramatically. All the sentai elements have been erased, replaced with self-analysis of by the characters.



Many fans despise this original ending and prefer the movies that were made proceeding an outpouring of no less than rage from the fans who could not grasp or understand the end. What was the point in Shinji being told he could make his future his own? Where was the Third Impact? What became of everyone? Was this any way to end a series that was so promising? The answer to that final question: Yes.



I’ve not seen the movies, nor do I feel particularly compelled to do so. I’ll certainly buy or rent copies eventually, but for now I am content to study Anno’s masterpiece, Eva, without being burdened by the fan service movies. The fact is that everything about Eva is ultimately very atypical. Where any other series would have designed Shinji to be a lecher, a girl-magnet, a smart-ass, a genius, or otherwise unnatural, Eva created in Shinji the archetype of humanity and I respect that. Does that make sense? Shinji was everyone. He felt despair, solitude, unhappiness, depression, and so many other things that so few anime series bother to touch, let alone attempt to conquer. Shinji is "every man," so to speak. Anyone can relate to his problems. His father abandoned him, his mother died, he was shy and could not make friends easily, he was picked-on, he was an outcast, The list goes on. Shinji embodies everything that makes a human frail. He wants nothing more than to be accepted. Eva ends by portraying Shinji as someone who realizes this “that he only wants to be liked” but also as someone who wants to grow out of that stage.



The end of the original twenty-six episode television series had Shinji, Misato, Rei, and Asuka coming to grips with all the troubles they faced. Shinji wanted to be accepted, Misato did not want to be left alone, Rei wanted to know she was needed, and Asuka wanted to see that she was loved. They were all left alone at one point, or were expendable. All of them needed reassurance. The final episodes of Eva were centered around them voicing their fears. This much is evident from the dialogue and imagery. In the end when they see that they have self-worth outside of what others see in them and of them they are congratulated. Yui, Gendo, Ritsuko, Kaji, Maya, and a slew of other cast members tell Shinji he has done a good job.



So, what’s the point? The point was that Eva was never about the Eva Units. It was about the need for acceptance. It was about Shinji piloting an Eva for praise, Asuka piloting an Eva to be special, Rei piloting an Eva to be needed, and Misato guiding them because she had a hole in her own soul which needed to be filled with their presence. Once the need for the Evas was gone all of this crumbled and their worlds fell apart. Shinji, Rei, Asuka, and Misato were not special anymore. Then they were left to analyze themselves and try to find a new sense of self-worth.



That is the point of Eva. That no matter what your academic or social achievements may be, and no matter what position you hold for a job, you are unique. You do not need to rely on the praise of others to be such. Shinji regurgitated the praise he received from others so that he could relive the experiences. How many people do that? How many children post their successful tests on refrigerator doors and keep them there for months because it was their best grade? How many Olympic contenders keep gleaming trophies shining brightly in their cases for all their lives to remember that instant of glory when they crossed the finish line, got the goal, or made the leap? How many? Have you done such a thing? Of course you have. Everyone has. You keep old tests because they were done well. You cherish essays for which you were praised. You keep the trophies and monuments to your successes tightly locked and safe in a cabinet where they can be recalled but not damaged. And what happens if one of those trophies falls to the ground and is shattered? What if the test gets soaked by water and becomes illegible? What then? What evidence do you have that you ever did anything great?



That is Eva.



Why does so much discontentment come from this? Perhaps because Anno’s portrayal of the human psyche strikes a chord. We hate to recognize ourselves in Shinji because he is a "wimp," or a "wuss." He’s a "sissy." He’s "pathetic." He "whines too much." Does he really? Or do we just claim he is a pitiful little child because seeing ourselves reflected in someone like him is painful? Shinji is not perfect, which is what makes him intriguing. He does not have many outstanding qualities. He pilots an Eva well. And this means..? What? No one on Earth will ever pilot an Eva. Mayhaps Shinji piloting the Eva was a figment of his imagination, a way to make himself stand out. In reality none of those things occurred. To aid him he created characters who were branches of himself. Misato is the one who wants to keep others near. Asuka is the one who wants to push them away. Rei is the one who wants to know she can be near. Shinji is all of them as a single person, the not-quite-happy medium of the group. They all represent a single person who has one flaw: The raw, human need to be loved.



When the last Apostle/Angel, Kaworu, was killed, what made Shinji exceptional vanished. He then had to look into himself for what he was missing. He lacked something and he feared this. It made him uncomfortable. Was he strange? Did others view him that way? Would they like him? Questions such as these poured into his mind.



How many people have, at some point, wanted to fade away and die because they felt no one liked them? Suicides are not uncommon due to factors such as this. Anno explored this in the deepest sense. He related to the audience his deepest feelings. His regrets, his desires, and so much more. His mind is in Eva. When we watch Shinji, we watch Anno. It was such a personal view that it’s frightening. What would anger me, if I were Anno, is to see people take my memoir and bastardize it because the grand finale did not involve impressive sights. Anno offered us no less than himself and so many fans turned around and cried foul. The animation was not perfect, the music was not ideal, the last two episodes were boring, How many of these complaints have we all heard many times? For all Anno’s work, he was repaid with a lot of whining and ten dozen movies that are most certainly not his true vision. They ended in a way that would catch eyes and leave fans in awe. My, my, isn’t that huge Rei cool looking? Isn’t it sweet to see Asuka has regained her mental capacity and Shinji is alone with her, the next Adam and Eve, How cute.



Or, rather...



How absolutely, sickeningly, pathetically TYPICAL. How many anime end too much like that? There is no originality in that ending. To me this is just a poor attempt to make up for Anno trying to give us something more than just another Monsters vs. Big Robots anime. Eva TV is reality. Eva movies are fantasy. [For a clarification on these specific comments, go HERE.]



But I digress. I can only ask you this: How would you rather see the series end? As Anno intended, with analysis of who we all are and what we want and need? Or with lots of neat explosions and ultra-obvious answers to the enigmas? Do you want to think or have it spelled out for you in bold writing? If you hate to think, Eva wasn’t for you in the first place.



I’ll leave this on that note. Flame away, my friends.



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Posted 3/24/08
this is so stupid why did you post this. of course we are going to flame the author didnt even bother to watch the movie, one of the KEY elements to the series. And also is she retarted? the movie was the original ending but the big corporate bad guys said they didn't like it so they changed the ending to psycho analysis of the characters. Also, the movie did not change the ending it is just a physical realization of what was going on in the characters minds during the instrumentality project. Another thing the movie was not a happy ending at all and also left viewers dissatisfied. UGH the person who wrote this was such a stupid retard and their fundamentalist views piss me off and if anno wanted the series to be seen one way he would have explained it the way he wanted it. Instead he wanted everyone to have their own perspective on the film and come up with their own conclusions.
Sorry for rambling on but this analysis of the series was the dumbest unenlightened piece of crap i have ever read. I hope no one else reads this and takes it as any form of truth
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I somehow see that both icecreamyaa and the author of that review are right and wrong because it is true that the movie was the end of the anime but if it was meant to be the true end of the anime it would be part of the anime not in a seperate movie. As you said though it is a matter of perspective of the individual to recognize the meaning of evangelion and therefore evaluate whether it should end psycologically or physically but to grasp that all pieces of the puzzle are needed. The author of that article may have a point but the matter is that if they havent seen the movie they can't say it was not the end. I have seen the movie and anime and I say that both are endings to the same story. The story itself is so good that having two endings won't make a difference. I believe that the two endings form a nice ending within each individual's mind that gives a view into one's own soul.



Posted 4/2/08
i also love how this sarah davis character is trying to defend anno's "true vision" while anno himself is working on rebuild of evangelion and completely changing the ending LOL XD
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