[EVA] If it weren't for Sadamoto -- Redux
mshea1 at rcn.com
Thu Nov 30 19:11:08 EST 2006
> The following is an excerpt from the "Interview with Sadamoto Yoshiyuki"
> first published in the Deluxe Edition of the artbook "Der Mond" in
> September 1999, and then again in the "Osadabon (Book of Sadamoto)"
> included as a supplement to the December 2000 Ace-A manga magazine.
> Gendo and Fuyutsuki were modeled after Commander Ed Staker and Col. Alec
> Freeman from the TV series "UFO".
> We had talked a lot in the beginning about wanting a title like "Space
> Runaway Ideon (Legendary Giant God Ideon)", so I think I did push that.
> And to tell the truth, the story composition is also similar. For
> example, Nerv can be considered the same as the Solo Ship fighting a
> lonely battle against both humankind and the Buff Clan, and then there
> are the incomprehensible robots that can only communicate with children
> and tend to geo berserk, etc. It might not be an exaggeration to say
> that if you add "Ideon" and "Devilman" together and divide by two, you
> get "Evangelion". (laugh)
Thanks for the interview! I'm particularly interested in the Ideon quote (it
being one of my fave animes). Sadamoto mentions the Gendou & Fuyutsuki
influence from UFO; I've always wondered as well whether he took any
influence for them from the Doba (beard, but no mustache) and Gindoro (older
gentleman with wavy hair) duo from Ideon: Be Invoked... Certainly nothing
official on it that I'm aware of but considering the big influence Ideon had
on Eva I've always wondered whether that was one as well, or if it was just
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