[EVA] Ghost Rei in Episode 01 was RE: The soul in Eva 00...
aaronc1 at umbc.edu
Sun Dec 6 17:30:26 EST 2009
I had an afterthought, something I don't believe has been mentioned yet.
If you tell me that the apparition Rei at the end of EoE is Lilith's
consciousness, I'll agree with you, but if you tell me that her/its
consciousness exists outside of time, I will disagree with you. That
theory flies in the face of the end result of The End of Evangelion. That
being that Unit 01 with Yui's Soul would serve as eternal proof that
mankind existed. That would not be necessary if Lilith's (the progenitor
of humanity) consciousness was eternal. Unless of course you want to
argue that Lilith can only appear to other humans.
>> "Generally agreed"? That's the first time I hear of this.
> Same here.
>> The problem I have with the whole thing is that people who have spoken
>> with the authors time and again have reported, time and again, that they
>> would often time be confused by questions about things such as this, and
>> wouldn't have an answer simply because they hadn't really thought up a
>> motivation for them, or the originally intended one had been axed at a
> I think many people over-think and over-estimate the forethought of Anno
> and company regarding the mechanics of the show and its plot, when it's
> very obvious that the show was created under very chaotic circumstances.
> I remember speaking to Hidenori Matsubara and Takeshi Honda at Katsucon a
> number of years back, and one/both of them described working under Anno as
> being frustrating because he would frequently change the story
> mid-production, so they would have to go back and re-do things on an
> episode by episode basis. Also, I find that people too often try to
> interpret Evangelion as if it were reality, which is not the case.
> Evangelion is a fictional work, a sci-fi/fantasy cartoon, and it is in
> some way flawed and incomplete. Just because Gendo says something that
> contradicts something he said elsewhere, does not mean that it was a
> purposeful misdirection, it's more probable that it was a continuity
> error, because the show was written on the fly. And when you're writing a
> complex story like Evangelion, and you're writing it on the fly, you are
> bound to make mistakes. You can try and add elements later that will help
> synch up or explain the former, but in the end, you're not going to make a
> truly cohesive whole. And I think that's part of its charm, it's open
> ended, but I don't think "generally accepted" should ever be traded as
> true, correct, or even most likely.
> My two cents.
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