[EVA] Plot Structure
Patrick.Yip at ing-barings.com
Mon Nov 10 12:08:19 EST 1997
PY @ TOKYO
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>Actually, the last two episodes can be seen as the climax in that
>Shinji must come to terms with his thoughts and feelings during these
>two episodes. But it is the more superficial plot that captures the
>attention of many of the viewers. They are expecting big explosions
>and everything and pay little attention to the psychology of the
>characters. Since there isn't too much action behind this plot, these
>people become disappointed. As for resolution of the robot stuff, I
>don't see much resolution there at all. Kaworu is dead at the end of
>ep. 24 and that was that.
Really? However, from observing most fans, I think you are right (I fail to
see how anyone can believe EVA is a mecha show after the 18th episode though)
## I for one am never a mecha show. I think the discussions in Japan are
## also concentrated in the characters. Perhaps in US things are different?
## The problem with Ep.24/25 is. While Ep.24 exposes all the problems and
## internal conflicts of Asuka, Rei and Misato, this is not resolution.
## No resolution is shown for them. We are just told that they are
## "resolved" by HCP. I don't want "big explosions", but I would like
## to see the resolution, not only from the internal world of Shinji,
## but from the external world as well. I don't expect all mysteries solved,
## but at least there should be a resolution on the external as well as
## the internal. The balance is too tilted to one side in the final episode.
## As for the alternate world, it is fun, but everybody with a clear mind
## would know that that scenario would simply be impossible in the original
## EVA world. So how could Shinji accept that as one of the possibilities
## in him? Unless he accepted the notion that there are multiple universes
## for all kinds of possibilities one could imagine.
## I think that alternative world can be considered a "valid" alternative
## only in the anime/manga sense.
## Such "alternatives" exist all the time in the anime/manga fandom. From
## this perspective I treat that alternative world as a metaphor for the
## anime fans, the prime target of the Evangelion show.
## In the end I don't think the TV ending is that great. I only appreciate
## how much they could achieve given the tight budget and schedule. But
## judging the ending on its own merit, I think definitely it could have
## been much better.
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