[EVA] Plot Structure
Herman Bernard Walker
binaroid at MIT.EDU
Mon Nov 10 01:31:24 EST 1997
At 01:30 PM 11/10/97 +0800, you wrote:
>At 03:18 PM 11/10/97 +1000, you wrote:
>>On top of this, there is an air of cynicism and preachiness about the roads
>>to which these resolutions are reached. Just because someone dislikes eps
>>25 and 26 does not mean they hate it for the way they were presented. Its
>>the philosophical concepts behind the episodes that annoy some. And behind
>>all that is Hideaki Anno, Mr Self-Contradictory Clear as Mud himself.
>=> Agreed. Most fans would prefer the ending as the EVAs battling someone
>more powerful than the Angels and when humanity is teetering on the edge of
>oblivion EVA-01 suddenly becomes very powerful and destroys the enemy and
>everyone cheers and all the mysteries are solved. Too bad for them, it
>didn't came out the way they had expected.
That is SO cheap a shot, I'm not sure why I'm dignifying it with an answer.
There was nothing Ayanami^Rei said that meant, or really implied that that
was the kind of ending they wanted (heck, the original GUNDAM had a better
ending than that one.)
As far as I can tell, the complaints were that the original ending (a)suffered
discontinuity between eps 24 and 25, and (b)didn't exactly have Shinji
overcome his problems as much as he was led through lessons in a worldview
which offered peace of a sort until he could believe it or make himself
believe it. It seems a bit insulting to dismiss these complaints with a
"You just wanted things to go BOOM."
>But anyway, if you see the ep 25 and 26 from a different perspective, there
>IS a battle going on, only it's taking place in the mind of Shinji who is
>trying to deal with all his problems and resolving them. Though there are no
>special movements or big explosions, Shinji managed to triumph over the
>"enemy". Heck, you even get to see everyone cheer for him in the end. ( even
> tetherblood at innocent.com
>"That's wrong. You just think you understood.
> Well, that's why people try to know each other.
> That's why life is interesting."
> -- Ryouji Kaji
"I am myself. I am not you." - Rei Ayanami(II)
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