[EVA] RCB Translation (PART THREE) (Glossary IV)
Patrick.Yip at ing-barings.com
Thu Apr 2 15:12:13 EST 1998
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Secondly, the FAQ of "What is RCB?"
THE RED CROSS BOOK (aka RCB) -- the final(?) canon of Evangelion
translated by Patrick Yip (Patrick.Yip at ing-barings.com) 1997/10/19
The Red Cross Book (referred to as RCB onwards) is the pamphlet sold
in the cinema to those who came to see the movie "the End of
Evangelion". It cost 800 yen. The book is A-4 in size and landscape in
orientation. The cover is pitch black with a red Georgian cross
superimposed on it, hence the name "Red Cross Book" On the cross, the
words "THE END OF EVANGELION" was printed, in thin, match-like manner.
What makes this book particularly special and meaningful to all EVA
fans is that, for the first time, we hear the voice from Gainax about
why and how the movies were made. We also know a great deal about the
answers to some of the most discussed after mysteries in the anime.
The "commentary" "glossary" and "production notes" are three parts
that are most informative. I shall strive to translate these three
sections so that all the EVA fans could know the latest update of the
"official" answers to the EVA mysteries (real-life or anime :-)
In the Glossary of the RCB, the words beginning with English alphabet
come first, followed by words beginning with Japanese characters,
which are arranged in the conventional order (a,i,u,e,o,ka,ki,ku...and
GLOSSARY PART IV
Second Children. Dedicated pilot of EVA-02. Nationality is USA, despite
being one fourth Japanese and one fourth German. Having a high degree of
intelligence, she graduated from university at 14. At the early stage of
real battles, she boasted a higher Synch-rate than Third Children etc.
The suicide of her mother led her to grow into a character of extreme
agressiveness. She could only keep her mental balance by making outward
noises about her own excellence.
Birthday: December 4. Bloodtype: O. Age: 14
(PY: happy birthday Asuka!! -- don't want Tom to do it again :-)
The real mother of Soryu.Asuka.Langley. She fell into mental breakdown in
an accident during an experiment. Afterwards, she became a person who lived
in her own world, so much so that she committed suicide. Her soul was used
as the core of EVA-02.
A virtual Entry Plug which was developed for starting and using EVA without
the pilot. Even though it has a copy of the personal pattern of the
Children, the digitization of the soul is impossible. Thus the Dummy Plug
can only serve to simulate the thought pattern. The Dummy Plug prepared by
NERV had the copy of the personal pattern of First Children (Ayanami Rei).
On the other hand, the Dummy Plug prepared by SEELE used the personal
pattern of the Fifth Children (Nagisa Kaworu).
The new capital city of Japan. Built in the old Nagano prefecture to
replace the old Tokyo. Construction started in 2001 and it acquired all the
functionalities suited for a capital in 2003. In 2005 the second capital
relocation plan was agreed, and it was planned that the capital would be
moved to Neo-Tokyo-3, still under construction then.
By the way, old Tokyo was annihilated by the new bomb dropped one week
after the Second Impact. Again, the construction of Neo-Tokyo-2 was decided
by the Provisional Government of Japan.
In ep.25 "Air", when Hyouga mentioned "the second Tokyo", he meant this
Neo-Tokyo-2 as well as the government of Japan which was located there.
Although in public it was circulated as the new capital city that would
replace Neo-Tokyo-2, it is in fact a fortress city for ambushing the
Angels, which was built with the expectation of Angels coming to attack it.
But then the ambush combat force is the EVA. The city mainly serves the
function of supply and support. Armed buildings -- supporting facilities
which are made to look like ordinary buildings -- stood inside the city
like forests. Inside the buildings are the discharge outlets of EVA,
electricity supply, replenishment of weapon and ammunition and supporting
guns. There are also many ambush weapons installed around the city.
Spreaded below the city is the wide and big Geo-Front. Located at its
centre is the headquarter of the Secret Agency NERV.
In ep.25, the city was first attacked by the Strategic Self-Defence Force,
and then EVA-series were thrown into the attack. This annihilated all the
combat strength of the city except for EVA-01.
The objective of the Human Complementation Plan is the induced artificial
evolution of human into "an organism which lives as a total single-form".
This "single-form" means a life form which ends as a single individual. And
this term is used to distinguish with "community form", which is life form
formed by a multiple of individuals.
[Fruit of Wisdom] (CHIE no MI)
The "thing" that is held by human. The product of this wisdom seems to be
"Science", which is praised by Gendou as "the power of human" but ridiculed
by Fuyutsuki as what "caused the Second Impact". Both EVA and the Human
Complementation Plan are all the products of this wisdom.
From Genesis of the Old Testament of Bible, it was said that at the centre
of the Garden of Eden beside the Tree of Life, there was a Tree of Wisdom
-- a Tree that knows good and evil. Human disobeyed the order of God and
ate its fruit. As a result God banished human from the Garden of Eden and
imposed many constraints of freedom on human. If that is the case, does it
mean that human got wisdom in exchange for banishment from the Garden?
The persons picked by Marduk, the consultative body directly under the
Human Complementation Committee, (in fact NERV is Marduk) who can pilot
EVA. According to the order of being chosen, the persons are called First,
Second, Third etc. What is common to all of them is that they are all young
boys and girls who do not have mothers.
By the way, the candidates of Children are grouped in Class 2-A of the
First Municipal Junior High of Neo-Tokyo-3.
[Rite of Passage] (TSUUKAGIREI)
A ritual ceremony performed when a person changes his identity in the
society and acquires new responsibilites. It is a declaration to outside
about the personal change in a social sense. It is also a prayer for safe
and peace to come with the change. In ep.25 "Air", members of SEELE comment
that the Human Complementation Plan is "the Rite of Passage aimed to bring
new vigour to human which has become blocked-out"
In ep.26, when Hyouga checks on the status of EVA-01, he confirms that the
Destrado of the pilot -- Ikari Shinji -- is getting physical (PY: or
Destrado is, according to the theory advocated by E.Weiss, the energy of
the self-destructive impulse. It is the antonym of Libido. Its meaning is
different from the energy of "Instinct of Death", advocated by P.Federn,
the master of Moltedor-Weiss.
[Secret Agency NERV] (TOKUMUKIKAN NERV)
An extra-legel organisation which aims at pushing the Human Complementation
Plan. It was organised by moving the whole GEHIRN, the investigation body
for the same plan, into this new body. The headquarter is located at
Neo-Tokyo-3. It is also an international body with branches in Germany and
USA etc. Although to outsiders it is an organisation directly under UN, in
fact UN has absolutely no influence over it. It is under the command of
SEELE. Holding several Evangelion, the General-Purpose Humanoid
Decisive-Battle Weapon, it possesses the only combat force capable to
counter the Angels. However, its vulnerability to anti-personnel combat was
fully exposed when it received attacks from the Strategic Self-Defence
Force in ep.25 "Air".
Fifth Children, who was sent by SEELE to NERV. However, his real identity
was the 17th Angel. Perhaps he was an Angel which was captured by SEELE at
his embryo stage. Different from other Angels, he has a mind quite close to
human's. On documents his birth-date is AD2000 September 13th. In human
form he made contact with Third Children (Ikari Shinji). Although he had
good feelings towards Shinji, he was strangled and killed by EVA-01 piloted
by Shinji. It was he who said "Life and Death are equivalent" and "Only one
life-form could be chosen to be given the future".
EVA-02 PRODUCTION MODEL. The first EVA in the world to be built for real
battles. Design and manufacture of components were done by Japan. The final
assembly and start-up experiment were done in Germany. It went through a
real battle when it battled with the 6th Angel which suddenly appeared
during its delivery to Japan. Afterwards, it joined in the defence of
Neo-Tokyo-3 and assumed the responsibility of ambushing the Angels.
Colouring is red. Dedicated pilot is Second Children --
Souryu.Asuka.Langley. Inside EVA-02 lived the soul of Asuka's mother --
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