[EVA] Tom's take on the Newtype 100% art book (Part 01)
puppeteer at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 14 00:58:16 EDT 1998
Tom Rothamel wrote:
> Well, here's the second part of my journey deep inside the Newtype 100%
> art book. Picking up where I left off, this is page 106 of the
> "Artificial Man".
> Page 106 starts the discussion of everyone's favorite phallic symbol, the
> entry plug. This page has a few diagrams of the seat, and a few showing
> how the entry plug fits inside the Evangelion.
> 107 has quite a few neat entry plug-ish things. There are a few diagrams
> showing the various bits of safety equipment involved. For example,
> besides the small hatch that we know and love from episodes 5 and 6,
> there's a switch that explosively blows part of the main (sliding) hatch.
Which, for some reason, is never used in the series. They always have to
cut Shinji out with a blowtorch.
> There's also a diagram detailing how the ejection system would ideally
> work. After the rockets blasted the entry plug free of the Evangelion, the
> end of the plug would seperate, and a parachute would deploy. Lastly, as
> it approached the ground, smaller rockets attached to the parachute's main
> cord would fire to gently ease the plug (and pilot!) down.
> Also on that page, we see a nice shot of the layout of the displays of the
> entry plug. You may have noticed that, when the Evangelion is active, the
> view of the outside world is obsured by these opaque greenish areas.
> What I realized from looking at the art book, is that these comprise a
> grossly distorted view of the Evangelion.
> It's symmetrical around the vertical. At the top of the Eva's display, we
> see the hand, followed by the arm, shoulders, and "wings". After that, we
> see the Eva's head, and beneath the head we see the legs and feet. There
> are two sides, joined at the head, which the arms and legs radiate out
> I didn't notice this before.
I never notice this before too. I always noticed the head in the center
though (which changes shape according to the Eva the entry plug belongs
> 108 and 109 show the different weapons the Evas use... The only one that
> seems to be worth mentioning is the Eva-size handgun... Oh, and that the
> N2 bomb has the word "danger" written on it. No kidding.
Actually there are more detailed drawings of the weapons, and really
rough sketches of them. Supposedly, the rough sketch above the pallet
rifle explains how it works.
There is an extraordinarily amount of detail assigned to the Eva custom
sniper positron rifle, including a brief history of it's developers, the
The progressive knives are on the next page. The 01 knife is labeled as
Also, more explanation on how the knife sheath in the shoulder blades
The pistol shown here is used once in the show. The caption above
explains all - "Dummy Balloon's Gun" BTW, this looks more like a cheap
Glock copy with a long barrel, than the Desert Eagle they use in the
BTW, I had a friend believe this was some sort of 'pallet' machine
pistol the Evas use. How many people thought the same thing.
> 110 has some other eva-related equipment, for example the cage and D-type
> equipment from Magmadiver. There's the usual power cables that plug
> into the Eva. There's also an alternate design for the power sockets, in
> which the eva plugs a jack into a socket, similar to the way we plug a
> power cord into the wall outlet.
> Theres also some stuff on the left side that's too rudimentary for me to
> fully understand... If I had to guess, I'd say it's the operation Yashima
There rough drafts of the Eva's weapons. The bottom one should be
somewhat recognizable, it looks like the EVA custom sniper positron
rifle. The top picture is a bit strange, but from what is presented, I'd
have to say it's some sort of mine layer.
> That's it for the "Artificial Man" section... Tomorrow I'll try to do
> "Complemented People".
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