[EVA] RCB Translation (PART THREE) (Glossary I)
Patrick.Yip at ing-barings.com
Thu Apr 23 20:35:07 EDT 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 so on)
GLOSSARY PART I
This is the order sent out by the government of Japan at Neo-Tokyo-2 in
"Air", ep.25. The order means the "abolishment of the special legal
protection towards the intelligence organsization NERV, and the transfer
of its command to the government of Japan". Since "A-17" was issued when
the 8th Angel was captured, there has been other "A-" orders. They were
all emergency action orders related to NERV.
Abbreviation of "ABSOLUTE TERROR FIELD". A physical barrier of absolute
field put out by the Angels and EVA's. It boasts enormous defensive
power, and it is able to greatly reduce the power of all attacking
weapons. The ability of EVA to neutralize the A.T.Field of the Angels is
one major reason why EVA was considered as the only weapon against the
Angels. However, the same A.T.Field does not exist only in the Angels or
EVA's. Human also possesses this field. With this A.T.Field, human is
able to keep seperate from each other, and to stay in seperate physical
forms. Nagisa Kaworu explained A.T.Field as "a barrier of heart that
[BC Weapon] (B C HEIKI)
Biological and Chemical Weapon, meaning weapons like poison gas or
bacteria. "B" and "C" are the first alphabet of "Biological" and
"Chemical" respectively. In ep.25 "Air", Aoba Shigeru feared that the
Strategic Self Defense Force might deploy the BC Weapon.
The liquid that fills the cockpit of the Entry Plug. It is sticky and
has the smell like blood. It was discovered that when its molecular
arrangement is changed by electricity charge, the liquid can perform
several functions including the mental link between EVA and her pilot,
supplying oxygen and providing both physical and mental protection
to the pilot. The liquid that fills the lowest floor of the Terminal
Dogma where Lilith was located is also L.C.L. "L.C.L." is the
abbreviation of "Link Connected Liquid". There are many theories as
to what exactly L.C.L. is, but it seems that in fact it is what was
called "the soup of life".
A supercomputer whose foundation theory was completed by the late
Dr.Akagi Naoko and implemented by her daughter, Dr.Akagi Ritsuko.
It is said that MAGI is the brain of the secret agency NERV. It
devises, revises and solves many of its mysteries and plans. MAGI
is composed of three systems: MELCHIOR-1, BALTHASAR-2 and CASPER-3.
Final decision is made after the conference of these 3 computers.
This computer is similar to human not just in the sense that
it re-creates on a computer the dilemmas usually held by human, it
is also similar in the sense that it uses a personality-transplant-OS
which has the thought logic pattern of human transplanted to the
computer. The thought logic pattern transplated to MAGI is that of
Dr.Akagi Naoko. MELCHIOR-1, BALTHASAR-2 and CASPER-3 has the
transplanted thought pattern of Naoko as a scientist, a mother and
a woman respectively.
By the way, the name of "MAGI" comes from the name for the three wise
men from the east who prophesized the birth of Jesus (PY's note: this
seems to be a bit misinforming?) in the New Testament of Bible.
MELCHIOR, BALTHASAR and CASPER are their respective names.
At the beginning of movie ep.25 "Air", started from MAGI #2 at
Matsushiro, the five builds of MAGI from Germany, USA and China etc.
tried to hack into the original MAGI sitting in the NERV HQ.
A weapon that possesses enormous destructive power and is owned by
the UN army and the Strategic Self Defence Force. There are many
variations of this weapon: N^2 mines, N^2 deep water charge, N^2
air charge, N^2 bombs etc. At ep.25, when Aoba Shigeru mentioned
his fear that BC Weapon might be deployed, Hyouga Makoto replied
that N^2 Weapon is equally dangerous.
[S^2 Engine] (S^2 KIKAN)
A power generation system based on the supersolenoid theory
advocated by Dr.Katsuragi (PY: Misato's father). When EVA is loaded
with this engine, its active time could be extended to infinity.
All Angels possess this S^2 Engine, and EVA-01 got it when it
devoured the 14th Angel. Moreover, all EVA's from EVA-05 onwards
also possess this engine and thus do not need Umbilical Cable
An operator of the Central Military Operaton Room in NERV HQ. His
rank is lieutenant. His responsibilities include communication, and
data analysis. His hobby is guitar. Birthday is May 5. Bloodtype A
A scientist belonging to the first section of the Techology Bureau of
the Technology Development Department in NERV HQ. She is responsible
for the E Project and is the daughter of Dr.Akagi Naoko, who built
the basic system of MAGI. Usually in white coat, she consumes lots of
coffee and tobacco when she works. She is also a friend of Katsuragi
Misato since college years. Although like her mother she engaged in
adultery with Ikari Gendou, she rebelled against him at the final
stage of the Complementation Plan. As an act of taking revenge on
him, she destroyed all the copies of Ayanami Rei. As a result, she
was placed under solitary confinement within NERV HQ. However, since
she is needed for the self defence of MAGI, she is released. Birthday
is November 21. Bloodtype B. Age 30.
[The Red Earth Purification Ceremony] (AkiChi no MISOGI)
A word spoken by the members of Seele in ep.26, when Geo-Front
reverted itself back into the "Black Moon" i.e. the Egg of Lilith.
"Misogi" originally means a religious ceremony in which body is
cleansed through bath in water. As an extension it means any method
used to purify or sanctify a certain object. While there is a theory
that the etymology of ADAM, the ancestor of all human, is red or
earth, its link with the "Red Earth" is unclear.
The first Angel. The giant of light spotted in Antartica. The rumour
that Adam was confined deep underground below NERV HQ turned out to
be false information. The giant underground is in fact Lilith. The
real Adam is the embryo-looking object brought by Kaji from Germany.
This object was created by human when they restored Adam back to the
embryonic state after they woke it up with S^2 Theory. This process
seemed to be what had caused the Second Impact.
Moreover, it was stated in Genesis of the Old Testament in Bible that
Adam was the first human created by God based on His image. There are
many theories as to what the word "Adam" means. "Earth", "Red" and
"Create" have been put forward as possible theories.
First Children. The dedicated pilot of EVA-00. A young girl who
apparently lacks emotions. Her body was actually salvaged from what
was left behind of Yui's body inside EVA, and a lot of body copies
were later prepared in the Terminal Dogma so that when one Rei dies
she could be replaced by another. The present Rei is the third one.
The first was killed by Dr.Akagi Naoko; the second was killed in her
battle against the 16th Angel. Although the personalities of these
3 Rei are different from each other, this is due to the environment.
Their soul is one and the same. Also, it seems that this soul was
somehow derived from Lilith.
At the final stage of the Complementation Program, she betrayed
Gendou, returned to Lilith out of her own judgement and handed the
future to Gendou's son -- Ikari Shinji. Birth date unknown.
[Umbilical Cable] (Anbirikaru Keeburu or Dengen Keeburu/Power Cable)
The cable that is used to supply electric power to EVA from an outside
source because as a weapon EVA has a very short active time-limit. It
can be said as the weak point of EVA. This is noticed by the Strategic
Self-Defence Force, when during their attack on NERV they sent out
instructions concentrating the attack on the Umbilical Cable (which
they call Power Cable).
Moreover, Umbillical Cable [sic] means the blood vessels which
extended from baby's navel to the placenta of its mother's womb.
This is taken to mean that like babies who get their nutrients through
these blood vessels, EVA's get the electric power through the
Third Children. The dedicated pilot of EVA-01. Lost his mother when he
was still young, he spent his life until 14 living under an
acquaintance of his father. He was summoned by his father Ikari
Gendou, the chief commander of secret agency NERV, just when the 3rd
Angel came to attack, and thus became a EVA pilot. Although afterwards
he stayed in Neo-Tokyo-3, he lives in the apartment of his superior
Katsuragi Misato because there is a deep communcation gap between him
and his father, who had been seperated from him for a long time.
Having an introvert character, he often minds how he is looked at by
others. And since he is weak at self-expression and communication with
others, he frequently engages in repetition of avoiding problems and
disobeying orders. When NERV was attacked by the Strategic
Self-Defence Force, he was trapped in a state of lost self. This is
why his counter-attack was procrastinated.
Birthday June 6. Bloodtype A. Age 14
The commander of the secret agency NERV. His old surname was
Rokubungi (PY: it means sextant). He changed his name after he married
Ikari Yui, whom he knew since student years. He became the president
of the Research Institue for Artificial Evolution, which was actually
a front cover for the works of "E Project". After Yui died, he busied
himself with "Adam Project" and "Human Complementation Project". He
got the support from SEELE, and managed to realise things like the
construction of EVA. However, his "honeymoon" with SEELE lasted only
until the elimination of the last Angel. Afterwards, their differences
in objectives became apparent and it developed into violent military
Birthday April 29. Bloodtype A.
Wife of Ikari Gendou. It seems that at the very beginning she belonged
to SEELE. She was married to Gendou (originally Rokubungi Gendou), whom
she knew since the Kyoto University years, and gave birth to Shinji.
After marriage, she worked with Gendou in GEBIRTH and spent a lot of
effort towards the success of "E Project". Died in an accident during
an experiment in 2004. Nevertheless, her soul stayed on within EVA-01.
It seems that this accident was actually intended by her will. Age when
she died: 27.
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