Christopher Michael Bourke
cbourke1 at bigred.unl.edu
Sat Oct 16 05:14:42 EDT 1999
>> But its not gratuitous--the plot calls for and explains it.
>I don't think we *needed* a shot of Unit 01 looking at the camera w/
>eyes glowing and flexing its muscles.
I don't think we *needed* EoE. I don't think we *needed* NGE. I don't
think we *need* anime; your point is moot.
If we do choose to watch such a show however, dramatic scenes like that
would be necessary for character--would you rather have watched it sit there
in silent contemplation? That would be out of place--the action was prudent
and necessary, ie not gratuitous, and thus not fan service.
> As for the hospital scene--I think it is a crucial characterization
<<To _you_. To me, that's the only way it could go, and I still can see some
feelings between the two. It undoubtedly is a moment when Shinji is at his
lowest, but that doesn't make him, 'rotten', let's say. We know what's he
been through, and for his character, I believe he did pretty well up to the
end of the movie. I can't approve his doing in the forementioned scene, but
I can understand it.>>
First of all, to any casual viewer that would analize the scene with a even
a modicum of intelligence could realize the characterizations I mentioned
before from the scene--it calls for very little interpretation and borders
on the extremely obvious. Secondly, as I said, such fealings were
superficial, you can't sit there and tell me that two 14 year old kids
really are in touch with their feelings. Jesus, most adults can't get their
lives straight, believe me, that age is WAY too young to even know who you
are, much less know love or relationships. Shinji's "love" is nothing more
than pubescent lust. As for what shinji has gone through--it does explain
WHY he masterbates with Asuka, and WHY he eventually tries to kill her; it
still doesn't provide a justification. High stress levels are no defense
for one's actions, just as alcohol, drugs, or extreme anger are not.
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