[EVA] Some stuff
robday at rph.health.wa.gov.au
Tue Feb 15 10:14:16 EST 2000
Jonathan Gaters <katarnx2b at netzero.net> wrote
> > In Shinji's case, Ritsuko said that Shinji's genetic material was still
> > present inside the plug -- dissolved into the LCL -- the "soup of life".
> > In Yui/Rei's case all they would need is some of this genetic material.
> As I understand it the soup of life was a bunch of monomers and a few
> polymers. There was no DNA. At the most, all there would be left would be a
> few broken strands of RNA. Which leads me back to my thinking that the
> writers of the RCB were on crank when they wrote it. Either that or just
> wanted to make some money and didn't care about the fans.
I don't know about the RCB, but the literal translation project renders the
relevant scene thus :
Maya: Shinji-kun's body is supposed to be drifting in the entry plug
in a quantum form, because it lost its ego-border.
Misato: You mean that Shinji has become something which we
can't identify visibly?
Maya: Exactly. The LCL ingredients in the plug changed chemically
are now similar to the sea water of the primitive earth.
Misato: Primordial soup...
Ritsuko: All of the materials which formed Shinji-kun are still in the
plug. What could be called his soul exits there, too. In fact,
his ego image gives pseudosubstance to his plugsuit.
I know the LTP is not the best possible idiomatic translation, however, the
use of the term "quantum" implies the smallest possible fragments. Also, as
Jonathan points out, the "primordial soup" is not usually supposed to contain
DNA, or even large RNA fragments. So no genetic material as we would
normally understand the term.
Now, this could be dodgy translation, or a dodgy understanding by the
original writers; or they really could mean that Shinji has been reduced to
his component elements, which would give the scene added impact. Again,
Bochan_bird's access to the source text could help clarify this.
Note that all the efforts to recover Shinji revolve around metaphysical
attempts to recover his soul, which would presumably then give form to his
body (restoring his AT field in SeventhOne's terms ???). Interestingly, at
no time do they suggest extracting some DNA, creating and forcing a clone and
then transferring his soul into that, in much the same way as we assume Rei
That would not work dramatically, of course, but would it be a possible
solution within the frame of reference of the Evaverse? It would appear so.
robday at cyllene.uwa.edu.au
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