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Re: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:39 pm
by goji89
ManuJM1997 wrote:
goji89 wrote:
SoggyNoodles2016 wrote:Misato is best girl*, mostly because she's the character who (relatively) has the most of their poop together.




*: human wise, best non-human girl is obviously Ramiel.


It's Lilith you bastard.


Pfff, Rei is best girl for you?

Casual~


What's wrong with casual? Heart wants what the S2 Engine can give.

Re: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:42 pm
by ManuJM1997
goji89 wrote:
ManuJM1997 wrote:
goji89 wrote:
It's Lilith you bastard.


Pfff, Rei is best girl for you?

Casual~


What's wrong with casual? Heart wants what the S2 Engine can give.


Then choose the obvious best grill

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Re: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:27 pm
by Stump Feet
^ that's skreeonking great :lol: thanks so much for that

Re: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:46 pm
by Rody
Well, I just finished my viewing of the series on Netflix tonight. It's been a pleasure to finally watch the show through an official channel (minor issues notwithstanding), and to revisit it for the first time since my original viewing some 7 years ago.
Despite my frustrations with the show back then, NGE still kept me fascinated for a long time; I think I can say with confidence now that I do like the show, and I appreciate a lot of what it does. Back in 2012, I was coming from a pretty naive and opinionated place about television, so I simply wasn't prepared for a lot of what the show presented. Alongside the aspects of Anno's own depression, who's influence on the show is established knowledge by now, I've seen communication described as the main theme, and I think that's apt. Yes, there are mecha and giant monsters; yes, there are sinister sci-fi mysteries and government shenanigans; but ultimately, the underlying core of this series is its cast of broken characters trying to maintain or repair themselves amidst circumstances too big for any of them. I can also appreciate how flexible the show can be - there are basically four "arcs" to the show's mood, and while that confused me before, I enjoy that variety now. NGE doesn't limit itself to one thing; it knows when and how to be serious or slightly silly.
This isn't to say I compleltely understand it yet, though; the last four episodes still drop a lot of information that's hard to follow, and the final two in particular are surprisingly dense, despite being practically spelled out. Ultimately, everything about SEELE, the Instrumentality Project, etc, had to build to something; but it was never the true focus, so the climax feels somewhat distracted. I can't fault the show too much, though; circumstances were working against GAINAX at the time, and I have no idea how the production/writing process was going at this point in the series. What sort of state was Anno himself in?
All in all, I think it's fair to say that, yes, NGE is a bit of a mess - at least at the end - but it has something earnest to say, and I respect it for that. I also owe it some gratitude, as the first-ever anime series I "officialy", fully watched. For all my confusion and frustration, I think the show did a lot to expand my boundaries and set new standards for what I look for in entertainment; and for the most part, I think that's been a very good thing.

I'll revisit Death and End of sometime soon.

Re: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:00 pm
by Rody
After much delay I have revisited Death (True2) and The End of Evangelion. I don't have much to say about Death: it's a curious, almost interrogatory review of the series's events, and more specifically, the main characters and their states of mind, through the story to the near-end point.
End of Evangelion, however, is still a wild ride - and confusing as all get-out. Part 1: "Air" is so intensely violent and loaded with more layers of obtuse dialogue regarding the Instrumentality project, that it's hard to keep pace and actually absorb everything properly. Unlike the first time, however, I get the impression that, like the climax of the TV series, the gritty details are essentially an unintentional distraction - a necessary evil in trying to explain what remains of the "plot" so that the emotional core of the story can be given the proper focus. The flood of rapid-fire imagery and freakishly abstract end-times events in Part 2 are an over-stimulus that threaten to lose viewers once again; but in the end (haha - should I say the VERY end... of the end?), and as strange and disturbing as everything is in the final moments of the film, I found the core message of the story still came through. To me, Evangelion is saying that reality is ugly; but dreams are hollow, and true happiness can only be found in fighting through the ugliness of the world. It's not fun, and it's not always rewarding - but hope is real, rather than just a dream. Shinji might still struggle to find love, but if he can at least love himself, than maybe someone else can love him too.
Evangelion is complicated - like real life, I guess. But I think it has something good to say.

Re: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:04 pm
by Jetty_Jags
I really like Death True2, I think it does a really nice recap of the series and helps connect things that would otherwise be missed.

Re: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Posted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:28 pm
by Rody
^Yeah, it's by no means a "bad" film; it's just meant as a recap film, and it does so quite competently. I also enjoy the way it rearranges segments so we don't just see everything in chronological order, making the material feel a little fresh again.

Re: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:56 pm
by Cryptid_Liker
ManuJM1997 wrote:
goji89 wrote:
ManuJM1997 wrote:
Pfff, Rei is best girl for you?

Casual~


What's wrong with casual? Heart wants what the S2 Engine can give.


Then choose the obvious best grill

Image

Put Zeruel in a schoolgirl uniform and it's my favorite angel.
(I mean original Zeruel, by the way.)

Re: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:38 pm
by Rody
^What, you don't want a tentacle schoolgirl angel? :P

Re: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:11 pm
by Cryptid_Liker
Rody wrote:^What, you don't want a tentacle schoolgirl angel? :P

No. You see, I like big thicc