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Quick, Watson! The Black Capsules!

Just read an interview with the writer of Neon Genesis Evangelion, my choice for the most overrated piece of crap anime ever made (when the creator of the series told the creator of Astro Boy that he inspired him, Astro Boy's creator instructed him to not blame him for NGE).

The writer stated that he had a completely different ending in mind, but it was changed because it was "overkill".

Folks, I have been staring at that line on my computer screen for a couple of minutes now.  It really boggles the mind.

Even worse, the possibility of a new End Of Evangelion "WITH THE ENDING AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN!"

They're still milking NGE with everything from toylines that have nothing to do with the show (charming though I find them, did we really need Asuka and Rei as mermaids?), video games, and every few years, a movie that purports to explain the ending clearly and concisely and only succeeds in wasting an hour and a half of my life.  Please, let this particular direction go unexplored....


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Nov. 28th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
Wait, wasn't "End of Evangelion" supposed to be the ending the original writer had in mind? What, did he change his mind about the original ending he had planned?

What's the next version? Shinji divides by zero and the whole thing was a dream?
Nov. 28th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
To answer this, allow me to point something out to you....

The scenario you described, about dividing by zero and the whole thing being a dream?

Done in a single thirty minute installment no matter how much padding like in the last episode before the show became a head trip, and no revisions.

'Nuff said.
Nov. 28th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
I remember watching the ending to the anime series...Let's just say it confused both me and my Mom. She thought it was a different show when it got to the end. Then I had to explain that it wasn't, and I couldn't explain the ending. That show was pretty pointless to me...:(
Nov. 29th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
You're telling me. I tried it maaaaaaaaaaaybe five years ago or something. I kept hearing all this talk about how it was the greatest anime ever (my personal high water mark for anime was and still is Akira). Mornblade, his wife, and I started watching it. It was mostly interesting (see digression in next paragraph) and seeing the angel evolve in their attacks and techniques really ratched up the suspence as you dreaded them coming up with something that ultimately couldn't be defeated.

(One of the things I did like was that it used triangles for its characters. Most writers do the standard protagonist/antagonist thing, where the protagonist has a goal and the antagonist actively works against them. Triangles don't have a singular antagonist. Instead, you have one character and two opposing forces, usually personified in characters, and because they give voice to the thoughts and conflicts within him, you get a peak into the character's mind. It's really fascinating when done right. See the better episodes of Star Trek -- Kirk is the central character, Spock is his thoughts on duty and responsibility, and McCory is his ethics and heart.)

My favorite character was Asuka. She was such a profoundly tragic figure. At first, I hated her and her grandstanding, but eventually, as I understood her, that changed. However, I hated Shinji. Shinji literally had no personality. If it weren't for the triangles, outside forces acting on him, he'd do nothing but bemoan himself all day. It's kind of sad when your central character is such a detriment to the story.

Then, Episode 25. We watched the last two. We watched both movies. None of us still has any idea what the hell was happening after reality went nuts, other than Shinji was able to remake the world according to his desires (and if THAT isn't a loaded idea, I don't know what is). Even worse was that he apparently brought Asuka back to the devestated wasteland after the apocalypse happened. Let's see -- a whiny little shit who jerked off at her while she was unconscious and a world where survival is barely possible. God, did I feel sorry for her. Especially since, by all rights and measures, Shinji should have say, created a normal life with his whole family, a more understanding dad, etc. It didn't fit, and just seemed like they were more interested in something epic instead of something that you could understand or believe.

It was like the greatest put on ever. You spend 24 episodes (well, 23, 14 was just a rehash up to that point) following the story and worrying about your favorite characters, then find out, "Nope, has nothing to do with anything." The first movie ending with Asuka surrounded and ready to be attacked? The end credits came up and I actually screamed, "YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!!!" It had so much potential, and just kept wasting it every chance it got.
Nov. 30th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
I never saw the movies. My friend told me not to waste my time...:(
Nov. 29th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
When there is something I dont' like, I try to ignore it...
Nov. 30th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
For the most part, I do, too. I think they did recently finish another movie (there was a game released a couple of years ago to tie into it). Haven't seen it, and in fact, I'm not even sure it was finished, although I can't imagine it not. Too much money to be made.

The problem for me with NGE is that, because it is considered one of the seminal anime creations, it is impossible to avoid awareness of it on some level. This NORMALLY isn't a problem, as I would usually shrug it off as just different tastes, kind of like how I don't like football, but I'm content to listen to my co-workers talk about the Bears all day. NGE, however, has mutated. It's not just that I feel it doesn't deserve it's "greatest of all time" moniker. What started as a hard sci-fi series has become cheap and tawdry titilation. The girls in the series (notice I called them "girls," not "women." They are only 14, although you'd never guess it from how people depict them now) have become a stand in for all kinds of sexual fetishes, such as lesbian feelings that aren't even hinted at in the show or dressing them as lolis with collars and chains around their necks to...basically, things any man of legal age should feel embarrassed about creating or enjoying.

Back when I hung out on anime boards, there was a saying -- any post about NGE, within five replies, would turn dirty. A person would start, "Oh, Rei is my favorite character because she's so tragic and has no identity of her own and..." and within five posts, someone would write, "Yeah, Rei's my favorite, too. I'd like to BLANK her BLANK with my BLANK and BLANK her until she BLANKs." (I have refused to draw Rhapsody and Melody in plugsuits because, to my mind, the outfits have become so sexualized that the thought of seeing Rhapsody and Melody in them makes me sick. There is no functionality or innocense to NGE anymore.)

NGE has gone from a TV series to an endless merchandising machine. What makes it different from other merchandising machines like, off the top of my head, Pokemon (please observe the life size Pikachu in my default pic) is that the results have nothing to do with the original work. The girls are depicted as fetish models. A dating sim for the PS2 was made based on a scene that only appeared in the final movie for about half a minute. And, oh lord, the slash. These things don't say you are a fan of NGE, but you are part of a subculture with really questionable interests, as the behavior of the characters and their situation doesn't factor in at all.

That is the reason why the NGE juggernaut disturbs me so much. I don't see a series that I just don't get and like. I see a bunch of people that I wouldn't want within 50 yards of my kids (I don't have kids, but you know what I mean). NGE is right up there with Jerry Springer for, "You're being used by marketers looking to exploit your baser urges. Wake the fuck up!"
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