Shin-seiki wrote:Well, I myself take as 'given' that Anno participated in the development of NGE2 in a very significant way, and that, in particular, the CI straightforwardly represents his thinking and concepts about all the back-story stuff regarding the FAR, the Seeds of Life, and the Spear of Longinus. As an example of an issue where what's in the CI is almost certainly "something Anno really had in mind all along, but didn't bother to explain in the series", consider the enigmatic image of Adam as found in the White moon, impaled on the Spear; the CI's cryptic explanation of that image is (once you figure it out) so ingenious and apposite, that nothing else one could come up with could beat it. The FAR were conceptually around in NGE from the get-go, and I think the Spear was supposed to serve as a vehicle of their intentions and purpose within the story all along.esselfortium wrote:The point isn't whether or not they're consistent with what's obviously canon, the point is whether or not they actually had any real impact on the show's development, and whether they had even been thought of yet when the show was made.
But then why choose to never mention or directly allude to them in any way, ever, at any point during the series? With an entire 13 hours to tell a story, I'm sure Anno could have fit them in somewhere.