What is the significance of characters strangling each other?

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What is the significance of characters strangling each other?

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Postby AdamMalkobitch » Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:32 pm

I've noticed it a lot more in the manga, but it's still very present in Neon Genesis. From
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the Dummy Plug taking over during the fight against Bardiel
to
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just before the suicide of Ritsuko's mother
and all the way to
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the final scene of End of Evangelion
, characters are held and choked violently more here than in the Simpson household. I've been able to figure out all the other weird stuff as biblical references and references to Judaism, but this completely eludes me. Any thoughts?
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Postby anonymaus » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:01 pm

It's just a product of Evangelion's directorial nature, the way long drawn-out shots are preferred. You can't show a thirty second long punch, with characters exchanging emotionally charged dialogue as it happens, but strangling can last that long.

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Postby Sachi » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:11 pm

Hands in general are a prominent theme of the series. Focus is often placed on Shinji's hands as he makes a decision. They symbolize the individual rather well, and can express their internal conflicts. The attempt to connect with others by holding hands, or the power to destroy by strangulation, or just determination by forming a fist. Kaworu and Shinji even almost touch hands in the shower. :devil:
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Postby Cybermat47 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:42 pm

View Original PostSachi wrote:The attempt to connect with others by holding hands, or the power to destroy by strangulation, or just determination by forming a fist.


And, of course, the masturbation scene, where Shinji's hand is used as both a tool to violate Asuka, and to convey his immediate regret and self-loathing.

Speaking of the prevalence of strangulation, it isn't just characters strangling each other - Asuka's mother strangles herself by hanging.
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Postby zlink64 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:00 am

Evangelion likes to use a lot of repetition too so part of it is a stylistic thing.
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