Age and how you interpret Eva

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Postby Cybermat47 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:43 am

I thought it would be interesting to see the different ages on this forum, and to compare how differently and similarly people of different ages interpret Eva.

I’m 18 years old, and I see Eva as being a show about loneliness, misunderstanding, and terrible mistakes, all of which I’ve experienced and done in my life. I can relate to Shinji’s fear of social interaction and anxiety around people, and Rei’s isolation and lack of social experience (which reminds me of my own experiences having Asperger’s syndrome). But at the same time, I can also relate to Asuka’s anger and hatred for the world, and her desperate attempts to find a connection with someone, be it Kaji or Shinji.
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Postby silvermoonlight » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:07 pm

You saw why more than me as I watched it at 18 and totality didn't get the themes but kind of liked Evangelions and fights until I re-watched three years ago and every single thing clicked. I like the series because its one of the few anime series where the people to me feel really real in how they act and behave and how flawed they are they is only one true evil which is Seele where as all the other characters are shades of grey. I also like how it shows all of the characters faces in private as well as public as they are very different and I like how if reflects the themes you mentioned loneliness, depression and difficulty connecting with others.
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Postby AdamMalkovitch » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:33 pm

When I first watched the show, and followed it up with End of, I was 15, and had just re-entered public school after being yanked out in 7th grade and homeschooled for a year and a half. Although at the time, I was obnoxiously optimistic about life, I saw Neon Genesis as a massive "fuck you", and New Theatrical Q as an even bigger insult. What started as a story about giant robots had turned into a depressing drag through the darkest parts of humanity. I vividly remember pausing and getting up and walking around trying to process what I had just seen after the hospital sequence, the awkward, confused laughter after episode 26^1, and continually checking to make sure I was watching the right movie after starting Q. At the time, I simply saw it as a confused, edgy mess.

Now I'm 18, and after watching and rewatching all the episodes and movies dozens of times, I interpret Neon Genesis Evangelion as an exploration of humanity, the potential consequences of fucking with nature and playing god, and a show that humans are not intrinsically good or evil. I interpret New Theatrical as a way of saying "no matter how bad things get, you CAN be happy", although that all depends on what goes down in 1.0+3.0 (god I hate that title, FINAL was way cooler). Despite my outlook on life becoming more bleak and hopeless since my first viewing, my opinions on Neon Genesis and New Theatrical Evangelion have shifted to become more optimistic.
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Postby ErgoProxy » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:44 pm

Mmm-kay.

I watched NGE in my 20ies in a German TV, so I couldn't grasp much of the narrative; I was basically "breathing the air" of the series, mostly by reading characters' emotions from seiyuus' voices (the show was subtitled). And for some reason I totally identified myself with Shinji. I remember I developed a serious anger towards Asuka at some point, like "what do you want from the kid, don't press him like that". Some time later I learned about what's going on in EoE and I was... well, shocked a bit, because things like GNR certainly should not happen in a world built by sane worldbuilder.

I rewatched the show in my early 30ies, circa about when Rebuild was announced by Khara. I don't remember my reaction, except that I was stunned by work of sound guys in EoE, especially in the scene when SoL returns from the Moon, because the ambient there is funkin' 100% real. And I was all sympathetic for Rei, so you can guess whom I shipped at that time.

Then... well. Mental illness is certainly not the most funny thing that can happen in your lifetime. The funny thing though is how I saved shreds of my sanity then and there, eventually coming back to life. I launched some kind of psychodrama set in... well, it wasn't quite the NGE world, and the characters I "animated" were borrowed not only from Anno's work. I don't know should I share those writings or not, since they are partially interesting, and partially embarrassing, and partially they are ABSOLUTE MADMAN. Like, I concluded at some point, that Mari is incarnation of Daria Morgendorfer (who learned about NGE from her favorite show, the Sick Sad World). Or that PenPen was launched in space in some EVA Unit (but came back later and started to fly).

Now, on topic: because during my psychodrama I flushed Freudian pornobabble and turned all to Jungian concept of archetypes buried in the collective unconscious – do I really interpret the show? I read it as a kind of symbolic vivisection *) of psyche of some human being struggling in the real world, and how this psyche cracks under pressure, and then begins to rebuild itself. And I don't think it has to be Anno's psyche. I think this story applies to anyone on the verge of collapse; truly a mythos, like someone from the original NGE crew called it.

Yeah. And if you want to know, my current favorite shipment is FuyuMaya. She can't stand the young men after all. :tongue:
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