What did you expect going into the show?

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Postby fukuda » Fri May 04, 2018 7:48 pm

Who else expected Evangelion to be something dealing with gnosticism and theology? I could say that the idea of "Biblical Interpretation of Mechs" attracted me and the hope of Ascended Esoteric Knowledge?
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Postby ACGT-Samael » Fri May 04, 2018 9:54 pm

Kinda hilarious you'd post this now given I just made this thread. #shamelessselfpromotion

All in all I like the Magitech approach Evangelion took with the stuff, even preferring it over the character psychology in some ways. Rebuild seems to lean more heavily on mysticism though.

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Postby fukuda » Sat May 05, 2018 8:47 pm

View Original PostACGT-Samael wrote:Kinda hilarious you'd post this now given I just made this thread. #shamelessselfpromotion

All in all I like the Magitech approach Evangelion took with the stuff, even preferring it over the character psychology in some ways. Rebuild seems to lean more heavily on mysticism though.


Too bad the Rebuilds went with the name "Rebuild" and that they're sort of bad. All the hype I heard about Evangelion being a mind-fuck was all attributed to my expectation that it was out to prove that God exists or one of the themes of the Zohar. I guess with the Instrumentality representing Tikkun Olam, you could say it's still on its mysticism track, but it just doesn't satisfy as much as the hype did on with "THIS SHOW IS SOMETHING THAT GIVES YOU NIGHTMARES :D:D:D:DDDDD!!!"
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Postby pwhodges » Sun May 06, 2018 3:21 am

View Original Postfukuda wrote:Too bad the Rebuilds went with the name "Rebuild"

They didn't - that's just the fan name for them. "Rebuild of Evangelion 1.01" is the name of a documentary, a bonus item on the DVDs/Blurays.
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Postby Joseki » Sun May 06, 2018 8:10 am

Isn't "Rebuild" the name of the project as a whole? I remember seeing pictures of the staff with a "Rebuild" t-shirt.
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Postby ACGT-Samael » Sun May 06, 2018 8:13 am

View Original PostJoseki wrote:Isn't "Rebuild" the name of the project as a whole? I remember seeing pictures of the staff with a "Rebuild" t-shirt.


My understanding is that Rebuild does refer to the project, but only became the name for it because of fandom adoption. Prior to that it was just a descriptor.

@fukuda: The actual name for the films is "Evangelion New Theatrical Edition" (Evangelion Shin Gekijoban).

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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Sun May 06, 2018 10:51 am

fukuda wrote:Who else expected Evangelion to be something dealing with gnosticism and theology? I could say that the idea of "Biblical Interpretation of Mechs" attracted me and the hope of Ascended Esoteric Knowledge?

I expected no such thing when I first watched it, it was anime and I was just hoping for good animation and a decent story. However, as I watched it, it was interesting to see what tidbits they had thrown in there, and that the show had amazing character depth.
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Postby AdamMalkovitch » Mon May 07, 2018 11:18 am

I remember always thinking it would be this edgy, nihilistic, pessimistic, hard to understand jumble of depression that shits all over it's fans, after all, that's how most people see it, how it's portrayed by people online. I vividly remember ironically picking up the first volume of the Sadamoto's manga adaption in the high school library and instantly being blown away by the art and realistic characters and their interactions. I made the quick decision after the first chapter to watch the series when I got home. I identified so strongly with Shinji that I binged the entire series, End of Evangelion, and all three New Theatrical films in a week, I was fuckin hooked.

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Postby Reichu » Tue May 08, 2018 7:11 am

Just for the future, thread titles should be descriptive and give you a good idea of the topic and contents. The original thread title, "Who else...", leaves a bit to be desired on this front, and is basically clickbait, so I'm fixing it.

Re: "Rebuild", my best understanding is that it was a provisional project title that was ultimately relegated to a buzz word for the process of creating the films.

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Postby ACGT-Samael » Tue May 08, 2018 1:27 pm

View Original PostReichu wrote:Re: "Rebuild", my best understanding is that it was a provisional project title that was ultimately relegated to a buzz word for the process of creating the films.


Ah, so I had it backwards then. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Postby kuribo-04 » Thu May 24, 2018 3:42 pm

Sorta knew what I was getting into, didn't expect it to be so raw and real though.
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Postby The Cruel » Sat May 26, 2018 2:13 am

Nothing. I was barely stumbling over Eva a fiew times while reading doujins, saw some reviews without to spoil myself, heard it's one of the most importaint animes in history and when I did watched it, there was no turning back and since then for five years, Eva is a importaint part of my life now.
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Postby barnett » Wed May 30, 2018 6:50 am

That's the best way. I discovered in TV years ago (starting from the second episode), and at the time I did not have internet at home. No spoilers, no reviews, no binge watching: an unadulterated experience.
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