First half or Second half of EoE: Which was better in your opinion?

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Postby SawItAtAge10 » Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:23 pm

I would say that the second half is better...Only because it's "last" last episode of NGE - the surreal imagery, the total destruction of the psyche and the deeper insight into human nature are far more interesting than the exquisite sights and sounds of brutal violence in the first half (which is still incredible since it's still Eva after all)
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Postby ttetssuo » Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:01 am

Second half for sure..... i've been into eva since I was a young preteen and honestly that second half of EOE taught me a lot of the morals I still hold to this day!! I don't think I would be the same person as I am now without it. That's not to say the first half isn't good, just compared to the surreal imagery and the psychoanalysis of Shinji vs NERV getting buttfucked, the latter is more important to me individually.

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Postby sodyumflorur » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:59 pm

Second half of course, I don't need to explain I think?
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Postby robersora » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:40 am

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Postby sodyumflorur » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:48 am

Just one sentence:

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Postby Gendo'sPapa » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:53 am

If I had to choose?
The second half.

The first half is phenomenal & really narratively devastating. It works perfectly as a wrap up to the narrative of the show.

But that second half.... that second half cuts right to the heart of things & does so in a way that is astonishingly perceptive about the human connection while still exceeding remarkably as a work of visual spectacle!

Looking forward to a few years from now when we've seen it all and this same question can be thrown out about the Rebuilds:
Do you prefer the more narratively cohesive first half (1.0 + 2.0) OR do you prefer the more emotionally cutting/getting to the heart of things second half (3.0 + Final)?

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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:48 pm

Well, I don't think I could choose. They both have their merits, the first part featuring Misato being totally fucking bad ass, and Asuka finally piloting the way she always said she could. There is a certain amount of closure the first part gives that a load of applause and congratulations just doesn't do. And the second part features what I always loved about the series, deep psychological mind-fuckery that has Shinji being confronted by his issues, plus all the other scenes from outside instrumentality and seeing it come to fruition were exquisite.

But if I was forced to choose, the second part solely because of a certain scene existing in the first part.
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Postby Sen » Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:24 am

This is a very....odd question to ask. It's like asking whether you like the first or second half of an episode better.

I'm guessing the people who answered that they like the second half wouldn't nearly like it so much if there wasn't the set up that was in the first half. Likewise, the people who like the first half would not like it if they knew that developments ended there with none of the resolution in the second half.

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Postby Nephew_Time » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:09 pm

I prefer the first half of the film. I believe that the second half largely covers the same amount of ground thematically as the television series, and that while it is a spectacle and fun to watch, the first half of the film is what fills in the gaps from the television ending. What was most disappointing for me is that there wasn't a third part of the film featuring Jet Alone. Just kidding of course. That would be a very funny turn of events, though I wouldn't put it past Anno-dono to do such a mischief.
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Postby Clover » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:18 pm

View Original PostAdamMalkovitch wrote:Oh god it's like being asked to pick my favorite child. I guess I'll just list off my personal pros and cons with both and try to come to a conclusion that way

Holy crap, bruh, TLDR OMEGA.
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Postby ShonHam » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:46 am

Both parts are incredibly iconic and noteworthy in their own right, however "I Need You" just barely inches it out for me. The psychological aspects of this series is what always brings me back, and it's most definitely at its peak in EoE's latter half.

But Asuka Vs the EVA series is fucking majestic regardless
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:18 pm

^ But which Asuka v MPE fight is better? The manga portrayal or EoE's portrayal?
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Postby ShonHam » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:30 am

I do like the manga where Shinji actually helps out, but the impact of Asuka being completely decimated is a lot more memorable/iconic. I like the manga version as a "what if" scenario of sorts.
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:41 pm

I always like how manga changed that all up with Shinji fulfilling his promise to save Asuka, with her entering instrumentality like everyone else and watching it from ground zero. Though how she survived the Black Moon being ripped out of the ground, I'm still not so sure on... buts it a manga about giant robots, so why does it matter? Though I agree Asuka being eviscerated the way she was was far more shocking for Shinji to see, and certainly makes sense given the themes of the show and Shinji's arc of always being too close to the limit of being able to help, and in that instance, it finally caught up with him.

I always enjoyed the ending of the manga as well because they were all reborn and got to live their lives without ever having to fight Angels. Though I assume Rei and Kaworu were not apart of that rebirth given their backgrounds being part Angelic vessel.
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