Significance of the fans surrounding Kaji and Misato?

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Significance of the fans surrounding Kaji and Misato?

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Postby Protohipster » Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:22 pm

Does anyone know the purpose of the cinematographic motif of fans that surround Kaji and Misato? In episode 21,
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Kaji's death
takes place in front of a giant fan Image
The next shot depicts a cross behind him, created by the fanImage
Then, a fan reappears in episode 25, twice, during Misato's instrumentality as Shinji watches her having sex with Kaji. Image Image Image
The scene is repeated in EoE, but this time, Misato's feet are visible and Shinji's holding her cross.
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Lastly, there's a real image of a fan in episode 26 that's shown while Misato tells Shinji that he doesn't have a logical reason to be insecure:Image

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Re: Significance of the fans surrounding Kaji and Misato?

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Postby SawItAtAge10 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:22 pm

"Air" - maybe???

More seriously, maybe it's the cross designs motif itself??
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Re: Significance of the fans surrounding Kaji and Misato?

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Postby Protohipster » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:30 pm

View Original PostSawItAtAge10 wrote:"Air" - maybe???

More seriously, maybe it's the cross designs motif itself??

That's a great point to bring up about the episode title, do you have any further ideas for what it could mean with this interpretation:
Unit 1 is dried with a giant fan after
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killing Kaworu.
Bearing in mind that there's actually a cross behind Shinji in the shot of him seeing Misato having sex in EoTV (they had him hold the cross in the EoE shot because Misato's feet are covering the cross in the background, emphasizing its importance), the fans are made significant by their repeated association with the cross. Since Kaworu is Christlike, it makes sense that unit 1 would be fanned down after
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killing him.
It's just Anno's way of depicting people escaping from suffering (it connects to why the post-2nd impact world is trapped in a constant state of heat through summer), and it also adds significance to why Shinji is so disgusted by seeing Misato have sex, since sex is used as a motif throughout Eva (see: episode 20's "do you want to become one with me?" scene) to represent the merging of souls, or individuals dissolving their AT-fields around each other. The cross in Eva signifies suffering, which, according to Eva, is bred by the divisions that people experience from their AT-fields, and Shinji's ultimate decision in EoE
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is to embrace suffering and grant souls the potential to restore their AT-fields, becoming human again.

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Postby Reichu » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:12 am

Just an FYI, guys: This is an in-depth discussion forum for an anime that's over 20 years old. You don't need to spoiler any of NGE's plot details.

Eva-01 is in a giant shower being washed down at the end of episode 24. Notice the rain coats.


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