Just from page 13:
@Jaegar: Romanticism(or romantics) does not imply an elevated form of intimacy. A guy can say a romantic line to a girl, sure, but that isn't the scope of the word. Romanticism involves a form of extravagant illusion, where characters are washed away in the emotions of the moment. I have some definitions I pulled up for my own sake, but since they're here, I'll welcome them to my point.
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[n., adj. roh-mans, roh-mans; v. roh-mans]
a novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting.
the colorful world, life, or conditions depicted in such tales.
a medieval narrative, originally one in verse and in some Romance dialect, treating of heroic, fantastic, or supernatural events, often in the form of allegory.
a baseless, made-up story, usually full of exaggeration or fanciful invention.
a romantic spirit, sentiment, emotion, or desire.
romantic character or quality.
a romantic affair or experience; a love affair.
As you can see, only one definition of romance really singles out anything to do with a love affair(and even then, one can argue that a love affair itself is grounded in illusion). Further, the definition of romantic is here.
of, relating to, or of the nature of romance; characteristic or suggestive of the world of romance :
a romantic adventure.
fanciful; impractical; unrealistic:
imbued with or dominated by idealism, a desire for adventure, chivalry, etc.
characterized by a preoccupation with love or by the idealizing of love or one's beloved.
displaying or expressing love or strong affection.
ardent; passionate; fervent.
(usually initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of a style of literature and art that subordinates form to content, encourages freedom of treatment, emphasizes imagination, emotion, and introspection, and often celebrates nature, the ordinary person, and freedom of the spirit (contrasted with classical ).
All this said, I disagree that Shinji playing Rei's savior was not a romantic notion. There were feats of magnitude, there was direct intimacy, and there was an adventurous illusion that Shinji(unfortunately) suffered from, which brought about (n)3i. I personally don't find it very hard to see the intimacy that Shinji and Rei have. Rei Q is simply soulless, and we're told that very explicitly. Yui is Shinji's mum and Rei has Yui's soul, so with Rei's soul(Yui) out of the picture, it's not challenging to understand that the intimacy that Shinji and Rei once had is not there. The occult bridge that ties Shinji and Rei together is missing.
@Ray It's not a big stretch at all to say that the DSS is Gendou's crystal ball. At the end of Q, Gendou says to Fuyu that Misato's actions were within their expectations. This is probably a throwback to the DSS, simply because I personally doubt Gendou had the knowledge to predict exactly what would have happened at 4i. It was a very chaotic place and chaos is the antithesis of prediction. Regardless, Gendou relayed to Fuyu that Misato's actions were within their predictions. I don't think a psych. profile covers WILLE's technology, such as Wunder's "ATF cage," yet Gendou seems pretty calm about the whole situation.
@Nuclear LB Anno references Freud a lot.
The title "until You come to me" is a direct play on Freud's return to the womb theories, which was also flashed several times in EoE. It being about Kaworu was completely off my radar, as it should be yours, considering the short was more aligned with the Rei-Shinji relationship.
But seriously. Think about it along the Shinji-Rei relationship now.
you are (not) alone...until You come to me.You are alone
, until you come to me: EoE's apocalypse was visually shown when Shinji "returned to the womb." First he was placed in a complacent state, with his ego fulfilled(and softened). Shinji's tripping smiley face is exactly this, but further, in the concluding stages of EoE, Shinji and Yui are one and the same person. Shinji is Yui's son. This is a visual representation of returning to the womb, which Shinji relieves himself of when he was more satisfied in his life choices.
So Shinji is alone, until he returns to Yui(where he is seduced into initiating 3i, and the seduction being a process of him returning to Yui(the womb)). Shinji was immensely lonely prior to his realization that it's okay to be alone, because that's what separate people.
This was him rejecting instrumentality. Yui helped him achieve it. Thus, you are alone, until You come to me
... and have a self-realization on what loneliness is.You are NOT alone
...until You come to me: expanding from above, when Shinji returned to Yui, he fell into a passive state, where he was then tormented by introverted trips as he explored the apocalypse. All this Freudian symbology is quite noticeable in EoE. But upon joining with Yui, Shinji became alone, in the sense that he was the dissolution of the planet's ATF
. This loneliness, he realized, was not a loneliness he found pleasant, and he rejected instrumentality. He was okay with loneliness, which was shown visually when he rejected Yui and was sent back to earth.you can advance
...until You come to me: Especially after Q, instrumentality is shown to be strongly related to infinite in a cyclical fashion. So in a sense, the initiation of the end of the world moves the world forward, but because it's in a cyclical fashion, advancing is really running back to the start.you can NOT advance
...until You come to me: The same idea as above. Yui has been shown to play an important agent in instrumentality. Shinji can't advance things until he returns to Yui(in an EoE-type deal).you can redo
...until You come to me: This is one of the more challenging expressions, I'll admit. It suggests that things can be redone, fixed, whatever, until x(Shinji) comes to y(Yui). So it's sorta conclusive. Once you return to me, things will be finalized. It still makes sense in the timeline of Eva though.you can NOT redo
...until You come to me: The above explanation, but backwards(as pointed out in the You can not advance explanation). If instrumentality is related to things going full circle(and that connection has been established, though to what extent is still on the table), then it's basically "you can't redo things until you initiate it(the meeting of Yui and Shinji).
I'd like to point out that I am aware that just because Shinji and Yui were the bread-and-butter of EoE, instrumentality doesn't always have to be initiated the same way. However, considering that until You come to me revolves around them two(01 and Rei are at their core(pun somewhat intended) expressions of Yui), and the title having a prominent Freudian basis, I'd wager that the title has to do with Shinji-Rei or even Shinji-Gendou much
more than anything-Kaworu.
The fact that at the very end of the short, Shinji's ego is restored upon spotting Rei, I have high doubts about any Kaworu connection.