EOE as a comedy

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Postby ZetaSonic » Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:16 am

Maybe I'm just a sick son of a gun, but I've always seen End of Evangelion as one of the funniest films of all time: right up there with stuff like Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs, and Airplane!.

+ The legendary "Hospital Scene" where Shinji accidentally exposes Asuka's chest -- I always play "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye between the moment he gasps and the reveal of his splooge-covered hand.
+ The failure of Asuka in defeating the EVA-series: I keep imagining Mario power-up sound-effects for when the Harpies regenerate. Followed by "Wah-wah" music as she gets repeatedly skewered.
+ Ritsuko trying to destroy Nerv while Gendo aims his gun at her... and Caspar favors the man who called her a hag in life. Trim everything between "You picked your man over your own daughter!?" to the instant Gendo pulls the trigger and cue "the wah-wah horns" as she plummets into the LCL lake.
+ Misato baiting Chris Hanson with Shinji... and dying fifteen seconds later. Thirty-one more years left until retirement. All we need is GIR complaining "Aw, I wanted to explode!" before a blast rips her corpse apart. (Cue wah-wah horns when she bites it)
+ The fantasy scene of Asuka and Shinji in the condo just CRIES for Ren and Stimpy BGM (like "Turkey Trot"!)
+ Then there's this sequence of events:

FUYUTSUKI: "Will it become the Ark to save humankind from the nothingness of Third Impact? Or the demon that destroys us all? Our future lies in the hands of Ikari's son."

(Cut to...)

Shinji: "...they can all just die."

(Cut to various characters getting Tanged)


+ Plus Rei III and Gendo in a literal production of Farewell to Arms!


It's actually FUNNY if you look at it from my stance.
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Postby SawItAtAge10 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:31 pm

Also, when Shinji chokes Asuka

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(Those of you familiar with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will get the reference)
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Postby Dojyaaaan » Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:17 pm

Best comedy movie of all time. Fun for the kids.
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Postby SuperUltraMecha » Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:16 pm

It's even better when you watch the English dub.

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Postby Yoshikage Kira » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:08 pm

Gendo grabbing Rei's congas and then phasing into her gave me a chuckle.
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Postby SpaceCowboy35 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:00 am

When I watched it with a friend, he clocked out at the first scene and started complaining that it wasn't space jam the entire time and was just hysteric the whole time.





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Postby Ambiant23 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:54 pm

I found the rebuilds funny... although not as it was intended.

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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:36 am

Okay edge lords, calm down. I don’t know if adding/imagining extra-textual elements means that the movie is funny. I think it’s more like you’re just really good at amusing yourselves while watching movies.

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Postby Reichu » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:00 pm

I watched with someone once who somehow managed to find things to laugh at all the way through the Soryus' demise. He was completely silent once Third Impact began. I don't think the experience sat well with him and I imagine he forgot NGE as promptly as possible.

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Postby silvermoonlight » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:55 pm

View Original PostZetaSonic wrote:Maybe I'm just a sick son of a gun, but I've always seen End of Evangelion as one of the funniest films of all time: right up there with stuff like Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs, and Airplane!.

+ The failure of Asuka in defeating the EVA-series: I keep imagining Mario power-up sound-effects for when the Harpies regenerate. Followed by "Wah-wah" music as she gets repeatedly skewered.


I would envision it more as the classic sonic death music or the Mario one because they rub in you really screwed up and died.
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Postby Sachi » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:31 am

Evangelion as a whole definitely knows when to use comedy to effect, and right-off from the beginning it's used to off-set or distract from the more serious aspects of the series. Episode 02 gives us the toothpick scene right before diving into an introspection with Shinji and then Misato. However, this intentional balance with the comedy is why it all but disappears entirely during the descent arc of the show and we're left with nothing but raw emotion. EoE especially comes across as bitter and unforgiving during its dark moments and there really aren't any moments of levity to balance it out.

That all said, the soldier that gets stomped on by the MP Eva when the whole series is arriving is utterly hilarious. It's a blink and you miss moment, but I'm ashamed that none of you have brought it up. It may be the only truly comedic moment in the film.
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Postby Joseki » Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:25 am

The first time I watched EoE I laughed hard at the hospital scene to be fair, that was unintentionally funny to me.
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Postby cyharding » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:04 am

I'm reminded of a time many years ago, when I saw a video of the tanging sequence of EoE and Tumbling Down was replaced by Yankety Sax.

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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:55 pm

Well, better yet, Evangelion as a whole as a comedy - basically it would be Shinji Ikari Raising Project but with the EVAs being included in the plot replacing the Matrix-esque reality they fight the "Angels" in.
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Postby Arcadia's legacy » Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:08 pm

There's also the idea of Comedy in a more classical sense, as, IIRC, Comedy was once seen as a story that ends positively, compared to a Tragedy that ends negatively. In that sense, you could argue EoE really is a Comedy
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