Is it weird I can't pick a side?

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Postby trickorita » Tue May 23, 2017 3:57 am

Hello! New here and wanted to get your guy's/in girl's take on something I'm curious about.
I'm fairly new to anime as a medium, around 3 years not sure how new I am, and this is my first time actually posting in an anime forum.
Mad men was wrapping up and was a friend's house and he put Toradora on felt compelled to find as many gems like this.
Last year I found out I needed to watch NGE to have an opinion on anime.
Since then, it's become my favorite anime the best cast in any visual medium.
Anyway, I've been told in the past certain Eva characters were polarizing, but I have no idea how real that is.
I was thinking of looking into a YT once I finish at least 200 series and free write scripts just so I don't get lazy.

I've compared Shinji to Hamlet to anybody in the arts, which may or may not mean much depending who see that, but that's pretty bold.
On top of that, I'm a pretty huge Asuka and I didn't get the appeal of Rei. My favorite moment was when Rei smiled, but 20 eps later I became indiffferent towards her. Even EoE I felt what was going on the was so visually entertaining you could replace Rei with anybody and nothing would change.
Yesterday I decided to challenge myself by writing about Rei.
That's actually how I stumbled on here, the translated Anno interviews were great. Some of the stuff he said felt like something Rei would say and wondered whether or not Anno felt like life and everything he's doing isn't worth it because he can die and just get replaced. Every character in NGE became incredibly human once you could emphasize with them, I personally feel that's why characters become polarizing in the first place.

Sorry I should end this quickly; too long already
I was curious as to whether or not this abnormal and/or frowned upon
The lack of NGE on YT is a little confusing but I'm not sure it's even realistic to think people low on a certain character take the time to get it a chance.
Thanks and sorry for the length

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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Tue May 23, 2017 5:25 am

Well, welcome!

And to answer your question, this anime has a lot of varying opinions, and yours is no different. It's an anime that has a lot left to be interpreted. Some people love Rei and dislike Asuka, or vice-versa. And some people prefer the girls, but not Shinji.

it's ok to not have a side too, you're not forced to choose a side like some dumb teen movie about sparkling vampires and shit *cough, cough* Things in this show are too deep to simply take a side. It takes time to Form an opinion on this show with all the subtext it has to offer.

Unless the chat is about best girl or best boy... then things get interesting.
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Tue May 23, 2017 6:20 am

I've always seen "taking a side" on this forum to be a playful (and almost humorous) break from the seriousness of the show itself. In all actuality, almost all "waifus" or "husbandos" candidates in Eva are pretty terrible. And the seemingly perfect ones are side-characters that don't get a lot of screen time anyway before reaching an inevitable bad situation. (AKA, Hikari, the Class Rep, is calm, quiet, composed, not socially awkward, not unreasonably demanding, not an alcoholic, and is rather supporting and kind to everyone around her. So the show side-lines her, nearly kills her love interest, and then has her watch in horror as the apocalypse happens.)

If you're taking a "side" on things here, especially with shipping or "waifus," then it's because you want to take a break from thinking about the show so seriously.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Tue May 23, 2017 10:55 am

View Original Posttrickorita wrote:My favorite moment was when Rei smiled, but 20 eps later I became indifferent towards her.
That's roughly what Anno did as well; his concept of her story was done at the end of episode 6, and she was just there in the background, if at all, until it was time for her to become an alien space goddess.

On the broader issue, the general inclination of the site has always been red (rather than white or blue), at least in terms of pairing Shinji up.

View Original PostFreakyFilmFan4ever wrote:In all actuality, almost all "waifus" or "husbandos" candidates in Eva are pretty terrible.
Time to point to the relevant threads : thread/8774/Animu-Mango-RL-Waifu/ and, more plausibly, thread/18079/Your-anime-daughter/
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Postby Kendrix » Wed May 24, 2017 5:12 pm

People (including myself: team blue 4 ever) obviously have personal taste & subjective circumstances regarding who they emphasize with more or whose appeal they like better but in the end you're not really supposed to "pick" or anything; The contrast between the girls represents a variety of dichotomous forces that act upon the human mind & pull it in different directions but are ultimately equally part of it.

There's no rule that one can't like both, they've both got plenty of interesting points to them.
It's funny to observe how there's even "regional tendencies"

Japanese Fandom : more Rei fans
USA Fandom : more Asuka fans
Spanish speaking countries: Lots of Rei love
Germany: Pretty 50/50 & less polarized; Rei has a slight edge fav character wise and Asuka has a slight edge shipping wise
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Postby Chuckman » Wed May 24, 2017 5:44 pm

All praises to Asuka, death to the false waifu!

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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Wed May 24, 2017 5:59 pm

View Original PostChuckman wrote:All praises to Asuka, death to the false waifu!

Amen!
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Postby silvermoonlight » Thu May 25, 2017 5:25 am

In my view you should like who ever you want I mean I like Rei and Asuka just as much as each other but for very different reasons and I've never cared for shipping wars as I think you should like what ever pairings you want ^_^
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Thu May 25, 2017 2:45 pm

silvermoonlight wrote:In my view you should like who ever you want I mean I like Rei and Asuka just as much as each other but for very different reasons and I've never cared for shipping wars as I think you should like what ever pairings you want ^_^

Except Shinji/Rei, as incest is not best :emogendo:
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Postby robersora » Thu May 25, 2017 3:02 pm

Welcome aboard!

I don't think it's weird at all that you can't choose a side, because you didn't consider the one true best character in the series. Kaworu.

I think FreakyFilmFan4ever summed it up pretty nicely. It's fun to pick a side sometimes, but most people who are drawn to Eva to such an extend that they stay in the fandom appreciate it for the myriads of other things it's offering. Like great insight into broken human beings, great production value, and the refreshing feel of wearing the pretty dress of our most beloved Anime trash while actually being so much more.
I think it's very commendable that you tried to understand Rei, although you couldn't really empathize with her and learned to appreciate her in the process.

I think a huge part, why there's not too much stuff on Eva on Youtube is
- that there is a lot to say, but many people feel like everything has been said
- people are afraid of talking about it on their channel because talking about Eva tends to get very divisive
there's a lot of people who won't bother with "that pretentious show" or get mad for having "the wrong opinion on Eva".
and most of all
- Khara's strict copyright handle on footage from the show.
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Postby Chuckman » Thu May 25, 2017 4:10 pm

Khara pulled an absolutely amazing mashup of Ode to Joy and Slam Jam over copyrighted Eva Images and I'm still salty.

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Postby Joseki » Thu May 25, 2017 4:35 pm

View Original PostChuckman wrote:All praises to Asuka, death to the false waifu!


Asuka is QUEEN but I must admit that Mari gets better with every rewatch, especially in Q.
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Postby Chuckman » Thu May 25, 2017 4:45 pm

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Postby Sachi » Thu May 25, 2017 6:40 pm

Why choose between Rei and Asuka when you can have both? It's Shinji you should be kicking to the curb. ReixAsuka 4 lyfe.
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Postby Reichu » Thu May 25, 2017 7:47 pm

Why choose between Rei and Asuka when you can be apathetic to them both?
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Postby xanderkh » Fri May 26, 2017 1:43 am

View Original PostSachi wrote:Why choose between Rei and Asuka when you can have both? It's Shinji you should be kicking to the curb. ReixAsuka 4 lyfe.


Why doesn't Shinji get any love? Why not ALL THREE?!?! ReixShinjixAsuka!

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