I am curious as to what functionality this component has. I won't be losing any sleep over it, and I'm not going to formulate any theories about it, not even the supposed safety factor. Afterall, what need for restraint is there in a liquid environment? None. The only real injury or pain the pilots are seen experiencing is from the A10 connection, and the manifestation of injuries associated therein.OMF wrote:Back to the topic. What say you Monkey?
If this seatbelt theory is going to be pursued, using the examples of Shinji's use and Misato's non-use, I wouldn't take it any further until you do some research into the seatbelt laws of Japan as they existed during the time of the show's production. For all you know, there could be some law that only requires minors to wear a seatbelt, or that the trends in use decrease amongst people of Misato's age. Or there could be special regulation concerning government officials for non-use. The later might be a stretch, but it would be interesting if research of that nature could provide substantiation.
I also noticed that the "seatbelt" is present in Asuka's plug in episode 22 as well. So there may be some correlation to the use of weaponry like the positron rifle.
I'm still interested if someone could discover at least the name of the component from notes and diagrams in NewType 100% or Sore o Nasumono. I've looked through, and Sore o even has a page entitled "Variable Seat" with notes pertaining specifically to this component. I wish I didn't suck at Nihongo.
Originally posted on: 03-Feb-2006, 00:29 GMT