You probably didn't think before writing.
Anyway, i just find it embarrassing somehow.
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Seen wrote:The way Shinji has his "revelation" at the end of the series. You don't just go "Oh! I don't have to be a depressed little shit!" It wasn't realistic.
The others telling Shinji to look inside himself to find the answers also leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Looking inside of yourself isn't going to help when you're depressed. All that does is make you fester in your own sorrow. You won't find anything to like about yourself.
You have to go outside and DO THINGS. ANYTHING to keep yourself from thinking about the usual things Shinji angnsts over. Surprisingly, you'll learn about yourself through random experiences and you'll get chances to change yourself into a better person if you try.
Monk Ed wrote:Minor correction to the point, though: Shinji did not come out of his depression at the end. It's just that he decided not to end himself and everything -- that there was at least hope that he could find a way out of his dire state. The dire state itself did not end, only his belief that it would never end came to an end. That's the extent of what I think he came away from it all with. I think that's what Anno's experience was as well -- as for the actual depression, Anno didn't come out of that till long after EoE, right?
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