How has Eva changed your life?

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Postby yokuchi » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:53 pm

I don't mean how it has drained your bank account. Or how your wife divorced you because you're a fan boy.

How has Eva helped you grow as a person? And how has growing as a person changed your life?


I'm only asking those who aren't just watching for the sake of pedophilia.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:38 pm

ISTR other threads on this sort of topic, but the Google search is coming up dry ATM.

I was too old for it to have a major effect after the "OMFG, what did I just watch?" It did derail my pre-existing fiction writing, and has guided my social life for the past few years, though.

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Postby AuraTwilight » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:50 pm

I'm going to be THAT PERSON who comes out and admits that they're not so much of a los-...I mean fan that their life was changed by Evangelion. .hack did that for me.
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Postby RandomStuff » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:50 pm

AuraTwilight wrote:I'm going to be THAT PERSON who comes out and admits that they're not so much of a los-...I mean fan that their life was changed by Evangelion. .hack did that for me.

You're avatar clues us in.

Well first, Eva changed how I view the world, especially the intrementality stuff. Who we are, true freedom, etc. It's changed how I act and think.

Second, Eva has changed how I write and make up stories. I'm no longer satisfied with the constant happy endings. Or simple, mental issue free people.

Okay, maybe it damaged me a bit too...
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Postby The Bastard King » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:46 pm

Evangelion helped show me much better anime by giving me something to compare them to.

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Postby Ornette » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:06 am

I didn't see anything that exactly covers this subject but these threads came back:
http://www.evageeks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1610
http://www.evageeks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3976

I only saw Eva in 2005, almost 10 years out of college, so it didn't really have a profound effect on my life, but it did make me want to discuss it with others.

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Postby BEsERk EVA01 » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:45 am

Same as Ornette, but it also made me go on the Internet a bit longer due to my presence on EvaGeeks and searching for extended info on Evangelion.

Also, the anime series helped me extremely heavily- giving me ideas for drawing.
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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:20 am

I was one of those who happened to see it at the exact right time in my life where I had been going through something that either was, or seemed to be very similar to what Anno went through when he made the series. I immediately connected to it on a deeply emotional level, and then I could've easily said that NGE captured MY life and MY feelings and MY problems instead of Anno's. Beyond that, it also happened to be the most interesting piece of visual fiction I'd witnessed. Being a huge fan of film for years I immediately recognized the impeccable craft, so it interested me on that level. Then, there was the multitude of mysteries that intrigued me, and inspired me to get online and discuss it with people online and read about it.

But ultimately, NGE pulled me out of a funk and allowed me to not just leave behind but understand a very painful period in my life. It gave me a perspective - a way of looking at my life and situation - from outside a tiny cramped box. I've said it before, even if perhaps not in the most eloquent of ways, that THAT'S one of main things that makes Eva so great and draws so many people into it. It was a series that captured something very personal to one person, that somehow became universal enough to connect to a lot of people in similar circumstances, but still had enough appeal to draw those in who didn't connect to it on that level.

As far as my life after NGE and its lasting impact... it's hard to define. I'd say that it made me even more interested in film and writing. I might say that the biggest thing NGE left with me was that perspective. A reminder of how to see my life outside of any situation, and that's been extremely helpful.
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Postby drinian » Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:13 pm

Evangelion was my gateway drug to the world of anime. And, actually, quite a bit of what Eva Yojimbosaid applies to me as well.

Not to mention that I've met some people through the fandom.

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Postby AsukaChan » Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:57 am

Har. I was in tenth grade when I first saw Eva.

First, it changed who I am as an artist or a designer. This is a development that came about recently, but it's the most prominent change that it's brought about. I now search for the theme/message/symbol in everything. I also adopted a bit of Anno-ness in my work, by telling stories first and foremost, about myself. Just how Anno wove a tale about his own problems but hid it behind something (most)anyone can watch and enjoy without immediately knowing that he's talking about himself. Or, that's how I was anyway. I didn't immediately realize it was, in a way, an autobiography of that slice of Anno's life.
I'm really glad Eva brought that out of me, because everything I create now has a much deeper meaning for me and I feel like intelligent people can read into the subtleties and see every little shred of thought and care I put into my work. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't wish that one day there wouldn't be a version of Evageeks for whatever it is that I create for the mainstream. XD (I want to go into game design)

Second, Eva completely changed my outlook on the world. Or at least my interactions with others. I also learned to appreciate my mother more (you know, in case one day I ever have to put her soul into my giant android-robot-beast -- I need her to cooperate XD).

I also consider it a masterpiece, because it's now the criteria by which I judge all anime (and a lot of movies). Eva compelled me to THINK, which is something lacking from a lot of new programming. Eva requires you to use your brain. I enjoy using my brain. Eva taught me to search out other things that also encourage use of the brain organ..

And I don't think anyone who reads so much into Eva as we do can possibly walk away from it without seeing bits of ourselves in each character.

SO.

Now I know not to shut everyone out. Or be too timid. Or date guys because they're like my dad. o_o;
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Postby Semisubtle » Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:04 pm

I first watched Eva when I was 12 and finished when I was 14, and I only came out SORT OF freaked out. Every time I've rewatched it since then, I've come out with something different or something new that I've noticed, and that's what I love about the series.

It made me go through a pretty introspective period, but that's about it. Now all I do is smile to myself whenever something loosely Eva-related comes up in class (I had a great time when we last studied the Bible).

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Postby chrisv25 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:30 pm

My first anime was Robotech back in the mid-80s. I loved that series intensely but, that was all I ever really got into. Then I saw Ghost in the Shell and I sort of got back into things but, NGE really brought anime back into my life. Now I am as cracked out as a 36 year old father of 2 can get :)
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Postby shito » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:20 am

I was 12 when I saw it for the first time back in mid 1998, finished it in early 1999 with the movies and I don't know... it made me think a lot about humans, and I started seeing them as some really strange creatures. I was also looking at my (and other's) hands all the time LOL.
I guess the message from episodes 26 and 26' (sans One More Final) is something that made me grow I guess, accepting oneself in a world where you're not the only one, and willing to be hurt in exchange of real feelings.

Now that I'm 22 I'm still having troubles finding who I am, and I have misanthropic attacks ever now and then, but I try to be more optimistic when I can :grin:
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Postby Sachi » Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:23 am

Actually looking at this. Why is this in the dicussion room?
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Postby mrpanda » Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:45 pm

Eva helped me greatly when i was deppressed (especially ep26) and got me into anime properly, rather than just watching Naruto and Bleach. Also because of eva I met all you guys on the forum and then on the irc, both have taken away my real social life although i dont really care as i prefer being on the net.
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Postby THE Hal E. Burton 9000 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:52 pm

I've already answered this somewhere buried deep inside this board
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Postby Indigo Arcangel » Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:38 pm

Just found this thread and...bleedin' hell...do you want a list?! Cause with me, this could go on forever.

Not now tho' - way too late in the UK for me to go into a rant.(vewyshweepy "yawn")

Just posted this in the Re-take thread - not exactly correct for this thread, but it kinda-applies

(look at my post near the bottom): http://evageeks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1743&start=320
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Postby Sachi » Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:59 pm

Eva made me depressed. :toothy:
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Postby Grand Duke of Yashima » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:59 pm

EVA did several things for me:

One is that it gave me a key to understanding my own depression. This is going to sound really sad, but for all intents and purposes I WAS Shinji Ikari, or just like him, during my adolescent years. Very smiliar behavior, right down to the SDAT (though I had a walkman - it was the 80s), the Hedgehog's Dilemma, and the dad issues - My mom was absent most of my life, and my Dad was emotionally cold and dedicated to his own life and goals (with a huge dose of religion added on). There was still a lot of resididual anger left from those years, and seeing the character of Shinji Ikari struggle as he does gave me a key to understanding my own personality, especially how I wanted my dad's approval and would do very unreasonable things to get it, or how the lack of said approval kept me "frozen" in time, and unable to make clear decisions. Also, the lack of a mother does things to you emotionally that are difficult to describe, but have very lasting effects nonetheless, especially the constant and deep feeling of insecurity. I can really relate to the character, I just wish my life was half as exciting as his was.

Another is that it gives me something I can recommend to anyone who likes anime, but wants "more" than the repetitive crap that's largely out there (Bleach, Naruto, most Gundam, etc). If you like the genre, and want to get into something with a lot more substance, there's EVA for you.

Finally, EVA got me writing. After a long time of false starts, a strong interest in EVA finally got me off my butt and into writing fiction. My first complete FanFic was EVA-based, and is currently being Beta-read now. I love the EVA universe and the very rich amount of material that Anno, et al have left for us to play with. I really enjoyed writing a story, and believe that I'll do more of that in the future.
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Postby Indigo Arcangel » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:53 pm

I was pretty much like GDofY - I was a lot like Shinji - my autism and depression led me down the same behavior path - shy, crybaby, completely unable to socialise. Hell, as I already mentioned, I even had the same disgust of any sexual activity. My one small comfort was the thought of just being left alone in a roomfor the rest of my life, wothought interruptions, to write, or draw, or game, or sleep, or whatever - anything apart from talking to people. I even had father issues, to a point. I got a shit-load of bullying for things that I don't even understand, and ended up almost suicidal.

Anyway, one day, a friend pointed out a pic of Shinji that he'd found on the web, which he said looked spookily like me, and it did. I'm a dead-ringer for Shinji - Same brown, bowl-cut hair, same blue eyes, same high-pitched voice, same emanciated skinniness (sorry to gross you out), same height, same stammering, high-pitched voice, same music -player in my ear the whole time - hell, If you put me and him side by Side, I swear no-one would have been able to tell us apart.
Shinji became a visual representation of myself - everything he went through, I went through. It's hard to explain just how attached I am to 'my' characters, but I'll leave that for another time.

I think the most important part was Shinji's mind-trip at the end of the series, when he's told the importance of other people in forming your own personality. From what I've already said, you can probably guess what effect that had on me.

It also got me quite thoruoghly out of my depression - by inspiring me to actually both to learn psychology, and to finally start writing. It's given me the framework for a 5 book series - my Aspiration in my life.

Phew. That was a long explanation :kawaii:
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