I'll bet ya teh intranetz whoever made it simply thought she looked cute doing that.
More like: Shinji is soft and malleable like mochi, and he's also made of rice and easy to choke on... wait, what?
Marduk, you just don't get it, do you?
KatayokuのTenshi, you have touched on a very important observation. Mochi is soft and malleable and you can choke on it. In EoE, Shinji chokes the blue hell out of Asuka, who, despite showing her immense destrudo when knocking over the coffee pot, just stands there like a doll (Wait, like a doll
- sh!t, must be a connection to Rei, who Asuka accused of having doll-like qualities - how ironic, OMG, OMG, have to write this down). The most likely explanation (beyond all reasonable doubt
) is that Asuka was physically and mentally incapacitated on a conscious level; yet, we all know that under any psychoanalytical schema, the unconscious keeps on operating like the 4 rivers in the Garden of Eden (wait a minute, 4 rivers ... there are also 4 sons of Horus, 4 evangelists and 4 children in Eva - OMFG, OMFG), gushing forth like LCL on a bright, spring morning.
Asuka was spiritually crushed by Shinji strangling her like a diseased dog, and having seen an idealized version of Kaji, who was Kaji overlayed with a Jesus archeytpe, in her own version of Instrumentality, she forgave Shinji momentarily (this is obvious because Jesus advocated that for people who slap you on one cheek, you should let them slap you on the other cheek - so it stands to reason that if someone tries to strangle you, you should caress them and not fight back). But then the unconscious forces fountain up like some bad dream, and Asuka wants:revenge
. She wants to choke the hormones out of Shinji, and this is clearly represented by Asuka pounding mochi; she is creating mochi who she desires to feed to Shinji in the hope of him choking on it. The action is a symbol for wanting to choke someone. This symbol is part of nothing other than the motif of the cycle of hurt and counter-hurt, which can only be broken by compassion (cf. compassion in Buddhist philosophy, compassion in the work of conservationists, compassion in the humanist tradition, compassion as per Schopenhauer's conception - this is why Evangelion is so deep, because it shares common themes with the surrounding literature, and everything in the surrounding lit. you can link to Evangelion just by muttering the magic common themes and trying to fob people off by bringing NGE on a par with these works simply by using the same specialised terminology).
Notice also that the pounding action is rhythmic. What else is rhythmic and which serves as anathema to Asuka's fragile mind, the same fragile mind which has seen her catapulted into the fantasies of many fans? Two words: Shinji masturbating. This has also creeped into her psyche and she is symbolically pounding away at mochi (will to choke) as a means to nullify
Shinji's rhythmic will to ejaculate. This is because everything tends towards equilibrium: e.g. diffusion and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. So it's natural and the most likely explanation that Asuka wanted to counteract the mental impression of Shinji's rhythmic beat with one of her own which is aimed at punishing Shinji, who is perceived as a daemonic/numinous entity in her mind (note the oppressed wife/dominating husband motif - great practical relevance in divorce courts worldwide: this is why Evangelion has so much practical relevance as well, and totally justifies why people analyse the details at an atomic level).
I congratulate the person who conceived this "Asuka pounding mochi" piece of artwork. If you don't look deep enough into these pieces of art, you'll never find the hidden meaning that will justify your existence.Originally posted on: 12-Nov-2007, 04:48 GMT