I have finally seen Q. I figured there'd be a thread like this. This is my first post in this subforum and before I have read any other topics.
It's ... glorious.
True, there wasn't much there. It felt like it could have been a single episode. It feels easy to summarize. More than anything I'd call it a revelation-fest.
The most hilarious thing was just how much the fan community got right
. A timeskip really did happen. Mini-Misato really is Touji's sister... and her name is Sakura! Wasn't that a fan name? (Or, wait, didn't it show up in NGE2? Maybe?) Even the name Near Third Impact appears, and we'd been using that name long before Q dropped. The suppositions as to just how dire Near Third Impact was were correct, or perhaps underestimated. The theme (about Shinji's whole "I don't care about the world" thing and the results of it) that I didn't really get until reading analysis of Ha long after the fact have turned out to be 100% on the mark. And the old joke that people (including me) started guessing as early as the first movie, that Lilith would turn out to be Adam? Basically true, it seems. Positively hilarious.
I'm glad that none of the potential spoilers I read back before deciding to become rigidly abstinent turned out to be true... except for only the least shocking one, which read "Kaworu sacrifices himself to prevent Fourth Impact".
I'm glad Asuka didn't die. I'm even more
glad that she got to shine like she did. I'm even more
more glad that she didn't turn out to be the final Angel like in one potential spoiler I saw before I decided to go abstinent.
Hell, I loved just about everything that involved Asuka in this movie. I even liked the interaction (such as it was) between her and Shinji at the end. Hilariously, it mirrors what I felt like their interaction shortly after the credits roll in EoE would be like, complete with the "You didn't help me" and yet also the "C'mon". The way she left him, and the way she came back... It all felt just right
. Even if, y'know, she's Shikinami, not Sohryu, with a completely different relationship with him.
The Jesus parallels with Kaworu went hilariously overboard. When he took the collar from Shinji I thought "yep, like Jesus taking on humanity's sins". And of course, the spearing himself.
Although it felt like a lot was revealed, in retrospect it also feels like barely anything really was. None of the truly major long-standing questions got answered, I don't think. Still no clue what the Key of Nebuchadnezzer is. Still no clue where Shinji's been. Still no clue what the Adams really "are". Still no hints as to how Kaworu knew Shinji, and now he's too dead to answer any questions. Still no real information on what Kaworu is
; yeah he's the First Angel, but what does that
mean now that we have Adams instead of just Adam? Still no idea what Rei is/was or why Rei and Shinji together in Eva-01 was anything special. Still no real solid idea as to Gendo's true plan. And new questions have been opened too, like, are there other Shinji clones or something? The way they treated Shinji made it seem like there was a significant chance that he was not the "real" Shinji.
Oh, but I should be glad for the questions that were finally closed, or for ideas that weren't used. Asuka did not turn out to be "Asukael", and yet, hilariously, she also kinda did, but the other pilots are the same and it has nothing to do with her contact with "Bardiel". I thought that whole business was a neat twist. Also, Mari's nature as just a pilot seemed to be confirmed. She didn't turn out to be a FAR or anything truly whacked-out like that. And given how completely different everything is now, it seems weird to even try to speculate using terms that now seem like they could only possibly apply to the original.
I had been forewarned that nothing from the trailer was in the final product. Still not sure how I feel about that. No Gendo and Fuyutsuki wandering in the desert. But it's not like the preview contained that much anyway.
I'll have to watch again, because the version I saw was missing key lines in its subtitles. It was almost comically precise; the last, most key line of seemingly each scene was missing. Luckily, I happen to know enough Japanese that I got through a lot of it, but there are still certain key lines I'll have to look for a on a re-watch. As I watched I downloaded another version which at a glance is at least not missing some of the same subtitles as the first one I watched, so that's good. For example, I now know that "Wunder" is the name of that ship, because that line, where Ritsuko says that, was missing from the version I watched first. I wonder what other key points I missed.
Best thing of all? Watching Q did absolutely nothing to affect my love of analyzing the original. I had feared that Q would so completely occupy my senses and speculation fantasies that I would be unable to work on or finish my long-standing no-really-I'll-finish-it-this-year fanfic for a time, or that it would totally disrupt my ability or desire to analyze the original, which Ha (for example) did at least for a while. Instead, because there's so damn little to go on, (and because it has gone in such a completely different direction,) it has almost thrust me right back into the palms of the original