Arcadia's legacy wrote:
For the track, A simple meta/thematic continuation rather than a literal one.
I don't buy that it's 'meta', nothing given so much importance has ever turned out to be 'meta' in Evangelion before.
That would be a cheap cop-out.
The 'this time' comments are so vague and cryptic there's almost nothing to conclude with them.
Nothing except the fact that Kaworu has knowledge of previous instances in which events involving Shinji transpired the same way. There is no logical interpretation for this besides a sequential timeline kind of thing.
The chalk outline we've already explained is most likely an Adam when considering NTE's canon
I explained why it is definitely not an adam in above posts, the head/neck shape is wrong and the 'adam' on the moon (if it's an adam) isn't in crucifix position like the chalk outline is.
Going over this thread again, I reassert that Kaworu's cryptic lines are the only thing that is currently a mystery. A mystery that could be explained a number of ways without the need for sequel theory.
Give me one then. Just saying there are other explanations without pointing to one makes your argument substanceless.
SDAT track 27 is not compelling evidence on its own. It symbolizes a progression in the story, particularly Shinji's character, and as Arcadia points out, it's more of a meta commentary. Characters in NGE were effectively caught in their own loops. Shinji at one point is shown riding a train loop over and over again, while listening to his SDAT. He's unable to grow. However, in NTE, we see considerable growth and progression in the story. Track 27 and 28 (in Q) are representative of Rebuild going more off the rails from the original.
There's an ungodly amount of screen time given to the SDAT, including Rei specifically picking it up and saving it twice. It has a narrative function it has yet to fulfill, it isn't just a meta-messaging device.