Lilith as the Second Angel

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Postby AsukaShikinami10 » Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:13 pm

I don't know why Lilith is still accounted as an Angel in NTE continuity and ADAMS are the ones accounted as being something else. They said we were supposed to get rid of all the Angels (and I think that statement also includes Lilith, as she is the second Angel). So I think this is a missed chance to change the status of Lilith into other divine being being different from the Angels. If Lilith is supposed to be mother of the mankind, shouldn't she be supposed to have the fruit of knowledge?

What's the point in making her an Angel again? I think it is a huge mistake making her the second Angel when Gendoh made it clear that humanity have to kill all the Angels in order to take their places as children of the Gods. Was Lilith aware of here fate in this continuity?

And what about the covenant Seele had with Lilith? What is it about and how does it comes to make sense given that Seele chose to anihilate all Angels? I still don't understand what was the covenant and how it could come into play if the 12th Angel wouldn't have had access to Mark.06 (was it part of Seele's plan all along?)

I think these movies had the potential to change Lilith's origin as an Angel and make her be something else, like in the case of the ADAMS. I think it doesn't make sense saying we have to slay all the Angels if Lilith is still one of them too. More so, the Lilin are not accounted as being the last Angel as in EoE (I know they're different continuities), but they are still descendants of Lilith.

ADAMS are still not counted as Angels, so what are they? What's their purpose? And why is there five of them? Do they ate any of the seed from the tree of life? re they another potential lifeform? Why aren't they accounted as Angels?



I still have a lot of questions about all of this in my mind but I'm not able to translate them into words yet.

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Postby DantesInferno » Sat Sep 18, 2021 1:58 am

I think it's very possible that Lilith was already "dead" in some sense at the beginning of the story. Seele talk about the resurrecting her, so perhaps it's about annihilating all the other angels as well, and then reviving Lilith alone.

I was under the assumption that said "Lilith resurrection" was perhaps what happened offscreen during Third Impact (only to have her killed once again! Beheaded, impaled, disemboweled and deflaked, just to be sure!).

But In 3.0+1.0, Fuyutsuki mentions the "artificial recreation of Lilith" when the first two ships spread their wings of light around the Black Moon, so perhaps they were referring to this rite all long.

It isn't clear either whether Lilith too was "left behind by someone not human" like the Adams, and if it ultimately has similar origins.

We know that one of the options left to humanity is to annihilate the angels, renounce the Fruit of Knowledge, acquire the Fruit of Life, and live forever as God's children (replacing the Angels). This pretty much assumes that angel equals Fruit of Life, so Lilith is clearly on a different league.

So yeah, we pretty much don't know anything yet :D

EDIT: Or maybe, maybe, Anno didn't have it all figured out just yet in 2006 when the first movie came out (some people will burn me at the stake for suggesting this!), so he went ahead and referred to Lilith as the 2nd angel, unchanged from the NGE setting.

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Postby Raikyu » Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:59 am

Recently, I've been thinking if the "artificial recreation of Lilith" is a not the original Lilith, but an EVA unit. Maybe unit-01 is a clone of Lilith in this continuity too.

I think that Lilith can still be an angel just like the Lilin are.

Edit: The other possibility is that Gendo used the Eva Imaginary to recreate Lilith (in GNR form). I think that Eva Imaginary can become anything, just like a chess pawn can turn into any other chess piece

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Postby Anchorhead » Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:03 pm

I've spent a lot of time thinking about this exact mystery lately. I don't really have an answer, but some observations:

  • Though Lilith is the one that sticks out most obviously as an "abnormal" Angel, she's probably not the only one. Like in NGE, the First Angel is probably also a Weird One who's very different from 3-12. I think it's very likely that Kaworu as we see him on screen isn't the original form of the First Angel, and if he's not, that would mean we don't actually know *what* the First Angel is. But we do know that it would be older than Lilith, since it came before her.
  • Just my two cents, but I don't think Lilith is actually dead at the start of Rebuild, and I don't think she truly "dies" until Fourth Impact, if at all. Remember in 3.0, when Kaworu and Shinji are in Lilith's chamber? Kaworu is puzzled by something, and when he finally realizes what's going on (without bothering to actually explain, as is his way), that realization is immediately followed by a shot of Lilith's head, still leaking LCL. Kaworu has realized that one of his assumptions was wrong, and the meaningful shot is probably meant to reveal that Lilith is not, in fact, dead. Plus, her head is apparently still *spiritually* attached to her body, if not physically, because it explodes at the same time as her body does. If you put all this together, Lilith would seem to be no more dead post-3i than she is pre-3i. So SEELE's desired "resurrection" might not mean bringing her back from literal death, but restoring her to a former state of glory.
  • I'm not entirely sure that we've ruled out that "Angels" and "Adams" are overlapping categories. Angels as a category can apparently include some surprisingly non-Angely things, like Evas (Unit-03, possibly Eva-13) and (mostly-)humans (Asuka, Kaworu). Lilith's resemblance to the Adams and total non-resemblance to any other angels seems to me to indicate there's a relationship there. As DantesInferno pointed out, it may just be that "Angel" is a catch-all for any creature with the true Fruit of Life, which would include the Adams as a subgroup. If so, it would confirm my suspicion that Lilith originally had the FoL, but lost it (presumably, this is related to her chest scar -- she must have had a core, right?)

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Postby DantesInferno » Mon Sep 20, 2021 12:40 am

View Original PostAnchorhead wrote:I've spent a lot of time thinking about this exact mystery lately. I don't really have an answer, but some observations:

  • Though Lilith is the one that sticks out most obviously as an "abnormal" Angel, she's probably not the only one. Like in NGE, the First Angel is probably also a Weird One who's very different from 3-12. I think it's very likely that Kaworu as we see him on screen isn't the original form of the First Angel, and if he's not, that would mean we don't actually know *what* the First Angel is. But we do know that it would be older than Lilith, since it came before her.


Kaworu as the First Angel must come before Lilith, so he must exist in some alternate form before emerging from the coffin. I think maybe Seele uses the coffins (the lids have the Seele logo) to "salvage" his soul into the lilim-like body we all know and love.

View Original PostAnchorhead wrote:
  • Just my two cents, but I don't think Lilith is actually dead at the start of Rebuild, and I don't think she truly "dies" until Fourth Impact, if at all. Remember in 3.0, when Kaworu and Shinji are in Lilith's chamber? Kaworu is puzzled by something, and when he finally realizes what's going on (without bothering to actually explain, as is his way), that realization is immediately followed by a shot of Lilith's head, still leaking LCL. Kaworu has realized that one of his assumptions was wrong, and the meaningful shot is probably meant to reveal that Lilith is not, in fact, dead. Plus, her head is apparently still *spiritually* attached to her body, if not physically, because it explodes at the same time as her body does. If you put all this together, Lilith would seem to be no more dead post-3i than she is pre-3i. So SEELE's desired "resurrection" might not mean bringing her back from literal death, but restoring her to a former state of glory.


This is very interesting. Yeah, Lilith's "death" is a complicated issue, to say the least. We never hear of here being actually "killed"; Kaworu refers to the body at Dogma using the word mukuro. According to Japanese Dictionary website Kotobank (link: https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/躯_%28むくろ%29/) the possible meanings are:

    1. Corpse. Remains. Alternatively, headless corpse.
    2. Fallen tree trunk
    3. Body. Especially, torso.

(all translations mine)

and he refers to it as "what used to be her". Now that you mention it, I think the cut to the head shot when Kaworu has his realization is quite meaningful.

Kaworu's confusion regarding the spears is interesting too: He literally says:

Both spears changed form, and now they match

(emphasis mine)

...which is not consistent with him expecting one of each type: he should have said that one of the spears (Cassius) changed form, and now they match (i.e., they're both Longinus). I think maybe he is not aware of the "javelin" (sharp stick) configuration of the Longinus spears, only the "Fork" (open) one, so at first he thinks they both belong to a third, unknown type of spear? You would think that such a knowledgeable character as Kaworu would know...

View Original PostAnchorhead wrote:
  • I'm not entirely sure that we've ruled out that "Angels" and "Adams" are overlapping categories. Angels as a category can apparently include some surprisingly non-Angely things, like Evas (Unit-03, possibly Eva-13) and (mostly-)humans (Asuka, Kaworu). Lilith's resemblance to the Adams and total non-resemblance to any other angels seems to me to indicate there's a relationship there. As DantesInferno pointed out, it may just be that "Angel" is a catch-all for any creature with the true Fruit of Life, which would include the Adams as a subgroup. If so, it would confirm my suspicion that Lilith originally had the FoL, but lost it (presumably, this is related to her chest scar -- she must have had a core, right?)
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I still think Eva-03 was simply infected with the 9th angel, whose actual nature is the blue goo around the entry plug. So Evas and angels (3-12) are entirely separate entities, the former related to the Adams in some way, the latter not. The same for Asuka (although some people are working on the theory that she was the 9th angel all along - not sure how that fits with there being multiple clones of her)... and Kaworu, I think in a similar way as NGE, he's still 100% angel, 100% Fruit of Like-based life form, that just so happens to resemble the lilim for some reason (In NGE it was the final evolutionary step in adapting to life on Earth, in NTE...?). I mean, a human wouldn't burst into LCL when decapitated...

Interesting idea that Lilith might have lost the Fruit of Life at some point. This falls in line with Eve (and Adam) in genesis, which are expelled from the Garden of Eden after having eaten the Fruit of Knowledge (= the original sin), lest they also eat the Fruit of Life and become equal to God or something along those lines. The idea of "purification" is pervasive, in the red earth and the sea, most strongly at Antarctica, where the L-field does not let in any FoK-based life (i.e., tainted with the Original Sin). Fuyutsuki mentions this "free from the original Sin" idea from the space shuttle, and Takao? again when pointing out that they're
able to navigate through it thanks to Kahn's data and the anti-L system (likely the Wunder has active pillars operating inside it, or equivalent tech).


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