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by Azathoth
Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: Rebuild of Evangelion 1-3: Adams and other Speculation
Replies: 52
Views: 19592

Now that Lilith is dead, I wouldn't be surprised to see Unit-01 reveal itself to be Lilith-reincarnate once again and then pull some world-restoring bullshit as the crux of Final Impact. I do like the idea that Mark 06 and 09, as well as maybe Unit-13, are the embodied Adams. Why Unit 13? Its r...
by Azathoth
Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: Why don't the Japanese like Rei Q?
Replies: 62
Views: 13092

Of course she doesn't have any of these things, the only attributes of personality she possesses when she's first introduced is a belief that she is Ayanami Rei and a fanatic devotion to her orders. Throughout the movie, however, as she learns more about the character of Ayanami Rei, she fin...
by Azathoth
Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Evangelion TV Series + EoE Discussion
Topic: Impact Events and the People Who Drive Them
Replies: 103
Views: 21731

That's debatable (well, it's not, since mass extinctions are likely almost never the result of a single cause, but it's quite possible asteroid strikes were part of it), but what about the Cretaceous extinctions? No one takes seriously the notion that P-T had much to do with an ...
by Azathoth
Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: Evangelion TV Series + EoE Discussion
Topic: Impact Events and the People Who Drive Them
Replies: 103
Views: 21731

What he's getting at, I think, is that the name of "impact" is itself kind of bullshit, predicated on the public message that these cataclysmic events are literally caused by projectiles impacting on the Earth (rather than by machine gods beginning to Dead-Sea-ize the planet). ...
by Azathoth
Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Idiot Ball in Q - Lazy Writing or Thematically Poignant?
Replies: 192
Views: 29992

Full disclosure: I dislike the timeskip and that it's gutted what I thought was a nicely developing and different retelling of Evangelion. But ultimately, it's not my story, i'm not entitled to $#%, so I either deal with it or move on. I think i'll at least stick it out to see how t...
by Azathoth
Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Idiot Ball in Q - Lazy Writing or Thematically Poignant?
Replies: 192
Views: 29992

The fact that it's fourteen years is pretty important in that it shows Shinji has spent at least as much time jacking it inside Unit 01 as he has actually living. The film is very convinced that the magnitude of Shinji's fucked-upness is not widely appreciated, which is why it so belabors th...
by Azathoth
Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:09 am
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Idiot Ball in Q - Lazy Writing or Thematically Poignant?
Replies: 192
Views: 29992

I think you're very right that Shinji does not much affect the character arcs of really any other characters besides Kaworu in the movie. The most notable interaction he has with any other character is his complete failure to affect Rei in anyway by trying to pretend that she is Rei II (Rei&...
by Azathoth
Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Idiot Ball in Q - Lazy Writing or Thematically Poignant?
Replies: 192
Views: 29992

Might be good for a separate topic, but I agree with your point here. I can't imagine Asuka didn't bring it up, and that means Misato and Ritz at the least had to be thinking they might find something in there. It does make me wonder why Asuka would care, though; is Mari right, and she real...
by Azathoth
Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:15 pm
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Idiot Ball in Q - Lazy Writing or Thematically Poignant?
Replies: 192
Views: 29992

I'm gonna repost this from the last page although I was the one who posted it in the first place, because it's a lot more interesting than chat about Wille's hurt feelings imo (and is relevant to the debate of what Wille were expecting to find inside that hypercross thing). It st...
by Azathoth
Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Idiot Ball in Q - Lazy Writing or Thematically Poignant?
Replies: 192
Views: 29992

It's ironic because the horrible consequences of the failure to accept sudden, unaccountable, unfair change and move the fuck on with the situation as it is presented to you, rather than loaf about comforting yourself by fantasizing how much better it could have been if you only went back and di...
by Azathoth
Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Idiot Ball in Q - Lazy Writing or Thematically Poignant?
Replies: 192
Views: 29992

Yeah, but the looks of it Wille is what's left of that effort. I don't know if I'd say that. I mean yeah, they want to wreck Nerv's shit, but to be honest Wille seem like yet another dubiously legal paramilitary organization, using stolen alien technology to gain way more power than...
by Azathoth
Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Idiot Ball in Q - Lazy Writing or Thematically Poignant?
Replies: 192
Views: 29992

The government probably did try to stop them. Nerv HQ is shot to fuck, and it's not just because Shinji shit out the new world on top of it. When Shinji goes outside with Kaworu you can see the wall they're standing against has been bombarded at some point, and I'm pretty sure that wall ...
by Azathoth
Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Idiot Ball in Q - Lazy Writing or Thematically Poignant?
Replies: 192
Views: 29992

Yeah, there I have to agree. Shinji's suffering, even in Rebuild, is very seldom played for pure comedy. Though one sees an exception at the end of Q: in EoE, Shinji in his catatonic post-Kaworu state is an object of horror, basically a talking corpse mumbling pitiful bullshit to himself - Misat...
by Azathoth
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: Old Stickies
Topic: What anime are you watching right now? May-Nov '13
Replies: 1979
Views: 265817

DEEN's reputation seems to have been skewed by Umineko, and to a lesser extent Higurashi -- the latter aired at the same time they were also doing Simoun. Both earlier output like Marimite and later like Giant Killing get lost in the myth. I was about to say, "What about FSN"? Then I ...
by Azathoth
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Photograph
Replies: 149
Views: 44931

With something quite that traumatic, he could be younger than that -- I can date my earliest firm memory to an age of 2 years and two weeks, when this strange woman wasn't allowing me to see my mother (because she was busily giving birth to my little brother at the time). Having the adu...
by Azathoth
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Idiot Ball in Q - Lazy Writing or Thematically Poignant?
Replies: 192
Views: 29992

Az: If Shinji's not supposed to be sympathetic to either Anno or the audience what's the point of making a movie about him? Look, I know you aren't dumb enough to think this is ever legitimate question to raise about any work of art, or maybe I should say a legitimate grievance since &q...
by Azathoth
Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: The Idiot Ball in Q - Lazy Writing or Thematically Poignant?
Replies: 192
Views: 29992

Whatever Anno intended there doesn't seem to have come through to most who watched the show, even many who have been sympathetic to Shinji's portrayal up to this point. I don't know that I'd go that far; the last half of Q seems to be mostly on-message with "Oh shit, Shinji, wh...
by Azathoth
Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Old Stickies
Topic: What anime are you watching right now? May-Nov '13
Replies: 1979
Views: 265817

Just got done watching the first episode of the new Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen and oh man, is this a keeper. Takes everything I loved about the original and makes it gayer, druggier, and even more ridiculously overwrought. Not badly directed either: I must be more American than I believed, because a...
by Azathoth
Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: Film and Video
Topic: Last Movie You Watched
Replies: 1991
Views: 188113

Pacific Rim in IMAX, and there has never been a more IMAXable movie. To go back to staring at an even slightly smaller screen after this feels like a grievous sin against the movie's sensibilities. It's also MOTYAY so there's that
by Azathoth
Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Old Stickies
Topic: What anime are you watching right now? May-Nov '13
Replies: 1979
Views: 265817

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo I watched 15 episodes of it and it's so odd and interesting. Did anyone else watch it here? Gankutsuou rules, probably the best thing Gonzo ever did. Even the occasional dodgy CG almost fits in just because the artstyle is so cracked-out already, and when i...

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