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Postby TastyCap » Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:36 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone!

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:By way of warning, Asuka is one of the more obviously rebuilt characters in the Rebuilds, starting with the name change (Shikinami instead of Sohryu).

That's unfortunate. I knew about the name change, but a friend who's seen the Rebuilds assured me that she still gets a focus. I'm open to different incarnations and continuities taking liberties with characters, but altering a character as dear to me as Asuka is probably going to leave a sour taste in my mouth. I guess we'll find out soon!

View Original Postbaldur wrote:I'll give you the same advice as I did the person before you and say that the Rebuilds should be approached more as sequels than remakes (in a spiritual and thematic sense, not literally). And again, fair warning, these films are extremely divisive. I hope you give them a fair shake.

I've heard about the controversial reception to the Rebuilds, and I'm well-prepared for it. The original series, as much as I love it, is a draining watch. I wouldn't be opposed to seeing an Evangelion adaptation that's tonally lighter and less focused on intensive character studies, and the Rebuilds sound like they fit the bill. The original show has its purpose and serves it well. After 26 episodes and a movie of pure torture for these characters, I don't mind seeing them in something that leans more into the action and mecha aspects of the franchise, and I'm already pretty open-minded when it comes to different interpretations of things I enjoy. Besides, what's the fun of seeing a 1:1 exact remake of something?

I'm still bummed out that I missed the speculation leading up to the final Rebuild film, but better late than never. I'm sure there will be more Evangelion content to discuss in the future. There's no way Khara will let a cash cow like NGE die completely. Nearly every large franchise that I once thought had effectively finished has resurrected itself in one form or another in the past decade, and I don't think Evangelion will be an exception.

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Postby baldur » Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:30 pm

View Original PostTastyCap wrote:I've heard about the controversial reception to the Rebuilds, and I'm well-prepared for it. The original series, as much as I love it, is a draining watch. I wouldn't be opposed to seeing an Evangelion adaptation that's tonally lighter and less focused on intensive character studies, and the Rebuilds sound like they fit the bill. The original show has its purpose and serves it well. After 26 episodes and a movie of pure torture for these characters, I don't mind seeing them in something that leans more into the action and mecha aspects of the franchise, and I'm already pretty open-minded when it comes to different interpretations of things I enjoy. Besides, what's the fun of seeing a 1:1 exact remake of something?

I'm still bummed out that I missed the speculation leading up to the final Rebuild film, but better late than never. I'm sure there will be more Evangelion content to discuss in the future. There's no way Khara will let a cash cow like NGE die completely. Nearly every large franchise that I once thought had effectively finished has resurrected itself in one form or another in the past decade, and I don't think Evangelion will be an exception.

I'll be interested in hearing what you think of the films, I hope you'll share your thoughts with us over on the Rebuild board after you get around to watching them. Many on that board are quarantining themselves from spoilers so there's still that little bit of time left for speculation when it comes to the final film.

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Postby Kukapetal » Sat Mar 20, 2021 2:52 pm

Hi, I’m Kukapetal. I first watched the series when I was in my early 20s back in the early 2000s, but did a rewatch last summer and have been thinking about it a lot since then. Just looking for a place to talk about it with others. I have to admit I’m a tiny bit nervous about joining this forum since so many people here seem pretty hardcore....I hope I don’t annoy others or embarrass myself too much. But the depth of knowledge many of the people here have is also really impressive and and I’ve really been enjoying reading the theories and debates I’ve found in the boards. Anyway, I hope there’s a place here for a woman who’s just getting back into things after a very long hiatus from the series, and I hope I’m able to contribute in a positive way.

Nice to meet everyone :)

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Postby Mr. Tines » Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:15 pm

View Original PostKukapetal wrote:I have to admit I’m a tiny bit nervous about joining this forum since so many people here seem pretty hardcore...
Think like this -- everyone had to start from the beginning themselves. Coming in at this point, there's at least the new movie that only a few have yet seen, so the playing field is quite level there. My confession is that after having resolved the sci-fi story to my satisfaction, much of the deeper lore excavation passes me by, seeming like fitting patterns to noise (quite literally in one case, where an imperfection in the original film material was taken as something of significance within the story).
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Postby baldur » Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:41 pm

View Original PostKukapetal wrote: I have to admit I’m a tiny bit nervous about joining this forum since so many people here seem pretty hardcore....I hope I don’t annoy others or embarrass myself too much. But the depth of knowledge many of the people here have is also really impressive and and I’ve really been enjoying reading the theories and debates I’ve found in the boards.

I only started taking an active part in discussions on here earlier this month. I was similarly intimidated, but I like to think I've acclimated. That first step is what matters the most. Glad to have you on board with us!
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Postby Ninafost » Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:57 pm

I just managed to catch up on the three Rebuild movies, and it's fair to say I've got a heck of a lot of reading to do. It definitely started pretty similarly to the regular series, but now it's strayed off on it's own.

My only early gripe, and it's probably more a matter of personal preference, is that in the original series I really felt like Asuka was just as integral to the story as Shinji, or at least as close one could be without being the protagonist, but it feels like in the Rebuild she takes on a far more secondary role, which is a shame because I really think she's an amazing character.
Although she does look pretty cool with the eye-patch! :wink:

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Postby baldur » Sun Mar 21, 2021 12:53 am

You got through them pretty quickly! And yes, the Rebuild films are definitely more Shinji-centered. Here's hoping for plenty of Asuka in 3.0+1.0, though.

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Postby Kukapetal » Sun Mar 21, 2021 7:27 pm

Thank you both for the warm welcome! I’ll do my best to remember we were all noobs at one point, and try and relax a bit. Just knowing I can finally talk with others who are interested in the series def. makes me happy.

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Postby Line » Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:23 am

I'm going to dare to say this on EvaGEEK forum.

You know, at the end of the day, it's just an anime like thousand of others, don't feel like you have to be diplomated from some sort of "Understanding Evangelion" school thinking, and be free to have and add any interpretations you like, as foolish as they might be.

That's being said, it do not mean that's, if you want to pull of some grand sophisticated, complicated, thought on Eva or whatever you have to restraint yourself of whatever.

Eva fans who said they understand everything and that's if you don't agree with their visions of it, then you are a horrible/stupide personne are beyond condescending and exasperating.

Now, however, the low fast food quality content of Eva posts like reddit or instagram styles or tumblr...cough cough are as much as exasperating.

Now that's all being said, welcome to Evageek and have a good stay! :exalt:
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Postby Vic Guard » Fri Mar 26, 2021 3:20 am

Welcome, denizens of the EvaGeeks community. My name is Vic and I'm quite a fan of anime, including Evangelion.

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Postby TastyCap » Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:39 am

View Original PostVic Guard wrote:Welcome, denizens of the EvaGeeks community. My name is Vic and I'm quite a fan of anime, including Evangelion.

Welcome! Enjoy your stay!

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Postby Line » Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:58 am

Welcome, Vic and TastyCap! :wink:
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Postby Asugran233 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:46 am

Hello, my name's is Asugran233 and my favorite Evangelion Character is Asuka.
How did it start? Well, I don't know, it started with a meme that I found on the net or from the NSFW page that I was browsing (yes, I was a pervert), and there was Asuka who I liked later, although she sneaked on me sometimes, but I still find her cool.

In December-January 2020-2021, I watched Evangelion on Netflix, but in Japanese with subtitles, later I finished Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0-3.0 and so on it all went. :asuka_wink:

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Postby Vic Guard » Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:56 am

Hey, welcome here!

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Postby VindexTD » Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:40 pm

Greetings, fellow Lilin, I'm Vincent.

I am, in reality, by no means new to Evageeks, let alone the franchise. No, I've been an avid fan ever since the day the franchise changed my life back when I was 15; I'm 22 now. Shortly thereafter, I made an account on here, but barely ever used it or this site.

Evangelion has brought me so many things that I cannot even begin to describe, but most of all, all things considered, it has given me 2 things: A mirror to truly see myself and a window to see everything else so much more clearly. There are many ways in which it has impacted bigger and smaller aspects of my life, including more concrete things like me meeting many of my friends or more subtle concepts like meaning, joy, ambition.
I don't know about you; it may sound far fetched, but it is what it is. Evangelion not only showed me beauty in itself and the messages it carried, but truly taught me to see that beauty elsewhere for myself.

It was around that time that I also had the pleasure of experiencing the most euphoric phase of my life, partially attributed to NGE as well.
This phase gave rise to experiences, lessons, emotions and an image of myself, as well as memories thereof, that I still hold immense value to. It was the time, I feel, when I truly started to live, in a way; unbound from the pain and confusions of the childhood prior to it. Additionally, thanks to Eva, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the most wonderful people that I could have ever asked for in this life and any other. They, too, have defined much of what I am and know and I sincerely hope that they can say the same about me.

To this day, I look back at these motifs and images and see the purest form of myself within them, unsoiled by the stains that had yet to come and truly whole. And Evangelion is one of the major keys, major connections, through which I tap back into this realm. Unfortunately, many recordings and images of that time were lost in a traumatising event, the effects of which I still feel to this day, but that has never truly severed the connection to this past of mine.
Especially after those dreadful experiences, Evangelion and all the other things - images, songs, media - of that time carried for me the memories I needed to remind myself of who I am and that everything is going to be okay, let alone the people from that time that I've still got the pleasure of keeping close.
In the end, I know I am not the exact same individual I was back then, but that's okay, for I know I am both new and old. The 15yo boy with a golden heart never really ceased to exist.


Other, more general and less existential details about myself: I'm a lot of things, I guess. Human, for one, I'd hope.
I am an artist: I illustrate, I write, I have recently dabbled in music, and I guess we can all consider ourselves artists in the mere way our mind can paint and create things. I am a library clerk and love me some good books, albeit that I don't really read much to begin with, but it doesn't stop me from appreciating a good read, obviously. I've graduated from econ and tradesmanship college... No, not uni and no, I don't really like salaryman work, I did it for the education and boi, was it worth it, for all the experiences, social, personal and scholar alike, were worth more than what the mere scholar subjects could have ever promised. My ultimate goal is to become clinical psychotherapist (psychologist, not psychiatrist) and if all goes well, education shall commence next year. Psychology is, in my opinion, the most beautiful science there can be. There is nothing more beautifully grotesque and grotesquely beautiful than the abstractness and complexity of the human mind. A subject matter also introduced to me through NGE, unsirprisingly.
Last but not least: I'm just... fucking complicated in what I would hope are harmless ways; A lot to tell, there is, I guess.


I have come here today to once more reconnect with this aforementioned past, for one, but there's more to it this time.
I've had to battle great discrepancies much too recently that alianated me from myself. The nostalgia brought about by the spring is the kickstart in the right direction that I needed and here I am. Aside from that, however, I felt like it's time for me to meet some more people again, and in particular: people of a group I KNEW I would be part of. Sadly, Covid has eliminated most options for me to look for that IRL, but it's not as though I'd ever had any issues making friends online.
Additionally, I have also begun to present myself through my artist persona, this one I have right now, as a way to be able to truly show who I am and, admittedly, satiate my desire for expression and acknowledgement by having at least some souls on the receiving end.

Aside from that, an unhealthy amount of responsibilities, and the vices I've ended up falling into in response, have been taking up too much of my attention for a while now, let alone my mental energy, and here I am doing something about it by reconnecting with the art piece that has brought me so much joy, as well as the people who can probably, possibly, hopefully, understand exactly where I'm coming from.
Hell, I've been so out of touch that I have, to my dismay, been completely oblivious the release of Eva 3.0 + 4.0. Fucking dreadful, I know. DREADFUL-
Especially after my sister gifted me Evangelion Anima 1, it was that much clearer to me that I had missed out on too much and that this here was the place I needed to start settling in. Be it for my own well being or just the fucks of socialising with you lot, I am eagerly looking forward to getting to know this community better and reconnecting with the biggest "thing" of my teenage years, through the people I'd hope are as bloody awesome as is to be expected for someone with great taste.

TL;DR: Henlo, I'm a bit too much of an open book! :v
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Postby Zusuchan » Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:54 am

Hi, VindexTD! I hope you'll enjoy your stay here and will manage to better yourself and reconnect with NGE.

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Postby VindexTD » Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:35 am

View Original PostZusuchan wrote:Hi, VindexTD! I hope you'll enjoy your stay here and will manage to better yourself and reconnect with NGE.


My thanks, Zusu!
I'm happy to be here and sure that this'll be a good time.
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Postby Natalie the Cat » Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:13 pm

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:As you would see if you checked some of the last posts on that account, Chuckman has transitioned, so no longer wished to be associated with a dead name.


I am that person, fyi.

Edit: Sorry for the necro lol

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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:40 pm

View Original PostNatalie the Cat wrote:I am that person, fyi.
We had conjectured thus, but were respecting your privacy on the matter.
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Postby Natalie the Cat » Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:51 pm

Yeah I'm open about being trans but I tend to avoid *that name* like the plague. I've been on the fence about making the connection, having seen what's happened to other transwomen on the internet with deadnaming and harassment.


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