Possible evidence that might lend to the Sequel Theory

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Possible evidence that might lend to the Sequel Theory

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Postby n2eva » Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:42 pm

The titles of the Rebuild films might lend to the sequel theory. The idea is that the new movies aren't a retelling of the TV series, but actually are sequels that follow The End of Evangelion finale. Shinji, as well as Asuka(?), chose to remain as individual human forms, but are effectively "half gods" as a result. The rebuilds are Shinji's new made reality that at least begin similarly to the events of the show. He wants to do things over again.

The titles of the new series might be evidence of this. When read with the word in parenthesis included, it's referring to the base / true reality seen at the end of End of Evangelion. When read without the highlighted word, it's referring to the state of Shinji's new fabricated reality and the possible personal growth potential in it.

Titles followed by a brief explanation of how they pertain to the base reality followed by how they relate to the new reality (read without parenthesis):

You Are (Not) Alone - Shinji isn't alone as Asuka is shown to be with him / As with the TV series, he's dealing with a great deal of loneliness

You Can (Not) Advance - He can't advance or grow more as a person, the way he is in the post Third Impact world / he can advance or achieve some personal growth in the loose repeat of the new reality

You Can (Not) Redo - In base reality, he can't redo or relive his experiences / He can relive this portion of his life as he wants to

The fact that the movies are called Rebuilds could be thought of as meaning Shinji's "rebuild" of reality. Maybe the third Rebuild title, Thrice Upon a Time, suggests that there'll be a yet another reset. That would be three realities - the base or true one, Shinji's reset, and another new reset.
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Re: Possible evidence that might lend to the Sequel Theory

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Postby Arcadia's legacy » Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:50 pm

Unlikely. Unit-01/Yui was the one to achieve godhood in EoE, not Shinji. That, and the movie made a pretty big deal over the fact that escaping from reality Never actually solved the problems Shinji was facing, and it could only be achieved by facing reality (and by extension, other people). To have Shinji create a new reality after EoE would tell us that he hasn't really learned anything, which kinda undermines the film.
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Postby Blockio » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:07 pm

+1 to what Arcadia said. Anno has made it a pretty big point that escapism is a bad thing, and "Rebuild as a literal escape into another world" goes against every fibre of that.
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