The Origins of Kaworu Nagisa (Last revised on 17 Feb 2003)
There are 2 (as far as I'm aware) theories on the origins of Kaworu Nagisa. I'm curious to
Theory 1: Kaworu is an Angel Captured as an Embryo, with the Soul of Adam
Really only supported by:
The End of Evangelion Theatrical Program
The Fifth Children who was sent by SEELE to NERV. However, his true identity was that of the 17th Angel. It is likely that he was an Angel which had been captured by SEELE in the embryo stage.[/u] Unlike the other Angels, he has feelings quite similar to humans. The records list his birthdate as September 13th, 2000 AD. He made contact with the Third Children -- Shinji Ikari-- as a human, and although he became friends with Shinji, he was ultimately crushed to death by Eva-01 piloted by Shinji. He said that "Life and Death are of equal value," and "Only one form of life can be chosen to be given the future."
This in the RCB's (usually vague) manner, suggests that Kaworu was captured by SEELE, who then presumable brainwashed him. This would appear to be at odds with the other theory:
Believing this, it is also puzzling how an angel would acquire Adam's soul. and what happened to its own soul, presuming it even had one, if not, further questions are raised.
Theory 2: Kaworu is a Human Clone, With the Soul of Adam
This theory (that I support) is that he is a human clone (of Kihl?), with the soul of Adam, created by SEELE, supported by:
Ep 24': The Final Messenger
So you're the First Children - Ayanami... Rei.
You're the same as me...[/u]
We've both taken the lilim's form as our body to live on this planet.
“You're the same as me” – Self explanatory
Ep 24': The Beginning and the End, or “Knockin' on Heavens Door”
And in Adam, progenitor of Angels - the true successors from the lost White Moon.
And whose salvaged soul resides only within you...
This one states, that Adams soul was salvaged, which would presumably would have been by SEELE (Unless somehow, a soulless angel was to come across it, and somehow absorb it, which I don't really consider likely) The very way they say it seems to imply that they did it.
Ep 25: The World Ending
Even though he was as human as me?
Rei, states that Kaworu was as human as she was, supporting his earlier statement that they are the same, and thus that Kaworu is indeed a clone, and not a captured angel. It could be argued that Kaworu and Rei are both referring to their souls, and not their body. I find this unlikely, as while both have the souls of a Source of Life (Adam and Lilith respectively), Kaworu refers to their physical form in their meeting, and never even refers to their souls, and I consider the souls of Adam and Lilith to be too different to believe that they were referring to them.
Also, in Ep 25', we see the EVA-Series use Kaworu dummy plugs, this also adds to the evidence that Kaworu is the same as Rei.
From the evidence in the series, it does appear to support that Kaworu is a clone, despite what the RCB says. I'm curious to see what others think on the matter.
Aside: If Kaworu is the same as Rei, as suggested, then the question of how he was actually created can get interesting. The most intriguing and plausible explanation for Rei's creation was posted by MDWigs a while back:
Lets set the scene here.
Eva-01 was joined to Lilith during the experiment where Yui was absorbed (see liner note from episode 21). Presumably also Eva-01 was joined to Lilith during the experiment where they tried to salvage Yui.
This is what I think happened. They go to reconstruct Yui's body, but something goes wrong, they don't just get one reconstruction of Yui's body, they get many of them. At this point Yui is effectively absorbed into Lilith, Yui's soul is somewhere within the source of life of all humanity. They go to reconstruct a human body out of that, and they end up with a whole lot of little human bodies, clones of Yui. They then try and put Yui's soul into one of them. Yui doesn't want to go though, she doesn't want to return to physical form. Lilith's soul though, for all intents and purposes, could just be floating around in her body minding its own business. Then a bunch of scientists put her in Yui's body. Thus Rei is born. She has Yui's body (created out of the makeup of Lilith, remember Rei is not exactly like Yui, she does have blue hair and red eyes after all) but she doesn't have Yui's soul, she has Lilith's soul instead. They then go and prepare a whole lot of the other bodies that they created (still souless) and put them down in terminal dogma. Sometime later they sever Eva-01 from Lilith. Lilith is left with no legs, not soul, but lots of little legs sticking out of her. Eva-01 is left as a clone of Lilith and possessing Yui's soul.
This also ties into the “what was really going on in Antarctica?” question. Adam had bindings similar to the Eva's on him, which we know to be non-biological, there was a 14 year old girl present (Why? On a top secret research mission ). Could, someone of tried a contact experiment with Adam, and ended up creating Kaworu? Would a similar thing to what happened with Lilith even work with Adam?
Originally posted on: 27-Jul-2003, 13:23 GMT