Allemann wrote:You're overstating the artistic merit of Evangelion.
Not in the least. NGE is in the upper pantheon of great art. Coming from someone who's been dissecting its merit these past several years you better believe I'm ready to defend that statement.
Allemann wrote:the standard "style over substance" problem,
Hardly. If anything NGE is a perfect marriage of form and substance. Anno's cinematic language and expressive range is second to none in anime.
Allemann wrote:it's a hodgepodge of discredited ideas like psychoanalysis,
Instead of lumping all of the series' ideas under a label you need to actually provide examples that fall under it and then argue how they're false.
Allemann wrote:ignorant and inept use of Judaistic symbols and religious references
Oops! You stepped in your first pothole and VERY much against the wrong EvaGeek since I've probably done the most digging into this particular area. See HERE
. Anno's use of Christian symbolism is quite subtle (in meaning), sophisticated, and complex and something so few people, even now, fully understand. They never said it was only
"to look cool" (Anno also didn't say that) and they never said it had no other meaning (they said it had no Christian meaning), and one can translate "to look cool" into "adding aesthetic texture", which it certainly does regardless of any meaning.
Allemann wrote: a quasi-existentialistic theme (Why some fans insist it's existentialistic is something I don't get.),
Errr, because most of its core themes have roots in existentialism. There's plenty of threads on this subject for further reading.
Allemann wrote:If you're expecting to get a life's epiphany by watching a japtoon, you really have to get out of that basement.
Like Reichu said, most probably weren't expecting it. In fact, I'd say nobody was, since to expect is to place preconceived restraints on the show. Most that go into it blind and then proceed to relate the characters or themes to their own life are the ones going to get the most out of it, and obviously it's greatly impacted more than a few and that profundity has carried over to sites like this.
Allemann wrote:Or maybe the audience is uneducated and can easily get duped.
Is art only for the educated? Is theirs the only opinion worthwhile? But, more to the point, care to argue this rather ridiculous proposition against any number of EvaGeeks members who clearly ARE educated?
Allemann wrote:Is the American educational system so bad and the families so dysfunctional that today's youth is emotionally and socially catatonic to such a degree that it searches life's answers in semi-obscure foreign animation?
I don't know what the education system has to do with it, but the series' impact clearly isn't limited to America (its popularity is greatest in Japan) so if you are going to ignorantly direct this at a country, how about Japan? I also assume there are dysfunctional families and youths all over the world. Anno certainly isn't the only Asian making narrative art about this subject (see: New Wave of Taiwanese Cinema; especially Tsai Ming-liang and Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day). And, again, I don't think anyone went into NGE searching for life's answers. But as I said elsewhere I think the series did a superb job of illuminating, vitalizing and making emotionally resonant themes and philosophy I'd been long aware of.
Allemann wrote:What happened to the good old libraries where you have access to what the greatest minds have written on varieties of topics, or in extreme cases, the visit to the family shrink?
Why are books any more of a potent source for such concepts? If anything, art has always been about presenting such concepts in a manner that could make people care and emotionally understand them. That's NGE's greatest strength; it's not in the themes themselves but how it masterfully portrays them. I've read plenty of such books (fiction and non-fiction) and they ranged from dull and unenlightening to informative to genuinely insightful, provocative, and revelational (again, I found the greatest medium for expressing these ideas were fiction), but nothing has had a great an impact on my life as NGE. Why? Probably because of everything it's the only work that felt like it had been created by someone who'd been where I'd been and walked away from it and was able to distill that experience into an allegorical piece of, yes, 'entertaining' fiction that somehow made it all the more real, resonant, and affective.
Allemann wrote:If somebody's applying themes from a cartoon on his life, he's a loon. Loonier than Anno.
Don't bother arguing any of these idiotic claims, btw. You don't look like an asshole in the least.