I'm glad you guys got to the juicy parts - had I brought them up, they might have been taken for the ravings of a KawoShin fangirl... ;)
:PARTIAL SUMMARY EDITED WITH SOME MORE DETAILS:
I'm glad you did, I’m really glad that you’ve gone through the trouble to find all of this and share it with us, it really does give out a much better look at the thought behind Kaworu’s design, these scripts and the magazine sources you gave us really are going to fill in some of the gaps, thanks
I'm glad to be able to share it, I'm really grateful someone took the time to type it all for other fans (I just found it after all, the real benefactor is that webmster!) I really do think there's a wealth of info that might shed some light on the anime, manga and possibly even Rebuild version...
I thought it was about time to bring some 'fresh' (old) materials into the K/S discussion, too...
I guess these materials might be relevant to better understanding Anno's interviews - if we ever manage to find them!
I wonder if this has any tie to the transfer student theme that is constantly thrown into all sorts of EVA stuff, and I guess it looks like Asuka getting back by spreading rumors through gossip really wasn’t something thought of only for the games...
I wonder too.
As for Asuka... IIRC, in the First Draft
, she sees Kaworu and Shinji talking and laughing at NERV HQ (Shinji had been avoiding Kaworu early on, even though at that point he's chosen to deny it - but we'll get back to this later). Shinji and Kaworu start hanging around together a lot, so when their classmates notice that Shinji has been daring to cling to their Kaworu-sama, Asuka tells them that those two are an item.
The girls start spreading the rumor right away. Asuka looks repentant for a second, then she goes
and pretends not to know/see.
Given what happens later, I'm not quite sure whether she was being mischievious or serious in her assessment of the situation though...
IIRC, after Shinji ditches Kensuke's party (to celebrate Touji's discharge from the hospital) to hang out with Kaworu (saying he had a previous engagement) they go to the mole to look at the ruins of the sumberged old city from 15 years ago.
Kaworu starts an enigmatic little speech about a man who lost his wife (more on that later maybe?)
Then he proposes they swim. Shinji objects he has no swimsuit but Kaworu says they are both boys and no one's around - they can just swim naked. And he dives in. Shinji starts taking off his clothes.
Shinji is lagging a bit behind Kaworu. He stares in fascination as Kaworu's limbs float in the water.
Kaworu is advancing to the open sea, but Shinji doesn't move any further. Kaworu turns toward him and tells him to come. Shinji confesses he can't swim, so that's as far as he can go. Kaworu tells him he can just cling to him - when Shinji finally moves, he retracts his hand. Shinji starts going down and Kaworu grabs him and holds him, amused at the discovery that Shinji really cannot swim! Shinji goes, "And I believed you..." then he buries his face into Kaworu's shoulder and starts crying for no apparent reason.
Later, as they put their clothes back on, they're admiring the sun setting as it colors the sky in green.
Shinji notices scars on Kaworu's wrist.
Kaworu asks Shinji why he was crying, was he afraid of the sea? Shinji replies he doesn't know - he doesn't understand himself. He thought he wanted to sink in the sea and die. Kaworu asks why. Shinji finally admits he HAD been avoiding Kaworu: compared to Kaworu, he is a miserable and insignificant person.
When they are together, he feels like he's going crazy, and yet, whenever he can't see him, he becomes unbearably anxious... Kaworu shouldn't associate with such a paltry person as himself.
He feels he wants to die.
It gets dark, Shinji says he can't see Kaworu's face anymore.
He starts confessing to him (カヲル君、僕は君のことが・・・)
But Kaworu interrupts him, saying, sorry, he doesn't want that.
He says they'll go back separately cause he doesn't want to hurt Shinji any further. As he leaves, Shinji is left alone in an abyss of despair.
Asuka is playing Famicon with PenPen.
Misato comes out of Shinji's room with a tray of cooled down food. Shinji has shut himself in his room and hasn't even eaten anything. He's not running a fever but Misato is wondering if they should bring him to the hospital. Asuka is the one to realize the reason of Shinji's slump is due to lovesickness, from his having been rejected. Misato finally starts to realize and Asuka confirms she's talking about the Fifth. (Misato and her big mouth later spread the info to Ritsuko in no uncertain terms... -.-; )
Misato is wondering if they should bring him to the doctor. Asuka is the one to realize the reason of Shinji's slump is due to lovesickness, from his having been rejected. Misato finally starts to realize and Asuka confirms she's talking about the Fifth. (Misato and her big mouth later spread the info to Ritsuko in no uncertain terms... -.-; )
Asuka even goes to Shinji's room to cheer him up in her own way, but the miserable puppy doesn't want any of that and even tells her not to touch him.
I hope this little summary was useful...?
More later maybe?
Unlike Shinji, I need breakfast now...
Uh, and should the fanvideos based of the scripts also go here?
Sure, if you think they are relevant to the topic. You know I love seeing them! ;) Or maybe you could make a separate topic to collect them all?
Synapsid wrote:I really do wonder how the audience would have taken this rather open version I'm sure that turning what was wrapped as a mecha/shonen show into yaoi would have been a rather funny way of trolling...
Trolling Value: OFF THE SCALE!
It would have been a rather revolutionary scene for a "mecha" anime, I think - we're still waiting for a mecha anime hero to go quite so openly there, aren't we?
It's also interesting to note, IMO, that the Second
Draft, while still tragic, is the one with the kiss and a seemingly less one-sided relationship... (Although Kaworu's true feelings aren't that clear-cut to me in the First Draft either, considering his last scene especially...)
Uncharacteristically for me, I admit I love the poignant, angsty first draft scene and how it reads as a little novel... but the kiss scene in the second draft is also very interesting, not to mention intriguing in its odd placidity...