Eva Yojimbo wrote:Anno said in a famous pre-production interview that the one thought that came to mind that inspired him to work on Eva was "you cannot run away". For him this started out as being an expression of his battle with depression, but I think he very early on saw a parallel with depression and "running away" (from life) with the Otaku's "running away" from reality and combined the two. He did say somewhere that he felt Otakuism was a form of self-imposed autism...
(You wouldn't happen to know where I can find that interview, would you?)
If Anno did truly hope to get across some message about Otakuism, the sexual elements present in Otaku culture, and Otakus running away, I'd have to say that his efforts either failed miserably because the message went over people's heads (like it did mine), or failed miserably because people recognized this message and still chose to reject it. The female characters in NGE, particularly Rei, have arguably become sex symbols more than representative of the other ideas they were meant to embody. Assuming the Otaku theory you posited is true, I wonder what Anno thinks of the result of this failure. I also wonder how much control he has had over how his characters have been marketed, because more often than not, we see only the overtly sexualized Rei and Asuka on NGE merchandise.
If the shallow fanservice present in the first two Rebuild movies is still scattered throughout the final two films, I think it might even prove the Otaku theory wrong. If it does not prove the theory wrong, it would it least confirm that he did not wish to revive his ideas about Otakuism and running away for Rebuild.
Eva Yojimbo wrote:I've often said that because of the nature of NGE's production I've always felt that it resembled improvised jazz opposed to carefully structured and composed classical. Anno sets up a lot of devices early on that he exploits later. There's enough obvious links (a ton between ep. 1 and EoE, for instance) that we have to accept that he either planned these from the beginning, or during the production he decided to take these seeds he'd planted and develop them further. If it's like most artistic creativity it was probably a bit of both. So I don't know how much it matters how much or whether or not he planned the series' subversions of its tropes like fan-service style sexuality, but I think it's VERY much there.
Eva Yojimbo wrote:Likewise, I think the more technical/intellectual/pretentious (whatever you will) terms are pouring out of me since I've been reading a lot of scholarly art analysis lately. "Polysemy" is probably a word I've encountered 10 times in the last few days.
I don't mind big words when they're used for good reason. Every word evokes a slightly different response, and it's good to choose the right one in the right situation rather than just slap down something that doesn't quite align what you're trying to say.
Eva Yojimbo wrote:I must say, you're much more engaging to discuss this with than JFaulkner.
sephiotic wrote:In anyway i ask you the same question: Is the shots of flying intestines and exposed brains plot-forwarding and good for the image of the whole evangelion movie, or will it degradate it as an unnecessary overexagerated violent movie, taking out the focus of its characters development and deep plot?
I have to say that I think the situation with the gore in Rebuild is very similar to the situation with the fanservice. Both, for no apparent reason, are increased. When I saw 1.0 initially, I thought the amount of gore present was absurd. I've gotten used to it now, but I still think a tidal wave of blood appearing after each angel dies is over-the-top.
Still, there are times in NGE when the blood and gore do hold some meaning. For example, in NGE and in Rebuild, when Unit-01 kills Bardiel there's a ton of gore, but it's there for a reason, probably more so in NGE than in Rebuild though. In NGE, the gore in this scene is completely shocking because prior to that, there'd never been so much gore in a scene. It's starkness shows the audience the animalistic reality of the Evas. After seeing the utter depravity of Unit-01, the audience puts the Evas on the same level as the angels, thus giving the Evas new meaning.