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curious about something... posted 05 Dec 2004, 08:12 by saintjon, Auditor

this may be one of the more lame questions you're ever going to get around here but I find myself very curious as to whether or not you've seen Evangelion and if you have what you thought of the ending. Basically for me both versions of the ending were a pretty messed up (but cool) onslaught of conceptual stuff which I'm pretty sure I'm only vaguely understanding. The reason I ask here in particular is the conflict at the very end of unification vs. identity seems like the kind of thing the mind that would give us kellhus would be right into. view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 15:12 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I think I've seen it at the video store... It's an anime feature, right? view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 17:12 by saintjon, Auditor

Yeah it's a series of just over 20 episodes I think with a full length dvd that tells how the story ends. Only the Japanese could make such a professional show about giant mutant robot battles/ this lonely kid who (I think) resents everyone around him for making him care about them so much. And there's a really funny penguin who makes the occassional cameo. Definitely it was a show with some psychological underpinnings (although I'm pretty sure the penguin had nothing to do with that!) To say the stuff that happened at the very end was bizarre is like saying the ocean is wet. :D There was definitely some big ideas in there though! I ask most people who've seen it just what they thought was going on, thought you might have something interesting to say about it. view post


posted 06 Dec 2004, 04:12 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Can't see convincing the wife to watch 20 episodes of [i:1q63wyko]anime[/i:1q63wyko]! Maybe one or two, though. view post


posted 07 Dec 2004, 00:12 by Kalief, Candidate

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a classic, very good and very smart show. Definatly a must watch for any anime fan, but I wouldn't recommomend it as an introduction to the genre, as it can be very confusing and a bit...odd at times. Watching an episode or two wouldn't really do it justice though, it's a continous story of 26 episodes, with a full feature movie showing the last few episodes from a different view (by popular demand as the ending was too confusing apparently :P). Anyway, recommended watch, classic, hated and loved series. *goes back into hiding* view post


posted 07 Dec 2004, 08:12 by neongrey, Peralogue

Honestly, Evangelion was made up as it went along, as the director was undergoing a nervous breakdown, and I think it shows. Most of the transitioning is not good, and it's got a lot of references-for-the-sake-of-references, which... mm. I'd suggest Boogiepop or Lain over Eva (and both are 13 episodes, as opposed to 26), or in terms of truly unpleasant watches, Now and Then, Here and There is... interesting. On the other hand, if you just want to go, 'wait, what the fuck just happened?', you'll never do better than Utena. ... particularly the movie, which I -don't- recommend watching before the series, which is much longer than I think you'd be willing to commit for. On the one hand, back to Eva, I can't in good conscience call it bad, but I can call it not nearly as good as it gets credit for. view post


posted 13 Dec 2004, 06:12 by saintjon, Auditor

Well, it wasn't my favourite but I liked it pretty well. Any of you guys see Ghetter Robo? LOL it's so completely mental your brain makes the rest of you sleep on the couch for a month after. Case in point: one of the very first scenes features some security guards talking about a convict who's getting released to pilot a "ghetter", the following conversation ensues: "Isn't that guy a convicted murderer?" "Yeah but the guy he killed came back so now they want him to finish the job." this is really one of the show's more logical moments. view post


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