Episode two impression : so how 'bout them ceilings huh?
I want to start this log by commenting about might be my favourite aspect of the show yet - its’ sound. Or rather, should I say, its’ lack of sound. The way the shows contrast moments of lowd mayhem and mellow ambiance is really fantastic, and is a great way to give a breadth and a space to the environments, and cutting between contemplative moments of Shini in his bed to seeing him deal with the after math of a huge battle felt horrifying (in a very good way). it’s just really fantastic, in a way I haven’t seen many other animated media attempt. I like in particular the way it uses echo in large halls and rooms in order to entrench the viewer in the environment. It also made me wish that I could know japaneze so that I could follow along whenever there are multiple sound sources in the same scene, which is another thing that I am enjoying about this show- I allways appreciate it when a scene has stuff going on in both the forground and the background, as it keeps my mind active and engaged in the events(although it could become overbearing if one abuses that technique).
To iterate upon my addendum comment from episode 1, I continue to be befuddled by the existence of ‘fanservice’ in this show, particularly because the show doesn’t seem to have a great enthusiasm for it’s existence. Not only is it incredibly jarring in terms of editing ( a scene that is entirely focused on Shinji’s mental struggles suddenly takes a 3 minute interlude to let us stare at Katsuragi’s ass, only to return into its’ somber tone a moment later). The funny thing is, the fanservice isn’t even especially tittilating. it comes and goes very quickly without much fanfare, almost like the makers of the show were forced to include it just to matk it down on some checklist. I’d have to assume this stuff exists only for marketing purposes? It seems oddly off-handed otherwise.
One thing I’m still waiting to be keyed on is how exactly does any of the show tie thematically into evangelism, or even christianity at all for that matter. The show clearly has a will to contemplate faith/godhood, what with its’ main antagonists being nicknamed ‘Angels’ and the show being named ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’, but I’m really not sure what it’s going for. I’m led to believe the ‘neon’ is actually reffering to ‘neo’(new), and with ‘genisis’ and ‘evangelion’(is that even a real word?), the assumption is that the show is somehow focused on a gosspel for a new form of godhood/faith - presumably one that is brought forth by a belief that the either/both the units and/or the ‘Angels’ are god-like beings that must be worshipped? That would be my best assumption.
This also brings me to my last observation regarding the episode: The ‘Angel’ and the eva-1 unit are uncannily similar, in a way that would seem to suggest that the unit has some kind of basis in alien technology. The unit is capable of healing, transforming and creating protective energy fields in an almost identical manner to that of the Angel, and after the fight we get a glimpse of the inside of the armour of a repairing unit which seems to show some kind of organic material being used to repair it. This re
ally does make me wonder of just how influenced this show was by Ender’s game, considering how many of it’s plot developments were laid out similarly - Several waves of alien invasion, using the enemy tech to win the war, child soldiers being an ace-in-the-hole for the human forces, heavy themes of christianity etc.
I really wish I had better understanding or knowledge of robot design so that I could comment on the Eva units. The only real observation I have is - Why do they have mouths? Is there a purpose for that?
That’l be all, thanks for reading. Read ya tomorow.