Normie's Guide to Understand Evangelion

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Normie's Guide to Understand Evangelion

Postby Insert_blank » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:12 pm

This thread is disgusting. NGE is a deconstruction (not parody) of mecha and has many similar elements to the first ""real robot" show Gundam. For example the Western meme "get in the robot" is literally the plot of EVERY mecha show with a young protagonist. Amuro Ray in Gundam spends an entire mini arc sitting in his room crying and suffering from PTSD as a child soldier but people act like NGE was the first to do this.

Then like Zebra said this show is really just an edgy Ultraman homage. Anno is a massive Ultraman fan especially Ultra Seven which is why the Nerv outfits look like they do. Also the capsule the pilots sit in inside their Evas look like the transformation device that they use in the original Ultraman. The 5 minute time limit is an homage to the color timer than Ultraman has on his chest.

The psychological aspects of NGE were ground-breaking at the time and in general the show does a good job of building off te backs of previous Japanese meda and it's popularity speaks for itself but Western misinterpretations that have held since the mid 90s should be wiped away in this day and age.

Here is an ass of things you should watch BEFORE you watch NGE or at least afterwards to see where everything came from:
1. Mobile Suit Gundam '79 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Suit_Gundam   (The archetype for "real robot" mecha japanimations)
2. Space Battleship Yamato https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Battleship_Yamato (One of the first japanimations in general, not just in sci-fi genre to have a serialized plot where events from oe episode matter at the beginning of the next one)
3. Ultraman/ Ultraseven  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_Seven (The original tokusatsu classic giant monster show. Anno's favorite and well-known in Japan to be the main influence in NGE)
4. Blue Blazes (manga or lie action drama) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aoi_Hon%C5%8D ( A humorous look at the second generation japanimation and anime book artists going to college in the early 80s. A good history lesson)
5. Otaku no Video https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku_no_Video (This is basically the most important oVA Gainx ever produced. It's a gonzo look into the world of he so-called "otaku" made by otaku.)
6. Insufficient Direction (no link. this is an nime book series by his wife circa 2005 that shows Anno's character and explains his obsession with japanese media)
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Re: Normie's Guide to Understand Evangelion

Postby Insert_blank » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:23 am

Realistically you shouldn't even watch Evangelion just watch moe shit
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Re: Normie's Guide to Understand Evangelion

Postby AnnoyedZebra » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:15 am

you could get a similar but better experienceby just watching the second quarter of Gurren Lagann or get a far superior experience by taking a moment to view the world around you in all its beauty
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