It’s easy to dislike poor Shinji. He’s passive and males are supposed to be aggressive. He’s supposed to love Rei but he’s fascinated with Asuka. He’s supposed to be the hero but time and again he quits, and other people die because he does. He doesn’t fit in with other anime stereotypes; he doesn’t kick […]Read more "Character Analysis: Shinji Ikari"
A Certain Retailer Who Shall Remain Nameless Unless They Want to Pay for Ad Space Here and A Certain Publisher Who Shall etc. have both posted that March 30 is the birth date of the one and only, the sweetheart of Seven Continents, Ms. Rei Ayanami. Happy birthday, Rei! The birthday girl her own self. […]Read more "Happy Birthday, Rei!"
I don’t think it’s an original observation that the fundamental driving force in Neon Genesis Evangelion is love. The basic plot is driven by Gendo’s love for his lost wife Yui and his desire to find/recreate/rescue her. The resolution, at least as expressed in the manga version and The End of Evangelion OVA, is driven […]Read more "Love is the Drug: Neon Genesis Evangelion"
With Neon Genesis Evangelion (and the two follow-up OVAs that tried to turn the ending coherent) dropping on Netflix, a bunch of us have the chance to go back and look at it again. I make no bones about the fact that up until now I have based my analyses of the story and characters […]Read more "Character Analysis: Asuka Langley Soryu"
Okay, I don’t know how many of you feel this way, but I am exited that the original Neon Genesis Evangelion, plus the two “alternative ending” films (Death(True) and End of Evangelion) is dropping on Netflix. Boom. They drop on FRIDAY! SQUEEEEEEE! Er. Ahem. Just pretend I didn’t say that. But, to be fair to […]Read more "Related Post: EVA Dropping"
Rei Ayanami is one of the most fascinating characters in anime history. Period. Final. Full stop. Now, let’s be honest with ourselves. Anime has a lot of things going for it. It can be exciting. It can be profound. It can be heart wrenching. But at the same time it’s cartoons, okay? You know, cartoons. […]Read more "Character Analysis: Rei Ayanami"
I’ve written several times about the use of three characters in set roles as a device to create narrative tension or drive plot in a story. There’s the Eternal Triangle: two people vying for the affection of a third, as in Citrus. There’s the Mind, Body, Soul trio we saw in School-Live! (and other places). […]Read more "The Power of Three, Broken: Neon Genesis Evangelion"