I can still remember the first time I watched the final moments of RahXephon. I remember the dingy college apartment, the hand-me-down couch, the giant CRT television and my brand new combination VCR and DVD player. I had just started renting anime from the comic store in the next town. I remember just being blown […]Read More What I talk about when I talk about RahXephon
I reached the end of watching Evangelion, and I still need to work through my final thoughts on the show, but there are still a bunch of things I don’t think rise to the level of needing a post, but I do want to bring up. First, though, I want to thank everyone who read […]Read More The Odds and Ends of Evangelion
Kaoru may be the most difficult character to talk about authoritatively in Evangelion. Part of the problem is he has so much baggage around him. Shinji, by all appearances, is attracted to him on an emotional level, and, maybe, on a physical level. Instead of making things more clear, this homoeroticism makes understanding Kaoru harder. […]Read More Shinji perfect or the only real angel: The riddle of Kaoru
I’ve been writing about Evangelion for about a month now. I’ve likely crossed the 10,000-word mark, and I haven’t really needed to revisit an earlier post. Until today that is. A little more than a month ago, I wrote a post examining how Shinji and Gendo treated Rei differently because they saw her differently. I […]Read More Rei Ayanami’s journey to being a real girl — a tale of glasses and hospital rooms
Sometimes there is a single moment in a show where it writes its main theme large for all to see. That moment comes when Shinji is isolated in the darkness with only himself (and his mother) in Episode 16. I know a lot of Eva’s titles are meaningful, but the title on this one has […]Read More This is the dark heart of Evangelion
Way back when in the old days, I wrote a series of analyses where I tried to group mecha pilots into two categories based on how they interact with the government. On the one hand, you have Arthurian heroes who are gifted a magic piloting robot powers and have a choice about what kind of […]Read More Shinji Ikari is a giant cockroach. Where Evangelion and Franz Kafka meet.
I officially made it past the halfway point. I reached episode 14, and I’m ready to talk about angels. For the one or two possible people reading this that somehow isn’t familiar with the debates surrounding Neon Genesis Evangelion, a lot of people make a lot of hay about the religious symbolism in the series. […]Read More What would it mean if Evangelion is a new Gospel?