(The Story Spoilers!)
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over the growing number of inconsistencies in what her superiors were telling her, was
prompted by Kaji (himself a spy for the Japanese government and for Seele to keep tabs on
Gendou Ikari's actions) to question what was really going on. Kaji revealed the seven-eyed
Adam to her; Misato later seduced him into telling her what he knew of what was going on.
Kaji gave her a capsule containing a data chip inscribed with his knowledge, but its
contents was never revealed to the audience.
thereafter, Seele instructed Kaji to abduct Gendou's Vice-Commander, Professor Kozo
Fuyutsuki, for intensive questioning; Kaji later released him, at the cost of compromising
his own position within NERV. Misato, who had been suspended from duty due to her
involvement with Kaji, was given back her gun and security card. Maybe Misato shot
Kaji, because he was doomed anyway and by living he endangered her own position and
ability to influence events, just as he himself was compromised. Then again, maybe she was
only crying about Kaji's getting himself killed by someone else. A good argument could be
made either way. But then, if Misato didn't kill Kaji, who did?
anticipating that Misato would try to force information from her, arranged for Shinji and
Misato to be present when she entered a restricted area of the Central Dogma. Ritsuko was
disillusioned with her lopsided relationship with Gendou and was having a severe emotional
crisis. She showed Misato and Shinji a graveyard of Evangelion skeletons from failed
experiments and told Shinji about how he had seen his mother die. Then she revealed one of
the secrets about Rei: a huge tank full of dozens of identical Rei clones. These, it
turned out, were the basis for the "dummy plug" system; each dummy plug
contained a soulless clone. Apparently three of these clones had been successively
released as the living "Rei Ayanami". Only one at a time could have a soul,
however, at least judging from what Ritsuko had to say (this is supported by a surreal
sequence immediately prior to the second Rei's self-destruction, in which she talked with
a duplicate image of herself standing knee-deep in liquid--apparently, in retrospect, the
third clone). The first Rei had been strangled by Naoko; the second sacrificed herself and
the third had recently been activated.
that she hated Rei and turned off the life support for the clone-tank, killing all the
remaining dummy-clones. Why? Probably Ritsuko, like her mother before her, knew she
couldn't compete with Rei for Gendou's affection, and this was her revenge. Ritsuko said
this wasn't murder because the clones were soulless inhuman machines. She may have been
telling the truth. Only the third Rei survived of all the clones. Ritsuko was removed from
duty and locked up by NERV.
Angel appeared in the form of a white-haired boy named Kaworu Nagisa, physically
resembling both Shinji and Rei, who was presented by Seele as a new Evangelion pilot.
Shinji was befriended by Kaworu, who shortly thereafter told Shinji that he loved him.
Shinji, isolated and desperate for contact, warmed up to Kaworu and apparently loved him
back. Soon after, Kaworu activated Asuka's Evangelion without even getting into it;
generated the most powerful AT Field on record, and easily defeated all attempts to
prevent him from reaching the Terminal Dogma, including an attack by the despondent
just short of making contact with the seven-eyed giant, however. He told Shinji that only
one being could survive the annihilation, and although Kaworu was himself immortal it need
not be him. He called the giant Adam then corrected himself and referred to it as
"Lilith." Kaworu declared that he preferred the freedom of death over eternal
life and said that Shinji was the one that "needs a future." He asked Shinji to
kill him, and, Shinji complied.
The final two
episodes of the series are hard to interpret. They represent the long-awaited Human
Completion, but are presented in a very stylistic, and occasionally downright
surrealistic, fashion. There is no entrance segue and little context to determine what is
"really" happening. Essentially, the premise is this: all humans are incomplete;
they have a gaping void in their souls which is the source of all frustration, anxiety,
despair and loneliness. Humans try to fill this void with the presence of other humans;
thus humans are incomplete as individuals. Furthermore, others are needed in order to
define one's own existence; without others, the self loses all definition and becomes
formless (which may have been what had happened to Shinji Ikari, and maybe Yui Ikari as
well). Human Completion merged all humanity into some sort of self-sufficient gestalt
The form of the
Completion is made manifest by a linking series of vignettes and montages exploring the
character and personalities of the four principal characters, Misato, Asuka, Rei, and
Shinji, as they exist within each other's minds and their own memories. Although all four
have very different personalities, they are all shown to be acting out of their need for
contact with others, which the Completion apparently supplies. The series ends with the
Completion of Shinji, who surmounts his self-loathing and neurotic need to believe others
dislike him; the ending note has Shinji accepting himself and stating that he likes being
himself. He is then congratulated by the other characters of his acquaintance, who exist
within his mind.
"objective" reality has, is left undetermined. Perhaps with the death of the
final Angel there is no such thing anymore. In the course of the Completion there was
displayed a brief alternate continuity sequence in which the Angels, NERV, and Evangelions
did not exist; the sequence was presented as a decidedly lighthearted adolescent gender
comedy. The significance of all this is up for interpretation.
Many plot threads
seem to be left unresolved. At one point in the Completion, images are momentarily shown
of Misato and Ritsuko, both dead, without any explanation given; however, Misato continues
to appear, alive, in the Completion sequences. Gainax, the Japanese company that produced
Neon Genesis Evangelion, went on to make 2 sequels as theatrical releases, Evangelion:
Death and Rebirth and The End of Evangelion.
For a more informative guide
about Death and Rebirth, and The End of Evangelion movies, go to my site dedicated
Notes: Rumor has it, that many of the last names of the Eva "cast of
characters" are taken from World War II Imperial Japanese Navy battleships. To wit:
|Unryu Class Aircraft Carrier Katsuragi
Fubuki Class Destroyer Ayanami
Soryu Class Aircraft Carrier Soryu
Akagi Class Aircraft Carrier Akagi
Akizuki Class Destroyer Fuyutsuki
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