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"Neon Genesis Evangelion"
Story

(The Story does contain Spoilers!)

(Music - Soul Refrain)

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Misato, concerned 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.

Shortly 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?

Ritsuko, 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.

Ritsuko stated 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.

The Seventeenth 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 Shinji.

Kaworu stopped 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 overmind. Maybe.

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.

What "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.

   

 

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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:

Misato "Katsuragi"
Rei "Ayanami"
Asuka "Soryu"
Ritsuko "Akagi"
Kouzou "Fuyutsuki"
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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