Forgive me, Shinji.
Have you considered reblogging character analysis essays? I ask because there's some really eyeopening ones I've read lately, mostly on fiendswithbenefits ' analysis page. There's also a very fascinating Kaji analysis on fujiij 's blog. I'd like to see some of them on this blog because there doesn't seem to be a tumblr blog that gathers all NGE metas in one place. (You shouldn't have to publish this, just letting you know.)
I’ll reblog essays once in a black moon, but only if they fit the content of this particular blog. If there’s something I’m trying to say about a certain character, theme, relationship, or image, I’ll try my best to say it myself; The Evangelion Complex is largely based around my perspective rather than many. It sounds a bit egotistical, but it’s mainly to keep the integrity and identity of a single, distinct outlook on the series, which I like to think people follow for, be it in images, text, or video.
Also, I love answering and responding to Asks in my Inbox, but it would be highly appreciated if Askers could avoid anonymous messages; it’s difficult to respond to some without the option to send a private message back to the sender and ask for further context or simply make a response without having to make a post on the blog about it. So that said, everybody feel free to send as many ID-inclusive messages and questions as you’d like! I’ve been neglecting my Inbox as of late, and I want to make a change in that soon.
TOUCH - An Ode to Evangelion
featuring Touch by Daft Punk & Paul Williams
From death to rebirth. From deconstruction to reconstruction. From the highest highs to the lowest lows. The shattered world’s best and brightest are some of the most broken and dark of souls. All humanity has is humanity itself, and nobody can figure themselves out well enough to connect with others. In the season of its impending doomsday, the world seems distant and hopeless, but even so, within the palm of everyone’s hand is an offering of the most life-affirming kind: touch.
This is Evangelion.
Dedicated to every fan and follower of the blog who has helped it to continuously to grow and thrive amongst the Evangelion fanbase. This is my pinnacle for what I’ve been able to do in an attempt to show and share my love for this awe-inspiring series, and something I’ve wanted to do for a very, very long time. That time is now.
Thank you all.
I’d consider it as long as they’re relevant to the blog’s content, as well as either persuasive or objective in the form of essays or meta posts. Images just need to be in the same vein as those previously posted on the blog, with visual/thematic parallels or comparisons. As with asks, it’s also be appreciated for the sender to use their personal handle as opposed to Anonymous, so that I can privately reply for whatever reason (including if I don’t think I can respond adequately on a certain topic that I have yet to research or think over).
There can always be exceptions, as I don’t necessarily have a concrete policy, but those are the general expectations.
Thanks for asking!
Anno has said his work doesn't have the meaning many people think it does but he has also said that in life you have to find your own meanings to big questions. Considering you love to analyse Eva, what do you think about this? Do you think Anno is just saying this to push people to figure stuff out for themselves? Because there are moments of symbolism that clearly have specific meaning to them. I don't think he was just thinking of all this imagery off the top of his head.
Good question. Imagery is often much easier to tie together when working with parallels, but dissecting thematic meaning itself can often be heavily dependent on interpretation. When Hideaki Anno says that his work doesn’t have the same meaning many fans think it does, he’s speaking from the perspective of a creator. Things like visuals align in a much more objectively connected way under his direction, and the characters he writes become fleshed out to where they have a life of their own.
Creating a work as intricate of Evangelion will always open it to various forms of interpretation, so, in a way when he says that many people see it as holding a different kind of meaning, he’s not condemning, but accepting the fact that he’s created something larger than himself. It’s a pure display of both the death of the author and high artistic value, used to elicit varied, complex emotions from the beholder, and Evangelion, having reached that point to the extent in which it can’t be said that it, the entire series, or one instance within it, truly only has one singular meaning.
As for what I attempt to do with this blog in relation to Hideaki’s work and outlook on it, I try to assess what has been presented as logically and objectively as I can, thinking about what the value of the themes could be and weighing them against others in the grand scheme, in an attempt to express a central concept and explain the value in it. I, like many, view Evangelion emotionally, but my emotions are informed more and more by the layers in it that I continue to reveal to myself - and attempt to share on here.
It’s important to abandon the concept of simple wish fulfillment in the series, as it is prominent in the themes that change, though unpleasant must be faced head-on. I accept the realities of each entry, putting aside how they make me feel on an emotional level, happy or sad, and assess what’s relevant to it as art, trying to do it as objectively as I can. At the end of the day, it can only be considered interpretive as opposed to one binding truth, and I wouldn’t have it any other way; that’s the beauty of Evangelion.
I think people appreciate this blog because the analysis feels right to them, whether it makes them feel unhappy or hopeful, and it seems in-line with the tone of the series, rather than pandering to a specific ideal for the story and the characters therein. It’s Evangelion viewed objectively and with an attention to detail, and I continue to find astonishing value in doing so for this blog and my own personal understanding of such a tremendous work of art.