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The video provides a detailed analysis of the hospital scene from The End of Evangelion, examining the character development of Shinji and the meaning behind his actions. It delves into the psychological and emotional struggles of the protagonist, offering insights into his relationships with Asuka and other characters. The scene's symbolism, religious overtones, and the director's intention to manipulate viewer emotions are explored in depth.
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This section introduces the analysis of the hospital scene from The End of Evangelion and explains the structure of the essay.
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Evangelion is a franchise that generates a lot of discussion among fans.
The hospital scene from The End of Evangelion is considered extreme even for this extravagant franchise.
The video essay aims to analyze the scene and provide an interpretation.
The essay will follow a structured approach, starting with the surface-level interpretation and gradually delving deeper into the series.
Shinji's depression worsens after Kaworu's betrayal and death.
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Kaworu was the only one who confessed his love to Shinji and understood him.
Despite their non-traditional relationship, Kaworu benefited Shinji by accepting him for who he was and helping him open up to others.
Kaworu's betrayal and death caused Shinji to spiral deeper into depression.
In this section, the relationship between Asuka and Shinji changes forever, as Asuka's desire for support from Shinji evolves into love, while Shinji falls in love with her. However, their understanding of love differs, with Asuka viewing it as purely physical attraction, while Shinji sees it as emotional intimacy and mutual understanding.
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Asuka believes that Shinji humiliated her, leading to her running away in tears.
Asuka's understanding of love is based on physical contact and attraction, while Shinji's understanding is based on emotions and intimacy.
Asuka's hatred towards others is also expressed through physical contact, such as slapping Rei in the elevator.
Shinji's love for Asuka is platonic and rooted in spiritual attraction rather than physical attraction.
The scene in the hospital reveals Shinji's true character and challenges the perception of his weak-willed nature.
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Shinji's actions in the hospital scene show that he is not as weak-willed as previously thought.
He tries to wake Asuka but fails, exposing her vulnerability and freezing in place.
Initially, it seemed like Shinji's moral fall, but the original script reveals a different concept for the scene.
In the original script, Shinji tried to wake the girl, stripped her, and went home.
The scene in the hospital in The End of Evangelion shifts the focus from NERV employees to Asuka, while gradually introducing the character of Shinji and manipulating the viewer's feelings towards him.
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Hideaki Anno skillfully shifts the focus of the scene in the hospital to make Asuka and NERV employees the main characters for a short period of time.
Shinji is gradually introduced as a character whom the viewer is initially neutral or negative towards.
The purpose of this shift in focus is to create tension and raise the level of hopelessness in the viewer's experience, aligning it with Shinji's feelings.
By empathizing with Shinji's self-hatred and gradually understanding his character, the viewer's perception of him changes throughout the series.
00:05Evangelion is a truly amazing and unique
00:08franchise, which, with everything else, was created as if
00:11solely to generate discussion. Millions of fans
00:14argue every year who is better: Rei, Asuka or Misato, which
00:19ending is considered true, what is the value of rebuilds,
00:23and finally, which archetype corresponds to the main
00:25character.
00:26However, all but a few agree
00:29that the scene in the hospital from The End of Evangelion is already too much
00:34even for such an extravagant franchise.
00:37Fans ask themselves from time to time:
00:39“Why does she open up,
00:40who decided for themselves, an alternative or true
00:44ending to the original series? Why does the director
00:47try to shock the viewer from the first minutes?
00:50Well, Artyom Borisov is at the microphone and, to be honest,
00:54I didn’t think that it would ever come to this,
00:56only in today’s video essay, I will, without jokes, analyze
01:00that very scene in the hospital from The End of Evangelion
01:04(hereinafter referred to as End of Evangelion) and I will explain to you what
01:06it really means.
01:09Immediately put all the dots over the "and". I, like many,
01:13find the hospital scene from End of Evangelion
01:16nasty and nasty in many ways, but I don't see anything shameful
01:20in trying to dismantle it. Unfortunately or fortunately,
01:24the named topic is probably considered too provocative,
01:27therefore, on YouTube, you can find two or three
01:31videos at most.
01:32I perfectly understand that this will be the only
01:34essay of its kind on the degree of "madness" on my
01:37channel,
01:38but I hope this fact does not make it bad.
01:40I decided to structure this essay according to the type of famous icebergs that
02:06appear from time to time on various subreddits.
02:08That is, my story will start from the simplest,
02:12what has always been on the surface, and gradually
02:15I will, figuratively speaking, sink lower and lower, covering
02:19more and more events of the series, presenting less and
02:23less obvious interpretations until everything is come together
02:27in a relatively coherent picture.
02:30True, I will rather not start with the obvious, but with a logical
02:34and at the same time still incorrect understanding of the scene in the hospital.
02:38Part 1:
02:42Ikari
02:44Shinji
02:48-
02:51Pervert
02:54will be discussed, and so, the first thing that comes to the viewer's
02:57mind: Yes, he's a pervert! In fact, a logical conclusion.
03:01Throughout the series, one could observe a peculiar
03:04conflict between Asuka and Shinji, whom she
03:07called "Pervert" at every moment that was unpleasant for her.
03:18Shinji checks out what the girl is doing on the flight of stairs
03:21- "Pervert", he tries to kiss her in her sleep, but
03:25refuses the idea, because it's .. strange -
03:28anyway "Pervert", says that
03:30Eva-00's Entry Plug smells like Ayanami Rei - especially "Pervert".
03:37Although we are well aware that to some extent such an
03:47attitude is justified, it is still a
03:51shame for the main character. In the following, we understand why Asuka
03:54treats all the boys the way she does, with the exception of Ryoji Kaji.
03:58She repels all people so as not to get close to them
04:02and not feel the grief of loss, and what will more effectively
04:04scare away an ordinary teenager, if not classifying as "perverts"?
04:09The viewer denies this characterization to the last, which
04:13is confirmed by the series, however, at the beginning of the first
04:16series of End of Evangelion, a relapse occurs, and we become
04:19witnesses of what we are witnessing. Had
04:24Asuka been right all along? Did the protagonist, whom
04:28I empathized with, take advantage of the opportunity and the weakness
04:33of the girl? Shinji is a true pervert, and the scene is the apotheosis
04:37of the conflict between him and Asuka. That's it, you can end the
04:41video on this
04:42... I would say if I didn't know one simple
04:47question.
04:48Shinji, why did you do this?
04:50And really, why did he do it? If the viewer overpowers
04:54himself and asks such a question, then everything will immediately fall into
04:58place. The statement: "Shinji is a pervert"
05:01will immediately break into tiny pieces, because
05:04the reason for Ikari's actions lies in a completely different place.
05:07In addition, if you try to put the entire conflict between Asuka
05:10and Shinji into a coherent mosaic, you will find that the previous
05:14uncomfortable scenes were staged by the girl herself. Yes, she
05:18repels everyone to whom she can potentially become attached,
05:22but at the same time she needs constant attention,
05:25even in the context of objectifying her. However, more on that
05:30later. Returning to the scene in the hospital
05:33, I note that it cannot be viewed in a vacuum
05:35relative to the other scenes of End of Evangelion and the two incredibly
05:39important previous episodes - 23rd and 24th.
05:45A side note: I'm referring to End of Evangelion
05:49episodes 23 and 24 as pre-End of Evangelion episodes because I believe that the events
05:53of the two original final episodes, which some
05:57fans consider non-canonical, most likely take place
06:00in parallel with the human complementation process in the second
06:04episode of End of Evangelion. To dispute this, as well as
06:08to confirm it, is quite simple, but within the framework of this
06:11essay, I will not do this, since I simply do not see
06:14any need. We will consider both endings
06:17equally canonical, and I will also use
06:21them as arguments. If we take into account what was said a
06:24little earlier, it is worth understanding what brought the main
06:29character to Asuka in the hospital. I won't make
06:32any secret out of this, because the film from the first seconds demonstrates
06:36that Shinji is in the deepest depression.
06:38Part 2. Depressed Shinji The hero is depressed by the fact of death,
06:45the murder by him - Kaworu - the only one who confessed
06:49his love to him, who understood him like no one else. Shinji
06:52says this thought out loud once, at the end
06:56of the 24th episode of the original series, but we - the audience
07:00- remember it clearly. Kaoru Nagisa
07:17was everything to the protagonist for a short time. He appeared in
07:21Shinji's life when, in fact, he was left alone and when he
07:24really needed support. Seemingly always cheerful
07:28and somewhat caring, Misato pulled away after
07:32Kaji's death. Understanding Rei, the Rei
07:44who reminded Shinji of a long-forgotten image of a mother
07:48who mutually had some feelings for him, gave her
07:50life for him in the battle with Armisael in episode 23. And
07:55it was replaced by a soulless, weak-willed, insensitive clone. Shinji
07:59confesses that he lacks the willpower to face
08:08the
08:09one who is now Rei. With Ray #3. It was at this
08:14moment that Kaworu rises to the stage - a moderately understanding,
08:18moderately caring, moderately sympathetic character to the main
08:21character. It would be foolish to deny that, despite
08:24the non-traditional relationship between him and Shinji, they
08:28benefited the latter. Ikari met someone who
08:31accepted him for who he was. In addition, he imperceptibly,
08:35but began to change, began to learn to understand his
08:38feelings, open up to other people, trust them, not run
08:41away from them. And in the end it played a terrible
08:44prank on Shinji. Kaoru, who did so much for him,
08:48betrayed him. He used him for his own purposes, although
08:51not entirely selfish, turned out to be not a man,
08:54but the seventeenth angel - Tabris. Accordingly, Shinji
08:58had to kill him, to kill with his own hands a creature
09:02that was resigned to death. Ikari
09:06couldn't deal with this. What he directly says to Misato at the end of the
09:09same 24th episode, only the girl does not understand his
09:14thoughts, which finally alienates her from the main
09:17character. At the beginning of End of Evangelion, he is all alone,
09:36abandoned by everyone in a helpless depressive state.
09:39This is evidenced by the rhyming of three scenes - the opening
09:43and closing scenes of episode 24 and the opening
09:48scene of End of Evangelion. The actions of all three take place in one
09:51location - on the shore of the lake, which appeared as a result
09:55of the attack of Armisael. The first time Shinji is here
09:58is when he's trying to sort out his thoughts
10:01when he realizes he's left alone. Here, in the same
10:05scene, he meets Kaoru, after which we are transferred
10:09to other locations, and we get here in episode 24 only
10:13twice more: when Nagisa communicates with members of the Zeele council,
10:17and when Shinji comes here with Misato in the finale of the episode.
10:21The first scene does not interest us, although it proves that
10:25Kaworu only temporarily fills the vacuum in Shinji's soul, the second,
10:28in turn, is interesting because it is opposed
10:31in content to the introductory one. The protagonist does not find
10:35support in the person of Katsuragi, but, on the contrary, completely
10:39loses it. And the opening scene of End of Evangelion develops
10:43the motif of Shinji's search for support at the lakeside. He comes
10:48here for the third time in the hope that he will finally get lucky,
10:52that maybe he will meet someone who will help him.
10:55A logical rhetorical question: why do I believe
10:58that the three scenes described are related? It
11:01's all about the aforementioned rhyme. It consists in the literal
11:05repetition of certain mise-en-scenes. Mise-en-scene is characterized by
11:09a certain arrangement of objects or action
11:12in the frame in conjunction with a certain angle,
11:16focus, and even sound. Interestingly,
11:19the opening scene of End of Evangelion also rhymes with
11:23Kaworu's murder scene. This moment just confirms
11:32the idea that Shinji came to the shore of the lake not
11:35just to be sad or look at the water, but to try to gather
11:39his thoughts and hope to find someone there. However, there is no one
11:44on the shore, and there could not be. He, who is already
11:49depressed, is probably aware of the hopelessness of his
11:53situation: he is alone, he does not know what to do, who can
11:57help him and alleviate his suffering ... Or does he
12:01know? There was one more person he could
12:05turn to... This person is Asuka Langley Soryu,
12:10and Shinji is going to the hospital to see her.
12:13Part 3. Relationship between Asuka and Shinji
12:14He goes to her for one simple reason:
12:17Ikari Shinji from the original Neon Genesis Evangelion series,
12:20not a word about rebuilds, loves Asuka Langley Soryu.
12:30If you are now thinking something from the category: “What the
12:32hell is he talking about?” Do not rush to close the video.
12:36I myself am not happy with this fact, because I think that, in
12:39spite of everything, Rey is better, but I had
12:43to accept him. Over the course of 16 episodes, starting from the 8th,
12:47in which Asuka first appears, we - the audience - are systematically
12:52and very dosed with pieces of information that
12:56eventually gather into an understanding of one inevitable truth:
12:59Shinji really loves Asuka, and this love is mutual ,
13:03no matter how strange it sounds in the context of the events of the series and the ending
13:07. Many people spoke about the very fact of Shinji's love for Asuka
13:14, only, it seems to me,
13:18two points were almost always missed or omitted, which radically change
13:21the perception of these relationships: Both characters almost immediately became
13:25imbued with feelings for each other and at the same time reached an
13:28unspoken mutual misunderstanding, that is the famous "baka
13:34Shinji" is not what it seems. And secondly, after the events
13:39of episode 8, Asuka saw support solely in the person of Shinji,
13:43and not Ryoji Kaji, despite fixing on the latter.
13:48I'll start with the second thesis. It would seem that we are accustomed to
13:50consider Ikari Shinji as an ideal example of a pessimistic,
13:55selfish, so pathetic and hopeless
13:57character that you already want to cry, how can you
14:00rely on him? True, at the same time, we still empathized with
14:04him, rejoiced and feared for him during the first
14:06viewing of the anime. Why? The answer, contrary to expectations,
14:12is again on the surface: Ikari Shinji is the average
14:14alter ego of any teenager. Have you thought about how
14:18you would behave in certain moments, if you were Ikari Shinji?
14:23Wouldn't you be afraid to control a giant humanoid
14:26robot in which you are not safe anyway?
14:29Would you try to spy on Asuka? Wouldn't you run away
14:32to nature in order to sort out your thoughts? No, no,
14:35and again no! It's all about what I mentioned earlier,
14:39that Shinji is an ordinary teenager. Perhaps one
14:43of the most alive and believable characters in anime. His
14:47image contains both negative and positive traits.
14:51The same can be said about Asuka Langley Soryu. She is
14:54selfish, she is stubborn, she needs understanding
14:58and support.
15:12Both characters for 14 episodes until the turning point of the 22nd
15:17try to show us - the audience
15:20- with their behavior how different they are. As it was said, Asuka is selfish
15:25towards other people, trying to play the role of "the most
15:28popular and impregnable girl in school", "the best
15:31and irreplaceable pilot of Eva-02", while Shinji, on the contrary, is friends,
15:37empathizes, practically does not try to stand out.
15:39Are these two really complete opposites?
15:43Not at all. They just seem like that. Both Shinji
15:48and Asuka have experienced a terrible thing that left an unhealed
15:51wound in their minds, they are trying to cope with the pain,
15:55trying to forget it, to forget, but they cannot. Asuka suffers more
15:59from this, therefore she splashes out pain in the form
16:01of attempts to push away those to whom she can become attached,
16:05which causes her even more suffering. It does
16:08n't repel Ryoji Kaji and, you'll be surprised again, Shinji. The first
16:13- because he is an adult, mature, charismatic attractive
16:17man, how can you not fall in love with him? I will move even further
16:21from the topic of this video and remember the wonderful French
16:24film by Luc Besson "Leon". The relationship between
16:27Matilda and Leon is the quintessence of what could happen
16:31between Kaji and Asuka, however, both Besson and Hideaki
16:36Anno, the director of Evangelion, draw a clear line,
16:38in addition to age, of course, delimiting
16:41the girls' fantasies and objective reality. In "Leon" - this is the death of a
16:45killer, and in "Evangelion" - a completely logical refusal
16:48of Kaji, which we learn about post-factum only in episode 22.
16:52In the first case, for Matilda, Leon dies exclusively
16:55in the physical sense, he remains as a memory,
16:59as the knowledge gained and the first true love.
17:02If we talk about Asuka, then she loses Kaji as a
17:07support, and he remains for her only the key to the possibility
17:10of forgetting for a while and hiding in her fantasies.
17:14The loss of Asuka's foothold comes before her meeting with Shinji,
17:18whom she immediately calls a weakling and an unworthy
17:21Eva pilot. However, Shinji doesn't care. He is used to
17:32not hearing words of support from others, he is like
17:35a reed that sways in the wind: you can
17:38blow on him, only after a couple of seconds he will continue to sway
17:41as before. He straightens up when the
17:45wind stops. The girl notices this and, apparently, realizes
17:49that Shinji is exactly the same as her, which means that it is
17:52he who can understand and support her. Therefore, Asuka drags Shinji
17:57behind her into Eva-02's pod during Gaghiel's attack
18:00on the Pacific Fleet in Episode 8. Yes, she wants to
18:04show off, but only to hear or see the
18:07admiration of a person who is used to ignoring, closing herself
18:11off from others, not used to reacting to her environment in any way.
18:16This could be her true support in battle.
18:19At the beginning of episode 9,
18:22Asuka's need for Shinji's attention is once again shown . She deliberately
18:26greets him kindly, but he reacts very coolly,
18:31which makes the girl indignant. She's pissed
18:47that Shinji wasn't surprised, not surprised, "How come,
18:48Asuka herself wished me good morning," but simply
18:49greeted her back. Because of this, she calls
18:50him a "fool", she doesn't understand why Shinji seems to
18:51purposely dismiss the idea of ​​supporting her, he
18:53could even pretend to be glad to see her and that
18:57would be enough. The third and most important scene in the described
19:02context is the exemplary training for synchronization
19:05of actions in the same 9th episode. Asuka and Shinji ca
19:09n't work in unison on their own, but
19:12once Misato replaces Asuka with Rei, things change
19:15for the better. Ayanami and Shinji
19:19perform the exercise perfectly, which once again pisses
19:22off Asuka. Baka-Shinji (fool-Shinji) did not bother to
19:27pretend that in conjunction with another girl
19:29something did not work out for him, this would have encouraged Sorya, she
19:33would then have believed in the possibility of synchronization
19:34with Shinji, but, no. The girl runs away in tears, to which the
19:36headman - Hikari - reacts unequivocally, but she
19:39believes that Asuka ran away because she was in love
19:42with Shinji, who ended up humiliating her so much.
19:45It is at
20:01this point that the relationship between Asuka and Shinji
20:05changes forever and takes on the ambivalence known to many.
20:09Asuka's desire to receive support from Shinji later
20:13develops into love, and the ashamed Shinji first
20:16sympathetically, and then truly falls in love with the girl.
20:20And now, having destroyed the poetry of the narrative, I must indicate
20:24one important thing: “but”. For Asuka, support is words,
20:29these are feelings, these are emotions, in general, the relationship
20:32of the spiritual principle. Love for her is a manifestation of
20:36purely physical attraction and interest in
20:39her as an attractive girl, which is the case with
20:42Kaji, which is the case with Shinji, with whom she flirts
20:45in certain scenes. It turns out that for
20:58Asuka love is something mundane, objective, so she
21:02behaves frivolously and defiantly, because the whole essence
21:06of love in her understanding is physical contact, a kiss or
21:10sex. The same can be said about
21:18hatred. The famous scene in the elevator confirms this:
21:22Asuka is not enough to scold Rei, so she gives a slap in the face
21:25- this physical contact is the highest manifestation of her
21:29hatred - the reverse side of love.
21:31In the case of Shinji, things are completely different.
21:35For him, love is just emotions, a feeling of intimacy,
21:39mutual understanding, respect. That's why in the episode 9 scene
21:43following the failed training session, Shinji
21:47looks at Asuka in embarrassment with respect, slowly but surely falling
21:51in love with her. And yet it will be platonic love, based
21:55on spiritual, not physical attraction.
21:58Support, in Shinji's mind, is already a certain
22:01action, to put it simply, with the expenditure of strength,
22:04support in battle, rescue from the crater, protection, but not
22:07the manifestation of any feelings or emotions.
22:10Summarizing the above, Asuka
22:13and Shinji are opposite only in their absolute
22:16views on two equivalent variations of relationships.
22:20Because of this, for example, it is very difficult to explain what
22:23a very interesting scene of the 9th episode means - the night before the
22:26battle with Israfil. Fans have long agreed that
22:30Asuka specifically lay down next to Shinji to be closer
22:33to him and so that he kisses her as a sign of support and acceptance of
22:37his feelings for her. It sounds quite logical, only the
22:40protagonist refuses to kiss the girl, which
22:44already proves my thesis: love for Shinji is not a
22:47manifestation of physical contact. Yes, he refers
22:50to the age of the girl and this distracts the attention of the viewer,
22:54because in the 15th episode they still kiss. A
22:58logical question arises: but then, if you rely
23:01on my thesis, in theory, a kiss is an expression of support,
23:05right? That's right, but Shinji doesn't take into account
23:08that Asuka needs him. Due to his self-centeredness
23:12, he cannot imagine that such an ambitious
23:15girl can suffer in her soul.
23:18Interestingly, Asuka understands this fact, but she
23:22cannot come to terms with it and tries in every possible way to push
23:25Ikari to the right idea, calling him in a certain
23:29context when she needs warm words: “fool”.
23:39That is, in most cases, Shinji is a "baka" - not because
23:49he is a fool-fool, but because he cannot overcome
23:52his egocentrism, his inability to coordinate different
23:56points of view and perception. However, if it seemed to someone
24:01that Shinji's views on relations with Asuka did not change, I hasten
24:04to reason with you. Slowly but surely, by the end of the series, the main character
24:07realizes and accepts how Asuka
24:10defines the concepts of "support" and "love". His love for
24:14her develops into feelings of mutual understanding and ownership of
24:18her pain. Back to the ill-fated scene
24:21in the hospital. Shinji comes to Asuka's room in the hope
24:25that now that he understands why she treated
24:28him this way, she will be able to forgive his lack of foresight and
24:31help him. Yes, to some extent his behavior is selfish.
24:40But Shinji does not think about this, because he loves Asuka and the main thing is
24:45that she wakes up, listens to him, understands and
24:48supports in the form that was once required
24:51of him. The girl does not awaken,
24:55and Shinji, observing the result of his actions, comes
24:57to another conclusion. He accepts her vision that
25:03love is only a manifestation of physical attraction.
25:06As a sign of reconciliation with Asuka's point of view, so he may have
25:10told himself, Shinji masturbates to her. To
25:14the girl that he loved, that she loved him, that she could
25:17support him. Naturally, Shinji is aware
25:21of the vileness of his act and is horrified, because he understands
25:25how much he has fallen in terms of morality.
25:28Part 4. Moral decline of Ikari Shinji
25:36The image of Ikari Shinji combines both positive
25:41and negative traits. He is kind, sympathetic, sometimes
25:44altruistic, but with all this more often egocentric,
25:47indecisive, it is very easy to break him and make him
25:49fall into depression. Throughout the original series
25:54, these traits of Shinji's character are
25:58demonstrated and contrasted in almost every episode . Surprisingly,
26:03there is a simultaneous development in him of both good
26:06and bad: Shinji has become more determined? “He thoughtlessly
26:09and arrogantly rushes into battle, accordingly loses
26:12and puts others in incredible danger. Shinji
26:16can play the cello, why does Asuka even praise him?
26:19- It turns out that he did not dare to quit, and no one told him
26:22about it. And the deeper the series plunges
26:25into the topic of studying morality and the human psyche, the
26:28stronger the predominance among certain traits
26:31in Shinji's character is noticeable. With all his development, as a character,
26:35as a person, he falls lower and lower as a person.
26:38I will try to explain this paradox. The fact is that
26:41the protagonist of Evangelion, be that as it may, has certain
26:45principles that he tries not to violate. In many ways, they
26:49resemble the usual norms of society or even biblical
26:52motives: listen to your elders, treat others as
26:56you want to be treated, love your neighbor,
26:58an eye for an eye and the whole world will go blind, which is especially expressed
27:00literally in his unwillingness to hit Toji or insult him
27:04with what either way Asuka. In addition, Shinji, starting
27:07from episode 11, from time to time is asked quite a logical
27:11question: "Why do we kill angels?" Think about
27:22the wording itself: "we kill angels." While re-
27:27watching the episode, I came to an unexpected
27:29conclusion: probably, Shinji
27:33was a pacifist at the beginning of the events of the series, later he was forced to give up
27:37the main principle of his whole life, which led to a gradual
27:41moral decline, the result of which we observe in
27:45the scene of masturbation on Asuka . That is, even though the main character
27:48develops, learns to understand others, take care of them,
27:52he is forced to step over himself from time to time
27:55and do something contrary to his principles, specifically
27:59kill angels, pilot Eva-01 - a kind of living embodiment of
28:04militarism. The stepping over oneself is expressed
28:07in a very logical and at the same time, as it seems at first glance,
28:10not entirely understandable behavior of Shinji.
28:13Everyone remembers that in the first series, he initially refuses to
28:16climb into Eve, referring to ignorance and ... unwillingness.
28:21Have you thought about why Shinji doesn't
28:24want to control the Eva? Because his father makes him?
28:28Or because his father forces him to do something that is contrary
28:32to his principles? I'm leaning towards the second one, because in the next
28:35episodes, Ikari, unable to overcome himself, runs away ...
28:39into nature. He wanders in the fields, among the mountains, where it is peaceful
28:43and calm. Note that here Shinji meets Kensky,
28:58communicates with him, learns something new about him and Toji,
29:01understands that these people need him as a pilot, so
29:05he accepts the arrest by the NERV security service. In the future,
29:09he agrees to pilot Eva-01, when he realizes that if
29:13he does not do this, both relatives and
29:17strangers will suffer, but most importantly, people. Returning to the first
29:21episode, in it Shinji overcomes his reluctance when he realizes
29:24that the wounded Ayanami, bleeding, who could die,
29:29will control Eva-01, and he, again, cannot
29:33allow anyone else to suffer instead of him .
29:36This is another principle of his life. It contradicts
29:39the idea of ​​pacifism and at the same time creates the
29:42conflict necessary for the development of the personality. A conflict that, in Shinji's case,
29:46destroys him as a person. He is well aware that
29:49he is doing something that goes against his worldview
29:52and eventually comes to terms with it, reducing the conflict between
29:56the idea of ​​pacifism and protecting others to nothing. Only the last one
30:00remains , which breaks into small fragments
30:03in episode 18. In it, Shinji helplessly watches as
30:08Eva-04 is killed and mauled by the hands of his Eva-01, not even an angel, but an
30:15Eva piloted by his friend Toji. Then Shinji realizes
30:18that even in the guise of an Eva pilot, under the right circumstances,
30:21he is unable to protect others, he knew about this
30:24before, but only now finally realized
30:27his helplessness and uselessness. Three more times before the events of End
30:40of Evangelion, he pilots Eva-01 and each time he is convinced
30:44of the impossibility of protecting others: in the event of an attack by Zeruel,
30:48he
30:52is saved by the awakening of Eva-01;
30:56hostage of the situation and kills Kaworu. The third event finally
31:02convinces Shinji that not only is he incapable
31:04of protecting others, but he is also hurting them the
31:08same way he hurt himself by killing himself. Ikari surrenders:
31:13he destroyed his own worldview with his own hands,
31:16betrayed his principles and himself - is this not a
31:19true self-humiliation of a person?
31:22Shinji answers the question by giving up his latest
31:25vision, a vision of platonic love. The masturbation scene
31:29for Asuka, a person dear to him, marks the end of his
31:33downfall. The only way forward is death, according to
31:37Shinji, which is why we only meet him when the soldiers
31:40clearing NERV headquarters are preparing to shoot
31:43him, resigned to his fate. Well, after the story of the
31:50inevitable fall and the role of the main
31:52scene for this essay in it, I, perhaps, will draw your attention to one
31:54minor detail at first glance. Shinji consciously
31:58chose to end his fall, and it was
32:01his first completely independent decision.
32:04Part 5 - Ikari Shinji's first choice
32:09As I said, Ikari Shinji is a rather pathetic
32:12and hopeless person, but this characterization
32:15is mainly based on one single fact:
32:19he does not know what to do if he is not told, and does
32:22everything that he they say. Don't be afraid, I'm not going
32:25to retell and analyze for the thousandth time the main
32:29manifestations of such behavior, many of which I mentioned
32:33earlier. However, I'll focus on the opposite: instances where
32:37Shinji seemed to make a conscious choice. In the phrase that sounded
32:40a couple of seconds ago, it is necessary to note for
32:43yourself the phrase: “it seems to be consciously”. I contend
32:47that in the twenty-four episodes of the original
32:50series, Shinji never once made a
32:53choice on his own. Moreover, in the scenes when we could observe
32:56his self-will, he was controlled by feelings, not reason. He escapes
33:00to nature, because he is depressed by the fact that he has
33:04compromised his principles, he saves Eva-02 from the crater, as
33:07he is not indifferent to Asuka and at the same time sees that
33:11she needs help (perhaps this is a manifestation of love in the
33:14form of support, which is not contradicts the earlier thesis).
33:18Ikari refuses to pilot Eva-01 after the incident with
33:22Eva-04 due to hatred for his father and himself, he decides
33:26to fight Zeruel, as he sees that he is tearing apart
33:30Eva-02, piloted by Asuka, for whom at that moment he
33:34had special feelings . And here we come to the stage
33:38in the hospital. A scene that will change your
33:41mind about whether Shinji is really as weak-willed
33:46as you thought. Ikari tries in vain to wake
33:49Asuka, but does not achieve the desired result, but involuntarily
33:53exposes her and freezes. During the first viewing
33:57, I decided that, starting from this moment, we - the viewers
34:01- are shown the final chord in
34:05Shinji's moral fall, moreover, due to the fact that he indulged in base
34:08attraction. However, a few days after watching it,
34:11I came across an article about the original script for
34:14End of Evangelion and understood literally everything. The fact is that
34:19a completely different concept of the scene in
34:23the hospital was originally supposed: Shinji tried to wake the girl, stripped
34:25her
34:26and ... went home.
34:27Scenario. Shinji's room (maybe leave him in the hospital?
34:28To be discussed) • Cicadas chirping. Single
34:29sounds come from Shinji's room.
34:30• Also, when they are muffled,
34:31Shinji's rough breathing can be heard. • Insert video (Frame
34:32"…") • Shinji's hand adjusting
34:33his clothes • Bare chest (shown by
34:34subjective camera). An image that repeats
34:35over and over again (using the subjective camera)
34:36• Shinji lies in such a way that eyaku....wat.
34:37• Shinji's right hand in "..." against the background of the image of the
34:38chest. • The image of the chest disappears
34:39and the image of Shinji's room remains in the background.
34:40• Shinji is disgusted with himself (change).
34:41• Shinji: "….I'm disgusting…."
34:42But this version of the script was abandoned.
34:45Now, follow the reasoning, which, I confess, I find
34:49not very acceptable, but still logical. Consider
34:51both variations of the hospital incident scenario. And
34:55there, and there Shinji comes to Asuka for help, disturbs
34:58her, involuntarily exposes her and freezes in surprise.
35:02He immediately understands something for himself and ... finds himself
35:05in a situation where he needs to make a choice: either he stays
35:08in the ward with Asuka and maybe tells her how
35:12much he loves her, how he needs her, or he goes home and falls
35:15from powerlessness on the bed, falling asleep or listening to "You are
35:19the only one." Only in both cases Shinji does not reach
35:22the lowest point of his fall and does not accept the vision
35:26of love solely as a physical attraction. But
35:29the fact is that in both drafts of the story, Shinji
35:32just accepts this, if I may say so, point
35:36of view, that is, in fact, makes a completely conscious
35:39choice. Further more. Since he is in solidarity with Asuka,
35:43he has two more options for further actions: he
35:46leaves and does what he does, at home or stays
35:49in the ward and, accordingly, does it next to the girl.
35:52Once again, Shinji chooses on his own. I don’t deny it, I even
35:56say it directly: he chooses the immoral, but the fact is
36:00that Ikari Shinji in the scene in the hospital actually
36:03makes a decision based not only on feelings,
36:07some kind of moral barrier still held him back from
36:09this, only he deliberately destroys it. Perhaps
36:13I will be ashamed of the following words, but the
36:14interpretation described now makes me feel, if not respect,
36:15then some sympathy for the protagonist, because it turns out
36:16that he is able to choose, but chooses not the right
36:17path. And this happens due to
36:18one desire already on the part of the director of the picture.
36:19Part 6. Metaconflict between Shinji and the viewer
36:25It is impossible to argue with the fact that the director of Evangelion
36:27- Hideaki Anno - can be put on a par with such
36:30great manipulators as Hideo Kojima or Yoko
36:33Taro. Think back to your first viewing of the original
36:37series - a typical mech about humanoid
36:40biorobots controlled by teenagers, filled with
36:44awkward humor, erotic overtones, and in general everything
36:47that is commonly associated with anime. For example, I remembered
36:49because it was quite recently. But the important thing is, at what
36:51point did you realize that all this time you were incredibly
36:54skillfully led by the nose? When you realized that you were watching the
36:58hardest drama about escapism
37:01and self-knowledge. I think that at that moment you, like me, were
37:05in an indescribable shock, and then you were filled with respect for the
37:08creator of this creation, as he managed to deceive
37:12you. He manipulated your feelings, thoughts, associations, in
37:16order to throw you into the
37:19lake of truth filled with icy water. So, I think that Hideaki
37:22Anno did something similar with the scene in the hospital from
37:26End of Evangelion and with the help of it he achieved
37:29a certain conflict between the main character and the
37:33viewer. As stated at the beginning of the video, during the
37:35first viewing of this scene, you are uncomfortable,
37:39unpleasant and disgusting. You are shocked by Shinji's actions, his
37:43image is now rather repulsive, you cease to sympathize with
37:48him. And this is only done so that you switch
37:50your attention to something else: empathy for the characters
37:55that are embroiled in the fighting at NERV headquarters
37:58, and Asuka herself. Regarding the latter, I will allow myself
38:02to express an extremely subjective opinion. Initially, I
38:05hated Asuka Lengly Soryu with every fiber of my being,
38:09I didn't understand how one could sympathize or even
38:12love this character, I didn't even have the opportunity
38:15to somehow study her character due to the fact that I followed
38:19the development of Shinji, Rei and Katsuragi. And it was the beginning
38:22of End of Evangelion, not even the 22nd episode, in which the mind of a girl is
38:26turned inside out, that made me radically
38:29change my idea of ​​her. I finally realized
38:33what Asuka's tragedy was, but if at that time
38:36I thought again about what would happen to Shinji, I think
38:39I would not have achieved the epiphany effect. Again, remember,
38:43after the repulsive scene in the hospital, you practically
38:46forgot about the main character and remembered about his existence,
38:51about the possible danger to him only the next
38:53time he appeared: when the soldiers find him under the stairs
38:55- after 14 minutes of timing. Moreover,
38:56not much time is given to him further - more emphasis on Asuka and the battle of Eva-02
39:01against serial Evas with its tragic ending.
39:05In fact, Hideaki Anno did a very interesting thing:
39:09as I said, through the scene in the hospital, he skillfully
39:11shifts the focus first towards the NERV employees
39:14and Misato, then towards Asuka - for a short period
39:18of time they become the main characters of End of Evangelion.
39:22However, at the same time, such a character
39:26as Ikari Shinji is gradually introduced, to whom we now, due to objective
39:31reasons, are at least neutral, at most
39:34negative. Anno makes it seem like in less than 30
39:38minutes to re-experience the protagonist, gradually
39:41deducing those protagonists from the equation of history for an hour,
39:46showing their tragic fate and at the same time switching
39:49attention to the hated Shinji. Sounds difficult , I agree .
39:53The answer, again, lies in plain sight.
39:56The director needed to create a certain degree
39:59of tension and make sure that each subsequent
40:02event of the first 45-minute episode of End of Evangelion raised
40:07the bar of hopelessness to a whole new level.
40:11The viewer by the beginning of the second episode should have felt
40:13exactly the same as Shinji feels himself. The scene in the hospital
40:17just sets the right vector: we do not accept the main
40:21character, as he later does not accept himself, we are
40:24shocked, unsettled, therefore,
40:27our feelings can be manipulated from this side, which is what
40:31Anno does, demonstrating the executions of scientists, the tearing apart of Eve -02
40:36and Asuka's death. At this time, Shinji appears in the background,
40:46who does nothing, whines, annoys, but
40:50the closer to the finale of the series, the more we again empathize with
40:53him.
40:54Together with Shinji, we carefully get to know his feelings,
40:58his mind, his self-hatred,
41:00which we so understand. If the scene in the hospital is omitted from the End of Evangelion
41:03and other scenes are left unchanged,
41:07then at some point the viewer
41:10and the vision will come out of sync ... director: we must hate Shinji
41:14in spite of everything, and then step over ourselves and understand that
41:18he has changed: he reconciled with himself, he made
41:22the most significant choice for the world of Evangelion and made
41:25it on his own: . Otherwise, there would be
41:28some kind of barrier expressed by the expected behavior of Shinji: otherwise
41:32, we do not expect anything from a character that is still unpleasant to
41:35us, therefore his conclusions, his actions in the
41:38second episode of End of Evangelion make such a special
41:41impression on us. By the way, this is why
41:44I believe that the events of the original ending take place in parallel with the
41:48End of Evangelion. In it, Shinji admits that he hates
41:52himself, although there
41:55are, in theory, no obvious reasons for this in the context of the series, but in the End of Evangelion released later,
41:58they are, but there is no open self-flagellation
42:03of the character ... The one that was in the 25th and 26 episodes. If we take
42:07them into account, it turns out that the
42:09director allocates not 30, but about 70 minutes
42:12to accept Shinji and rethink the attitude towards him . The fact is that this time is allocated,
42:18therefore, this is not an empty timing with the whining of the
42:21protagonist, as many used to think, no, this is an opportunity
42:22for the viewer to think, reconsider their views
42:25on what is happening ... As you can see, I am
42:45sinking deeper and deeper into the abyss unusual, not the most
42:48obvious interpretations. And now I have to draw
42:50a certain line. Up to this point, it has been told
42:53about Shinji's spiritual state, his motivation, relationship
42:57with Asuka, morality, the director's aspirations, that is, about the well-
43:00formed bricks from which the stage
43:04in the hospital is built. Now you know for what reason, why
43:07and for what the main character came to the hospital, tried to
43:10wake Asuka and in the end did what he did. However,
43:13in the context of Evangelion, I'm talking about the franchise in general
43:16and the series in particular, to fully understand any
43:20significant scene, another question is critical
43:23: what does it mean. It's no secret that
43:27Evangelion is an anime full of all sorts of symbols,
43:31metaphors, and direct quotes from religious teachings.
43:34Who just didn't talk about it . Within the framework of this essay,
43:38I want to briefly explain the meaning of two images, two
43:41ideas, which, in turn, I heard about only in a couple of other
43:44essays. It's about the symbolism of the right hand and the fact of
43:49Shinji's masturbation.
43:50Part 7. Symbolism of the right hand
43:53The hand is the part of the body that is most often
43:56used as a symbol and has many
43:59different meanings. We all know that, for example,
44:02a handshake is both a greeting and an expression of respect, trust,
44:06and a symbol of the unification of the efforts of several people. However,
44:10few people thought that the handshake is a derivative of the
44:13symbolic image of the right hand. The right hand
44:17is already that certain part of the body through which
44:19the mind of a person, his intentions are manifested, and the intentions
44:23are a priori “right”, that is, correct. Interestingly,
44:28when considering symbolism, everything that
44:31is done with the right hand is correct in a religious context.
44:35The right hand is also a symbol of strength, energy, action.
44:39I would not be talking about all this now if Evangelion
44:43did not pay so much attention to the right hands.
44:47Rei slaps Shinji with his right hand as he
44:51cannot accept his disdain for his father. Asuka, in turn,
44:53hits Rei in the elevator scene with her left hand - the left hand
44:54symbolizes the emotional, not the rational.
44:55Upon shutdown of the awakened Eva-01, the camera
44:56lingers for a while on the creature's bloody right hand
44:58: suggesting a possible clouding
45:02of the pilot's mind. The idea that he did something
45:04right in the understanding of others, but wrong
45:07for him, which correlates with the idea of ​​the same pacifism of
45:11Shinji, who has to step over himself,
45:14killing angels. Finally , the
45:18protagonist's nervous tic: he now and then squeezes his right hand for no apparent
45:21reason. He begins to do this after he realizes
45:24what the true power of Eva-01, controlled by him, is. This
45:29power is only in his hands, and he reminds
45:33himself of this every time . This symbolizes that Shinji
45:37is more and more inclined each time to the "dark side" of power
45:41(but physical strength, and not the one that was in Star
45:44Wars) to the denial of the ideas of pacifism, which, however, has already
45:48been said. But what about the scene in
45:51the hospital? Why is there such an emphasis on the right
45:54hand, and considering that with the help of this it is shown to
45:58us what Shinji did behind the closed door and what is the result?
46:02The right hand in the context of this scene acts
46:05as a symbol of the mind: the main character, which confirms
46:08the thesis I put forward earlier, consciously chose this action.
46:13The fact that the hand is not clean means his moral
46:17fall. In addition, a limp hand in static can also be
46:20a symbol of a lack of strength. Shinji is tired
46:25of fighting and needs help. Therefore, I guess in the final
46:30scene of End of Evangelion, Asuka touches the face of the protagonist,
46:34who is trying to strangle her, with her right hand in
46:37solidarity. The girl shows Shinji that she is ready to forgive
46:42and support him. Let's say we sorted out the symbolism
47:00of the right hand to some extent. The
47:03last and strangest thing remains - the symbolism of
47:07the protagonist's action itself.
47:09Part 8. Religious overtones When I mentioned that Evangelion
47:14is riddled with religious quotes, I was a little disingenuous.
47:20In reality, the original series is largely based
47:23on one of the interpretations of Kabbalah - a religious-mystical,
47:26occult and esoteric movement in Judaism. From there,
47:30Hideaki Anno took the tree of life, the concept of the universal
47:33salvation of mankind, and much more.
47:36Naturally, the director did not bypass the attitude
47:39of the adherents of this movement to actions of an intimate nature.
47:43In Judaism itself, masturbation is considered the most terrible
47:47sin, which leads to the fall of a person, his renunciation,
47:51in principle, the same thing, as we have already found out, happens
47:54to Shinji. But that's not all. In Kabbalah
47:57, it is added to what was said earlier that in this way a person generates
48:00the forces of darkness, evil, and multiplies them. It's easy to draw a parallel
48:05with End of Evangelion: as soon as Shinji does this,
48:09NERV's peaceful life ends, and then the end of the
48:12world comes. Another interesting thing: at least in Kabbalah, it is believed
48:16that every human action gives rise to an angel: good
48:20or bad, depending on motivation and consequences.
48:24If you rely on this, then you can put forward a logical
48:27and, at the same time, insane theory. Shinji, having committed the
48:31worst sin, created the 18th (in fact, 19) angel, that is, the
48:34angel that began the process of complimenting humanity,
48:38this is not humanity itself - information about which
48:40Misato found at the beginning of End of Evangelion, not even Eva-01 , and the main
48:45character of the story is Ikari Shinji. What if, because of this, he is
48:50the only one who could choose and refuse to
48:53unite with everyone, because he ceased to be part of the
48:56community and society. Then the question arises: what
48:59about Asuka? She probably wanted to live, or Shinji could have unwittingly
49:03brought her back, literally by the power of thought, remembering her image.
49:08A knowledgeable person might wonder, “Wait a minute,
49:11are you really leading to that theory from the vastness
49:13of Reddit about Shinji outplaying everyone and everything?” Well yes, but actually
49:18no. In a nutshell, I will explain the essence of that theory: according to
49:21it, Shinji is not an ordinary person at all, maybe
49:24even some entity like Kaworu or Lililt-Rei,
49:28who, in her own interests, helped complete the process of
49:30complimenting humanity or was even involved
49:32in the appearance of the "dead sea scrolls", after all, it was from the moment
49:33of his appearance that the attacks of angels began. Sounds, I agree,
49:43strange, though not unreasonable. However, I never took
49:46this theory into account because of its unformedness
49:49and tension on the globe. It would seem that the religious
49:53interpretation of the scene in the hospital just confirms it,
49:57but not everything is so simple. If in the second rebuild we are told in plain
50:00text that Shinji becomes a god-like
50:03being, then in the original series this is
50:07hinted at in passing and at the same time denied almost immediately. This does not happen
50:11only in The End of Evangelion, in which the scene in the hospital
50:15prompts such thoughts, and then they are fueled
50:18by certain images and metaphors - Rei, who heard
50:23Ikari, saving him, realizing his identity in the
50:27community of consciousness. This, I think, should end.
50:31When I sat down to write the text for the video, I had no idea
50:34that the output would be such an extensive and multifaceted
50:37essay, although this is more likely to be judged by you. For my part
50:41, I want to note that I am grateful to all those who watched
50:44it to the end. Write in the comments what are your impressions,
50:48how much I went into the SPG and how much the
50:51degree of what was permitted was exceeded. In addition, now, at the time
50:55of the release of this video, you can fully appreciate
50:57the three types of my essays: about cinema, about games and about anime, the latter, of
51:02course, is the only one of its kind, other discussions
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