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It's a slightly modified version of the Sephirothic Tree of Life as defined by Robert Fludd, who was a physician with interests in Kabbalah and other religious mysticisms. The globes (called Sephiroths) are thought of as being ways in which the universe shows its truths to humanity. They're also printed with the words God used in creating the universe in ...


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I don't know where you heard about a creativity crisis but in the early 90's there was indeed a huge crisis which weakened the anime industry for a few years, along with a lot of other industries: an economic crisis. In the world, we more-or-less refer to this crisis as the "Early 90's recession". In a few words, it was a massive and worldwide economic ...


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Spoilers: It's because of the duality of the theme in each of the movies. In the first movie, one of the main themes is Shinji feeling alone or abandoned. Yet, he's made friends at school and in Misato, yet still feels alone and isolated (mostly because of Eva and his responsibilities). He is alone yet he is not alone. In the second movie, it's about ...


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First the history of the endings. Gainax studio went through a huge financial crisis near the ending of evangelion. They decided to end the series anyway, and went for a low-budget ending (the episodes 24-25). The television series takes a very avant-garde approach and focuses on a first-person psychological account of the instrumentality process from the ...


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The FmA Wikia seems to indicate that the picture is Tree of Life (also known as World Tree or Tree of Emanations or Arber Sephiroteca), as described by a 17th century English Paracelsian physician Robert Fludd. I'm having a hard time finding additional information about the diagram, but the EvaGeeks Wiki has a page that describes the different parts in more ...


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It's interpretation. There's nothing official whether there is a sequel or not. Aside from Kaworu saying weird stuff about "next time" or "this time" (and a weird translation of Kaworu's voice actor mentioning something about "looping" in an interview), all of the other instances (including the large chalk outline) of possible "time looping" or "rebooting ...


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They wear them in a different place, and both of them also "accessorize" them: Asuka wears red ones that double as hair clips: And Mari wears white ones as part of her hair band: Both of them are seen pretty much wearing them all the time. Also, the Interface Headset wiki page says: The headsets used by Asuka Langley Soryu, and by Asuka Shikinami ...


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As far as Evangelion goes, there's several statements from the staff concerning their placement and usage within the show (emphasis is mine): From the Hiroyuki Yamaga: May 1998 issue of "Evangelion": On the reasons for use of Judeo-Christian symbology in Eva YAMAGA: I don’t know exactly why. I suspect that Mr. Anno may have read some book on it, ...


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Since inline spoiler tags are not possible and I don't want 9,001 spoiler blocks, I'll preface this by saying: This answer contains many spoilers for the Evangelion series. If you have not watched through at least episode 24, this will contain spoiler material for you. As a note: Everyone in Shinji's class had lost their mothers (for potential soul ...


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There is a mind boggling theory for this. If you are an avid reader of EVA Geeks you would enjoy it very much. So here is my small take on it. Rei appears with the same uniform in the End of Evangelion standing on a sea of LCL. Here is the scene: Shinji, when he first sees Rei at Nerv, recognizes her and makes a connection to the girl in the school uniform....


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These organisms are categorized as 「使徒」(shito) meaning "apostle" in Japanese sources. Shito is the word used in the Japanese translation of the Christian Bible to refer to people who possess the spiritual gift of Apostle (this differs from the word used to describe all of Jesus' followers, which is 「弟子」 [deshi], the same word used for disciples of Confucius ...


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The glossary contained within The End of Evangelion - Theatrical Program states the leaf to be a fig leaf. The expression "fig leaf" is widely used figuratively to convey the covering up of an act or an object that is embarrassing or distasteful with something of innocuous appearance, a metaphorical reference to the Biblical Book of Genesis, in which Adam ...


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In 2011, many main creators did drop out from Gainax. They are the members of the 'Gurren Lagann' and 'Panty & Stocking' creator. Panty & Stocking with Garter Belt Wikipedia After that, those members build a new company named 'TRIGGER Inc.' as the anime studio of course. Trigger Company When they make the anime 'Kill la Kill', answered the ...


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Take a look at this cut from Episode 4 (via the official storyboards), and also the Shinji Ikari character page notes that the two songs that play are: The two songs usually played on Shinji's SDAT are: Track 25 for "You are the only one" and Track 26 for "Blue Legend", respectively. The songs are from "Lilia from Ys", an image album for the "Ys" RPG ...


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It's up to interpretation and there hasn't been, as of yet, any sort of official take on what a lot of the cryptic stuff that Kaworu says. If you'll recall, he also calls Gendo "Father". The line you're referring to is probably more something like: Not that Shinji is the "3rd" again so much as referring to Shinji as "3rd" and saying he's up to something "...


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I think the general consensus is that it's up to your own interpretation. They are a mix of actual children's drawings and some that were made to look like children's drawings but were actually created by the staff (e.g. the gutted dog and the bucket of fish). There is commentary that's part of the "Eva Tomo no Kai" (Eva Fan Club) newsletters that ...


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Purely within what we see in the NGE TV series, the Angels came from "Adam", the first Angel on Earth. They came from something similar to the geofront (the black moon) that they call the "white moon". Episode 21 goes into the history of Nerv and there's some more exposition in episode 23 when Ristuko tells Misato and Shinji and shows them the tank filled ...


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Yes. It has been around for a long time...long before Evangelion. It's hard to track down any real info, but I ran across a reddit page that pointed me in the right direction. As it stands, it looks like the earliest instances of the 'running late to school with a slice of toast in your mouth' grew from 'running late to school with a roll in your mouth' ...


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Adding onto the other answer, the exact thing that gets interpreted as an EVA reference is Senjougahara's line: You won't die. [Short break.] You won't die. Because I'll protect you. It is clear that this is probably the content of the "reference", as Araragi makes the comment about wanting "no unnecessary Evangelion references" right after this line. ...


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So, so many possible reasons. I refer to movies like End of Evangelion and Madoka: Rebellion as "make your own ending kits"; due to their constant use of symbolism and ambiguous dialogue, combined with a pathological aversion to explaining themselves, you can basically interpret them to mean whatever you want them to. If I may be allowed a bit of shameless ...


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Note that, like many things in Evangelion, this answer would fall under the category of educated speculation. The point of the Angels largely seems to be to drive other points of the plot. It seems that the plot of Instrumentality itself does not really need the Angels—and I think you're right in this respect. The Angels themselves are a Monster of ...


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Actually the animation is superior in many cases for 90s shows. So your argument is not valid. Evangelion should be watched in the order released (Series => EoE => Rebulids) as Rebulids are clearly not remakes. On the other hand if you don't feel like watching the series why would you do so? Just because it's a classic? Worthless.


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The prevalent theory about the Rebuild movies is that they are, in fact, a sequel to the original. No one is entirely certain how everything connects, but there are a lot of theories out there. Rather than attempt to cover them all myself, I'll provide links to relevant discussions. I encourage anyone who has more links to add them here so we can create a ...


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Here's a list of differences between the first movie and the original timeline The most notable plot-wise is that Misato knew about Lilith, and she knew what Lilith's purpose was, and later before the Ramiel battle, she showed Shinji what Lilith was and explained why he needed to fight the Angels. The appearance and identification of the Angel Lilith at ...


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The theater is a shot from one of the screenings of Death and Rebirth. I vaguely recall someone somewhere identifying which theater it was, but I can't find the post. This was part of an entire sequence of live-action shots near the end of the instrumentality portion of "End of Evangelion", the panning shot of the inside of the theater is both kind of a 4th ...


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They are not supposed to be brother and sister. Rei was created using material of Yui Ikari which would make their relationship closer to mother/son or aunt/nephew genetically speaking and this origin was kept secret. Gendō Ikari brought his first clone (Rei I) to the Gehirn base, which is the predecessor of NERV and responsible for the development and ...


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As already mentioned in ConMan's answer, it's an image of Dead Sea Scrolls, or specifically the Secret Dead Sea Scrolls in the show. Dead Sea Scrolls were real things, and they were written mostly in Hebrew, and some in Aramaic. However, the shown text doesn't have any similarities to both of them. Although some of the characters look like Japanese ...


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The creator of RahXephon, Yutaka Izubuchi, admits to having heavily used Brave Raideen as the influence for RahXephon. There's a really great interview of both Izubuchi and Anno (creator of Evangelion) that's really revealing about the influences between the two. Relevant quote: Mr. Izubuchi said before that "Eva" was Combattler [Chōdenji Robo Combattler ...


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This is a little confusing because the notion of what exactly "Adam" is is different from the original TV Series + End of Evangelion (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and the new movie series ("Rebuild" of Evangelion). In the original TV Series, Adam was a source of life (the Angels), and named the "First Angel", and used as a template of sorts for all of the ...


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I think one of the biggest changing points is the Vatican Treaty. As the wiki points, this represents a weakened political influence by the part of Seele. Comparing the roles of Seele in both continuities, in NGE they are the masterminds, but in Rebuild they are more like an advisory board (going even to the extreme of shutting themselves down peacefully, ...


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