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What, if anything, was the early 90s anime creativity crisis?

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 ...
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What is that covering part of the Nerv Logo?

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 ...
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What's the meaning of the crayon painting that appear in End Of Evangelion?

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 ...
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Was running into people with toast in your mouth already a cliche by Evangelion's time (1995-96)?

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 ...
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Why does Asuka caress Shinji in EoE?

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 ...
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The audience scene in End Of Evangelion

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 ...
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Did Kaji know that he was going to die in Episode 21?

He knew that he was going to die but it was not directly due to his espionage. Freeing the kidnapped Fuyutsuki is the most likely cause of his death according to the dialogue in episode 21. Misato: ...
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How come Rei and Shinji have different last names?

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 ...
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What is written in the last scene of the Neon Genesis Evangelion opening?

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 ...
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Is there a manga with a scene where Shinji chokes Asuka?

No, I don't believe there is. The entirety of Instrumentality happens in the last volume of the Sadamoto manga (volume 14) and there was no kitchen scene during instrumetality (where coffee is spilled ...
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Why did EVA Unit 01 only accept Shinji as its pilot?

EVA Unit 01 contains the soul of Yui Ikari, who disappeared during a contact experiment: in ep. 20, after Shinji achieves a high synchronisation rate and is absorbed into LCL in the EVA Unit, he comes ...
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The audience scene in End Of Evangelion

Partial answer: the footage was shot at Shinjuku Milanoza, a cinema hall. In this video, you can hear the establishment's proprietor speaking prior to a screening of End of Evangelion (one of the last ...
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What's the meaning of A.T field that Asuka said in the End of Evangelion movie?

There's some info about this posted in the "Why are child pilots used" question, but specifically, Asuka's mom Kyoko has always been in the Evangelion. In episode 22, we see the flashback of Asuka's ...
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What is Toji's "accent"?

According to this quite old Ask John column, Touji's accent in Japanese is Osaka-ben. Ask John: What’s the Significance of the Osaka Accent? Question: Looking at several anime series, and translated ...
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What's the thing like a giant spiral stone in the Evangelion 3.0's scenery?

In the script included with the Japanese Blu-ray release it is identified as the Black Moon of Lilith, an object that transported the angel Lilith to Earth. Originally spherical shaped much like the ...
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What is playing on Shinji's walkman?

This article on EvaWiki has all the tracks played by Shinji's walkman/SDAT. http://wiki.evageeks.org/SDAT Edit: Episode 2 - A-2 ("Background Music" - S² Works, Disc-01, track 02) and B-4 ("Fly Me To ...
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Which episode is this eye in hand from and what is its purpose?

That is Gendo Ikari's hand with the first angel Adam implanted on it. From the linked article: Adam is a crucial element in Gendo's own scenario for Third Impact, wherein he intends to use the "...
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Why did Rei abandon Gendo for Shinji?

Well, to explain Rei's actions, we would need to take a deeper look in multiple aspects of the series, but I can try to give two main reasons. She warmed up to Shinji during the run of the main ...
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Did the Mass Production EVA Series make use of souls, like "normal" EVAs?

The only kind of answer for questions like this is "nobody knows for sure" (probably not even Hideaki Anno). While there is a precedence for souls being in an Eva's core, it's not definitively stated ...
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In which episode does Rei Ayanami have a life reflection dialogue?

It was episode 14 if i recall right http://wiki.evageeks.org/Episode_14
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Why are child pilots used in the first place?

The Mother-Child Bond Within the universe Shinji and Asuka both have "souls" or some meaningful part of their mother inside the Evangelion, presumably in the Core. This is pretty obvious in Shinji's ...
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Why are child pilots used in the first place?

Heavy spoilers for the original series: But if after a decade you haven't still watched the original series, blame on you. TL;DR: Since the background story is the same for the rebuild movies, we ...
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Are the English volume titles for EVA all referring to Bible verses, and if so, which ones?

I will go through the titles in the order of their respective volumes. Behold the angels of God descending: I couldn't find an exact match for this on the internet in a context that was about Bible ...
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Where do the Angels get their names from?

Seele has knowledge of when the Angels will appear based on the Dead Sea Scrolls. (That they have knowledge of the order of Angels from the Scrolls is indicated in an ep. 23 conversation. In an ...
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Did Shinji activate EVA Unit 01's Berserk Mode?

In the original anime series, it was established that the berserk mode can't be triggered voluntarily. Moreover it was at least strongly hinted that the "berserk mode" is in fact In the Rebuild ...
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Why did EVA Unit 01 accept then refuse the Dummy Plug?

A lot of this will have to be speculation since most of these things are never explicitly explained, but we do have a couple of clues. During the episode SHINJI: What is this? What did you do, ...
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Is fanservice considered good in anime?

All though I don't think we really can answer the "do people enjoy watching fanservice" part of the question. As this is left to the opinion of the viewer, lets get into what 'fan-service' ...
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Is fanservice considered good in anime?

Fanservice is content which is not necessary for the progression of the story but something which pleases the viewer/fan. In anime this is usually sexual in nature, but can also be hints towards ships ...
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Would a human touching an angel cause an impact?

No, nothing would happen. This can be seen with Eva Unit 01’s (a Lilith-based lifeform) fusion with material from the Fourteenth Angel (Adam-based lifeform). Same thing with Kaworu (albeit in a Lilin ...
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End of Evangelion - Why does Misato dissolve into LCL and why did Asuka re-materialize?

My understanding is that everyone at the time of Instrumentality becomes one (i.e. the sea of LCL) including dead people as long as their soul is still around, but I don't know if this was explicitly ...
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