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Log Post #23 | From: warpio | Posted: 9/02/2018 12:12:00 PMUpdated: 9/02/2018 01:25:38 PM
|Episode 15 - Lies and Silence / Those women longed for the touch of others' lips, and thus invited their kisses|
It seems like it's an important day for nearly everyone at Nerv. Misato and Ritsuko are going to a wedding; Shinji and Gendo are visiting Yui's grave; Asuka has a date. However, important things will spring from these seemingly mundane events.
As the episode opens, Gendo and Fuyutsuki are in a helicopter, flying over the second and third Ashi lakes.
I received a complaint from Chairman Kiel about the delay. It came directly to me. He was pretty upset. He even hinted at dismissing you.
Adam is proceeding well, and the Eva Project has begun work on the dummy plugs. What do the old men of Seele have to complain about?
The all-important Human Instrumentality Project is behind schedule.
All the projects are linked. There are no problems.
Gendo doesn't respond to that last question... When Fuyutsuki asks what should they do about "that man", Gendo says that they should let him continue working. The details of whatever they're up to are still extremely vague at this point. My guess is "that man" they're referring to is Kaji. This next scene basically confirms that suspicion.
It then cuts to a scene with Kaji, investigating a seemingly long abandoned building. He hears someone stop outside and draws his gun, but stops when a voice says, "It's me". The woman outside the door is feeding a group of cats. She tells him that the company he is investigating, Shannon Bio, is one of 108 subsidiaries of the Marduk Institute; it is the 107th to prove to be a fake.
The Marduk Institute is supposed to be an advisory body controlled by the Human Instrumentality Committee to select Eva pilots. What it really does is not clear.
She shows him a list of the Board of Directors, which is Gendo, Fuyutsuki, and Keel. The cat Lady then reminds him that he is supposed to be investigating Nerv, and warns him to stay away from Marduk, who's stated purpose is to select Evangelion pilots.
Well, I'm the type that has to see everything for myself.
At school, Asuka leaves a prank message for Kaji that she is being attacked by a pervert. Her friend Hikari approaches her and asks her to go on a date with her sister's friend. Meanwhile, Shinji, is watching Rei cleaning the classroom with a fascinated look on his face.
Back at Nerv HQ., Misato and Ritsuko discuss the wedding they will be attending the next day. During this, the pilots are having a synch test. Afterwards, in the elevator, Shinji, who is visiting his mother's grave with his father the next day , asks Rei what he's like, but she doesn't know the answer. Remembering her cleaning that day, he comments that she wrung out the washcloth "like a mother". This visibly upsets Rei, who asks him, "What are you saying?"
Back at home, Asuka is talking about her date she's going on tomorrow, while Shinji is laying on his bed in silence, staring at the ceiling. Misato comes in and talks with him.
Are you scared? Of seeing your father by yourself?
You can't keep running away. Unless you take that step forward, nothing will change.
I know that!
You'll begin to realize, after that first step, it's just as important to keep going.
Anyway, go see him tomorrow with your chin held high, because you'll be seeing your mother too. Well, good night.
The next day, Kaji arrives late at the wedding. Misato complains that he hasn't shaved and straightens his tie, prompting Ritsuko to comment that they are acting like a married couple.
Gendo and Shinji have arrived at the cemetery. Gendo comments that they haven't been there together for three years, prompting Shinji to admit that he had run away. We also learn in this conversation that Gendo has kept no pictures of Yui, and that there is no body buried there. As Gendo's helicopter arrives, we get a brief glimpse of Rei aboard. Shinji tells him he's glad they had a chance to talk.
Back home, Shinji is practicing the cello when Asuka, who has dumped her date, arrives and applauds. Shinji, however, says he's been practicing since age five and hasn't improved. The only reason he still plays is no one ever told him to stop.
The wedding has ended, and Misato, Kaji, and Ritsuko are out drinking. When Misato leaves briefly to visit the restroom, Kaji gives Ritsuko a trinket which he calls a "cat souvenir". She looks at it and asks him why he was in Kyoto. He feigns surprise and replies that he was in Matsushiro. Ritsuko replies
It's no use playing dumb. Your fingers will get burned if you get involved in this too deeply. That's the advice of a friend.As Misato returns to the table, Ritsuko says this to both of them right as she's about to leave.
You haven't changed, have you, you player?
Of course I've changed. To live is to change.
Homeostasis and transistasis.
What are those?
One is a force for the status quo, and the other's a force for change. A living thing is something that has both of these conflicting qualities.
Like men and women.
Back home, Shinji gets a call from Misato that she's going to be late. When Asuka learns that Misato is drinking with Kaji, she comments that she won't be home that night.
Misato has too much too drink and vomits in a alley. She then admits that she lied when she broke up with him; there wasn't another man. Instead, she was frightened because he reminded her of her father. When she starts saying that she's just as pathetic as Shinji, he has to shut her up by kissing her.
At Misato's apartment, Asuka says she's bored and asks Shinji if he wants to kiss. When he hesitates, she teases him by implying that he thinks his mother is watching him from heaven, or maybe he's just afraid. When he replies that he's not afraid, she approaches him, and holding his nose (his breath tickles), plants a kiss right on his lips. Shinji passively stands with his arms at his sides. When the kiss, which lasts long enough to leave him gasping for breath, is over, Asuka, frustrated by his denseness and lack of reaction, runs to the bathroom in order to hide her real feelings. After loudly rinsing her mouth, she shouts, "Definitely not something to do to kill time!".
Shortly after, Kaji brings Misato home. Asuka tries to get him to stay, but he replies that he doesn't have a change of clothes for work with him. As Kaji leaves, Asuka smells Misato's perfume on him and realizes that they are back together. She then blames the kiss with Shinji as the cause of her distress, when the boy asks if she is alright.
The next day we see Rei in a tube which is connected to some mysterious biological looking machinery at Central Dogma. Kaji is about to enter Terminal Dogma when he feels a gun in his back. It's Misato. She asks him if he's there working for Nerv, or is he at his other job.
Ryoji Kaji of Special Duty Organization Nerv's Special Inspection Department... Also, Ryoji Kaji of the Investigation Department of the Japanese Ministry of Home Affairs.
So you know all about it.
Don't underestimate Nerv.
Is this an order from Commander Ikari?
My own discretion. If you keep doing this other job, you'll die.
Wow... I'm starting to wonder if Misato was just faking all that hangover/drama stuff to make Kaji lower his guard so that she could follow him and find out what he was up to...
Commander Ikari is using me. I can still keep going. However, I will apologize for hiding it from you.
I'll call it even in thanks for yesterday.
Oh, I guess not. I assumed this was like the same night, immediately after Kaji brought Misato home, but it's the next day. Then Kaji says
Thanks very much, but... The Commander and Ritchan are hiding things from you too, and...He opens the door to Terminal Dogma and reveals a white, legless giant, hanging from a cross, impaled by a forked spear and wearing a mask that resembles moon craters. Misato momentarily mistakes it for an Eva, but then realizes that she has seen this thing before, 15 years ago in Antarctica.
Holy shit this episode was amazing, and I totally wasn't expecting that bombshell reveal at the end.