Log Post #35 of 40
Log Post #35 | From: warpio | Posted: 9/09/2018 03:30:00 PMUpdated: 9/09/2018 05:10:55 PM
|Episode 23 - Tears / Rei III|
Asuka is still acting as emo as ever. Now she's refusing to go home and is staying at Hikari's place.
Seele is furious with Gendo over the use of the Spear of Longinus, which is now heading for the moon, and plans to send Gendo another warning to keep him in line, stating that they need someone who knows the truth. Ritsuko receives a telephone call from her grandmother and learns that her cat, which has been in her grandmother's care, has died. She tells her grandmother that she will visit her mother's grave, since it has been over three years since she last visited. After the conversation ends, she says, "So that child is dead".
In a meeting with Seele, Gendo explains that it was his priority to destroy the Angel, not preserve the Spear, a statement at which the Russian committee member openly scoffs. Fuyutsuki calls, telling him an Angel is approaching, and Gendo leaves the meeting. Chairman Lorenz begins to seriously consider the possibility that Gendo intends to betray Seele.
As soon as Gendo's meeting with Seele ends, the 16th Angel Armisael appears, having crossed over Goura. This Angel takes the form of some beams of light arranged in a circular spiral pattern, apparently it can change shape. Rei is sent out in Eva-00, with Asuka as her backup. Asuka has lost all of her confidence by now and doesn't even know why she's still piloting. Gendo seems to think she's useful as a decoy though.
The Angel's unusual A.T. Field variations puzzle the Magi, and until the Angel's abilities are clear, a tense standoff is maintained. Rei is told to pull back and observe it, but the Angel changes shape and attacks the Eva. Shooting it with the sniper rifle is useless, and the Angel erodes the A.T. Field and begins biofusion with the Eva. A network of vein-like patterns grows over Rei's body, corresponding to the growth on her Eva. Misato launches Eva-02 and orders Asuka to lift off, but her synch level is so low she can't move her Eva. She is immediately withdrawn by Misato.
Back to another ego-loss Rei mind trip. These are always way more calm than Shinji and Asuka's mind trips, with Rei mostly just questioning everything that her mind is telling her...
Who's there? Me? The me inside the Eva. No, I can sense that there's someone other than me.
An Angel? The person that we call an Angel? Who are you?
Won't you become one with me?
No. I am me. I am not you.
I see, but it's no use. It's too late now.
I'll share what's in my heart with you. I'll share this feeling with you.
Doesn't it hurt? See? Doesn't your heart ache?
Hurt? No, you're wrong. It's...
...loneliness? Yes, it's loneliness, isn't it?
Loneliness? I don't understand.
You hate being alone, don't you? There are so many of us, and yet, you hate being alone. That is what loneliness is. That is what is inside your heart. That is your own heart, overflowing with sorrow.
Woah... suddenly Rei starts crying. The first time we've ever seen Rei like this.
Soon, Rei feels the presence of someone else inside the Eva. She sees Armisael take her own form, and talk to her. Armisael shares her emotions with Rei who identifies them as loneliness. (Armisael didn't understand what she was feeling.) Armisael indicates to Rei that she (Rei) is lonely too. Rei actually cries, and is surprised to see her own tears. Armisael creates a monstrous growth from the Eva's back in which the shapes of all the previous Angels, her dead siblings, are visible, possibly trying to ressurect them to cure her own loneliness.
Woah, these Angels just keep getting more and more formidable. With each appearance, they're evolving to and learning more about how to defeat the humans/Evas. And now they know how to enter their flesh like a parasite and take them over from inside.
Gendo: "The suspension on Unit 01 has been lifted as of now."
Asuka: "What? You didn't send him out for me."
Well, he still had the Lance of Longinus in his arsenal at that point. I guess he considers Eva-01 more valuable than the Lance.
Armisael attacks Eva-01 through its other end, destroying the pallet rifle. Shinji grabs Armisael, who begins fusing with his hands. Misato orders Shinji to use the knife on himself to attack the Angel. When he does so, it howls like Rei. To his utter horror, miniature Rei faces appear out of his biofused hands, telling him "It hurts". Armisael's end takes Rei's form, and caresses the Eva's face, causing veins to appear across it. Rei realizes that her desire is to be with Shinji, and proceeds to contain the Angel to save Shinji. Ignoring Gendo and Misato ordering her to leave the Eva, she sacrifices her life by self-destructing the Eva. The resulting huge explosion destroys most of the city, and the waters of Lake Ashinoko flood the impact site. At the moment of the explosion, Rei sees an image of Gendo's smiling face.
omg what... That was the trippiest, lewdest Angel battle ever... The sexual/religions symbolism here couldn't be more obvious. That part right before the explosion looked like Eva-00/Rei literally became an Angel.
Ritsuko and a contamination squad scour the area; they find the Entry Plug containing Rei's chared remains and Ritsuko orders it to be salvaged.
Seele is even more pissed now that Gendo has lost both the Lance and Eva-00.
At last, we have defeated up through the 16th Angel. That leaves only one Angel described in Seele's Dead Sea Scrolls. The promised time is near. Our journey has been long and the sacrifices have been great.
Indeed, first, the Lance of Longinus, and now, the loss of Unit 00. We have more than enough reasons to relieve Ikari of his command. That man is smart enough to know the significance of why we allowed Fuyutsuki to return safely.
We need another human sacrifice to counter Ikari. And we need someone who knows the truth.
Shinji is devastated by Rei's death, and Misato attempts to comfort him the only way she knows, by trying to initiate an intimate encounter. Horrified, Shinji rejects her. Soon afterwards, Misato receives the news that Rei is alive and in hospital. Shinji meets Rei, who has no memory of self-destructing to save Shinji, and says, "I think I am the third."
I see, so that first time Shinji met Rei in bandages, I think that was a newly born 2nd copy of Rei that Gendo made after the first one died, and her injuries were just from the fact that she'd just been born. Maybe that apparition of Rei that Shinji saw at the very beginning of the Angel attack in episode 1 was the 1st copy.
Later, the third Rei is inside her apartment, looking through her things. Upon finding her treasured Gendo's glasses she begins to cry, and as she has no memory of her fatal battle, wonders why her tears seem so familiar to her, as she has never seen them before.
Seele puts Ritsuko through torture and shame as she stands naked before the monoliths. The French member reveals that Gendo sent her in place of Rei.
in Misato's room, where a different recording of Kaji plays on her answering machine... Misato had opened up the capsule that she gave him a few episodes ago to find a hidden recorded message telling her about Seele's secrets. Seele released Ritsuko, as they still consider her useful.
Indeed, for the sake of mankind's future. Eight Evangelions are already being prepared. Which leaves four more.
The annihilation of New Tokyo-3 will be good material upon which to advance our plans. Hurry their completion. That will be our promised day.
Enraged, Ritsuko calls Shinji after her release and tells him to see her at once. Misato follows, with a gun. Ritsuko shows Shinji and Misato the room where Rei was born.
The water and light that form Rei's subconscious must have a strong impression of this place.
Then she shows them the place where the failed Eva prototypes are stored. Shiji calls it an "Eva Graveyard," but Misato says it's just a garbage dump. She also says this is the place where Shinji's mom died...
Finally, she shows them the dark secret of the Dummy System, the tank full of Rei bodies that serves as its core. She destroys the Rei clones in full view of both of them.
You're not saying the Evas' dummy plugs are...
That's right, the part that becomes the core of the dummy system, and this is the manufacturing plant for it.
These are just dummies. And nothing more than parts for Rei.
Wow... I kinda suspected this all along but the delivery of it still blew me away.
But that's not all... Ritsuko also goes on to explain more about how the Second Impact happened in the first place.
Man found God and in their joy, tried to make Him theirs. That's why there was divine retribution.
That was fifteen years ago. The God they found had also disappeared by then. But then, they tried to resurrect God on their own. The result was Adam.
And imitating God, they created people from Adam. The result was the Evas.
People? They're human?
Yes, they're human. he Evas do not intrinsically have souls, but they have human souls embedded in them.
They were all salvaged. The only vessel that contained a soul was Rei. She was the only one born with a soul.
The Chamber of Gaf was empty, you see. These things here that look like Rei have no souls. They're just vessels.
Then she destroys all the dummy Reis, and the cold emotionless Ritsuko breaks down and reveals her hidden emotions for the first time.
That's why I'm going to destroy them. Because I hate them.
Do you know just what you're doing?!
Yes, I know. I'm destroying them.</spoiler>
They're not people. They're things shaped like people. But I lost, even to these things! I couldn't win! I only needed to think of him, and I could endure any kind of humiliation! I didn't care what happened to my body! But he... He...
And I knew too. I'm a fool! Like mother, like daughter, we're both big fools! If you want to kill me, do it. No, I would be happy if you would do it.
So I guess Ritsuko was also in love with Gendo. The hints about this can be seen by the fact that she's always worn lipstick whenever she was working at Nerv, but didn't wear lipstick whenever she went out with Misato.
Misato refuses to kill Ritsuko, seeing her as another victim of the Evas like herself.
22 was a bit disappointing, but this episode was amazing.
lmao, that next episode preview... it's like they ran out of budget and had to rush together an episode preview using the storyboard art.