Log Post #3 of 4
Log Post #3 | From: warpio | Posted: 9/21/2018 01:40:00 PMUpdated: 9/22/2018 05:32:10 PM
|Episode 26' - Yours Sincerely / I Need You.|
Adam and I are now as one. For this is the only way to be with Yui again. Through the forbidden unification between Adam and Lilith.
There's no time. Your AT Field can no longer keep your shape. Let's begin, Rei.
Release your AT Field, the barrier of your <i>heart</i>. Complement your imperfect <i>mind</i> by abandoning meaningless bodies and combine everyone's soul into one. And then let's return to Yui's side.
This first scene has some uh implications. I guess this happened at the same time or immediately after Shinji got into Eva-01.
Shinji screams as he sees the corpse of Asuka/Eva-02 being carried off by the white Evas... then suddenly the original Lance of Longinus comes plunging towards him and stops right at his neck.
This lance seems to be under Seele's control now that it's back on Earth. They start chanting some incantation in unison.
Return the Eva series to its original form.
Evangelize humankind and restore us to our true form.
Through indiscriminate death and through prayer, people shall return to their true form.
Realizing that Evangelion Unit-01 has began to move in the GeoFront, Gendo tells Rei that the only way for him to see Yui again is through the forbidden union of Adam and Lilith. He inserts his right hand--which has Adam grafted on--into Rei's body to initiate Instrumentality. Meanwhile, Shinji is still screaming over Asuka's death. Unit-01 breaks free of its bindings, which causes the original Spear of Longinus to return from the Moon onto Earth, stopping right at Unit 01's neck.
Seele decides to set Third Impact and Instrumentality into motion by using Unit-01 and its pilot as a medium. The Mass Production Evangelions crucify Unit-01 by opening their S² Engine. A massive explosion occurs, which reveals the Black Moon, Lilith's Egg, within the GeoFront.
Seele has nailed Eva 01 to his own AT Field cross. They are using him/Shinji as the catalyst for the Third Impact... but I think Gendo and Rei had already started it themselves.
I get it now... These white Evas are Lillith dummy plugs. If the unification of a Lillith copy (Seele's Eva series), and an Adam copy would set off the the Third Impact, then the unification of Adam's original body (Gendo's Hand) and the original soul of Lillith would set it off as well. I think Seele is trying to do soul of Adam + copy of Lillith's body though, whereas Gendo is doing it with the soul of Lillith + original Adam's body.
oh shit... it seems Seele's attempt at setting off the Third Impact went faster than Gendo's attempt at setting of Human Instrumentality. Nerv HQ start getting vaporized, and the entire surrounding continent gets nuked.
The nuke cloud takes the shape of this giant planet-sized eyeball coming out of the earth... it's so creepy... I guess this is about where we were at the beginning of the series episode 26, with Shinji wanting the world to be just nothing but himself and imaginary voices talking to him as he looks out onto an empty auditorium.
no wait that was just overthinking it I think. More Seele incantation sounding lines.
To symbolize eternal time... The Red Earth's Purification Ceremony.
First, return the Geofront... to its true form.
Source of all human life. The Egg of Lilith, the Black Moon.
Kozo: We no longer desire to return to that empty shell.
But that is up to Lilith's will.
Gendo: It seems to have begun. Now, Rei... Guide me to the place where Yui is.
Aware of Shinji's pain, Rei defies Gendo (saying she is "Not his doll") by absorbing his arm and joins Lilith on her own. Gendo begs Rei to wait for him, to which she responds that "Ikari-kun is calling". Welcomed home by Lilith, Rei is absorbed into the giant, which breaks free from Nerv Headquarters.
this is still just the first 6 minutes... lmao this is amazing.
So Rei isn't also Yui right? I think it's just Eva-01 that is based on a copy of Yui mixed with a copy of Adam's body. Shinji's AT field when combined with that became defenseless against the Eva series... while Rei's AT field that protects Lillith's original body started to weaken. What Gendo was trying to do was merge the original body of Adam with Lillith so that Yui and the rest of humankind would become one and he'd get to be with Yui again. He didn't want Lillith's soul to go back to her own body.
So yeah I realize the parallel between this and what happens when Shinji touches Rei II's chest early on in the series has some meaning to it somewhere.
so like... Rei is putting on Adam suits... kinda like what happened with that cryptic article talking about the Second Impact in 25'
all the soulless, smiling Reis are coming out of the giant Rei's naked body as she assimilates with the Eva series that were flying around and trying to assimilate their AT fields with Shinji/Eva 01's... meanwhile Shinji is just in the middle of all that, nailed to Seele's AT field and forced to watch all of this. and then Shinji sees Lillith starting to fall apart.
I dunno about these random theory ramblings I'm writing as I'm watching this. probably better to just let the screenshots speak for themselves though.
Upon seeing the giant version of Rei, Shinji begins to freak out and scream uncontrollably. As the as the now deformed Eva Series move and begin resonating with her, multiple faces of Rei begin appearing on the Evas, disturbing Shinji further and forcing him to scream, as Unit 01 echos his cries and its core is forced to the surface. He repeatedly says "no more" with his head in his hands, until a familiar voice asks him if he "wants it to stop/Is he giving up?". Looking up in shock with tears in his eyes, Shinji is overjoyed to see Kaworu smiling at him as Rei/Lilith dangles behind him as part of a conjoined body. As Kaworu moves forward to embrace Unit-01, Shinji's eyes close and his ego barrier weakens, and as the Spear of Longinus pierces Unit-01's exposed core, the crucified Unit-01 now turns into a Tree of Life. Fuyutsuki says that because Evangelion Unit-01 obtained the Angel's Fruit of Life and Mankind's Fruit of Knowledge, it has become like God. Furthermore, whether or not Humanity will be saved from Third Impact's fate (Instrumentality) is up to Shinji. The Nerv staff question whether Instrumentality was the right option.
As Kaworu and Rei switch forms and eyes appear on the Tree of Life, there is a close-up shot of Shinji's peaceful face, which gets overlapped by a transparent image of Yui's face as she explains that the Rei he is seeing is from his soul, and is an embodiment of his wish. With his eyes closed, Yui asks him what he wishes for, before an image of someone clutching her breasts appears and he turns into LCL. The scene ends with the recurring water droplet.
oh man, the tear drop scene here probably chronologically syncs up with the tear drop scene in ep26.
it's that same auditorium scene, sort of, except it has merged with Rei's outdoor sunset mind trip themes, and a lot of eye/hands/chest symbolism going on. Shinji is playing sand castles with some doll like girls, and is alone when he turns to face the sand castle, facing away from a sunset scene and a single swing blowing back and forth behind him. Shinji stomps on his sand castle pyramid which looks a lot like Central Dogma, and the swingset behind him comes to a complete stop and forms a symmetrical Seele-like figure. This whole scene has some amazing imagery.
Asuka voice angrily interjects with a close-up on her face, saying "even just the sight of you gets on my nerves." A shot follows of Shinji's head and shoulders laying on his back, appearing unclothed with two locks of Asuka's hair draping down over him. Shinji calmly questions "Because I'm like you?". A quick series of Shinji and Asuka saying "Mama" follows: little Asuka crying at her mother's funeral, Asuka's lips during her sleep-talking in Episode 09, and the forfeited Shinji crouching before Unit 01 covered in bakelite in the last episode. Then there's a close-up of Misato bloodied Cross in Shinji's palm, with the voice of Misato bemoaning her failure to become Shinji's mother.
Next I think it starts showing some of the Instrumentality going on from Shinji's perspective, except this shows it as he's only thinking about one certain thing.
Shinji observes Misato and Kaji during their period in college in which they skipped classes to have sex for a week. Misato presently admits that she probably did things like that to confirm her existence. Asuka exclaims that it's stupid, just lonely adults trying to find comfort in each other, while Ritsuko explains it's nice to feel needed, even if it's only physical and Misato confirms that she is glad to feel like she's meaningful. While Shinji is shown frowning in the background holding Misato's cross as she has sex, he is disgusted and surprised that Misato does such things, to which she replies that sex is a part of her that he never knew, and that reality is painful but "you just have to bear with it".
Walking up to Shinji after Asuka asks them if they should kiss, she tells him that he doesn't understand anything about her. Shinji says that he does, but Asuka replies-with a kick to his leg, saying "Do you think you understand me? Do you think you can save me? That's nothing but your conceited ego!" and finishes by exclaiming that he will never understand. Shinji explains it's impossible for him to understand her if Asuka never tells him anything, while scenes of Asuka rejecting Shinji throughout the series are shown. In the Personal Hell Traincar, Rei asks Shinji if he tried to understand and he sullenly says he did.
Misato, Asuka, and Rei stare at Shinji while he glances at Rei.
Calling him stupid, Asuka tells Shinji that she knows he is just using her for comfort, said over the hospital masturbation scenes from earlier, and states "Why don't you do it again, like you always do? I'll be watching you." Asuka stands in front of Shinji with her hands on her hips and leg beside him, breasts at his eye level in the Personal Hell Traincar. The redhead goes onto say that if she can't have all of him, she wants nothing. Shinji asks why she can't be kind to him, at which Asuka, Rei and Misato superimposed over one another all say they are. Shinji calls them liars, saying that they want to keep things ambiguous with their smiles. Rei says that the truth is painful, but Shinji answers that ambiguity only makes him feel more insecure, and admits to being scared if things keep on progressing as they are. Shinji panics and demands that he be cared for and not left alone. But as the scene concludes Shinji's plea remains unanswered, as Asuka, Rei and Misato stares silently back at Shinji slumping over, his back to them, slowly turning his head to meet their gaze.
Asuka is shown dejectedly sitting with her head leaning against the kitchen table. Shinji walks up to her, admitting that he wants to help her and stay with her all the time. Asuka doesn't want him to do anything, or come close to her, because all he can do is hurt her. Shinji leans in and asks her to help him, and says that only she can do it. From underneath her hair, Asuka glares at him and calls him a liar, that anyone would do, and that he is using her as an excuse and an escape because he's scared of Misato and Rei as well as his mother and father. Shinji continues to beg Asuka for help as she yells at him. She pushes him to the floor; angrily saying that he has never loved anyone seriously; that he only cares about himself but can't even like himself. Shinji lays in the hot coffee spilt from the pot he knocked as he fell, burning himself as Asuka stands there and calls him "Pitiful", before he weakly gets up, still begging for help. Growing angry, he begins to throw the table and chairs around while pleading not to be left alone, not to be abandoned, and not to be killed. Coldly staring at Shinji, after a moment, Asuka simply replies "No". Losing control, Shinji strangles Asuka. Third Impact begins.
Shinji says that he thought it was a world where nobody would betray him and exclaims that everyone has betrayed his feelings . Rei replies that he it was wrong of him to think everybody felt like him. Shinji bitterly says he wanted everybody including him to die, though Rei asks why he is here if that's the case. Asking if it's okay for him to be here, Shinji is met with silence and screams.
Even more amazing imagery here... again I'd rather let the screenshots speak for themselves. I think this part in Shinji's mindscape where the art gets all lazy synchs up with that part of ep26. and even moreso than that time, they're doing the lazy drawings/reused cells thing in a really interesting way.
and then the imagery gets really crazy, to the point where I have to scroll through the video frame by frame to look at all the interesting shots (well actually it's mostly just still images from the series with some random trippy photoshop effects over them, it looks really trippy in motion). lmao what is this though... it's just pure nonsense. I guess the part of the instrumentality that synchs up with the last 1/3rd of ep26 just can't really be shown externally any other way.
okay so obviously, all these sound clips of women telling Shinji how much they hate him, I'm pretty sure these are Shinji's versions of all these people. These are what he really wants them to be like. (except for Asuka who really did act like that toward him)... or something I dunno. I don't even think I can accurately describe what's going on anymore at this point.
Meanwhile Nerv discovers Shinji's vital signs are near zero and that Lilith's Anti A.T. Field is expanding as she grows even larger. The Doors of Guf open as Lilith and multiple Reis begin collecting peoples' souls. The members of Nerv turn into LCL, seeing the one they love and trust the most (Hyuga: Misato, Aoba: Nobody, Fuyutsuki: Yui, and Maya: Ritsuko) before this happens. The members of Seele also turn into LCL, Keel seemingly content with the scenario of Third Impact being played out, although it's not his.
Within Terminal Dogma, Gendo expresses how long he's been waiting for this moment of being able to see Yui again. Gendo admits that without her at his side, all he can do is hurt Shinji. She smiles at him, asking if he was afraid of Shinji. He replies that he believes nobody can love him, and that he's undeserving of any love. Kaworu appears, and interjects that he was just running away before anybody could betray him, Rei 3 adding that Gendo was afraid so he closed off his heart. Yui turns into Evangelion Unit-01 and picks up Gendo; he asks if this is his punishment. Saying "I'm sorry, Shinji", Unit-01 bites off Gendo's head, inducting him into Pre-Instrumentality. Gendo is shown standing, with his upper half bitten off, as Rei 2 gently picks up Gendo's glasses and all three versions of Rei stand together.
In outer space, the MP Eva series proceed to spear their cores with their replica Spears, causing all the souls to gradually enter Lilith's Doors of Guf. The Tree of Life enters Lilith through a vaginal-looking third eye. Pre-Instrumentality is underway as a barrage of "break-up" lines occur, various women-including Asuka-that Shinji know saying they hate him. The lines end with Asuka calling Shinji a wimp. Misato and Rei calmly tell Shinji that if he hates what's going on so much, he can stop it and run away. Misato asks Shinji if he wants to become one with her (indicating Instrumentality); Asuka adds that she'd rather die than for that to happen.
While live-action footage of a city appears on-screen, Shinji asks Misato, Asuka, and Rei what dreams are. Shinji says he doesn't understand reality and that he doesn't know where happiness is. Rei replies that Shinji is having a dream and that he recreated the world based on his own reality. Shinji asks why can't he dream alone and Rei answers that dreaming alone would simply be a substitute for reality. Asking where his dreams and reality are, Rei says that Shinji's dream is the continuation of reality. Lilith falls backwards as her neck bleeds LCL.
The group photo.
Rei is laying upon Shinji, both of them naked and their bodies merged where they meet, within the LCL Sea. Rei explains that this solitary world where everything is united as one is the very world Shinji wished for. Shinji, holding onto Misato's cross, replies that it isn't right. Rei says that if people exist as individuals again, the walls of the heart that separate people could cause possible hurt again. Releasing Misato's cross as he smiles, Shinji says that's alright, before reaching out and grasping at Rei's arm to define their individual bodies. Rei disengages herself from atop Shinji as he holds Rei's hand and thanks her. His head resting in Rei's lap as he holds the cross, Shinji explains how he felt that things were painful, which is why he ran away. But he realized that running away was bad because it was as if nobody including him existed. Kaworu appears, asking Shinji if it's alright that if A.T. Fields hurt him and others again. Shinji says it's alright and asks what Rei and Kaworu are. They reply they're the "hope people can one day understand each other" as well as the word "love". As a group photo of Shinji and the others (minus Gendo and Fuyutsuki) appears on-screen, Shinji says that even though he'll be betrayed and deserted one day, he wants to see them again because his feelings were real.
Bursting out of Lilith's eye, Eva Unit-01 lets out a mighty roar and grows Wings of Light. The Doors of Guf close and Lilith's Black Moon explodes. Lilith's body decomposes, becoming petrified as it lands on Earth. Unit-01 uses an extended version of the Spear of Longinus to petrify the MP Eva Series. The Eva Series land on Earth, as well. The Wings of Light disappearing, Eva-01 becomes petrified herself, as Rei silently stares at her out in Space. Kaworu, Rei, and Yui reassure Shinji: People can restore their bodies as long as they imagine themselves within their own heart. Yui says that as long as the Earth, Moon and Sun exist, everything will be alright.
After the Entry Plug is ejected off-screen, Shinji (now wearing Misato's cross pendent) and his mother say goodbye. Yui caresses his cheek, asking him if he'll be alright. Shinji says that he still doesn't know where to find happiness, but will live on since he's himself. In a flashback to the conclusion of Fuyutsuki and Yui's Episode 21 discussion, Fuyutsuki asks Yui if her real intention behind Eva is for the Eva to become God. Yui replies that that is the case, and how Eva can live forever, along with the human soul within her. Even after the Earth, Moon and Sun are lost, the Evangelion will be eternal proof of humanity's existence. Shinji says "...Goodbye, Mother.".
So now Shinji is just by himself on this post Third Impact Earth that has everyone's souls just floating around in Lillith's blood, and eventually they'll all restore themselves to normal?
END OF EVANGELION ONE MORE FINAL: I need you.
An undetermined amount of time has passed. Half of Lilith's petrified head and some of the petrified Mass Production Eva Series are on a beach near the LCL Sea. Some grave markers have been erected: one has Misato's cross nailed to it, while another grave marker has been kicked down. The moon is shown with a streak of red crossing it and the night sky. Asuka and Shinji lay on the beach slightly apart, with Asuka's right arm fully wrapped in bandages. Hearing a noise, Shinji turns his head to see a ghostly Rei 3 (reminiscent of Episode 01) hovering over the sea facing his direction, and then disappears. Shinji sits up staring at where Rei had been, before looking down at Asuka. Shinji sits up, and looks over to where Rei had been, before looking down at Asuka. The scene then cycles through various shots of the destroyed planet before turning to a shot of Asuka being strangled by Shinji straddled atop her. The shot comes closer to Asuka's face, with a left eye-patch, and neck as Shinji tightens his grip. Silently, Asuka reaches up with her bandaged arm to caress Shinji's cheek. Crying, Shinji begins to sob uncontrollably as she continues looking at the sky for several more seconds before her eyes swing down to look at him coldly. He stops choking Asuka, cries tears onto Asuka's face, and then curls over into a ball. Asuka then looks down at Shinji for the first time before saying "Kimochi warui" Immediately after the phrase, the movie cuts to white with "The End" written in the lower right.
That was a really upsetting ending. I guess Asuka was the first person who restored themselves from the instrumentality (or Shinji restored her), while everybody else is still mixed in with the LCL soup at this point... and for some reason Shinji just had the urge to strange Asuka. He was shown doing this earlier in the movie as well, but I'm not sure if it's a thing that actually happened or if it was something just happening in his mind.