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It's been over eighteen years and still we haven't got an answer to the first mystery found in Eva. Pic related.

Seriously, this shit ain't deep. Anno simply wants it to appear so.
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This is proof that Rebuild is connected to NGE. The same Rei appeared to Rei Q in 3.0.
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pls be b8
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>>100579607
Why wouldn't it be connected?
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>>100578847
Oh yeah, I watched the whole thing expecting some kind of physic,"our minds are connected" bullshit, but never got an explanation.
I just forgot about it.
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>>100578847
I thought Rei just saw him from down the street, on her way to school or something, and Shinji didn't know who she was yet. She always had that habit of just staring at things and then walking away.
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>>100580556
Connected as in 'not just a remake'. Although I don't see why he would think THAT'S proof that they're connected.

>>100582068
The city was being evacuated at that time, and Rei was all fucked up from the accident with Unit 00 anyway.
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uhm, I'm watching NGE for the first time, and I downloaded the Renewal version, there's two versions (one is directors cut, other is "normal")of episode 21 and up, no point to watch the original?
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>>100583061
Not that I've seen that but I wouldn't think so. The studio was having budget issues at that time and episodes featured at that time had greatly lacked animation.
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Oh Rei, who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
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I think this is just foreshadowing that there's more to Rei than you know at first.
Because clearly she can't be perfectly fine above ground and in the Nerv hospital at the same time, right?
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>>100583061

Watch the directors cuts for 21-24. They include the extra scenes from the Death & Rebuild clip movie.
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>>100582068
Rei couldn't have been standing there. She was still injured after fighting the Eva.
As I understood it, it's just the soul of lilith who shows up at pivotal moments.

Kaworu does the same thing too on occasion. Pic very related.
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Couldn't they just get a new clone body for her instead of having her suffer
Or did Gendo plan it to manipulate SHinji
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>>100583620
So there's nothing lacking from the episodes, only added content`?
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>>100583678
>Rei couldn't have been standing there. She was still injured after fighting the Eva.
Because Rei's never in two places at once, right?
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>>100583706
Rei I, II, and III are all unique.
Replanting the soul still means fucking up her personality and memories.

Remaking her is a last-resort thing.
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>>100583781

Yup. The DC's are pretty much essential, there's quite a few very important things added, and some redrawn cuts too
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>>100584024
Okay, thank you
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>>100583706
>Or did Gendo plan it to manipulate SHinji
This was probably part of it, though I'd imagine they don't like tossing out Rei everytime she gets injured
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>>100583987
That's completely different.

Whatever that "thing" was in the streets, it wasn't just another clone. "It" was something else entirely, and "it" shows up a lot in seemingly impossible places.
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>>100583987
Whatever it is, it doesn't seem to have a physical body. Although we don't see it, it disappears far too quickly for her to simply be run from Shinji's view into an unseen cover.
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>>100583706
>Or did Gendo plan it to manipulate SHinji
Speaking of plans, did Gendo get smarter between the series and Rebuild or did everyone else get dumber? It seems like he's actually matching wits with other schemers in the series but by Rebuild he's the puppetmaster of everything.
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>>100578847
Sounds like it was sdeep4u. Several people here got it:

>>100583678
>>100584153
>>100584260
This is a popular belief. Remember all the phantom Rei that went around collecting souls before Instrumentality in EoE? It's possible that the Rei Shinji sees his first day in Tokyo III is one of those phantoms, sent back in time by the merged Lilith/Rei god-like entity.

>>100583610
It achieves this function no matter what's actually going on, so it does serve a point.


>>100579607
Oh here we go.
We have word of god (however reliable that is) that Rebuild is (Not) a Remake, so until we get confirmation or better evidence for this theory in 4.0, I think it's safe to say they're no more related than homage.
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>>100578847
Eva? Yeah, now that you mention it OP, I do recall watching that show. It was a solid 7/10.
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>>100578847
It's obviously an escaped clone. I mean come on, I'm sure tons of them escaped.
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>>100586582
>Random NERV grunt burst in to Gendo's office
>"Commander, more of the blanks have escaped"
>Gendo smiles
>Put on pith helmet
>Grabs tranquilliser gun
>A look of bitter resignation fills Kozo's face
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>>100578847
I've already figured it out years ago, I'm surprised you still haven't OP.

Guess it must suck being out of the loop.
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The OP isn't entirely wrong though, as all of these are theories. Anno has never mentioned what this actually is or its meaning, and likely never will.
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>>100584308
Everyone else just got dumber. It doesn't even seem like Yui would be the scheme-master this time.
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>>100586253
>We have word of god
Why do fans insist on putting the author's interpretation on a pedastal?
Personally I think the whole "Rebuild is a sequal" theory is bullshit, but I at least bother to bring real evidence into the argument instead of something Anno said once, as if that was even relevant
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>>100589041
The author's words have more weight than anyone else's because they are the one who have complete power over their work. "Death of the author" loses some meaning when you realize that there is literally nothing stopping an author short of actual, physical death from implementing his spoken words into the story. The mere fact that the author's words have a far greater chance of affecting a story than anyone else's means that their words have more weight.
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>>100589235
An author's opinions on the matter certainly can help illuminate things, but after the fact authors can get things wrong, or misremember stuff or flat out change their minds, especially with such an unreliable author such as Anno. If something was part of the story, it would IN the story.
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>>100589362
Even so, no fictional world is set in stone.

Let's say that a god created a world. The world has set laws on which it operates. However, a whimsical god could easily change those laws whenever it so pleases.

That's pretty much the power an author has over his fictional world and that's why you can't simply disregard everything the author says.
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>>100578847
It's one of those Rei "ghosts". She was there leading the Angel.
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>>100589453
Except that they are indeed set in stone. Fictional works aren't pocket universes, they don't exist beyond the page or in this case animation frame; An author can expand or re-explore the story (with sequels and remakes) but he cannot change it. What's there is there, and that's all there is.
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>>100589613
Tell that to George Lucas.
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>>100589362
>authors can get things wrong, or misremember stuff or flat out change their minds
Personally I find that a sign of a bad writer. For the latter one, I can't help but think of George Lucas. That's not to say that the bad cancels out any good work he's done.

>If something was part of the story, it would IN the story.
I don't entirely agree. Although not limited to just TV, but to fit in with timing constants and possibly budget, certain scenes are always going to be cut.

A good director will attempt to cut clutter first, rather then anything that may impact the story but this isn't always the case. I unfortunately can't recall any from my head but some of the deleted scenes from DVDs have made a world of difference when it comes to explaining things.
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>>100589362
There's a reason supplementary materials are so popular in Japan. Authors like to create detailed worlds and rules for their stories, but it wouldn't be pragmatic to fit all of them in. Take Kinoko Nasu's works, for instance. He has several books detailing various rules and background information for his stories, such such as the mechanics behind Excalibur and Ea, or the "science" behind Reality Marbles. However, most of this information isn't strictly necessary to the story. If Nasu added every single detail he's thought of into his stories, it would all end up being a huge, messy clusterfuck. That's why he has to keep things on a "need-to-know" basis; he only adds information that's necessary for the story to function on its own.

The supplementary materials, such as Complete Material, exist to flesh out the world his stories take place in without cluttering up the actual stories. And since all of his works are connected to a central canon, it would be rather foolish to disregard these materials simply because they weren't used in the stories proper.
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>>100589696
>Personally I find that a sign of a bad writer.
It usually is, but it's also a human thing to do even great writers can make mistakes (is hamlet a college boy or a thirty year old?). Then there's also the fact that people change.
> to fit in with timing constants and possibly budget, certain scenes are always going to be cut
And if they were important that's what the DC are for, I have no problem with those, they are part of the same wave of creation.
>Tell that to George Lucas.
No one said hacks can't keep exploiting that one time they stumbled upon greatness.
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It's pretty simple actually. She appears this way after she dies in EoE and appears to people like Misato before she even rejoins with Lilith, to collect their souls.

Basically, once she became full on Lilith God Being again, she could travel across all time and space. That's why she appears in the first episode the exact same way she appears to Shinji after she dies, she's gone back to perhaps keep an eye on him or something.
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>>100589911
If Lilith could travel across time and space, why didn't she: just warp back to the time before her shit got fucked up and she was locked in NERV's basement; tell herself what not to do. Then she could go to wherever all those angels were coming from and do whatever it is they wanted
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>>100590119
>Angels
>Smart

They ate the Fruit of LIFE, not the Fruit of Knowledge anon. Though admittedly, humans aren't exactly the epitome of brilliance either. Those fruits must have been overripe.
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>>100590119
Maybe that's what she's doing with rebuild. Rei being gone, not because she's missing but because she's she's out there, plotting. Gendo is about to get fucked again. Besides, Lilith wouldn't cooperate with the angels, they're Adam-based and wanted her and her children gone.



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