saw in a magazine these EVAs (Angels?) that are white and had
wings with a big double-bladed and double-edged sword. What are
Each of the Units is piloted by the Kaworu Dummy Plug System which allows them to operate without a real child inside its Entry Plug, just Kaworu Nagisa's mind copied and programmed into the plug system. The Mass Production Models' main weapon is its sword-like weapon which is really a replica of the Lance of Longinus. It is used to cut through EVA-02's HT, uh, I mean AT Field like a hot knife through buttah. The replica Lance had not been perfected at the time of their attack on Geofront (i.e. it is assumed that they could not be used to initiate the Third Impact because the real Lance had been placed out of SEELE's reach before they could fully copy it), but it was a deadly weapon none-the-less.
The Mass Production Models can also regenerate mutilated and severed body parts in almost no time at all (much faster than the Angels and the first three EVAs). When Asuka had originally KO'd the nine invading EVAs in the Rebirth/End of Evangelion movie, none of them exploded, and even though they were in worse shape than most of the actual Angels were when NERV's EVAs were through with them, they didn't die.
The Mass Production Model EVAs 05-13 as they circle Geofront and Asuka like Vultures before their attack.
Instead, they healed themselves almost instantaneously and proceeded to rip apart and devour Asuka's EVA-02 while she sat helpless in her unpowered Unit. This ability of regeneration, along with their unsatiated lust for blood lead them to be tagged as "More Angel than Angel, and more volatile than Eva's".
The only way that they were stopped was when an enraged Shiji entered the battle and the real Lance of Longinus was called back from the moon. It was at this point that the Third Impact began and the true purpose of the giant white devils was revealed. They were to either attempt to start the Impact themselves, or force Shinji to begin man's countdown to eternal oblivion. They attached themselves to the EVA-01 and flew up to the Heavens where they became a giant Tree of Life, and all of human life on Earth began to end.
The Tree of Life (or Systema Sephiroth) as it appeared over Japan right before all humanity evolved.
It was at this point that the heads of SEELE began their Ahki Chi no Misohgi (purification ceremony) to prepare themselves for the final ride. The trip home.
keep seeing that Tree
thingie (aka Systema
[or even System
all over the place in the series, the movies and even on other
pages. What the hell is it and why is it what the EVAs transform
into during the Third Impact?
The story goes that mankind stole the Fruit of Wisdom from the Tree of Wisdom and learned science and logic and were driven from Paradise (but with this science we created the EVAs and the Human Complementation Project). The Angels were instead allowed to eat from the Tree of Life and gained eternal spirits.
To begin with, the Tree of Life consists of ten rings and 22 lines (which is the primary mandala of the Jewish Kabalah). Through a symbolic process of manifistation (or FORCE precipitating into FORM) the force in organization undergoes an increase in complexity and density on descending the Tree.
The rings are called Sephirah (or Major Paths of Wisdom) and represent established forms of existence (form concepts) as they divide up God (each being a different aspect of God). The lines are called the Minor Paths of Wisdom and represent established forms of consciousness (force concepts).
The gist of the System is it is a means of converting us humans (from Malchut) to God (at Keter and beyond) and vice versa. Basically, each different aspect is a bit more advanced and beyond mere mortal's limited comprehension (one has to advance to the next Sephirah in order to come close to understanding the following one).
Shinji could've been charted to go through all these tests of the System, but finally refused the last one, the last synchronization - Keter. The virtue for Keter is "Completion of the Great Work". Since Shinji's Eva was in the position of Yesod (Foundation) which takes the physical aspects of Malchut (Kingdom, or Earth - where we humans are) and converts them to spirits (which Rei/Lilith was consuming), if our good old wuss-boy Shinji stopped, then the spirits stopped coming too. God, what a dick.
The Angels, by extraction, were elevated beings as well (much higher than lowly unenlightened humans). That's what humanity needed for the Third Impact, to become a kind of elevated being themselves and enter Heaven, enlightenment. To become their own Ein Soph. (or Ayn Sof - without name).
you will find each of Shinji's trials for the Sephiroth (they're
in chronological order):
what is Gendo's plan? If he just wanted to evolve into one celestial
being with all humanity, why didn't he simply let Keel Lorenz
initiate the Third Impact?
The Third Impact would be the ultimate power. The power to have everyone on Earth be lead by you and to have all your pain taken away. Is it any wonder that a meglomaniac like Keel and a love-lorn sap like myself want to keep it for ourselves?
It was only when it became clear that I would succeed in starting the Impact did Keel give up trying to be the first, and he sent in first the 17th messenger and then the JSSDF and the EVA 05-13 Units so that he could have the Impact begin, and keep me from becoming the leader and embodiment of humanity (which is all he thought I wanted, the silly little man. I guess he never realized that there is more to life than power).
all of a sudden in the movies does Gendo and NERV decide to initiate
the Third Impact? I could have sworn that in a TV episode that
Ritsuko said that the sole purpose of NERV and the Evangelions
was to prevent a possible Third Impact.
The rest of NERV is simply duped into working for something (the prevention of the Third Impact) that is not the real goal of their organization. Yes, they were to keep the Adam- launched Third Impact from simply killing humanity, but they were not meant to stop the Lilith- based Impact from evolving every soul in the world. NERV merely exists to destroy the Angels and open up the possibility of eternal salvation, not prevent it.
As to why SEELE would try to trick so many people, it's a little like this: How many employees and great minds do you think you'd get to work for you if you told them that they were only slaving away so that mankind as a species could die? Not many, in my humble opinion.
agree Shinji is a loser but there was this one scene in the movie
where Shinji and Asuka were talking in the apartment and Asuka
said that Shinji was trying to take advantage of her after she
lost the fight with the angel of light. In the melee, Shinji
got pushed aside and burnt himself on some scalding coffee then
proceeded to strangle Asuka. What the f**k was going on there
and was that something that really happened?
Don't forget what he did with the sand castle when he was just a child. Everyone left him to do it on his own, he threw a fit and destroyed it, then tried to rebuild it. This is what he does all the time.
heard many names for the movies. What are their actual titles?
End of Evangelion came to theaters on July 19, 1997 and it finished the story up. End of EVA contained the original Rebirth movie and then went on to show the end of humanity and the Third Impact (which kind of ruined any thought of a sequel). End of EVA was split into two "episodes" to kind of replace the final two TV episodes that irked many Japanese fans of the series. These two episodes of End of EVA are episode 25 "Air (Love is Destruction)" and episode 26 "For You, My Pure Heart ( I Need You)". Even though the story was not completed after episode 25, some credits began to roll and Thanatos, If I Can't Be Yours began to play, many confused audience members got up and began to walk out of the theater. The final episode and the story's finale completed in episode 26 immediately afterwards.
Due to popluar demands, however, End of Evangelion reappeared in theaters in Japan in March of 1998 and it was known as Revival of Evangelion. Evangelion: Death was played before the End, and it was re-edited and renamed Evangelion: Death (True). Confused? Well, all I can recommend is that you watch them yourselves and forget about the names....What's in a name anyway?
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