The following is an anti-suicide letter that Hideaki Anno wrote on July 10, 1995 (three months before his new series ShinSeiki Evangelion hit Japanese airwaves). It is self explanatory. This letter was originally published in Anime FX (c) Issue 10.
Ironically enough, ShinSeiki Evangelion first aired on Tokyo's Channel 12 at sundown, 6:30p.m., October 4, 1995 - the same time when Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonment came to an end, leaving behind the days of penitence. It was at 6:30p.m. that all of Heaven's fury in the form of Angels (or "Disciples") first brought their judgement upon man.
Men must face their
angels, even as they face their demons, both of whom have the same creator.
Q: What are the First, Second
and Third Impacts?
The Second Impact occured when man succeeded in shrinking the Angel Adam to embryo size (after he was awakened by the testing of the artificial S2 unit by SEELE's people). The energy released was considerable enough to melt the Antarctic Ice Cap and cause a Great Flood that almost wiped out mankind (and supposedly destroyed the White Moon and separated/awakened the rest of the Angels from their slumber). Wars, famine and plagues spread across the Earth in the Flood's aftermath helping to expand the damage done.
The Third Impact took place when mankind initiated the final phase of evolution. By overcoming the Darwinian dead-end that he was faced with, man took it in his own hands to "evolve" into a single being and return to one whole single entity (as it was before the First Impact). When the Third Impact was complete, man as a species no longer existed and therefore had become totally extinct.
Q: What is the difference between
getting killed and evolving to the next and final stage of evolution?
What happens if one gets killed before the Third Impact occurs
(i.e. Misato and Ritsuko)?
So the single form is the previous state, but that doesn't make it any more or less mature. Though as a side note, it would appear that Yui became a god (of equality to the Lilith & Adam combined being), and left with the Longinus Lance, having all the necessary tools to start the process over again elsewhere.
However, the "Judgement of Humanity" as individuals would still occur if the Third Impact was started by a Shito returning to Adam. Humanity would not evolve into one pure creature, but would die as individuals and each soul would be arbitrated on the deeds of each seperate individual.
Q: What is "GeoFront"?
What does if have to do with anything?
It is heavely guarded from Angel attacks with numerous armor plating and the "defense city" itself, Tokyo-3 (whose main purpose was to protect GeoFront). Its main problem in terms of defense was that it had no real security against actual humans (i.e. Kaworu or the entire Japanese Strategic Self Defense Force).
There is a large forest and lake in Geofront too.
When the Third Impact began, it was clear that GeoFront had another purpose to it. The giant hollowed out cavity was in reality the Black Moon (aka the Egg of Lilith) which is where all human life began and began to end (don't worry, there's no test on this).
Q: If the Angels wanted
Adam so badly, why didn't they attack NERV and Terminal Dogma
in force? Surely this would have overcome the EVAs and toppled
NERV in one strike.
The Dead Sea Scrolls foretold of the coming of the 17 trials that mankind must endure and overcome in order to gain eternal salvation as a whole. These trials were to be given one at a time and each more difficult than the previous. New ways of thinking and sacrifice would be necessary in order to triumph over the almost impossible odds of combat with the very Angels (or Apostles) from Heaven themselves. Man had to prove his worth, prove that he could think and act beyond his limited means in order to gain access to eternal and painless life. Angels had to prove that they deserved the reunification of their own being too, and their test must have been a one by one confrontation with mankind.
Q: I've watched all 26
episodes of Evangelion and there is still one thing that
I don't understand. In episode 24, Kaworu keeps mentioning the
word "Lilim" as reference to a person. Who is "Lilim"?
Is it just another way of saying "Lilith"?
But to get back to your question, when Kaworu says "Lilim", he is referring to man. "Lilim" refers to the demon-spawn of Lilith. Just as all Angels are from Adam, and to Adam they must return, all human beings are from Lilith, and to her we must return. The human-looking legs that protrude from Lilith's lower half (even after her legs grow back) prove this, as does the LCL that is her blood. It is also the liquid that allows pilots to communicate better with their EVA's and breathe while they're in the Entry Plug (it acts a lot like amniotic fluid). And besides, I like being thought of as "Demon-Spawn" too. It's cool!
It can also be in reference to a shortened form of "lilliputian", which means "small" or "little", or can be used to mean almost "insignificant". In comparison to Angels, this is exactly what humans are. It is also in reference to Gulliver's Travels in which the the tiny country that Gulliver comes across (in which he is a giant) is called "Lilliputian" or "Lilliputa" (meaning "Land of the Small People").
The term "Lilliputian" is also used in the 13th episode as the title Lilliputian Hitcher in which the 11th Angel, Ireul, attacked the Magi Super-Computers in the form of a computer virus. Also very tiny - but in this case, a very large threat.
Q: Uh, I've got the ADVision
subbed release of all the episodes and and don't remember seeing
"Lilim" mentioned even once. Does Kaworu really say
it? Is it just mistranslated? What gives? (Obviously
this question is out of date since the DVDs have the correct
terminology in their subs, but I left this up because it shows
that fans can make a company change its mind, even if it doesn't
want to, when they push hard enough)
For the full reason on this matter I sent one of NERV's best field agents into the fray to find out how and why something as important as Kaworu essentially telling us that we are children of Lilith could be omitted from the subtitled copy of the Genesis:12 release. She got this following reply from Brad Atwell of ADVision Films:
Although I would have preferred "Lilim" remain (especially and even moreso in the sub [and especially especially because it is part of the original script that Gainax wrote!]) I easily could have lived with his take of "Lilith's minions". That would have been just as descriptive (even more so). So our question still remains: Why was it translated as "Humanity" when that does not even allude to Lilith in the least?
We here at the EVA FAQs know that it isn't that big a deal, but we would prefer a better translation especially for our subs.
And just so we catch Manga Entertainment before it's too late, before you guys translate End of Evangelion please remember to translate "Lilith's Egg", "The Red Earth/Soil Ceremony", "the Tree of Life" and any other religious references correctly. Your patrons would truly appreciate it (and love ya for it). Keep up the good work, guys (and gals)!
Q: What is up with the ProtoType Eva Unit 00? When Rei is testing it (episode 5) and also when Shinji tests it in a later episode, it goes psycho and does a lot of damage to itself and to its pilots. Ritsuko also made a comment that it was trying to kill her. Why does this happen?
A: To start things off, every Eva unit seems to have the mind or soul of a female in it in one form or another. The EVA-01 has Ikari Yui trapped in it (which is how she disappeared in 2004), EVA-02 has Asuka's biological mother's mind in it (which is what caused her to go crazy and commit suicide), and it is Akagi Naoko's demented psyche that is trapped in EVA-00. Although Naoko suffered from no noticable breakdown from her initial synchro test back when NERV was Gehirn (unshown in the series), it is assumed that the "ghost" that her mind left in the Eva was seriously disturbed.
The fact that it went Berserker when Rei and Shinji were piloting it (both spawned from the hated Yui Ikari) and took swipes at Ritsuko (the daughter who tried to seperate herself as far as possible from her mother) goes a long way in proving this. It goes crazy because it does not want to have to synchro with its pilots, or it has an overwhelming urge to attack those that it sees in front of it.
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