Q: What exactly are those Magi
Super computers? And how is "Magi" pronounced?
The three Super Computers are even named after the Three Wise Men in the Bible. They are Melchior-1, Balthasar-2 and Casper-3. Each one of them is programmed and able to work independently of each other and together (not as one mind, but as three separate minds in one body....sound familiar?). Each Magi has a separate personality programmed into it that reflects that of their creator. Melchior is Naoko as a scientist, Balthasar is her motherly mind, and Casper is Naoko as a woman. Casper is the Magi that halted Akagi Ritsuko's countdown when she tried to self-destruct the Super Computers, and therefore NERV in order to prevent me from initiating my own version of the Third Impact. Naoko always loved me best (This was yet another reason for me to carry on my affair with Naoko. She programmed her feelings into the Magi before she, er, expired).
The Three Magi were also used to destroy an Angel by themselves (Ireul, the 11th Angel) and to keep SEELE from taking over NERV HQ for awhile (but not for long) in End of Evangelion. They are the fastest and smartest artificial intelligence on the planet. They have actual human brains integrated into their system for easier interface and faster cogitating.
The name "Magi" is pronounced "madge-eye" in the English language. But in Shin Seiki Evangelion the name is pronounced "maggh-ie". It's just easier on the Japanese tongue.
Q: How did this whole crazy
mess get started, what with the Angels, and SEELE and NERV? How
does everything work together?
Some point before the turn of the millennium a brilliant young scientist by the name of Ikari Yui joined the ranks of SEELE. She soon learned of Keel's plans by reading the Dead Sea Scrolls herself, and quickly got her boyfriend (turned "husband"), and eventually her moral and intelligent Sensei (Kozo Fuyutsuki) involved in order to stop a madman from destroying the world. Fuyutsuki and I joined the secret organization Gehirn right before the $#*% hit the fan. Even though we did not believe that what Lorenz was doing was right, the only chance that we had to fight his ultimate design was to continue working for him in the hope that we might be able to stop his plans from inside the clandestine world agency.
The last hope for mankind's survival.
Soon after the devastation of the Antarctic Incident Yui and I married and our son Shinji was brought into the world. Due to an accident that occured when Yui was attempting to synchronize with the EVA-01 in the year 2004, she was completely absorbed into the faux Angel's consciousness and never came out. After a rescue attempt at saving my wife from her 400% synchro with the Unit 01 failed (due to Yui's will to remain merged with it) my world was shattered and my goal changed from saving man to personally leading him to the Final Impact so that I could be reunited with with my wife (remember, mankind is technically still one being in many different shells. This is what the Third Impact rectifies). It was at this point that I personally went to SEELE and asked to head the Human Compliment Project along with Project E. My beloved Yui was secretly cloned with a mixture of Lilith's DNA to form Ayanami Rei (as a seperate part of my own Human Instrumentality Project). I continued to have an affair with Naoko in order to get her to complete the Magi Systems. Then, the day they were completed she found out from Rei I that I was only using her. She killed the clone and then herself. Her death didn't matter though as soon after NERV was sanctioned by the UN and officially put in charge of two important projects: the Human Instrumentality Project and Project EVA (or Project E).
A few years later the Angels returned and the rest, as they say, is history.
Q: After all this, I don't
think you (or any other page for that matter) have answered the
question that has been asked since the beginning which is "Why
can only fourteen year old children pilot the EVAs?"
It has something to do with the Second Impact (which occured 15 years ago), seeing as all of the prospective pilots are Shinji's age and kept in his school for safe keeping. It is also known that none of these future pilots has a mother, although most of (if not all) their fathers all work for NERV. Maybe a candidate's mother (or just a woman) was needed to synch with an EVA first (giving it a human soul) in order to give the children a synchronization rate high enough to communicate with the man made Angels.....Do you remember how many EVA skeletons there were in the graveyard when Ritsuko showed the cloning tank to Shinji and Misato? There were a helluva lot. Although this may not fully 'splain the whole "children" deal, it begins to make a little more sense.
Also, the fact that EVAs were not originally built as weapons, but simply as tools to start an artificial Third Impact adds a little more mystery to it (i.e. it wasn't planned to have these children pilot them from the beginning).
*Psssst* Misato here again. As to the "14-year old pilot" question, well, there is one biblical rumor that Commander Ikari failed to mention that might clarify the subject a little more. It has been said that the children are the first to be born with either no souls or recycled souls from the Room of Gauf (or Hall of Harad). When this room is empty (it is the legendary home for souls not yet born), as Fuyutsuki makes mention of, the birds stop chirping (meaning they only sing when a soul comes down from Heaven) and the end is near or upon us.
Don't forget that after the Second Impact fewer and fewer children have been born. Maybe the Room is already empty and they're scrapin' the bottom of the barrel (which would explain Shinji-kun, neh?), or maybe we're just reading too much into Anno's wacky mind. Who can tell anymore?
Q: Would I be correct in saying
that the EVAs are simply Angels spawned from Adam DNA with human
technology and that they are controlled through the armor in
which they are cased?
The EVAs are not controlled through their armor (it only keeps them from growing and it confines their savageness). The EVA Units are controlled by their pilots or by their dummy plugs. The main problem with Project E is that we do not/cannot understand the EVAs completely. We built them through super-science and great advancements in cloning procedures, but we still don't understand their full power or most of their capabilities. The EVAs are the only weapons that we could use that were powerful enough to destroy the avenging Angels, but as Kaworu so ironically put it: We hate Angels, but we use them to try to save ourselves.
Q: Who originally knew that
Rei was a clone?
Q: Does Rei love Shinji? Does
Rei love Gendo? If so, why does she betray him at the end of
While there are many clones of Rei, there is but only one soul. Somehow when the Rei with the soul dies it passes into another body (this is why Ritsuko threw the switch to kill the many clones in the Dummy Plug basement of NERV, they had no essence, no souls). Some of Yui Ikari's original memory still exists in Rei's mind and the memories pass on from one clone to the other with the soul. Not many, but enough for her to remember that there should be a bond between her and Shinji.
As to if she loves me? Well, at first the faint memories of a past love filled her (along with the fact that I raised her). So she started out by loving me, but over time, and the loosening of her emotions and past memories by the Sixteenth Angel, Armisael, she began to be able to think for herself and she started to question her feelings for me and my feelings for her. This revelation passed on to Rei III, which is why she was a lot colder to me and trashed the glasses that Rei II treasured so deeply. She began to realize that it was Yui I loved, and not Rei. Rei was just a thing that I used to initiate my plans to be reunited with Yui. Rei was an object I needed to merge with Lilith and attempt to free my tormented soul. This is also why she betrayed me in End of Evangelion. Out of spite for me, and love for Shinji. She wanted him to have the final say as to what mankind's destiny would be. She was a loving mother till the end. And boy, am I a dick or what?
Q: Gendo never showed any affection
toward Shinji. Why? I mean, he loved Yui so much, wouldn't he
love their son even more?
I do feel regret and understand all the harm I had caused him (and my own hedgehog dilema relationship I had with him) when the Third Impact occurs and the reality of the evil I had committed against my own son hits me like a brick. My passion and love for my wife grew into a dark obsession that turned me into a cold and unfeeling creature when she originally vanished. When Yui first reappears to me during mankind's final moments on this planet I realised that I had grown too cold to love anybody anymore. In fact, my final words in this life are "I'm sorry", right before the giant EVA apparition devours me.
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