Shinji's falls into despair and Asuka's arrogance appears to be some sort of escape from the darkness in her heart. I'm a middle school student like Shinji. As such, he put out End of Evangelion to be a follow-up on the series to spite the fans, with Shinji Ikari essentially being a spiteful stand-in for the otaku audience to Evangelion . You've made something incredible!! technically the death threats in the film are from when they announced the first film would be a recap of the anime . Member. To explain it would take a while, but Shinji and I are alike; depressed and helpless and introverted. The team behind the final two episodes sought to resolve the emotional arcs of each character, and leave Shinji in a happier place compared where he was throughout the show’s run. Amazing!!! Suffice it to say the author was a profoundly disturbed person and we are looking at a retroactive view of madness. Over Gainax shop announce: 死 (shi, "death"/"die"), Note: The previous letters were close-ups of the graffiti shown here. In 1997, End of Evangelion released in theatres as the “true” ending to the show, and much like episodes 25 and 26, End gives no easy answers. Good luck and please make it your best!!! Due to budget restrictions, and Anno’s shift in focus, fans were left wanting for a resolution to the Human Instrumentality Project, Seele, and NERV that wasn’t to be. The treatment of Anno and the team at Gainax is, unfortunately, not an isolated incident. In a Tokyo International Film Festival interview, Anno revealed that there were legal reasons that prevented them from actually using fan mail, so the mail was actually written by the staff. He wrote it really well. everybody was finally witnessing EVA's last moments. After seeing "Evangelion" I felt very impressed, so I somehow sent this letter. It is not unfair to criticize Anno and Gainax Animation for the hypocrisy in their straightforward depictions of adolescent sexuality, and the ways in which the female characters of Evangelion, two of which are literal children, are fetishized in marketing and merchandise. However, fans felt betrayed by the game, and by the decision to replace Solid Snake with Raiden, a distinctly unlikeable character when compared to Snake. Anno, I'll kill you!!! that's how I feel. Kojima and Anno are birds of a feather, in that their most acclaimed work within the series came about as a result of their decisions to return. I still feel a strange sensation even after watching the movie, because of these two opposite feelings mixing in myself. However, it wasn’t so simple. Regarding to Hideaki Anno's mentality (meaning, Evangelion) I feel terrified, but at the same time I felt like I could identify with it too. Without delving too deeply into the inner machinations of the show’s plot, these two episodes are a drastic departure from the show’s tale of angels, conspiracies, and the Human Instrumentality Project. For me, that’s when Evangelion was at its best. Oct 26, 2017 7,077. It’s no secret that the creator of Evangelion, Hideaki Anno, suffered from bouts of depression during the production of the show. In the interview, Anno says: Note: In certain places, is used because the on-screen text was cut-off and could not be translated. This image was included in The End of Evangelion. To feel loneliness is better." NERV headquarters is invaded by the JSSDF, as SEELE makes its final move.Asuka awakens from her despair and battles the Mass Production Eva Series to the death. After the release of Death and Rebirth, GAINAX and director Hideaki Anno received letters and emails with harsh criticisms and, in some cases, death threats. About the movie's contents - it is just amazing. I'm going to see the EVA movie. I mean - it's just too awesome! These were commonly referred to as Death Threats (or hate mail), a very common myth, but the vast majority of them are, in fact, not death threats. I went to see DEATH and REBIRTH Saturday night. It’s what makes experiencing their work so bittersweet, the knowledge of the abuse they endured as a result of creative decisions. The "hate mail" letters were written by an old friend of Anno's. On the front wall: 碇レイプマン (Ikari Rapeman) I feel that the main thing that this movie teaches us is about the importance of being honest with our own lives. Neon Genesis Evangelion came to life on Oct. 4, 1995, as a half-hour anime series broadcast on Japanese TV. This interview can also be found on the Shiki-Jitsu blu-ray extras. When I was on the train, returning home, I had that terrible painful feeling, but also at the same time, happiness started to grow inside of me. ... well he certainly doesn't like the ones that sent him death threats and made it so all gainax mail had to be delivered through the police for a while. Of course, this is also due to Anno’s hesitation in providing clear answers to Evangelion. This is not to discount the fantastic battles, or the interesting conspiracy and lore developed throughout the show’s run. Rei asks Shinji if he ever tried to fully understand them, and Shinji sullenly claims that he did. Within fandoms, there becomes a sense of entitlement surrounding the content that is consumed, that you know what’s right, and what is deserved. Today I started to find a lot of meaning inside Evangelion. I remember watching Eva and seeing Shinji being worried and troubled and I felt the same in my heart. The last scenes made me appreciate my own existence even more. So in my heart, I sympathized with "I'm not alone. One falling apart and the other avoiding her own darkness. It is a commonly held belief that Hideaki Anno created End of Evangelion as a form of revenge against Evangelion fans unhappy with the existing ending to the TV series. Thank you very much. I think that this anime has a lot of fascinating things, but the one that affects me the most is the main character's mysterious charm. Translator's Note: The (*) means that some part of text is missing, due to the fact that in the pic there was a cut part. All's right with the world. God's in his heaven. I'm waiting for the summer to see "End of Evangelion", and I know that that will be even more painful, but I will feel happy and enjoy it. In "EVA", We never fully tried to understand. Yeah, I'm based. 24 November 2020 #20,939 WMD said: Due to this I can't fully translate the last part since I'm missing the whole meaning. This time I'd like it. Tenchuu: Heaven's punishment (well deserved), On the left wall: SEX, うんこ (unko, "poop") In reality, the End of Evangelion is closer to the original concept for the series ending, which was changed due to budget and censorship issues. and thank you so much for everything!! The man's posts included death threats and references to the deadly fire … But I think that not creating expectations is like a crime. In a 1996 interview with Newtype, Anno was quoted as saying “Evangelion is like a puzzle, you know, any person can see it and give his/her own answer.”. Or, perhaps he realizes he doesn’t owe it to the fans. In the last scene on TV, Shinji accepts everyone and they all congratulate him; that was a very nice end and I felt very happy. ... as a totally hopeless yet respected artist, so "what the hell". The person who wrote the abusive/slanderous stuff, is actually a really old friend if mine. and Take Care of Yourself. This is a translation of the letters, emails, and graffiti that quickly flashed (about one per frame) at the end of the live action sequence in the second half of End of Evangelion. Rian Johnson received death threats for his creative choices in The Last Jedi; to this day, there are still vocal advocates who rail against the film, and Disney, and Kathleen Kennedy. Closing your eyes to your own faults, how can you just dismiss it as 'bathroom graffitti'? At the beginning, I really like it that's why this anime gives me that light feeling I'm 16 years old, young, and talented, and this movie made me think about life and the meaning of our existence, and when I thought about this . Anyway, since this was released, Gainax has become well-known in the anime world. But either way, the backlash to what was happening with Evangelion was in full effect and saw production studio Gainax receive death threats from viewers. In this moment, Anno is holding up a reflection to the audience, some members had grown to be sexually attracted to Asuka and Rei, among other characters in the show. Translator's Note: Since is a whole letter split in 3 parts, I translated like a whole thing which was more easy, since some parts were twice between the parts. Why did you have to stop part-way? Metal Gear Solid 2 is my favorite game. Anno and Gainax, the studio that produced Evangelion, even received death threats from some particularly irate fans. However, after members of the development team were made nervous due to the threats, Kojima was compelled to direct the sequel project. I thought of everything in the letters. Evangelion is my favorite anime. and Asuka by letting her arrogance cover up her inner weakness -- they each work towards the same goal: to come to terms with themselves. I'm worried about what will happen to Shinji in the movie (but I like the last scene on the TV series a lot). Some fans responded to this hesitation with vitriol, and with death threats. 8 Hideaki Anno's Death Threats Over Evangelion's Ending Are Included Fans have had passionate responses towards endings that they don’t agree with for years now, but the audience for Neon Genesis Evangelion got especially vocal in their disappointment. When we cross the line of criticism, and threaten the safety of others over fantasies, then we are Shinji. Continuing don't make us have those dark expectations (*). Though this was intentional, fans ignored the themes, and zeroed in on their personal attachment to what a good sequel to Metal Gear Solid would look like. Reactions: Vincentdante. The Fallen. This page was last edited on 22 September 2020, at 21:45. They were so unpopular the studio received hate mail and the director death threats. Death(True)2. (Is the same text as in Letter 1 but with different calligraphy. However, the way in which is shown in the director's cut the human's fragility was very painful. First of all, I saw Eva and now it seems like I truly recognize myself, and this feeling is because of Eva. This image was included in The End of Evangelion. Evangelion: Death and Rebirth is the subject of the 43rd episode of Anime Abandon hosted by Bennett The Sage The episode was posted to Thatguywiththeglasses on December 14th, 2012 and was posted to YouTube on June 13, 2013 . In one moment of the film, Shinji is interrogated by his perceptions of Asuka, Rei, and Misato; the primary female influences on his life. Rebirth. and I have felt like this way too. I want to say thank you for this. The first part, Death, is a 70-minute long edit of the first 24 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion, with additional footage not seen in the original broadcast (the footage would be later reintegrated into the Japanese Laserdisc and the American and European Platinum Collection releases of the series, as \"Director's Cut\" versions of episodes 21 to 24).Death was later re-edited when Death & Rebirth premiered on the Japanese \"WOWOW\" satellite TV network, and renamed Death(true), which omitted … Created and directed by Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, often abbreviated as NGE or simply EVA) is a Japanese media franchise consisting of four main parts: a twenty-six-episode TV series (1995), two sets of film adaptations (1997 and 2007–), and a manga (1995–2013). Perhaps the shivering was a way to express all those confusing feelings of fear and euphoria. Gainax’s office and email inboxes were bombarded with graffiti and emails, including death threats. When the show concluded in 2019, amidst the firestorm by fans for the show’s admittedly terrible ending, the clamouring for the books reignited with a passion. Studying the grafitti, how is it possible that it says that? “ Evangelion is like a puzzle, … Just in case it became a little confuse ;D, btw isn't a literal translation, I'm trying to take the main idea because that last sentence was difficult to explain in English in a literal way. Everything coming from a place of pure creative intent, unconstrained by budget, fan pressure or other external factors. ", that was the impression I had when I went out of the theater. Letters 9, 12, and the first part of 13 were translated by Bochan Bird. This movie really develops a very deep and serious theme. I can't wait 'til summer! After seeing this, I have a lot of expectations for the other movie. Some were so displeased, in fact, that they sent Anno death threats. These were commonly referred to as Death Threats (or hate mail), a very common myth, but the vast majority of them are, in fact, not death threats. Warning: full spoilers for Neon Genesis Evangelion and End of Evangelion, as well as some for Rebuild of Evangelion! Some fans responded to this hesitation with vitriol, and with death threats. Another Pop Culture Blog by Jonathan Wooder, Rian Johnson received death threats for his creative choices in, Martin’s admitted struggle to write the book amidst the growing popularity of the series, More from Another Pop Culture Blog by Jonathan Wooder, The party’s over (or is it just starting? It seemed like something that could be real. Shit, GAiNAX! Anno’s mental state continued to spiral, at times the director considered suicide. Eventually, the project culminated in The End of Evangelion, a three-act film that served as a finale to Neon Genesis Evangelion. Is Gainax able to maintain their business? Shinji, the audience surrogate, masturbates to completely over a comatose Asuka; he remarks the now infamous “I’m so fucked up”/“I’m the lowest of the low” (Dub/Sub). there was an analysis that said how Shinji couldn't run away from the pain or the unpleasant feelings that were attached, The ways in which we proclaim attachment to the work of an author, and attribute any failings of their work as personal attacks, deeply disturb me. Giant robot shows were cool, fun, and filled with things exploding, which was awesome. ([email protected]) This movie made me think about myself and really feel the emotions that are deep in my heart. I don't know if you're putting on some kind of striptease or jerk-off show, but... ), (Is the same text as in Letter 1 right side but with different calligraphy.). I'm waiting for the next movie. Graffiti spray painted on Gainax Headquarters front wall in response to the TV series ending. The feelings of the very last scene parallel the feelings of the main character, Shinji. When the final two episodes aired, Anno infamously got death threats because viewers were so put off by the shift. If you write the real thing, it causes a lot of trouble. However, it felt to me that these aspects were always given a backseat to the characters and their inner struggles. Anno’s mental state continued to spiral, at times the director considered suicide. Neon Genesis Evangelion, ... At one point there’s a split-second montage of pictures of death threats sent to Anno. Neon Genesis Evangelion is an interesting anime with an equally interesting history. Received with confusion and then vitriol upon its release, creator Hideaki Anno infamously received death threats, images of which supposedly made their way into his eventual feature-length reworking of the ending, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997). ...up on your pedestal, you can't possibly be aware of just how stupid you are. In this episode, Bennett examines one of the most divisive and controversial Anime titles of all time. Rocco as Gendo fit perfectly. I could feel inside my heart the feelings inside Hideaki Annoís heart. One can understand why George RR Martin would be hesitant to evoke the wrath of the Fans by releasing books that, most likely, could never live up to the absurdly high expectations set in place by those who have made their release a personal dream. After finally finishing Neon Genesis Evangelion for the first time, I found I had become deeply immersed into the show’s exploration of depression, isolation, abandonment, and the ways in which we hate ourselves. In response, Anno received several letters both of encouragement and criticism, including death threats and letters of disappointment from fans who thought Anno had ruined the series for them. This year I graduate from middle school, and now my focus is on being a high school student, and so that's why I'll now make my best effort. The animation's quality, isn't it the best animation now? With an increasingly tight budget, and his own mental health drastically interfering with the writing and creating of the show (it has been noted that Anno would constantly rewrite episodes before they were due to begin animating), Evangelion was a troubled production. MGS3 has, since its release, been hailed as the pinnacle of the series. Kojima had originally avoided working on what would become Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Gainax, the studio behind Evangelion, received hate mail and death threats over it, some of which appeared on-screen during the End of Evangelion film. Death threats and hatred being hurled at creators is the norm in a fandom culture that prioritizes getting what you want over the creative freedom and expression of the creators. However, instead of existing as a way to make nice with fans, The End of Evangelion became a cry against fandom. Oct 25, 2017 5,009. Best known for the Rebuild of Evangelion anime series, Khara received threats over SNS that evoked the Kyoto Animation tragedy. What a great production of REBIRTH!! He had to acknowledge that MGS2 was real, despite its overtly postmodernist themes and story. A 35-year-old resident of Okayama, Japan is in police custody after making death threats to Hideaki Anno’s Studio Khara. Get the rest out by Golden Week - Please!!! An e-mail death threat sent to Hideaki Anno in response to the TV series ending, which reads, "Anno, I'll kill you!". (*) [1] Most of the letters and emails showed genuine appreciation and, in some cases, praise and encouragement/anticipation towards the End of Evangelion, as they were written in reaction Death and Rebirth, not the ending of the series, which also featured part of what would later become Episode 25'. “ Evangelion is like a puzzle, … ([email protected]). "Why did I even see this movie? 157k members in the evangelion community. But that’s not an excuse to wish harm on someone else. It instead forces the audience, through Shinji, to confront their self-destructive states and desire for easy answers, for help they have not earned. ), Back to the Future and the American Dream, The Dark Crystal: A Story of Deep Healing, My Year with Meryl Streep: Dark Matter (2008), ‘American Psycho’ and the Gender Politics of Ax Murder, How Star Wars Made Me the Woman that I Am, Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) — A Classic High Seas Tale Told With Hollywood Panache. When I saw this movie, I knew Evangelion for the first time. He instead made MGS3, a prequel to the rest of the Metal Gear series. In the first few, the letter is on its side, and the last ones the letter is right side up, allowing you to see more of the text. AT Field 03/23, 7:05 George RR Martin, creator of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series that is the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones, has infamously had increasingly long gaps between books in the series; The Winds of Winter, book six of seven, has been repeatedly delayed due to Martin’s admitted struggle to write the book amidst the growing popularity of the series. I don't think that there are many people who feel this way, but in my case, EVA made me think about myself and was like a mirror of myself. Giant robots had long been a big part of Japanese television. I can’t help but feel that this is Anno’s way of asking the viewer if they tried to understand what he was doing with Evangelion. This is never more clear than in the final two episodes of the show’s television run, Do You Love Me? REBIRTH ends in the middle, and since the beginning I couldnít even understand it. I'm not aware of my own evil . Even many days after I saw the movie, I still canít stop thinking about it, this really astounded me!!! Our perceptions of how important something is informs our personal attachments, and when something is not what we want it to be, it can feel like a betrayal. I didn't understand why I was shivering, was it for something scarring or for something painful? Keym. It’s one of the most potent cinematic “Fuck you”s ever devised. While here, I want to address the difference between criticism and abuse. However, for many fans this was not what they wanted. To Anno, this was the point of Evangelion. Instead, these final two episodes serve as a therapy session of sorts for the characters, with Shinji Ikari as the focal point. I also felt inside myself the same excitement that Shinji felt. Anno ended the series on a bleak note, prompting death threats from fans, ... Death & Rebirth and The End of Evangelion feature some of the most … It was too long. Anno’s mental state continued to spiral, at times the director considered suicide. He had to give the fans what they wanted. As a response, Gainax released two films: Death and Rebirth and End of Evangelion. Another friend that last scene The End of Evangelion. The suspect allegedly posted threats to Khara between July 7 and July 18. The series has remained a polarizing enigma … Translator's Note: the last part, after Asuka's sentences, is the general idea, is like the guy is seeing in Shinji and Asuka, two examples of escaping from reality with two different ways of do it. Why do I say this? After crafting an existentialist deconstruction of the medium that concludes with encouraging players to make their own choices, Kojima was ready to step away from the Metal Gear series. We are the lowest of the low. It was popular at the time, and it is popular now. People of the staff, do your best with the summer movie, and good luck!! There is a distinct line between constructive criticism meant to better the creators of your favourite show, and betraying the trust of author and audience. It is unfair to wish death upon the creators of your favourite anime because the ending is not what you wanted. C haracters die gory deaths, Shinji plummets to rock bottom, and footage of the death threats are shown in the film. Hideo Kojima, in an eerie way, found himself in almost the exact same situation as Anno following the release of Metal Gear Solid 2. it seems that some religious group I hope they do the end of evangelion next. This is a translation of the letters, emails, and graffiti that quickly flashed (about one per frame) at the end of the live action sequence in the second half of End of Evangelion. These people have difficulties in dealing with their feelings; and so in their own ways -- Shinji by totally collapsing and falling apart, Circling back to End of Evangelion, we see what happens when an author responds to the toxic elements of fandom. If you won't die on your own, I'll do you a favor and set fire to your studio. This norm can be seen everywhere. The anger was so powerful they rebooted the ending with a movie, “The End of Evangelion”. It's also a commonly held belief that the Death threatsflashed on screen in End of Evangelion were for the ending of the TV series, when in fact, the Death threats shown on screen at least, were in regard… but gradually Ms. Ogata And until then, show us a "painful" and "happy" movie!!! It is a film at war with its own creator, and the audience. Kojima ultimately returned to the series with Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. When he started to make the new movies (the rebuild of evangelion), he is simply telling another evangelion story. thedoctor2016 Harem King. That's what I'd consider being successful in their work. Mr. Anno, please keep working on EVA a lot more. - "/v/ - Video Games" is 4chan's imageboard dedicated to the discussion of PC and console video games. Most of the letters and emails showed genuine appreciation and, in some cases, praise and … The director, Hideaki Anno, had clinical depression which got worse after the previous series he worked on didn't get the ratings. UnluckyKate. Translator's Note: I felt exactly the same way as #24 after encoding this eva-madness for over a year now. Rentaruya 03/23, 6:07 (And you thought fan entitlement was a recent phenomenon.) When I looked at the main characters, I could see my high school self in them. Why, after I saw REBIRTH, were my teeth were chattering, and why was I shivering for nearly an hour? Late beyond belief and totally brainless. But at the end both of them have the same expectations. Anno, in the best "death of the author fashion", said (and I am sorry I couldn't find the source) that the "true" ending lies with the viewer. Note: The next 8 frames consist of the same letter. When the final two episodes aired, Anno infamously got death threats because viewers were so put off by the shift. Yeah end of Evangelion includes the death threats (rewritten iirc to make sure no one knew who’s sent them) he received from the original 25 and 26 (which I think are masterpieces also) Reply. 233 votes, 89 comments. My true mental state has various thoughts all mixed together, and this doesn't allow me to think properly. Thanks to Mr. Anno and all the staff for helping to liberate our hearts and souls, and for all of these feelings. 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