The theory of SPGS-analysis or how to detect cruel postmodernist jokes



There are some common features of the stories such as NGE or Prometheus which allow to single them out as artificial postmodernist jokes. This set of features comprises the postmodernist obfuscation which is applied to an ordinary story to make it look like a postmodernist one, i.e. vague, self-reflective or self-ironic. Authors may use this approach for commercial purposes to make the audience interested in their works for a long time; stories seem interesting and profound until they are completely understood, and there is virtually no way to completely understand such stories if you don't know how the obfuscation works. This is a kind of joke and mockery because such a story rises many diverse interpretations, and it's cruel because people believe that only their interpretations are correct, although it's actually may be possible to restore the original underlying story and get the possible author's meaning at some degree which is defined by the level of detail of the obfuscated story. The straightforward analysis will not work in the case of the obfuscation, and it's necessary to remove the obfuscation first trough the "SPGS-analysis".

Eden by Hiroki Endo may be used as an example of the inversion of the obfuscation applied to NGE, so it's a joke on a joke. Basically it's yet another clone and a paraphrase of NGE on the basis of Gnosticism instead of Kabbalah (Kabbalah itself is based on Gnosticism so they look very similar) but inversed obfuscation makes Eden almost ordinary story and shows how NGE may look without the obfuscation, although you still need to know how obfuscation works to pull out all the guts from the story. Below I'll try show why Prometheus (which is discussed in the previous post) is also a clone of NGE and to formalize the obfuscation through the exploration of other clones.

The Analysis of Prometheus: between religious and science fiction


The actual meaning of Prometheus is not obvious, and after I had watched it, I thought that it's a yet another dull parody to Aliens. I tried to answer some open questions, though, and found that the movie contains signs of the same obfuscation technique that was applied to Neon Genesis Evangelion, it implies intricate underlying plot and many diverse possibilities of interpretation. It seems, that this is actually the case, because after several unsuccessful attempts in the religious and Alien franchise contexts I was able to find a moderate interpretation which concerns with technology, immortality and sacrifice.

The Construction of Puella Magi Madoka Magica


It's believed, that Madoka is a deconstruction of mahou-shoujo genre, in the same way as NGE is a deconstruction of mecha/shounen genre. There are no doubts that NGE is actually a deconstruction, but it's unclear is Madoka a deconstruction too, is it brings or discloses something new, or the device of deconstruction was used just to get an original meaningless work? To verify this, we need to make out what deconstruction and mahou-shoujo is, and what Madoka is about.

Silent Night V.6 Mod: making Silent Night to work with filesystem instead of medialibrary


Because Winamp's WASAPI plugin doesn't work very well with my new hardware and my favorite Winamp skin (actually the Classc Pro platform) has some performance issues when playing FLAC files with large embedded album art, I finally decided to move to foobar2000 (although I still have to use a software resampler with foobar's WASAPI, because my hardware driver doesn't accept 44.1 khz natively, but in foobar's case WASAPI works fine, and the sound quality is notably better than Winamp's WASAPI plugin could produce with its sound processing).
I knew that foobar is ugly and there are not so many skins for it, but the foresight was favourable to me and I found the Silent Night skin by Arnie77 which probably is the most aesthetically perfect skin for foobar, and moreover, it functionally resembles Classic Pro in many ways, except for two features I used to in Winamp: a filesystem tree and bookmarking. Silent Night also completely relies on the media library for playlist management (using a breadcrumb media library filter component).
But generally I do not use media library functionality, because media tags of the music obtained from various dubious sources are not always correctly filled or even empty. Instead of this I maintain a well-structured filesystem tree to categorize my music collection by genres and performers, so the skin as-is is almost useless to me. Although, as it turned out, the skin script is well coded and documented, and it's relatively easy to replace the media library filter with a filesystem tree component (which resembles Winamp's dynamic library plugin), so I yielded to the temptation to modify the skin, also adding a bookmarking component into it. The modified skin is available here (drobpox).

The Analysis of Evangelion: a conscious approach [v1.10]


Metaphysical biology is not a joke.
- Kozo Fuyutsuki

At the first glance Neon Genesis Evangelion is a story about strange things that fight other strange things, and it doesn't make any sense at all. The second approach reveals that it's not so simple as it appears to be. But the truth is that there is a consistent, profound and beautiful story hidden beneath and scattered over the whole series. It could not be revealed easily because of extreme fragmentation and powerful emotional induction which blows your head off (although, the comprehension of the whole story may ignite a supernova in your heart). The only way to see the whole story is to watch NGE more than once (and probably more than twice or even more) connecting scattered facts with the ones you already have in your memory. But even in this case it's very hard to see all because there are a couple of places which are very hard to understand by using the straightforward logic. Only the understanding of what exactly makes it's so hard to comprehend the story will help to discover all the truth, and I will try to show this below. Note that you might not want to read this if you don’t want to lose the mystery of Evangelion which actually makes it such an outstanding work.

I'll also try to interpret and reconstruct the core story (which actually is not only just a story but a world by itself) in this essay, specifying an information source (a character) and the episode number if possible. Why another interpretation? Simply because I haven't yet encountered an interpretation that completely resembles my own. It should not be treated as precise and it's also not all-embracing, but on the large scale this is probably the most precise interpretation ever made. It's focused on the discovery of the character motivations and the psychological value author has hidden between the lines, which are the topics I'm personally interested in.