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.