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.