Samjaz: You ever got up in the middle of the night, walked to the fridge, then suddenly realize something about an anime that just throws the realism of it completely out, like why they always let the Saiyans transform into Super Saiyans? Alternatively, have you ever had a similar experience, only something that didn't make sense before suddenly does? Like the reason that Shinji was so good at piloting his Eva was because it's powered by the pilot's desire to run crying home to mommy?
Heh… I don’t need late night fridge raids to have these kind of revelations. They happen every waking minute I’m watching an anime. That’s what I enjoy about it. These shows aren’t slaven to realism - - they’re slaven to what’s interesting.
But yeah, to be a little less lofty, I’ve known since I was 11 that nothing in DBZ makes a lick of sense. More recently, I don’t know if I ever reconciled L’s position in the reality of DEATH NOTE’s world. Shinigami and death notes… those are all fine. But they never actually explained why L had higher security clearance than basically anybody in the planet.
Not that I minded…
As for the later? Undoubtedly, the strongest example of that happened when I reached the end of EVA and got to consult the more seasoned experts in this community about the secrets of the show. I really can’t even remember the last time I had that kind of mind job over a story. The nature of Shinji’s aforementioned AT field, the true identity of the Evas, the related explanation of why the pilots were all kids, the nature of human instrumentality, and so on and so on. I could also feel my brain twisting around to comprehend this new, all-encompassing way to look at the series.
I had a similar experience with the revelations about spiral power towards the end of GURREN LAGANN. While that wasn’t as much of a mind job, it did remedy a lot problems I had with these show earlier on. What I initially perceived as overly dumb fun ended up being a very cogent argument for the indomitable power of positive thinking. Even though GURREN LAGANN was less sophisticated than EVA on the surface, in hindsight, I think it expressed a much more applicable and clear message.