Ha! I knew there had to be something more to that little behind-the-scenes chestnut I heard long ago (before I even watched this show) about how the Eva’s were designed to convey “restrained force.” So they’re cloned angels who’ve been simultaneously armored and chained by the rest of the big bio-mechanoid suits, huh? If I’ve got that right, that explains all the times those things have gone crazy and started acting like they’ve got a mind of their own.
Let me stress that that if I got it right because, based on the discussions for the last post, I should clarify that these aren’t supposed to be objective summaries of Eva episodes, nor really even reviews. They’re just my impressions, as the “anime noob.” Correct or incorrect, these are the immediate thoughts I have and I think part of the fun for you, the lunatics in the Anime Vice community, is to hear what somebody peering in from the outside sees.
And I saw a LOT happen in this episode, too. It’s like the whole gamut of Shinji. First, he finally shows some spine (and to his father no less) but, of course, it figures that quitting NERV is what he finally gets passionate about. That’s kind of like finding triumph in losing, isn’t it? Then he has to come back at the last minute (and after some encouragement from Kaji, whose whole monologue about watering the melons was so hysterical. "Of course, I'd rather be between Misato's melons." Then, Shinji fights the angel in one serious nail-biter of a climax. First, the angel smashes through the walls into NERV’s command center! HOLY CRAP! Then, Shinji smashes through the OTHER wall and gets into clinch with the monster! WHOA! It’s too bad I watched this alone, because I know for a fact that this would be great to see this with a crowd. They’d be OO-ing and AW-ing and gasping and cheering, and hissing over this latest maddening cliffhanger. Shinji’s Eva regenerates its own arm?! And it’s a human limb?!?! I definitely did NOT see that coming!!!
Dare I say... WHAT THE F@#$ DID I JUST WATCH?!?!