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What the F@#$ Did I Just Watch?! Evangelion Episode #5

An Anime N00B's take...

Ha… I can’t believe I’ve gotten five episodes in and haven’t said anything about the outro theme for this show, yet. I suppose that when a theme song finally gets stuck in your head, you know you need to offer some kind of observation pertaining to it.  I’ve commented  in the past about how I’m amused that one of the tropes of anime seems to be the choice of totally different intro and outro theme songs.   This case is really no different, as we’ve got an J-Pop that intro which has a breed of synth that really recalls midi-themes from the days of the SNES, followed by an outro that covers… Frank Sinatra?! I knew old Blue Eyes had a worldwide following, but I didn’t know it extended THIS far. And what’s up with the looping image behind the credits? It’s one of the kids, floating upside down in the water next to reflection of the moon? Is this one of those symbols I’ll only understand after watching the whole series and reading all those “out-there” interpretations?

Anyway, the plot picks up a bit in this episode, following the unconventional characterization I voiced so much approval of. I really like the scene where Shinji watches his father extend his paternal love to Rei. It actually demonstrated a subtlety and power of suggestion you wouldn’t expect in a bombastic series like this.  And I was tickled by Shinji and Rei’s morbidly funny, and grossly uncomfortable, meet cute. Again, Shinji’s too much of a putz to handle the nude mistake that smoothly and Rei's too much of a space case to really even get offended by it. Sure, she takes offense when Shinji complains his own father, but not when he puts her in thoroughly comprised position. Oh no.

I have to say I’m genuinely curious to see what happens next episode. I thought that was perfect gag to finish the episode and definitely following what we’ve been discussing about Nerv’s competency as a tactical organization. You put an untrained kid against an extra-terrestrial monster and DON’T expect him to get rocked within two seconds of the fight? Get real…

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Zeouterlimitson April 17, 2010 at 3:23 a.m.
It is a good ending to the episode isn't it?  
 Make sure you check out Evangelion 1.11 & 2.0 after you've seen the series + End of Eva.  
 
>_> I'm a fan, not a fanboy. Right????
constanzadellarosaon April 17, 2010 at 7:02 a.m.
And you have heard one of the zillion covers of Fly Me to The Moon that appear on the series and soundtrack.
OmegaChosenon April 17, 2010 at 1:09 p.m.
I'm pretty sure that's Rei floating and spinning upside in the end. And I'm sure someone has made up some kind of theory regarding what it means but personally I just see it as a weird outro to go with the rest of the show. :/
 
And yes, the nude scene. I want to see if your take on the scene changes if you look back on the show after seeing the rest of it. : P
Sandon April 17, 2010 at 9:18 p.m.
The tactical side of things is interesting.  Within the organization there is a lot of tension over how to treat the pilots and how to go about defeating the "angels". 
 
I wished they had explained the relationship between pilot and mecha sooner, as it seemed so arbitrary at first.  Is Shinji really the only option they have in the first episode?  Shinji and Rei?  That's it?  Isn't any random airforce pilot a better choice than this random high school kid?  But it all makes sense eventually, although it is easy enough to miss, especially if you were as intoxicated as I was on my first viewing. 
 
I would like to draw attention to Ikari Gendo's hidden smile in the first episode.  He's sending his fucking son to fight this hideous space monster, and he's smiling as if everything's totally awesome.  From the first episode we know there's something more at work here, because... yeah... it does seem like an immense blunder to send such a kid into battle.  The director loves his mysterious vagueness, doesn't he?
hitsusatsu11on April 17, 2010 at 9:40 p.m.
ya its rei floating in the ending, various versions of fly me to the moon are used including ones sung by rei, asuka, and misato's va's 
 
hideaki anno really gives a glimpse into rei's personality with this episode, around this episode is really when one begins thinking on the complex rei-nerv/gendo relationship. 

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