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What the F@#$ Did Just Watch?! EVANGELION Episode #19

So THIS is the turning point everybody's been talking about.

 You think about it, and they're sort of like the Mecha MOD SQUAD.
 You think about it, and they're sort of like the Mecha MOD SQUAD.

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?!?!

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constanzadellarosaon May 7, 2010 at 9:50 a.m.
You are getting closer to some bigger revelations than the Eva's true nature.
By the way, did you watch this episode dubbed or subtitled?
hitsusatsu11on May 7, 2010 at 10:19 a.m.
This is a sick episode, the way shinji finally stands up to Gendo in the wake of the toji incident, then go's off and needs an inspirational speech by kaji to return in triumph, story telling at it's best!
 
I find it funny to how the other evas are so useless against  zeruel, this lose will definitely take its toll on Asuka's ego. The fight scene in this episode is epic, the true nature of the beast that is eva is revealed, as unit one literally takes the angel zeruel into itself.
 
we have some crazy midscew scenes coming up with shinji, as well can't wait to see the "new and improved" 01 in action again.
FoxxFireArt moderator on May 7, 2010 at 11:28 a.m.
This is a really good episode. The next one is going to be dramatically slower, but it's still going to be thought provoking.
 
Shinji was pretty heroic bursting through that wall and saving Misato, the only person who expresses open concern and caring for him.

I considered mentioning this on the previous article. In the manga version of events, Shinji knew all along that Toji was in Unit 03. Also, Toji never survived. Shinji witnessed them pulling his dead body out of the plug.
I think I prefer the anime version more.
GodLen staff on May 7, 2010 at 11:37 a.m.
yeah i love this episode,  i sometimes wish the rest were like this one. 
hitsusatsu11on May 7, 2010 at 1:08 p.m.
@constanzadellarosa: i believe he said hes watching the whole series dubbed
Ryuku_Ryosakeon May 7, 2010 at 1:23 p.m.
This is definitely my favorite episode of Eva. This one episode basically sums up pretty much the entire cast of Eva. You've got Asuka throwing everything at the Angel in an attempt to show she is better then Shinji only to lost miserably. Rei recklessly throwing away her life to protect everyone.  Misato being the only one to show up as Shinji is leaving and she is the ony one not to step back as the Angel crashes through the command room. 
 
Kaji joking about Misato's melons as the world is about to end. Kensuke's best friend almost dies, he other friend is leaving, and all he does is complain about not being able to pilot an Eva. You've got Gendo being Gendo chasing his son out of the town but waiting for him to return. Then you got Shinji running away from his problems literally but then finally faces them head on only to find his effort was useless when Eva's battery runs out. Then you've got Eva Unit 01 being the best character in the series rejecting Nerv even if it means the end of the world then proceeding to kick ass in the most awesome way possible. I might have forgot some but it was definitely one of the best episodes.
No_name_here staff on May 7, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
@constanzadellarosa:  I've been watching this whole thing dubbed.
No_name_here staff on May 7, 2010 at 7:32 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt:  Yeah, you know a lot of times people associate a darker take with being a better one, but I don't think it's always the case. I think there's still plenty of fall out regarding Toji that will be explored.
ReVolutionOfEvangelionon May 7, 2010 at 7:46 p.m.
Excellent.
 
1 - while "wow its a human arm" was my first reaction too....if you notice, that's just what "normal Eva arms" look like; underneath the armor, Evas look surprisingly human (other than the head) - recall episode 03 when the armor gets burned off the hand; it looks similar to this.
 
2 - "so Evas are clones of Angels with armor slapped onto them to keep them controllable?"
 
Well on the one hand, your logic is entirely sensical - but later revelations will change this, particularly next episode:  Misato says point blank to Ritsuko "You just made copies of the first Angel! You didn't make anything!"....then Ritsuko gets really mad, and insists that "Evas aren't simply copies"
 
I'll clue you in to a big secret they explain later:  a cardinal rule of the Eva-universe is "you can only clone certain things" and therefore.....eh, I'll let you watch it first...
ReVolutionOfEvangelionon May 7, 2010 at 7:49 p.m.
The only actual "problem" with episode 19 is that people tend to just rewatch the fight scene from this, over and over again; and it IS a major climax.  but I know "certain people" who just watch this episode every few weeks or months, and yet haven't REwatched say, episdoes 7 or 10, in many years.
 
 It was "good" because all of the slow "talky" buildup was leading up to this.
 
Eh, I think of the entire series as one very long movie of sorts, and its sort of like the people who "watch" a movie by fast forwarding to the best fight scenes.  
 
Did you notice that Eva-01 has a core just like Angels do?  And that Misato didn't know?
Maverick05on May 8, 2010 at 6:28 a.m.
Episode 19 is the climax of all the serie, and by far the favorite episode of everyone.  For me it is the best episode of the series because things suddenly spiral down quite fast after this.  
 
I can't wait to see Evangelion 2.22 later this month with some friends just to hear them go WOW with this fight. If you think Shinji went full power on the anime, he basically turns into TTGL Simon in the movie and goes Son of God-mode. 
 
BTW in the anime, you hear Gendo go "Why are you doing this now, Yui?" just before Shinji arrives. In the manga, the same scene does happen but before Shinji arrives, all the monitors goes crazy and then show Shinji's image while Gendo goes "wtf?". I really hope they add that scene to the final BlueRay disk.

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