Ah eva how I missed you! There is a great guide on this site about this show so I'm not going to do much introduction here. The guide can be found here.
So lets dive right in shall we? First the opening. Unlike many other shows the opening song on this show not only fits the show but the animation gives several hints about the show itself. That strange looking creature with the tentacles, the strange diagram looking thing with the circles and the lines? Oh yes these are important very important. If you recognize them then move yourself to the front of the class ((you well educated person in jewish and christian theology)) yup thats right these are christian symbols though not the most commonly recognizable ones. Oddly unlike a lot of anime shows they actually get the Christianity here mostly right, by the end, though I'm still looking for giant robots in the bible haven't found them yet...
But more on that later (and no spoiling things in comments) we will come back to those and what they are and what they mean at a later date, several probably actually...
The first episode is your general standard setup episode. Some people found the humor from Misato unnerving but I thought it showed well how people will always be people even in the most extreme circumstances we still crack jokes we still worry about our car and how many payments we have left on it. Yes that was a nuclear explosion they survived no I don't know how far away they were and I expect it was a low power nuke of some sort but the point here was that the angels can not be destroyed by conventional weapons only the evas.
Shinji..ah shinji. Either you are going to empathize with shinji or you are going to what to throw him up against a wall and beat the snot out of him. I am able to empathize with him myself. In fact I think it is a good example of what being a teenager and being told you are the only one who can save the world and having to do it without training would actually be like. I don't think many people would be strong enough NOT to break down in that situation. Shinjis dad is a jerk no way around that one, the telling line here is when he says that "another spare will be delivered soon" The other characters we don't meet all that much yet more on them will be coming as we go along.
Inside the eva I thought was always a cool sequence, trying to teach him how to walk in a battlefield situation. The alignment of the waves is also very important. Again don't want to spoil things but they should look somewhat familiar...think of them in 2 rather than 3d. The most important line in the show though is delivered near the end and is very easy to miss. Misato tells shinji as he is deciding to pilot the eva or not "you have to face your father, you have to face yourself" This is an incredibly important line, remember it.
On to episode 2 where the craziness begins! This epsiode starts slow which I thought was a cool idea since it keeps you on the edge of your seat as you wait to find out what actually happened. The tile here and how it was used I thought was very well done. With everything else around him being so strange focusing on how even something as normal as the ceiling was different was a good touch.
What he saw inside the machine and what actually happened in the fight is the meat of this episode however, not to much is revealed yet but if you think about it I expect you can make some conclusions. The waves were reversing right before he attacked, and we did see the machine move on its own in the first episode...
As far as I can tell the plug is not located inside the head cavity so when the head fell off it could very well have fallen beside him and the eye been at his level. Of course where he saw the head from is not the most important thing here but what it potentially represents.
One more thing. The scientist refers to the eva as a berzerker. My dictionary defines this as an early norse warrior known for ferocity in battle. Berzerks however were also know to almost enter a trance before battle.....and is said to have lead to a feebleness of mind that could last several days after-wards..sound familiar?
Well that's enough for today buckle up and come back later this week for more eva goodness! Do be sure to buckle up though it is going to be a wild ride!