I can't tell if this scene is the laziest filler ever, or one of the deepest, realest, most brilliant scenes ever in anime.
I mean, you can just imagine what Asuka's thinking, trapped in close quarters, on her period, with somebody she hates viscerally.
When it happened in Rebuild I was like "not again". Luckily they cut it down to tolerable length this time around.
It's not exactly what I'd use to sell someone on Evangelion, but there's real room in the medium for this kind of narrative device.
I remember waiting that scene out thinking it was an eternity. Afterwords I couldn't stop thinking about it.
Basically it's a trick you can only do once, but it's impactful when you do.
It's a genius application of taking a disadvantage and turning it into an asset.
>budget is running out
>need to cut corners
>write this scene
And it turned out into one of the realest scenes. All the characterization and tension built up previously throughout the series and you are just waiting waiting for the explosion. Another anime would have made that scene into some cathartic resolution.
But nothing was resolved, you get to see that these two characters won't ever see eye to eye.
It's all too unusual in anime.
>That is the real difference between NGE and other anime.
>Treating the same cliches that are so prevalent differently.
Indeed and that is why it's considered a deconstruction of the genre imo. It's so weird to see people use it as entry level anime when where it really shines is as a break from the norm of having watched so much cliché anime and mecha. Like having the esteanged father say get into the robot and actually call him out as the shit he is and refusing.
>Otherwise it's largely a normal show.
You lost me
>I wanted to end the post and didn't know how to.
>Just saying NGE is special felt wrong.
BUT IT IS SPECIAL REEEEEEEE
yeah I know that feel. Ending your post well is a bitch at times
Not only that, but the constant imagery of transportation that lasts forever is relevant.
Escalators that go down forever, elevator rides that are super long, the train cars that go on forever.
It shows the characters are searching or going somewhere but not knowing the destination, because they don't know their purpose in life yet.
The high five was the only good thing they changed.
It follows the thought of "you can say a lot without saying anything at all." I wish more anime would do this kind if thing too. Anime is too often so dialogue heavy it ruins the immersion. Show, don't tell.
Even if it was due to budget constraints, this scene did a perfect job of capturing the agonizing awkwardness and tension of a scenario like this. It's uncomfortably long and drawn out, to the point that you wish it would just hurry up and be over with, which is why it's perfect. If you've ever been in a situation where you were forced to be alone with someone you vehemently disliked in a close, confined space, this is pretty much exactly what it feels like.
It helps to remember that Gainax was in a budget crunch at the time. It also helps to remember it was like the third or fourth time it did the single frame shtick and one more was to come.
Yep, this is why: of course it was fucking filler, they were running low on budget, they said might as well stretch this non-budget consuming part for a good amount of time.
Then the fans and even Anno himself turned it around, trying to find meaning in it. Hence, turning it into one of the most talked about scenes in anime history.
A lot of artists thrive within boundaries. Anno certainly did, whether he thinks so or not is irrelevant.
That's a myth. Last 2 episodes weren't bad because of a lack of budged, but because of lack of time. they had just received approval of extra budget for the movie. The budget issues were just present in the first half of the series.