May 21, 2006

Evangelion: The Romantic Comedy!

I can't resist...

2 or more people seriously contending for the affections of one (1 point for each serious contender): 2, Asuka and Rei.
...who trickle in (1): 1, Asuka doesn't appear until a quarter of the series is over.
...who aren't human (1 for each): 1, Rei is part-Angel.
...who have special powers (1 for each): 1, what ELSE would you call what happens to Rei in End of Evangelion?
Dorky hero (1): 1, Yep.
...who has a unique power (1): 0, driving an EVA not unique.
Klutzy heroine (1): 0.
...who has a unique power (1): 0.
Love expressed as violence (1): 1... not Love Hina levels, but...
Obvious choice (1): 1. Asuka.
Women with exaggerated figures (1): 0.
Jiggle (1): 1, Misato.
Panty flashes (1): 1, though Rei isn't really wearing them at the time...
Ecchi (1): 0.
Joshikousei (1): 1, uh-huh!
Meido-san (1): 0
Accidental exposure (1): 1, yep!
Accidental groping (1): 1, also yep!
Swimsuits at the beach (1): 0, nuh-uh.
Bathing and yukatas in a bathhouse (1): 1, yeppers.
Kimonos at a summer festival or cultural festival (1): 0.
Girl's locker room (1): 0, not the way you mean, no.
Cosplay (1): 0, no-o-o.
Romances among secondary characters (1): 1, Misato/Kaji.
Meganekko (1): 1, Ritsuko Akagi
Annoying relatives (1): 1, Gendo, the Angels...
Meddlers (friends or family) (1): 1, Gendo.
No romantic resolution at the end (1): 1. Nothing.

There you have it... with 19 points, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a wacky romantic comedy!!!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:04 AM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 I don't remember any bathhouse. On the other hand, there is a locker room scene where we get to watch Rei changing clothes.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 21, 2006 09:17 AM (+rSRq)

2 Well, I counted the hot springs scene in the Magma Diver episode at the bathhouse.

This whole POST is a stretch, so why not?

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 21, 2006 09:31 AM (wZLWV)

3 Heheheh... I almost wrote SDB to ask him to run the numbers on this as a lark.

I'd give Shinji a point for unique power, on the basis that he's the only one who can activate "Yui SMASH" mode, even if he doesn't have any real control over it. Asuka doesn't get that ability until 5 minutes too late.

Swimsuits at the beach: does the indoor pool count (thermodynamics)?

Girl's locker room: Yes, Ep. 9. Somehow Kensuke managed to get some shots of the girls' locker room while they are changing, it's shown in the pictures that they're selling of Asuka.

You could pump up the score even more by throwing in Mana... thank you for not doing that, though.

Posted by: Big D at May 21, 2006 02:14 PM (8EZDw)

4 Mana, she's from the "Girl of Steel" game, right? I've not seen that, though I know it exists.

You're right about the photos, but I'm not sure they meet the strict criteria that SDB put down... I had forgotten about them, I'll admit.

Heh... "YUI SMASH" mode. :-)

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 21, 2006 04:46 PM (y6n8O)

5 Yes, she is. It's not much of a game; mostly just a short story with a handful of puzzles and only one real branching decision point (that only controls the ending). It's been fanslated, as it will almost certainly never see the light of day over here.

Mana is loved by a small following and loathed by just about everybody else. She's portrayed as being "perfect and kind" to Shinji, while lying to him about everything about herself. Mostly she works as a foil to infuriate Asuka with her attempts to get close to Shinji.

Posted by: Big D at May 22, 2006 01:55 AM (8EZDw)

6 From what I remember, she's supposed to be an agent for SEELE, designed to spy on assassinate/whatever Shinji... whether or not that's true, I can't say.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 22, 2006 05:19 AM (+rGmJ)

7 Nope [spoilers]

She "works" for a military organization similar to the JSSDF. She and a few other teenagers were basically kidnapped and pressed into service to pilot giant robots. Said military organization believes that after the Angels are all destroyed, man will go back to fighting man and they want to be ready for the wars (yeah, they're in for a surprise).

She's in Tokyo-3 specifically to spy on the kids and learn how Evas work, but she and her friends want to escape. She spends most of the game trying to get close to Shinji while Asuka fumes visibly in the background. Through a bunch of plot points that make little or no sense once you think about them, Mana is captured by the JSSDF and used as bait to lure out the last of her friends who has escaped with a robot. NERV sits by and watches, until the shooting starts, and then deploys Evas to take down everybody. Shinji winds up fighting the robot to save Mana, but after a chase, disembarks to discover that the pilot is Mana's friend (possibly boyfriend). Then, a JSSDF bomber appears overhead, and Asuka drags him into her entry plug before it nukes the place.

Nothing remains of the robot other than a puddle of slag. Mana is apparently dead, although Shinji entertains some hope that they had some sort of escape capsule.

Here you get to choose the ending. You can have Mana show back up and tease Shinji, or Shinji hunt down Mana with Kaji's help. Either one ends with Mana's promise to come back later. Or, you can ignore her altogether and just choose Asuka; it's not exactly an open romance, but Shinji would have to be even blinder than in canon to miss her feelings.

Posted by: Big D at May 22, 2006 06:00 AM (8EZDw)

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