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With my second watch of Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) nearing completion, I thought that I could confidently say that I had a ‘decent’ understanding of the series… until I began to research the Absurdist philosophy behind it. Albert Camus’ extensive discourse on The Absurd has definitely challenged what I understand of the series, potentially my perception of all the works in the medium and art as a whole. In this episode, I discuss my understanding of Camusian Absurdism and the connection it has to the conclusion of Anno’s work, in order to answer the question of whether Evangelion truly ‘makes sense’.

THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS:

RELEVANT LINKS:

June 1996 NewType Interview with Hideaki Anno (Gwern.net)

Albert Camus Interview (brainpickings.org)

Albert Camus (wikepedia.com)

Absurdism (wikepedia.com)

Neon Genesis Evangelion episodes (wikepedia.com)

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) (MyAnimeList)

Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion (1997) (MyAnimeList)

Hideaki Anno (MyAnimeList)

Existentialism (wikepedia.com)

Jean-Paul Sarte (wikepedia.com)

MUSIC IN THIS PRODUCTION:

Difference by chasersgaming

Mandatory Overtime by Joth

8-Bit Title Screen by Joth

“Anomaly”

Eric Matyas

www.soundimage.org (Edited for length)

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