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Neon Genesis Evangelion is currently my favourite anime of all-time, partially due to the way that Anno is able to take apart his own story, reducing it to the fundamental question, ‘Who is Shinji Ikari?’ Although there are various other reasons for why I love the series, this is the main focus of ‘The Bitter End’, a name given to refer to the final episodes of the series. In this episode, I discuss how the arc portrays the absurdity of the world as well as the theme of liberation. I also try to think about whether value (plus everything else) is construct-able and what exactly ‘reality’ is, in the context of the anime.

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THIS EPISODE CONTAINs SPOILERS:

RELEVANT LINKS

The Myth of Sisyphus (wikepedia.com)

Hideaki Anno (MyAnimeList)

Existentialism (wikepedia.com)

Jean-Paul Sarte (wikepedia.com)

Albert Camus Interview (brainpickings.org)

Albert Camus (wikepedia.com)

Absurdism (wikepedia.com)

Neon Genesis Evangelion episodes (wikepedia.com)

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) (MyAnimeList)

MUSIC IN THIS PRODUCTION:

Mandatory Overtime by Joth

8-Bit Title Screen by Joth

“Anomaly”

Eric Matyas

www.soundimage.org (Edited for length)

“Unpleasant Discovery”

Eric Matyas

www.soundimage.org (Edited for length)

2 thoughts on “Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) Analysis | GITM Podcast Ep. 50: The Bitter End

  1. Ooooooh!!! Great podcast! Thanks so much for your submission to #TheJCS for July. I’m so glad to have found you and will tune in regularly if my schedule permits.

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