Author Archives: Matthew Garcia

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Five Thoughts on Neon Genesis Evangelion’s “Angel Infiltration” and “SEELE, the Seat of the Soul”

By | Jul 25, 2021 | Television

Thirty-One Before we go on, let’s take a minute to look back from where we came. On some level or another, every character in Evangelion is lonely, depressed, overstimulated, horny, and caught in a rut. Shinji Ikari, our main protagonist, the 14-year-old son of NERV commander, Gendo Ikari, sits at the forefront of everything. He’s been separated […]

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Five Thoughts on Neon Genesis Evangelion’s “In the Still Darkness” and “A Miracle’s Worth”

By | Jul 18, 2021 | Television

Twenty-Six Before we go on, I want to take a moment to appreciate the silences in Neon Genesis Evangelion, or, perhaps more accurately, the almost silences. There are countless instances throughout the series where the camera lingers on a character lost in thought or slowly, methodically drifts over a set to allow us time to soak everything in. […]

Five Thoughts on Neon Genesis Evangelion’s “Mind, Matching, Moment” and “The Magma Diver”

By | Jul 11, 2021 | Television

Twenty-One In the climactic moments of “Mind, Matching, Moment,” Shinji and Asuka finally come together in perfect harmonization. They had been at each other’s throats for almost the entire episode, following an embarrassing defeat by the Sixth Angel, Israfel. Asuka’s angry with Shinji for failing to meet the expectations she barely defined for herself while […]

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Five Thoughts on Neon Genesis Evangelion’s “The Works of Man” and “Asuka Arrives in Japan”

By | Jul 4, 2021 | Television

Sixteen Misato Katsuragi might be the most competent and caring character in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Time after time, Misato’s found herself thrown into a difficult situation, usually some sort of apocalyptic event, and it’s only through her quick thinking, improvisation, and trust in her team that she’s constantly averted disaster. While the rest of the high-ranking […]

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Five Thoughts on Neon Genesis Evangelion’s “Rei, Beyond the Heart” and “Showdown in Tokyo-3”

By | Jun 27, 2021 | Television

ELEVEN The animation in Neon Genesis Evangelion is nothing if not ambitious. From the show’s first moments, from the very opening credits, it’s clear Hideaki Anno and his team at Gainax wanted to push the boundaries and capabilities of traditional television cel animation. We see it in how they block the scenes, in how they layer the […]

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Five Thoughts on Neon Genesis Evangelion’s “Silent Phone” and “Rain, After Running Away”

By | Jun 20, 2021 | Television

SIX A Brief History of Anime in America We watch Evangelion without context. When it was first localized in the west, American audiences in particular barely had the language and vocabulary to understand the conversation the show had with what preceded it. While Japanese cartoons had been on American televisions for over sixty years — titles like Astro […]


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