(Originally posted 4/24/13 on Speed on the Beat's Anime Surplus)
|Ignore Amuro. He's not important in this discussion.|
As you may know, in addition to being a kickass beatsmith, overly blunt critic, and No-Fi King-spitting lyricist, I'm also a giant anime nerd. As part of that nerdiness, I've taken to revisiting Neon Genesis Evangelion (the original, not the Rebuild series, as it's not even completed yet) and the Eureka Seven/Eureka Seven: AO connections--and, of course, the (spiritual) predecessor of both franchises, Space Runaway Ideon.
For those not in the know, here's a brief summary of SRI, per teh Wiki, which I won't post here (Ed. Note: I will, however, post the opening theme. Because it's all sweet hotness 1980s anime shit). All you need to know is that it's from one of the minds behind the original Gundam and deals with "aliens" that are really not aliens and humans and these "aliens" joining together at the end to become one giant living soul-type thingy.
Plus, it has awesome 1980s entrance music, as mentioned.
As you can tell from the title, I'm not going to focus much on SRI.
Now, I'm sure you have heard of NGE. If you haven't, ask some random fanboy to explain it to you. Or watch one of the many parody videos of the series to get the gist--albeit sarcastically. I personally recommend the video "Shinji is (Not) a Pussy." Anyhow, call me a spoiled brat, but I think that NGE does Ideon better than Ideon. How? Well, first, it makes it all nice and "pretty" for the post-Cobain era of anime fans (Ed. Note: the series was first aired in late-1995 in Japan). What that means is that, in reality, Hideaki Anno makes it all dark and twisted and shit. He also adds in some Christian-related, man/human, psychobabble/philosophical fuckery, kids with horrible abandonment issues, clones, robots with (spoiler alert)
|The end of the series (after the end of the series) involves a giant fucking nekkid chick that also happens to be a "clone" of the main character's mom/the main character's "friend"/the Harbinger of All Things Primordial Soup-Related.|
|Oh, and bee-tee-dubs, the robots are also halfway sentient beings.|
|I hate these fucking kids. Especially the "black" one. I don't hate him|
because he's black, however. I hate him because his voice is possibly
the most grating I've ever heard--anime or otherwise.
Perhaps it's because E7 has 50 episodes plus AO to deal with its own mindfuckery. AO is a 24-episode "sequel" series starring
Perhaps it's because Dai Sato et al had almost a decade to learn from Anno's mistakes, miscues, and shit to craft an anime that dealt with all types of psychological and religious shit without being preachy with it? In addition, there have been several series post-NGE, but pre-E7, that deal with similar topics, such as RahXephon. Perhaps BONES, with its glossy-ass mecha and stuff just appealed more to me (I admittedly watched E7 completely through before NGE. Shit, I was like 7 when NGE started and by the time I was in high school, people were all about Naruto, DBZ (still), and other shit)? Maybe Renton didn't come off as such a whiny little pussy for the whole damn anime? Nah, they both had their "waaah, woe is me!!!" moments.
Meh. I still think NGE is better because of its complexity. E7 in some ways is just better because it's more accessible/less mindfucky.
|Plus, Anno et al understand something simple to understanding me.|
Speed + anime + girl in glasses that kick ass = happy Speed.
And, no, I don't fap to Mari screen caps. I get real-life sex.
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