Evangelion Session 2: E05-07

Stopped just short of Asuka. That’s too much to leave as a cliffhanger for one day.

Rei’s early appearances are even more stiff and awkward with everyone except Gendo than I’d recalled. She is an utter robot, not even autistic or depressed and withdrawn, but just not there. That weird smile is almost worse than nothing.

Misato in a towel, and Rei in a towel or nothing at all, the fanservice was a little heavy still, but less than the first few eps. Misato’s morning ritual is how I lived my 20s, too, but sooner or later that catches up with you. Just coffee now.

The “Human weapon” ep… if you wondered how cold and calculating Ritsuko and Gendo are…

If you’re missing the old ED music instead of Rei’s theme, because the songwriter and 26 artists couldn’t make a deal with Netflix:

  • Every “Fly Me to the Moon”: I recommend watching it now, maybe youtube-dl if you want to keep it. (minor annoyance: It’s in webm, so I now have 4 CPU cores on fire[^1] trying to convert it to mp4)

The reviews are in!

Netflix isn’t providing subs for some of the text screens, but they’re usually duplicated later in English (at second commercial break?). I can read enough kana to recognize things like the roommate chore board being all シ (Shi, for Shinji) and just a few ミ (Mi, for Misato), which is funny because she won’t even do those days. This is really motivating me to get back to learning Japanese properly, because just reading nonsense words is frustrating. I accept that my calligraphy will always be shit.

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