Theory and Analysis:EoTV vs. EoE
"Miss Misato, please don't go out like that. It's embarrassing."
"Making something... Nurturing something is really great. You can see and learn so many things from the process."
T&A page about EoTV vs EoE, analyzing whether they can be seen as complementary, literally concurrent, and/or opposite endings.
Breaking it down into sections about the pros and cons of the three ideas as well as the final verdict based on the evidence the series gives to the audience (Not just stuff from EoTV or EoE, but from the rest of the series as well. For instance, Shinji's various citations of the word "here" (koko) during his internal mind trips (Personal Hell train); "Do you want to become one with me?"; etc; etc)
Also: mention somewhere in the opposite endings section as a counter-argument that what the Renewal/Platinum booklet says about such things needs to be taken into account with what series evidence gives us (e.g: series canon overrides all other canons).
Also mention somewhere the whole Instrumentality=more intimate than sex symbolism (EoE and internal mind trips "Do you want to become one with me?" lines, Asuka atop Shinji (scrapped sex pic though we still get
Royally pissed off enraged Asuka and passive Shinji who actually stands up to her for the first time), Rei atop Shinji, etc...
- 1 Complimentary Endings
- 2 Concurrent Endings
- 3 Different Endings
Some people believe EoTV and EoE are the same events. While EoTV takes place in the minds of the characters and Instrumentality, EoE are the actual events. Based on the end of Episode 24, Air was supposed to be the original ending. Because of this EoTV, which is what aired, and EoE, which was completed later, were based on each other. The main argument for the concurrent endings is that the reality scenes in EoTV, similar phrases, and ideas in both versions, and the notion that Shinji rejected Instrumentality in both EoTV and EoE.
In EoTV, interspersed in the Instrumentality scenes are what is termed "reality scenes." These scenes provide a glimpse into what is happening in the real world while the characters are having their internal dialogues. In EoE the meaning of these scenes becomes clear since they are involved in the plot. Each picture shows the EoTV scene and its corresponding EoE scene.
Eva 02 at the bottom of the lake
Ritsuko's body floating
Gendo & Rei
Shinji watching Misato and Kaji
Shinji floating "nowhere"
Similar Phrases and Ideas
Both EoTV and EoE have similar phrases and ideas that relate to each other. This is used as an argument to prove EoTV and EoE are concurrent portrayals of the same event. EoTV jumps right into Instrumentality without any understanding that EoE provides. Still, in EoTV they mention ideas that the viewer knows are true based on EoE.
EoTV Episode 26:
SHINJI: What the hell is this??
MISATO: This is the Instrumentality which your father has initiated.
SHINJI: This is it?
MISATO: This is part of it.
ASUKA: You can't tell what the truth is, Shinji.
RITSUKO: Truth is subjective. Therefore, you can barely tell that what you can feel is fact.
REI: The truth is within you.
FUYUTSUKI: And the facts that remain in your memory are what will become your truth.
RITSUKO: Truth can be changed from time to time, sometimes.
SHINJI: This is all fact! This is the result of... Everything?
ASUKA: This is real; but one of many realities.
MISATO: This is the conclusion you wanted.
SHINJI: Wanted...? Me?
REI: Yes; total destruction. You wished for a world in which nobody would be saved.
SHINJI: I didn't wish for this! The others didn't save me?!
RITSUKO: Nobody can save you from yourself.
KAJI: This is what you wished for.
ASUKA: Destruction. Death. And return to nothingness. You wished for these.
MISATO: This is the reality that is.
SHINJI: What is reality...?
REI: This is your world.
HYUGA: A world that exists solely for yourself; one without time, space, or anyone else.
AOBA: A world in which every facet is determined by you.
MAYA: This is the world where you just wait for others to give you something. That is reality.
MISATO: This is your world unless you decide to change reality.
SHINJI: This is the world that is! Nothing can change that!
RITSUKO: No. You, yourself, make the decision.
FUYUTSUKI: This is the world where your mind decides what will be. That is reality.
MISATO: Whether it is the will to survive...
ASUKA: Or a wish for death, it is all up to you.
SHINJI: Are you saying that this darkness -- this insane world -- are what I really wished to create?!
KAJI: You wished for a closed world, that was comfortable for you.
HYUGA: You wished for it, in order to protect you from your weakness.
AOBA: To protect your few pleasures.
MAYA: This is merely a result of your wish.
MISATO: In your closed world, in a world where only you are allowed to be, others cannot live with you.
ASUKA: But still you wished to close off the world that surrounded you.
RITSUKO: Your wish ejected things you dislike, and created an isolated and lonely world filled with nothing.
REI: This is the world your wishes have created, a private haven in the recesses of the mind.
ASUKA: This is how it all ends; one of many possible endings.
MISATO: This is an ending you brought upon yourself. You chose this fate.
Shinji is given the choice, it is made extremely clear that the choice is his; this world is of his making. It is stated more than ten times in that passage that even though this is the "Instrumentality" that was Gendo's plan, it is still Shinji's wish, his choice, his decision, for it to be this way. This mirrors very much what happened in EoE, Though Gendo caused Instrumentality, it is Shinji's decision, and the fate of the world rests in his hands. Here is the scene from episode 26' that occurs just after Komm Süsser Tod starts playing, This shows equivalent feelings on Shinji's part.
Shinji: Nobody understands me.
Rei: You didn't understand anything.
Shinji: I thought it was supposed to be a world without unpleasantness... without uncertainty.
Rei: Because you thought that everyone else was like you.
Shinji: Betrayed! You've betrayed my feelings!!
Rei: You've misunderstood from the start. You simply assumed without asking.
Shinji: Nobody wants me. So, everybody just die.
Rei: Then, what are those hands for?
Shinji: Nobody cares whether I exist or not... Nothing will change. So, everybody just die.
Rei: Then, what is that heart for?
Shinji: It'd be better if I wasn't here either. So I should just die, too.
Rei: Then, why are you here?
Note that this scene occurs just before Lilith expands her Anti-AT Field and everyone loses physical form. The "wish" of Shinji is clear to see here. EoTV: KAJI: You wished for a closed world, that was comfortable for you., EoE: Shinji: I thought it was supposed to be a world without unpleasantness... without uncertainty. .
The first scene from episode 25 actually takes place after the second. In the second scene, the viewer is shown that Shinji wishes for death, that he wishes everyone would just die, and immediately after that we see his wish effectively granted, that everyone loses physical form, they all revert to LCL. However he then gets the chance to ponder that decision, "Whether it is the will to survive... Or a wish for death, it is all up to you.". It is Shinji's choice, he is given it in the series ending and he is given it in the movie ending as well. And so it goes... everyone has "died"...
Rejection of Instrumentality
Positive vs. Negative Ending
One argument that the two endings are different is EoTV ends with Shinji making a positive psychological breakthrough while EoE ends with trauma and desolation for Shinji after he returns from Instrumentality. In EoTV, Shinji obtains some form of inner peace and reconciliation. In EoE Shinji is left for an unknown period of time alone on a barren and ravaged earth. There is no sense if he learned any lessons as he did in EoTV.
A.T. Field Symbolism
Symbolism also plays a role in supporting divergent endings. In EoTV, individuals are alone in their own room going through their own physiological monologue. On the other hand, EoE represents Instrumentality as the union of all souls. At the end of EoTV Shinji's room shattered. This conveys the exact opposite of the Instrumentality in EoE where an individual's A.T. Fields return.
Focus on Shinji
At the beginning of EoTV it says The year is 2016 A.D. The thing that people had lost In other words, the instrumentality of souls was still ongoing However, there is far too little time left to make mention of it all, therefore, now, we will take the boy named Shinji Ikari and tell the story of the instrumentality of his soul This would make it seem Shinji is just one of the multitude. The presentation of events in EoTV does not suggest that Shinji occupies any privileged position other than being the main viewpoint character. When Misato washes her dirty linen in the shared mental space, everyone comments on her, without any sense on Shinji being a connecting hub, or in any other sense distinguished from any other of the participants. On the other hand, EoE definitely portrays Shinji as the main driving force and focus of Instrumentality.
Acceptance of Instrumentality
Another theory is in EoTV Shinji accepts Instrumentality while in EoE Shinji rejects it. In EoTV it does not make it clear that Shinji has a choice in the matter; he just needs to accept it after he realizes to love himself. The quote I understand! I can exist here! is used by proponents to say Shinji realized he can live in this new Instrumentality world. In the Newtype Filmbook description of the last scene of EoTV is "Amidst the many words of congratulations, a faint smile starts at the corners of Shinji's mouth (and spreads across his face). A happy face -- that is the figure of the Complemented Shinji. This conclusion is also one form, one possibility among many." This has been interpreted by some fans as referring to an acceptance of permanent Instrumentalization and merging with the rest of humanity.