FGC:Supplemental (The Significance of Shinji's SDAT)

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Episode #02: The Significance of Shinji's SDAT

(Expanded Commentary from C-169)

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Shin-seiki: The fact that we always see Shinji listening to the SDAT player represents how he tries to shut out reality and exist in his own little world

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Shinji started out as a happy, friendly little kid:

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but losing his mother…

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and being abandoned by his father…

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has turned him into the introverted, almost autistic, little wretch we all know and love…

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So how does all this relate to #25 and #26?

It's because that is the world he choses to create for himself, which reflects what he was seeking with the tape deck and headphones all along: A closed-off space, where other people and the painful and troublesome demands of dealing with them can be shut out…

(Literal Translation Project script, #25)

Maya: It's your world, only given to you now.

That is reality.

Misato: Your world, which nobody else can deal with.

Shinji: It's the world where everything is already created, isn't it?

Ritsuko: No, it's the world that you are creating.

Fuyutsuki: The world that you are trying to create.

That is reality.

Misato: The will to live.

Asuka: The mind that wishes to die, which you yourself want.

Shinji: This darkness, this incomplete world… Are you saying, I wished for all of these?

Asuka: Yes.

Ryouji: The closed world where nobody but you are comfortable. That is the very world you wished for.

Makoto: To protect your weak mind.

Shigeru: To protect your joy.

Maya: This is the result.

Misato: In a closed space with nobody but you in it, nobody can live.

Asuka: But you wanted this world, a closed world for yourself.

Ritsuko: Excluding what you hate, you wanted a world of solitude. A mind all your own.

Rei: This is your world delivered, with a small haven in your mind.

Asuka: This is one of the conclusions.

Misato: The end of the world that you have lived in.