Gundampilotspaz: I still remember the very first time I saw this opening scene. I had no idea what I was in for.
Reichu: Odds are, most of us didn't.
Kendrix: And here it comes, the glistening water surface. Anno really loves those (They're also quite abundant in "Nadia")
On the water surfaces/shorelines themselves, they're said to be associated with the border between the conscious and the subconscious and obviously used with that in mind in some of the introspection scenes.