I was browsing through Morpheus (peer to peer file swapper) today looking for pr0n– err, looking for anime music videos. I downloaded one of Weezer’s El Scorchio to Evangelion clips. The video itself was pretty lame — the music and video seemed to go together like apples and dump trucks. But it did have some clips, and spoilers ahead and I don’t care that I’m spoiling it, from End of Evangelion. And they reminded me why I hated the movie so much: I disagree with Hideaki Anno’s vision of paradise.
Basically, Rei and/or a bunch of hallucinations run around touching various screaming, panicking NERV employees, and they melt into orange glop in an instant to join the Sea ‘o Life that is what the human race becomes during Third Impact. A few of them see loved ones and go ‘Yay!’ and become sherbert willingly. And unless Anno is being very ironic, he’s seeing this as the equivilant of heaven, when we all become one mass being in eternal bliss yadda.
I’d actually peg that as my ideal vision of Hell eternal. Nothing quite like having your identity annihilated so that your consciousness becomes something else entirely which you can’t even consider ‘you’ anymore. ‘You’ didn’t go to heaven, ‘You’ got destroyed and whatever empty, generic soul-shell was left behind went on to heaven. Or better, ‘you’ gets mixed and congealed in with 50 billion other yous, which does basically the same thing. I don’t particularly want to share my collective spirit with everybody on earth, thank you. I’ve had a hard life and after kicking the bucket I want the spiritual equivilant of a pleasant retirement where *I* am happy and at peace, not where I am not me.
I guess it’s vaguely bhuddist or something, some sort of cultural gap. It’s funny, because the Final Fantasy movie has a similar idea (we all return to Gaia) and that didn’t annoy me. Maybe it was the horrific way it was displayed in the Evangelion movie; I was spooked tremendously when people were going splat left and right, some quite screamingly reluctantly as well.
If all I have to look forward to after death is some sort of mass cosmic jello mold, I’ll choose life.
ObNews – Gonna try to get some Sailor Nothing done tonight. Been real busy lately, including going to WWF Smackdown’s tapings last night. Look for me ringside by the lower right turnbuckle, but I doubt I got in many shots, and I’m so short all you’d see is my head.