Evangelion allegory interpreted

The previous disclaimer still applies. I don’t recommend the show in general.

Evangelion is allegorical in nature, and the symbols are straightforward. When I hand you this cipher, you will be able to understand the allegory by doing a straightforward find/replace in a good plot summary*. For example, you can find/replace Lucifer for “Adam” and angel for “Evangelion”. (To understand the latter, it’s helpful to know that the words “angel” and “evangelist” mean messenger, as in messengers from God).

Adam…is the designation of the First Angel, the first of Earth’s two Seeds of Life and the progenitor of the Third through Seventeenth Angels. Adam is also the genetic basis of the Evangelions (with the possible exception of Eva-01).

Adam’s distinct physical features are never clearly shown, since in the few available glimpses of Adam’s adult form, it is either partially covered by ice or just a glowing silhouette—hence the nickname “Giant of Light.” It is a giant humanoid, similar in many ways to the Evangelions, but its true nature is unknown.

Adam
EvaGeeks.org


Adam’s wings expanding during Second Impact

The macro-scale story is very tightly written in allegorical terms, because every major plot element has a 1-1 correspondence with something in occultism. However, the plot is still somewhat difficult to understand because the storytelling is fragmented and generally poor.

Our first clue that something is amiss is given by the fact that mankind is fighting for survival against “angels”. This immediately raises the question “aren’t angels supposed to be the good guys?” Following this clue to its logical conclusion leads us to the crux of the plot: The Human Instrumentality Project.

seele_logo
The SEELE cabal’s logo is the same symbol as found on Lilith’s (Babalon’s) mask.

The SEELE cabal’s ultimate goal is to reduce humanity to a fluid of undifferentiated stem cells (LCL), creating a chaotic god-like superorganism superior to Adam and the angels. This assimilation would simultaneously mean the end of all human anxiety, war, competition, and strife. This will sound familiar to some of you as the transhumanist goal of Gnosticism/Kabbalah:

The goal (of Soros, since I assume that is what you are asking) is to create a global government where all people intermingle and breed and become one people ruled by a radically pure Jewish race. They sincerely believe under their rule all human conflict will cease because there will be no more cause for division. This desire is born out of a fear of the horrors of WWII. The Holocaust is a lie, but the death toll was still massive nonetheless. And many people were brutalized by it.

FBI anon

The easiest way to understand this is to think of it as mirrored Nazism: Soros and Hitler only disagree on which radically pure bloodline ought to be in charge of ruling the degenerate masses of humanity, and which would have to be exterminated as unwanted competition.

So this occult business is what the show is really all about. Now we can explain the initial paradox of humans fighting angels: the angels are sent by “God” to halt this modern Tower of Babel project.

On the one hand you have Adam (Lucifer) and the angels attempting to punish humanity’s (the Lilins’) hubris by causing a mass extinction event (called the Third Impact*) and on the other hand you have Lilith (Babylon) and SEELE fighting back with all of earth’s military might and NERV’s captured angels (EVAs) as they attempt to direct the same extinction event to achieve their Instrumentality Project. These extinction events (first, second and third impacts) occur whenever the genetic material of Adam and Lilith are mixed, which recalls the magical idea that sex, death, and rebirth are inseparable.

Human Instrumentality is (mostly) achieved in The End of Evangelion, when Lilith wins this struggle and breaks down the AT Fields of (almost) all of humanity by presenting them with the prospect of joining minds with the people they love. When their resistance is broken down, they lose individuality and revert to primordial LCL.

For example:

At first Maya’s attraction to Ritsuko only appears to be a professional admiration, enhanced by Maya frequently being seen working aside Ritsuko, and Maya always referring to the other woman as “Ritsuko-sempai” or merely “Sempai”, an honorific directed towards a person of higher rank. However, Maya’s transition guide in Episode 26′ takes the form of Ritsuko Akagi, who types “I need you” (literally: “INEEDYUO”) on Maya’s laptop with her hands over Maya’s, and then embraces her. Before turning to LCL Maya cried “Sempai! Sempai! Sempai!” with a look of ecstasy, tears flowing from her eyes. This suggests that Maya was secretly in love with Ritsuko, though whether Ritsuko knew about this attraction or reacted to it is uncertain.

Maya Ibuki
EvaGeeks.org

AT Fields refer to a person’s self-concept, and the integrity of their feelings of individuality. The best term to describe this is self-perception, or simply consciousness. The purpose of the Human Instrumentality Project is to break down all these individual human AT Fields so that humanity becomes an undifferentiated mass with no fears, anxieties, or self-consciousness.


An angel defensively projects its AT (absolute terror) Field to protect itself.

Despite my reservations about the quality of the show, there are many examples of pure genius to be found. LCL is one of these, because reducing humanity to primordial ooze is a compelling visual and, furthermore, the logical extreme of Soros’ plan to reduce all the earth to miscegenating mud slaves constantly humping each other whenever the whip hands aren’t looking. And on top of that, I’d wager that if we want to talk about the mysteries of DNA, evolution, and intelligent design, we’d get the best returns by examining them at the abstraction level of cell differentiation processes.

There is also some insightful commentary on this occult dialectic. First and foremost, we see that the synthesis “as above, so below” is well-represented in the architecture of NERV headquarters and Tokyo-3 and in the plot surrounding NERV.

tokyo_3_geofront

Though the war between the right-hand path of Adam and Gendo Ikari and the left-hand path of Lilith and SEELE is hard-fought, vicious and often extremely brutal, the average ignorant civilians are gonna get fucked in the ass no matter who wins. Japanese fatalism is 100% on full display in this series.

Another bit of insightful commentary is found in the fascist world surrounding NERV. This high-trust, cohesive society is the beautiful dream that inspires the 1488ers:

You can’t argue with the beauty of human harmony when society is united in striving toward a singular pursuit. The problem with that…is that human harmony can only be achieved when cooperation is more adaptive than competition. And for that, you need an existential threat. This means that fascism requires an eternally escalating war against an alien threat. We catch a glimpse of this beautiful dream as every resource in the worldwide society of Evangelion is mustered under the direction of SEELE to fight the angels. Even Shinji’s schoolmates are revealed to secretly be a selected pool of reserve EVA pilot candidates. Fascistic aestheticism is brilliantly displayed throughout.

But we also see the consequences of complacency and ignorance for those who spend their lives dreaming.


Lilith collecting souls across the Earth during Third Impact

There’s a great deal more unpacking to be done and I might get around to doing that, but if I don’t you can consider this post to be a Rosetta Stone for interpreting the rest of the series.

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho07Ag6lV9g

**Kaworu remarks in Evangelion 3.33 that mass extinction events are relatively normal on evolutionary timescales.

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57 Responses to Evangelion allegory interpreted

  1. Kingboss says:

    “Another bit of insightful commentary is found in the fascist world surrounding NERV. This high-trust, cohesive society is the beautiful dream that inspires the 1488ers:”
    Nazis are not fascists.
    https://stopbadscience.wordpress.com/2009/07/16/difference-between-national-socialism-and-fascism/

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      If we’re going to have that discussion we’ll need a definition for fascism. There’s a reason this is something people shy away from, because it’s a bit tricky.

      • Kingboss says:

        The 3 main and defining traits of fascism are authoritarian economic control/pseudo-Capitalism [Dirigisme], rule by One Party, and the systematic unification of workforce, military and productions [Corporatism].

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          Okay. I generally use Pope Pious’ definition of fascism = statolatry, tracing its origins to Goethe and Hegel, and I regard policy prescriptions as mere emanations thereof. Under your definition the Nazis weren’t fascists, under mine they are.

  2. Koanic says:

    Epic.

    Also, fuck those sick fucks.

  3. Takudzwa Aywok says:

    I just hope the way this chinese cartoon ends isn’t indicative about what is to happen and who will win.

  4. Two suggested movies worth some grocking: ‘Arrival’ and ‘Dr Strange’. All this magic/perception/technology stuff seems to be passing without any major exceptions being thrown.

    For some reason this comes to mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00PdHIPjaWQ

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >Two suggested movies worth some grocking: ‘Arrival’ and ‘Dr Strange’.

      Alas, I rarely watch movies. Those aren’t even on my radar.

      >All this magic/perception/technology stuff seems to be passing without any major exceptions being thrown.

      Excellent! I don’t want to redefine anything, I want to refine the semiotics we already use into a more precise form.

    • Boneflour says:

      That music video was intense.

  5. Son of Distant Trebizond says:

    I suspect the motives of the writers. Given the confused storytelling masquerading as postmodernist depth, the obscurantist allegories disrupting quite clear moral conflicts based in Christian teachings, and the ultimate triumph of Evil, Evangelion seems an attempt to subvert the Good, and to demoralise its viewers.

    It should therefore be assessed and understood in terms of the extent and scope of demoralisation and soul-erosion amongst its victims, just like any other weapon of war.

    • Kingboss says:

      I think its best if you looked a bit more into the Japanese before you make that claim. A LOT of their stuff may seem very “dark” or “soulless” to a westerner [I assume you are one] but its supposed to have some sort of realism in the fantasy. The outcome of this particular anime is a take on what ‘would’ happen in that world if all the parts of reality were changed to be like that. This is best seen in the “fatalism” pera mentioned above which is similar to what would happen in real life during a global crisis/mass extinction event [sometimes no one survives].

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      My only thought on motives at the moment is that Hideako Anno is full of shit. I don’t know if he’s trolling or what, but either way his explanations are often worthless.

  6. Also I’ve been thinking about the how each type has their neurological limit. MT have MMs for example. But I’ve noticed that they can be reversed, so for example, when MMs have made a booboo then they get crushed by MTs, a la Farage, Trump, Le Pen et cetera… Likewise if an MT drinks too much and gives in to despair/anger and slips in status he’s accepting the King’s Shilling and being enlisted into Cromagnon culture to go fight the Other in the Sky.

    Also there are stalemates being played out between CMs and MTs, like swirlies within the swirlies. People falling and rising all the time in the social turbulence, but all largely staying within their own eddies.

    TTs and Snake Melons sort of mark the boundary layer at the pipe-wall in today’s culture, in a weird sort of as-above so below kind of a thing.

    Also how far is the old brainy coming along with a Dualback post? I would love to see that! Hey Leicester City (they won the UK Premier League) seem to have a lot lanky, quick, thoughtful Amud/Owl dualback types in their team. Their team exhibits this amazing synergy and sensitivity I’ve almost never seen before.

    But then there’s also Roy Keane who just struck the fear of God into anyone he played against. Anyone who even watched him play.

    Also would be interested in a post for extreme hybrids: like a T back with some kind of aggressive snake melon front. Hybrids with awkward counter-poised values. How are they fitting in?

    • bicebicebice says:

      “Also how far is the old brainy coming along with a Dualback post? I would love to see that! Hey Leicester City (they won the UK Premier League) seem to have a lot lanky, quick, thoughtful Amud/Owl dualback types in their team. Their team exhibits this amazing synergy and sensitivity I’ve almost never seen before.”

      Nothing is coming along.

      We are all busy betting by the gold standard aka Edenism.

      Regards Melon “Trump-Tite” Melonson

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Those are interesting thoughts for slow-boiling but I think they would be best expressed as possible life trajectories for each type. That would require more fleshing out and I don’t have the feel for it yet.

      >Likewise if an MT drinks too much and gives in to despair/anger and slips in status he’s accepting the King’s Shilling and being enlisted into Cromagnon culture to go fight the Other in the Sky.

      I think you were the one who pointed out MTs appear bred to be junior officers, so it might help to imagine the idealized junior officer’s relations with good/bad grunts, good/bad senior officers, and good/bad politicians.

      >Also how far is the old brainy coming along with a Dualback post?

      I’m gonna start writing précis articles on a regular basis (as practice for research papers), so that could be one of them. I have enough notes lying around. But not soon, probably.

      >Also would be interested in a post for extreme hybrids: like a T back with some kind of aggressive snake melon front. Hybrids with awkward counter-poised values. How are they fitting in?

      I suspect this is best answered by looking for them in non-traditional jobs. Some are going to do well (e.g. MC Bill Belichick), most will probably just be weird.

      • Also another thing I’ve noticed is that the economic downturn is causing many MMs to have to find real jerbs… Ugh…

        Anyway Data Science and AI seem to be a big draw. Jaron Lanier and this new book I’m reading ‘WMDs: Weapons of Math Destruction’ seem to both explain well as to why and why the outcomes are as they are as well. AI/Machine Learning is this great big hack on the system. Instead of money we now use shoddy algorithms probably intended to dish out a good amount of pain for Crimethink.

        Thals seem to be turning to blockchain. Which explains the funding disparity between the two quite well IMO.

        I’m on team Thal. You guys piss me off but I think you’ll probably win in the end because you’re too dumb to ever know when you’ve lost.

        • bicebicebice says:

          I don’t think that the practical uses, so to speak, has ever been explicitly written down because this is the world we live, or the world you enter to live in, having taken to many Eden pills. Itz just goes without saying. The normies have the skulls and genetics, but they do not understand the mentalities which is 99 pieces of the puzzle, imo.

          However, there are certain do’s and don’ts that will always apply to the normie world, such as not betting your life savings against a Melon of the oompa loompa caste running for President against the entire world, as crazy as it may seem. But in the normie world, you are the crazy one, but the normie world doesn’t even really exist at all so…
          HA! Jokes on them, again.

          Always bet on Neanderthal, but not your money.

  7. Marshall Mead says:

    You could analyze Angel’s Egg. Not so whiny just nice and soul crushing

    Im back btw. Figure if you are gonna blog it might as well be read.
    The blog has a neurotypical again! The edenism e-books and ThalForce supplements are only months away.

  8. kensuimo says:

    The description of the AT field matches Sieben’s characterization of the second phase fire meridians to a tee.

  9. kensuimo says:

    Anno is (F/S)S, fauxc temps crinkle. Hence the hivemind endgame. Shinji’s rejection of that (in the show ending) is therefore of considerable significance.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=hideaki+anno&tbm=isch&ei=Gh4-WIH1FIjcjwTjhZCwCw&start=100&sa=N#mhpiv=3

  10. Rime says:

    Really well done! You’ve gone from the first level of NGE to the second! Some of this stuff is new even to me!

    The four part structure of the story mirror the levels and provides one of the keys to unlocking the deeper subconscious meanings placed in the visuals of the show.

    NGE can be split into four parts. The first part begins with Shinji. The second begins with the arrival of Asuka. Any guesses as to the third and fourth part? (No it isn’t that Anno encoded Edenic ideas into the show :P ). Each of these sections are of markedly different tone than previous sections. Look at the difference between the introduction and the tone after Asuka’s arrival.

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