Like anything else, geeks have their own unique subculture, and Evangelion geeks are no exception. The aim of the Geektionary is to provide a little guide to the incomprehensible geek-culture saturating the entire commentary (the FGC community in particular). People who actually have lives are bound to ask these kinds of questions: “What the heck do all those acronyms stand for? What is this ReDeath they keep on mentioning, or Thumbnail Theatre, for that matter? And what's all that weird Japanese they keep on throwing in? I speak English, goddamit!”
Some terms, like “AMV” and “shipping”, are hardly specific to NGE geekdom, but we will explain their significance to the fandom nonetheless. For explanations of various other Internet geek memes you might see in use (like the omnipresent “n00b”), I recommend Urban Dictionary and Wikipedia.
Acronym Quick-Reference Guide
Acronyms/abbreviations/TLAs are a running joke at the ANF Evangelion forum. Terms from the show quickly become TLA (three-letter acronyms), but then, inevitably, new acronyms need to be invented for any often-referenced idea — and sometimes merely for their own sake. Many of these are self-explanatory, but those marked by asterisks will be further explained in the lexicon section.
|AATF||Anti A.T. Field|
|AEL||Artificial Evolution Laboratory|
|AMV*||Anime Music Video|
|ATF||A.T. Field (Absolute Terror Field)|
|AWL*||Amanda Winn Lee|
|BIB*||Big Irony Bomb|
|CI||(NGE2) Classified Information|
|D&R||Death & Rebirth|
|EGK*||Evil Gekijouban Kyoko|
|EMF*||Eva Monkey Forums|
|EMK*||Evil Manga Kaworu|
|EoE||End of Evangelion|
|EoTV*||End of TV|
|FAR*||First Ancestral Race|
|FGC||(Evangelion) Fan-Geeks Commentary (Project)|
|FMttM||Fly Me to the Moon|
|FoK||Fruit of Knowledge|
|FoL||Fruit of Life|
|GGNR*||Giant Giant Naked Rei|
|GNK*||Giant Naked Kaworu|
|GNR*||Giant Naked Rei|
|GOS*||Girlfriend of Steel|
|GOS2*||Girlfriend of Steel 2|
|GSF*||Genetically Similar Facsimile|
|HCP||Human Complemention Project (see HIP)|
|HIP*||Human Instrumentality Project|
|JSSDF||Japanese Strategic Self-Defense Force|
|KFR*||Kentucky Fried Rei|
|LAEM*||Live Action Evangelion Movie|
|LCL*||Not what you might think|
|LnY*||Longinus no Yari|
|LoL*||Lance of Longinus|
|LTP*||Literal Translation Project|
|MGNR||Mini Giant Naked Rei|
|MP*||Mass Production (Model Evangelion)|
|NGE||Neon Genesis Evangelion|
|NPC*||New Production Cut|
|RCB*||Red Cross Book|
|REGK||Really Evil Gekijouban Kyoko (see EGK)|
|RIAO*||Rei in Appearance Only|
|RNR*||Regular Naked Rei|
|SoL*||Source of Life|
|SDSS||Secret Dead Sea Scrolls|
|ToL||Tree of Life|
|UBF*||Über Bitch Fight|
- Addition Drama Track
- To save Reichu's phalanges some effort, look here. Then, go here and download the picsub. There is little more to say.
- A veritable empire in the realm of anime localization, which acquired the NGE TV series when the Texas-based company was still young and localized it for western countries*. The English dub they produced remains — as part of the bigger, perpetually futile Dubs vs. Subs debate — an apple of discord within the NGE community. Their pre-Platinum releases were not, like many domestic anime releases of that time, up to par with the expectations of today. While the horrendous picture quality was not their fault, the translations used for both the subtitles and the dub obscured, distorted, or outright erased many of NGE's finer points — thus making deeper understanding of an anime that so heavily utilizes subtlety more unobtainable than would a reliable translation. (And the dub, by the very nature of dubs, exacerbated the problem.) Other strikes against ADV include:
- The promotion of misinformation via the descriptions on the video packages and “supplemental” materials included in their releases.
- Their failure to wait for the Japanese video releases of the final TV episodes, resulting in an unnecessarily long wait for the NPC episodes. (But as an unintended “bonus”, this meant that we did get the original TV cuts of these episodes. ::p)
- The utilization of overlays in the Collection volumes.
- Their decision to release Platinum in such close proximity to the long-delayed release of the “Directors' Cut” episodes. Getting the pre-Renewal NPC episodes locally is still a boon for completists, but this bad commercial decision — “bad” as in “respectibility meter down another point”, not “bad” from the cold and inhuman money-milking POV — was still a peeve for many.
* I'm only certain about the US, UK, and Canada. Not sure about elsewhere, or how releases lacking the ADV label were, or weren't, connected to ADV. Anyone?
- A fanon name for Dr. Katsuragi, coined by Reichu, and sometimes used as a shorthand identifier. Borrowed from Akira Ishida (Kaworu's seiyuu) due to speculation that Kaworu was cloned from Misato's father. That it is buried, in reverse order, in the string "Katsuragi-hakase" (= Dr. Katsuragi) is coincidental.
- Anime Music Videos. A popular pastime of gaijin (i.e., non-Japanese) anime geeks is editing together video from one or many anime to go along with a song. The resultant monster is an AMV, and making these things is an art in and of itself. Evangelion music videos are extremely commonplace, but only a few are truly great; a couple of fan favorites are Kevin Caldwell's Engel and ShonenDizzyCow's Evangelion Opus. Go to animemusicvideos.org for more info (along with tons of shiznat to download).
- AnimeNation Forums, the popular anime-centered forum community of www.animenation.com. Over the years, its "Evangelion" subforum has been a great place to talk Evangelion and was, during its Golden Age (possibly starting Summer 2003), arguably the best NGE community on the Internet. It saw the birth of the Commentary Project, and the vast amount of discussion that has been generated there (or by the associated people, in general) acts as the heart and foundation of everything FGC. The "good ol' days" appeared to be officially over towards the end of the prior August 2005, when commentator thewayneiac began to mourn the forum's death. While the forum is not actually dead, a lot of old favorites have either vanished, gone irregular, or become lurkers, but, at least, some of the vets are still around, and enough newbies flow in to keep things from going altogether stagnant.
- Angel Tower
- The grotesque form that bubbles out of EVA-00's back in episode #23', a conglomeration of Armisael's dead siblings, immediately after Rei's metaphysical interchange with the 16th concludes, and a matter long perplexing fans. Infrequently referenced by its Japanese equivalent, "shito no tou" 使徒の塔. Coined by Reichu.
- Angelic Days
- See Love Eva.
- See Shipping.
- Amanda Winn Lee, the dub voice of Rei and ADR director for the English adaptation of the two movies (and unofficially for parts of the TV series). She has earned a harsh reputation among most of us geeks for a number of reasons — most highlighted by her Commentary of Evil. This acronym is particularly useful because, as tv33 put it, “Her true name is too evil to be typed in full.”
- The literal translation of "shito" 使徒, although "Angel" is used instead as the official English-language counterpart. (See e.g. the OP sequence and computer screens throughout the show.) The term "Angel" creates significant confusion among fans due to the fact that, for the majority of the time, it's used to reference Adam and her offspring (it's "us vs. them" = "humans vs. Angels") -- sometimes implicitly just the latter -- only to have Misato later reveal that "we humans" are the 18th Angel. (And Lilith is, of course, the 2nd, though never directly stated in the show.)
The entire issue of what "human" and "Angel" actually mean aside, we are left with one other problem: There isn't any term that refers specifically to Adam's children, Angels #3 through #17. As I thought it would lend some long-needed clarity to fan discussion, I proposed the utilization of "Apostle" as the easiest and most straightforward option.
- Alternate Universe. This acronym is certainly nothing new, but in NGE fandom it specifically refers to the infamous sequence from episode #26, wherein we get a frightening glimpse of what NGE might have been like were it a teenage school romance/comedy… without Evas or Nerv, and with a Rei who is Rei in appearance only. A lot of people seem to think that this sequence is the pinnacle of the series, but Reichu thinks that said people are all missing the point. This particular AU was elaborated upon in the video game Girlfriend of Steel 2, but… well, look here.
The live action sequence that was cut from EoE could also be considered AU.
- Big Irony Bomb. I.e., this.
- Bridge Bunnies
- The operators of the command center in general, but more specifically Maya, Aoba, and Hyuga. No one seems to remember where the term originated.
- Bridge Entity
- Coined term used to describe a being who physically spans, in essence, the gap between Adam and Lilith. According to the premises involved: Kaworu is one, resulting from the fusion of Lilim genes into one of Adam's ova, thereby producing a hybrid organism via "immaculate conception". EVA-01 is the other, as, here, suggestions that she is merely a "clone" or "copy" of Lilith are rejected, and instead she is considered a surrogate daughter -- an otherwise normal Eva (i.e., based on the Adam template) generated by Lilith.
- Commentary of Evil
- A term, popularized by Dr. Nick, that refers to the notorious commentary track spanning Manga Entertainment's two NGE releases (Death & Rebirth and End of Evangelion), featuring the ever-insightful Amanda Winn Lee, Jason C. Lee (her husband and dub voice of Aoba), and Taliesin Jaffe (who does… something or other). While the track has some comedic merit, it is good for little else, packed head-to-toe with misinformation and shameless endorsement of the movies' dub (which even NGE dubbies tend to agree is a disappointment!) and the oftentimes horrifying decisions she made producing it (including this one). Jaffe gets a break because he at least attempted to present some worthwhile material, even if he wasn't 100% on track either (“Samhel”?). For something meant to accompany a very complicated and serious work of art, their commentary is offensively inadequate. Adding insult to injury, of course, is the fact that many of the poor n00bs who listen to it will, not knowing any better, parrot the commentary's BS until set straight by more wisened geeks.
- Duel of the Seeds
- The theory that the dominance of Lilith-based life on Earth was determined by the outcome of a primordial battle that took place between Lilith and Adam (with the name referring to the battle itself, as well). We know that Lilith is essentially an imposter on Earth, whose Black Moon collided into the planet (= First Impact) after Adam's own arrival, and that, obviously, the "true successors from the lost White Moon" (Adam's offspring) got the short end of the stick. The show contains an image of Adam being exhumated, wherein the tines of the Spear of Longinus are visible emerging from her back -- i.e., she's skewered on it -- and Shin-seiki offered, way back, that Lilith is the one who did the skewering. The concept of a full-fledged duel -- perhaps echoing that between EVA-01 and EVA-02 in #24 -- gained further momentum later, spurred on by glimpses into the NGE2 Classified Information (intimations that every Seed was sent with her own Spear, for example) and various theoretical dabblings. However, once the relevant parts of the CI were fully translated, the only thing that seemed certain was uncertainty.
- Ending. I.e., the ending sequence of an anime (you know, the one that has credits and stuff). Genuine anime industry shorthand, BTW.
Evil Gekijouban* Kyoko(-sama). EGK — which probably resembles a gagging noise on purpose — is
the EVA-02 who resulted from a most unfair design overhaul that was somehow deemed necessary for EoE.
best, gekijouban EVA-02 has a slightly modified head design, shrunken
pylons, a slight slouch, and the body proportions of a harpy. At worst, the animator of a large
number of cuts for the UBF turned her into THIS. :screams in horror:
The latter is so completely abominable, it merits a new acronym: REGK (REALLY Evil Gekijouban Kyoko). What's really strange is that Takeshi Honda did the cited illustration of REGK, along with an illo for the Reprise of Evangelion CD where EVA-02 has the same frelled-up head design. Is he the one responsible for those dodgily-drawn cuts in #25′?!?
* For those not in the know, gekijouban means “theatrical edition” and is generally used in reference to, well, a theatrical adaptation of something that wasn't theatrical to start with — sort of like saying “<title>: The Movie” or “<title>: The Motion Picture”. With regards to NGE, it refers to both D&R and EoE — but, here, we specifically mean EoE, since it's, you know, the NGE movie.
- Eva Monkey Forums. Although an "Eva"-exclusive forum with Reichu as a mod (always a good thing, right? …right?) and notable member overlap with ANF, it doesn't see as much activity and suffers from some problems, like frequent downtime (due to some unfortunate technicality), a rather fragmented layout, and an emoticon selection that stinks like a Vogon's armpit. On the plus side, you can actually use curse words and mention things like Amazon and E-bay, and there is no thread culling!
- Evil Manga Kaworu. Sadamoto's Kaworu is a stalker who kills kittens, and the gentle, elegant Kaworu of the anime isn't; ergo, the manga Kaworu is Evil. Well, it's a popular fan sentiment, anyway (and requires an acronym for easy reference, which was provided by Magami No ER). The "kitten-killing" part inevitably inspired some unknown individual to weave a spin-off on a certain infamous meme involving kittens, Domo-kun, and God, which is: "Every time you masturbate, Kaworu kills a kitten". Although some continue to extract endless entertainment from Kaworu's autosex-inspired felinocide, others wish it would just go away. However, Evil Manga Kaworu has reportedly said, "This meme is destined to live forever, even though it may result in the destruction of the human race." While this comment seems contradictory at first -- as the continued existence of the joke results in the death of kittens and not humans -- there is perhaps some truth to it.
- End of TV. Specifically, this refers to episodes #25 and #26 as the counterpart of EoE episodes #25′ and #26′. An exceptionally useful acronym.
- Expanded Universe. This idea is quite familiar to the geek: The universe of a franchise is “fleshed out” with apocryphal media (books, video games, collectible card games, etc.) that satisfies the fans' collective lust for MORE!!!, while having the nice bonus of putting lots of dough into the pockets of a select few. NGE is no exception, of course, and its EU includes such wondrous [/sarcasm] things as the original Sega Saturn, Second Impression, and Girlfriend of Steel video/computer games and the Evangelion RPG. These items aren't canonical by any means, but they provide new characters like Mana Kirishima and Mayumi Yamagishi (i.e., alternate side dishes for fapboys), various new Angels, and kickass mecha like the
ToyotaT-RIDEN-T Land Cruiser.
- "Every time you masturbate, Kaworu kills a kitten."
- See EMK.
- F Type Equipment
- We hear about B and D Type Equipment in the series. A and C are never mentioned, and, when it came time to fabricate a merchandising gimmick for the NGE2 game, they skipped straight to F. The F Type Equipment is ungainly magenta-and-orange-colored armor that is dumped right on top of EVA-01's normal purple getup. Not only does it look like it would impede her movement in general, it also, incomprehensibly, places a pylon right in front of the Eva's face… @_@ Fortunately, Yamashita — who was given the task of designing the thing — was well aware of the problematic nature of the F Type Equipment's concept (see the January 2004 issue of Newtype USA for further details), so he can be forgiven for this monstrosity. (Well, except for that one pylon, anyway.) Reichu is convinced that the “F” stands for “Fugly”.
- See Geek.
- First Ancestral Race (Dai'ichi Shisho Minzoku). NGE's mysterious "behind-the-scenes" players: An ancient, humanoid species endowed with extraordinary technology, which they used to send "Seeds of Life" throughout the galaxy. This was for the purpose of populating other planets with life -- namely, forms of human life. Their presence in the show is a shadowy one indeed, with the initial sounding alert of their existence being the "clearly artificial" and "nearly identical" structures of the White Moon of Adam and the Black Moon of Lilith, and the pre-excavated state of the latter's Geofront. The NGE2 Classified Information provides the "FAR" appellation and much more detailed information. It seems likely that Adam (and the Evas by extent) was created in their own image.
- Food Court
- A site famous for its doctored images hilariously parodying late 90's pop-culture … AND anime. A critical source of fan humor, especially for us NGE folks, with such marvels as “Who Killed Kaji?” and “There's Something About Misato”. Possible associations with other notorious names in the fandom are denied by the implicated parties. Clear such associations from your mind and just enjoy.
Well, I guess you would need to get ahold of the images first… In what was a devastating tragedy for fans everywhere, the site vanished at one point, only to magically reappear out of the Dirac Sea later -- and then vanish yet again (circa Late Summer 2005)! At least THIS time, I was able to save every last bit of goodiness from the site onto my HD. Here are the NGE (and Gunbuster, just because) ones — about 6 megs, so use GetRight, you bandwidth t'eif! HOWEVER, if'n you want the rest, you'll have to try your luck with the Wayback Machine.
- Fuzzy Logic
- This pun on the algebraic term is an endearing reference to our old friend Fuzzy Chickens (see Troll), whose thought processes were oftentimes frustratingly — and famously — unfathomable: in other words, “fuzzy” (definition 4). This is a really a placeholder entry at the moment; I need to find a good example of “Fuzzy Logic” to quote, since paraphrasing just won't do the Fuzzy One justice.
- Here this term is used in an entirely neutral way, implying no more than (to borrow from Wikipedia) "a person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest." A "fan-geek" is simply a gender neutral variation upon "fanboy" or "fangirl" -- but, again, has only neutral connotations at FGC.
- This entry is kinda long, so I'm giving it its own page. (Warning: Said page is, like some other things on a this site, a rather out-dated relic which will be replaced with much better things soon enough.)
- Giant Giant Naked Rei, in case we need to differentiate between the smaller GNR of pre-3I and the much, much larger one that emerges to conduct the Instrumentality process.
- Giant Naked Kaworu. The counterpart of Giant Naked Rei: the gargantuan, nude, and sexually androgynous Kaworu that briefly appears in EoE to calm poor Shinji's overtaxed senses (and do other mysterious things). While this acronym seems blindingly obvious in retrospect, HeWhoPostsStuff was the first one to put it to use.
- Giant Naked Rei. One of the most beloved acronyms, and also one of the most useful. This refers to the giant Rei from End of Evangelion, produced by the conglomeration of Rei 3, Adam, and Lilith (eventually sucking up the Tree of Life -- EVA-01 and the Spear of Longinus -- for good measure). Sadly, no one knows where this acronym originally came from.
Girlfriend of Steel* (from Koutetsu no
An EU side story/dating sim released for the Sega Saturn and PC back in
1998, placed at around the end of the Action Arc (after #13, perhaps?). It is lent some “authenticity”
by the fact that actual anime staff did work on it: Sadamoto and Yamashita contributed new character and mecha
designs, the seiyuu reprised their character roles, it was illustrated by animators from the show, and so on.
However, “playing” it is akin to sitting through a couple-hour-long fan-fiction presented in
Flash format — albeit a Flash with almost no actual animation to speak of, the game instead resorting to
cut-out characters moving around (think motion tweens) on painted backgrounds, if they move at all. Likewise,
there is virtually no interactivity at all, but, apparently, sitting through these “A/V novels”
is par for the course among Japanese gamers.
Suffering through GOS should be considered a rite of passage for NGE geeks, so I'll keep the synopsis short and spoiler-free. Essentially, GOS revolves around a new character named Mana Kirishima (who continues the NGE tradition and has a surname taken from a WW2 naval vessel), who shows up as a transfer student in Class 2-A. She's a nauseatingly cute, genki schoolgirl (voiced by Megumi Hayashibara) who immediately begins hitting on Shinji — since, you know, Shinji is 100% babe magnet and all. But, oh, what a dark secret she holds! Could it possibly have anything to do with that giant robot (the T-RIDEN-T Land Cruiser) that's prowling around Tokyo-3 at night? Or that hospitalized kid who drove his mecha off a waterfall? Or the really weird way Shinji's superiors at Nerv are acting? This couldn't be some kind of conspiracy, could it?!? Further questions abound! Will Asuka succeed in keeping her Baka-Shinji away from that Mana tramp? More importantly, will Rei actually get more than three lines of dialogue?? Get ahold of the fan-translated PC version if you just have to know!
The game has also spawned a beefed-up PS2 version released in March 2006, with the complimentary titles "Girlfriend of Steel Special Edition" (Koutetsu no Girlfriend Tokubetsuhen) and "Iron Maiden: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring". Apparently it has new scenarios, voices, animations, and even a new mecha designed by Yamashita-san (thanks for the tidbits, AA), but not much else is known right now.
* The official English title is actually “Iron Maiden”, but very few Westerners actually call it that, presumably because of the band by the same name. Shame — considering what an “Iron Maiden” is, the title is all-too-appropriate… (The title of a certain Iron Maiden song is also strangely applicable.)
- Girlfriend of Steel 2 (as it is called among Westerners, even though the
official English title is Iron Maiden 2nd). A sequel to GOS in spirit only: The only things this
game really has in common with its predecessor are the dating sim premise (with much more dating this time around)
and the basic gameplay engine. To avoid unnecessary work on my part, just check out
my Walkthrough, which has a Q'n'A section at the beginning.
See also Love Eva.
- -号機 The Japanese way of saying “Unit # <so and so>”, usually in reference to pieces of machinery and other artificial constructs (like the Pokémon Porygon). This suffix is used in conjunction with the Evas' individual designations in spoken Japanese: So, even though a certain purple-clad Evangelion might have “EVA 01” written in big green letters on her arms and be referred to as “EVA-01” on computer monitors throughout the show, everyone speaking Japanese will instead call her “Shogouki” (with the sho meaning “first” and not “one”, for some incomprehensible reason; it's a -gouki tradition not limited to NGE). Of course, ADV/Manga's localizations do NOT use the “EVA-##” setup presented as the English equivalent for “-gouki” and instead just do a literal translation, resulting in “Unit” this and “Unit” that.
Due to some strange personality quirk, I hate to see Evas being called “units”. (It's probably Butt-head's fault.) Then… in translation, the tradition of substituting “#-gouki” with “EVA-##” poses certain problems when the “#-gouki” is preceded by “Eva” or “Evangelion”. In those instances, you will see in the FGC scripts that I do, in fact, resort to that horrible “U” word after all. Thus, “Eva Shogouki” becomes "Eva Unit 01".
To the point, despite the fact that Shogouki, Nigouki, etc., are terms that essentially treat the Evas like pieces like machinery, I got into the habit of using them on forums because (A) they sound cool when pronounced correctly (hint: ou is a long “o”, like in … grope), and (B) having them as alternatives to the usual monikers spices up NGE conversation. As with many things, this habit eventually began to catch on, and -gouki mysteriously started showing up in other people's posts… Anyway, here's the run-down so you can use these appellations yourself.
Japanese (kanji) Japanese (romaji) English Equivalent 零号機 Zerogouki EVA-00 (Unit 00) 初号機 Shogouki EVA-01 (Unit 01) 弐号機 Nigouki EVA-02 (Unit 02) ３号機 (or 参号機) Sangouki EVA-03 (Unit 03) ４号機 Yongouki EVA-04 (Unit 04) ５号機 (or 伍号機)、６号機、７号機、８号機、９号機、１０号機、１１号機、１２号機、１３号機 Gogouki, Rokugouki, Nanagouki, Hachigouki, Kyuugouki, Juugouki, Juuichigouki, Juunigouki, Juusangouki EVA-05, etc. (Unit 05, etc.)
- Greenfield, Matt
- The president of the ADV Empire, husband of Tiffany Grant (VA of dub-Asuka), and a figure of some notoriety amongst many NGE geeks — primarily owing to his tendency to talk pretentiously about aspects of the show he knows very little about.
- Archaic. Genetically Similar Facsimile. Created by tv33 as a replacement for the term “clone” in reference to the relationship between the Evas and Adam, due to my consistent bitching about how the Evas cannot be “clones” of anything considering the physical variation they exhibit amongst themselves. GSF ends up being an oxymoron, though, since ”facsimile” is essentially synonymous with “clone” — which sorta defeats the ”genetically similiar [but not quite the same]” part.
- One of the Mass Production Model Evangelions. A harpy, in case you weren't aware, is a creature from Greek mythology — part woman, part predatory bird, and generally unpleasant. (Well, that definition of “harpy” might be a perversion of the original intent, but … whatever.) The name is delightfully appropriate for NGE's “Eva Series”, and so it has stuck. Interestingly, the idea to call the MP Evas “harpies” appears to have emerged multiple times independently, as many great ideas do.
- Herr Lorenz
- Everyone in the show refers to Keel Lorenz by his first name — but wouldn't it be more proper to call him this? (“Herr” is German for “Mr.”, BTW.)
- Human Instrumentality Project. The actual Japanese term is Jinrui Hokan Keikaku, which means something like “Human Complementation Project”. However, Anno decided to confuse everybody and use this opportunity to sneak in another gratuitous sci-fi reference [will elaborate more later], so the official English rendition of J.H.K. is “Human Instrumentality Project”, even though “complementation” and “instrumentality” mean completely different things. Oh, well.
- Iron Maiden
- See GoS.
- Kentucky Fried Rei. The corpse of Rei 2 that was (against all probability and logic) recovered by Ritsuko-tachi after Tokyo-3 was vaporized. Created on a whim (by Reichu — who else? @_@) for entirely silly purposes, in vague reference to Shin-seiki's assertion, “I think the gruesome truth is [Rei 2] was roasted alive in the plug.”
- In the same vein as Yui-sama — a more “PC” way of referring to EVA-02 (by the name of her soul, rather than by a number), while acknowledging (in typical Reichu fashion…) that becoming an Evangelion has made her great and worthy of the -sama suffix. Extremely silly, but eventually, like “Yui-sama”, other people started using it without any prompting from me…
- Who the hell knows? The EoE Theatrical Program actually bothered to tell us that it isn't “Link Connect(ed/ion) Liquid”. Strangely, it doesn't say what it actually DOES stand for. Bastards. Shin-seiki has suggested that it stands for “Lilith's Creation Liquid”, which is a distinct possibility. Given its source, an alternative expansion for the “C” has also been proposed by AchtungAffen…
- Live Action Evangelion Movie. This is a project that ADV started around 2003, to the horror, anxiety, or, perhaps less frequently, anticipation of NGE fan-geeks everywhere. With nothing but a script and a handful of concept art by WETA's artists, they promoted the project shamelessly, even including featurettes on their "Directors' Cut" DVDs. Many futile threads emerged debating over whether or not the movie would suck, although things settled down somewhat when, two years later, absolutely no news had emerged. This most impeccable acronym began when Dr. Nick mused, “Hmm, LAEM… I like that acronym. It resembles the word LAME delightfully well.” No more needs to be said, really.
- Live Action Sequence
- Remember that weird EoE trailer at the very start of the movie, with all the live action shots that were, well, nowhere in the actual program? Aren't you just dying with curiosity? Go here, NOW. ^_^
- Longinus no yari (= Spear of Longinus). A proposed replacement for LoL, but nobody really seems to use it.
- Lance of Longinus. This term* was used without a second thought until we learned
that “Spear of Longinus” is the official English rendition of Longinus
no yari (as proven by a computer screen in #25′) . That “spear” is used is not terribly surprising, considering the very weapon for which the Red Pitchfork of Doom was named is commonly referred to as the “Spear of Destiny”; and, for my part, I've never heard of Jahshua Ha Mashiyach (or Jesus Christ, if you've never heard of the other guy) being poked with a “lance”. Debates have ensued about exactly which type of weapon (spear or lance) the thing in NGE really is, with conclusions being reached on both ends. But, let's face it… In Japanese, “spear” and “lance” are the same word (yari). In Latin — Longinus was a Roman soldier, after all — lancea can mean both “spear” and “lance”. Heck, the Greek word (logche) that references the thing in John 19:34 can apparently mean both. EoE says it's a “spear”. So call it a goddamn spear! Or, alternatively, we could make everyone happy and call it the "Bident of Longinus".
Since the acronym SoL was already used, LnY was proposed as a replacement. This doesn't seem to have quite caught on, though, since, even knowing that calling it a “Lance” is incorrect, a lot of people just can't seem to stop doing it, presumably because (A) “Lance of Longinus” rolls off the tongue, and (B) the acronym is funny. (lol!!!11)
I suspect this silly argument will find its way into an appendix eventually. Better than hogging space here.
* Mr. Tines notes, “‘Lance’ was drawn from Arthurian usage, if nothing else. The usual place (outside NGE) to find mentions of the weapon is in the context of the Dolorous Stroke inflicted on King Pellam by Sir Balin; and even though Malory describes the weapon as ‘that was the same spear that Longius [sic] smote our Lord to the heart’, the weapon is more often referred to as a Lance (given the association with knights in armour).”
- Love Eva
- A nickname for the “Girlfriend of Steel 2” manga, in homage to Ken Akamatsu's Love Hina. For the English adaptation published in ADV's Newtype US, it was retitled Angelic Days.
- Literal Translation Project. Its members produced a series of original dialogue translations for the TV series -- apparently, not long after the show's debut in Japan -- which were made freely available on their web site, currently located here. Due to their easy obtainability, and possible advantages over the subtitles that ADV's Kuni Kimura produced afterwards, they have been the standard for citation in Internet discussion. However, the advent of Platinum has rendered the LTP scripts largely obsolete and are -- some quibbling aside -- considerably more accurate.
- The "chrysalis" or "egg case" of an Angel, with which the audience is acquainted in episode #10. This ovular object does not seem to have an official name, as the script refers to it only as "shadow" (kage) and "silhouette". Ritsuko does comment, "It's something like a chrysalis prior to reaching the adult stage" ("Mada kanseitai ni natte inai sanagi no joutai mitai na mono ne"), but the comparison seems somewhat loose. A chrysalis, or pupa, is a stage in the developmental cycle of some insects, where it fits in like so: (1) ova/egg, (2) larva/worm, (3) pupa/chrysalis, (4) imago/adult. (The developers of the Sega Saturn game Second Impression actually took this insect correlation to heart and created a triphasic Angel.) However, other evidence in the show lends some credence to the notion that this structure is, in essence, an egg, and one that Sandalphon (et al.) has been within even when he was inside his mother, Adam.
"Mandorla" was hence proposed as a general-purpose term for the "Angel eggs". Appropriately enough, it is an actual spiritual symbol and, thus, fits into the "esoteric name-borrowing" scheme. The real-life mandorla (Italian for "almond") is a spiritual symbol whose fundamental purpose doesn't matter here. However, in a medieval Christian artistic convention that lasted until the Renaissance, it was depicted as an almond- or oval-shaped nimbus or egg surrounding the figure of a holy figure (Jesus, Mary, the Evangelists, angels, etc.), especially in certain contexts. That was the initial catch for me, although I later stumbled across this:
"Mandorla is the Italian word for almond. According to Biedermann (1994), the almond is an ancient symbol for the closing up of valuable contents in a hard, almost impenetrable shell. During the medieval times, the almond was interpreted as a symbol of the embryo enclosed in the uterus. The form of the almond which suggests a stylized vulva may have contributed to such an interpretation (Biederman, 1994).
- Mangle Entertainment
- Used in reference to Manga Entertainment, which is somewhat notorious for botching its anime releases — not to mention sitting on major licenses for years. :cough:Gunbuster:cough:
- McCoy, Sean
- “If Matt Greenfield is Batman, Sean McCoy is the Boy Wonder.” —Dr Nick. For actual information, see Platinum Special Features.
- Metaphysical Biology (MPB)
- Fuyutsuki taught this at Kyoto University before Second Impact -- but what the hell is it? Although the term represents, AFAIK, nothing more than a pseudoscience in the real world, it seems to describe an actual scientific discipline that has developed in the NGE universe: The biology of what is beyond the physical, or, one could say, the biology of souls. The show treats souls as a form of life, and there is a lot of technobabble associated with their workings, so that "metaphysical biology" would be thrown out at us to encompass this weirdness doesn't seem very strange at all. Props to Carl Horn (in a discussion at EMF) for the original idea.
- Mini Giant Naked Rei. Another absurdity, this one developed because the giant naked Rei-tachi that appear in episode #23 (courtesy of Armisael and EVA-00) could not be called Giant Naked Rei, because there is only one Giant Naked Rei. Ergo, each must be called a Mini Giant Naked Rei.
- 模擬体: Japanese for “Simulation Body” — you know, those creepy Eva-things from episode #13 that are missing a head and three limbs. Used mostly because “Simulation Body” is annoying to write.
- Mass Production (Model Evangelion) = Eva Series (or harpy).
- Mythology of Evangelion
- See Platinum Special Features.
- No(n) Nuclear (Bomb, Mine, etc.). This acronym is (supposedly) confirmed in the Iron Maiden Story Book. For those who can't be bothered to employ superscript in their forum posts, “N2” or “N^2” are frequently used.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion 2 — or would that be Neon Genesis Evangelions 2? (I have no idea why they plopped an “S” onto the end.) This PS2 game was produced as part of the much-hyped Renewal of Evangelion project in 2003 (which saw the remastering and [hopefully] final DVD release of the series, among various other much less significant money-milkers). The premise of the game itself is that of a "world simulator" based on the series, wherein certain events in the show can be played out differently (e.g., the respective fates of Toji & EVA-03 and Kaworu), although it was hyped on the basis of containing the answers to some of NGE's most perplexing mysteries -- a rather curious claim, to be sure.
There is frighteningly little information about this game available in the English-speaking domain. But, obviously, the only part most people really care about are the revelations supposedly contained within. A while back, someone on the GameFAQs forum compiled an incomplete summary of these secrets, which ve liberally designated the "MAGI Hack Files", and these caused quite the ruckus. For a lot of geeks, these were truly awesome: This info (by and large) fit perfectly into the show and its clues, and the fact that Anno was interviewed extensively by the games' creators gave it a lot of canonical backing. It was greeted with rejection by others who (A) stalwartly don't want these mysteries to be “spoiled” for them, or otherwise disagree with such elaborations on a matter of principle, (B) loathe ret-conning (which requires the assumption that answers to these mysteries weren't in the minds of Anno-tachi to begin with…), and/or (C) think these “secrets” are a bunch of bullshit (i.e., are solely apocryphal) in the first place.
Although useful because it was all that we had, the fact that it was neither complete nor a proper translation was extremely frustrating. It was only towards the beginning of 2006 that I finally managed to locate a full transcription of the info in the original Japanese, via serendipitous Googling. (Go figure.) This revealed that the actual designation was "Classified Information" (Kimitsu Jouhou), organized into twenty-four categories (on such topics as the Evas' development, Nerv's history, the First Ancestral Race, the Second Angel, etc.), each with four data files on different "security levels". Having the files available in full, in the original language, reveals just how authentic and thought-provoking this stuff really is. I'm in the process of translating the CI so that all may reap the benefits, although a lot of cerebral torture and procrastination seems to be involved.
Oh yeah. And someone needs to just sacrifice vis soul, play the game itself, and provide extensive documentation so that no one else has to.
- See -gouki.
- You know the world is about to end when even the great Hideaki Anno has sold his soul to appear in a car commercial. What's even richer than that is this particular advertising campaign's slogan: “Touch your Nissan”. Hmmm… Sounds like another “euphemism”, if you know what I mean… :wink wink nudge nudge:
- There are “newbies” — and
then there are n00bs. We all started as one or another. There are some "subtle" differences between the two: Newbies
might be green, but they possess, for one thing, the ability to type legibly,
with (at least 90% of the time) proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
(This is a 1337 5|<i11 that many people never
acquire, unfortunately.) They tread the waters of new territory carefully
and respect the veterans. They are also willing to admit to their ignorance (something even the “experts” should do, BTW),
but they are nonetheless eager to learn. N00bs, on the other
hand, are characterized primarily by their lack of 1337ness
and teh 5|<i11z. They possess one or more of the following traits:
- Their text is generally incomprehensible.
- They are unfamiliar with the concept of Google or forum search tools, so they regularly ask things that have been asked 42,000 times before (“What's the difference between normal and Platinum?”, “Which movie do I watch first?”, etc.), even though finding the answer is ludicrously easy.
- They create really stupid topics, act like morons, and/or make lots of posts that contribute nothing (= spam).
- Their netiquette and knowledge of the rules is often lacking.
- They suffer from a surfeit of impudence.
Granted, there are many shades in between the two extremes. Some newbies can be jerks, and some n00bs can be okay. The greatest n00bs manage to advance beyond their larval forms, pupate, and emerge as beautiful butterflies with the NGE know-how, finally capable of inducting the latest wave of greenhorns — but this tends to happen more often with newbies.
- New Production Cut. While looking through my Groundwork of Evangelion books, I stumbled across the term shinsaku KATTO 新作カット (literally, “new production cut”) used in reference to the material added to the Video & LD versions of episodes #21 ~ #24. While the updated versions of these episodes are officially referred to as the “Video & LD” versions, this terminology is very confusing to poor Westerners who have been acquainted with NGE by way of ADV: Rather than having their releases correspond directly to those of the Japanese, ADV instead gave us the televised versions of episodes #21 and up with their initial video cassette and DVD releases of Evangelion. (This is because the Japanese video releases were delayed as a result of these episodes being reworked, and ADV wasn't of the mind to wait.) When ADV finally did release the Video & LD versions of those four episodes domestically, they were christened the “Directors' Cut” episodes — although this terminology is also confusing, since it leads some to believe that material was CUT from the original release, whereas, in actuality, all of the added and modified material was produced specifically FOR the video release. “New Production Cut” is thus more useful among Westerners than “Video & LD Version” and less ambiguous than “Directors' Cut” — so I zealously promoted the usage of the term.
As it would go, though, later findings led me to believe that shinsaku KATTO referred NOT to episodes #21′ through #24′ in their entirety, but only to the cuts produced anew for them. Ergo, any additional or modified cut (not in the original OA version) would be a “newly-produced cut”. The term apparently also refers to the cuts produced exclusively for DEATH. However, since my efforts have already acid-etched “NPC” into the brains of my cohorts, it has become a bit too late to revoke the acronym on account of what is essentially a technicality. It remains useful, so it might as well be used.
- (Pl.: nucleolae) EVA-01 possesses two (later, four) of what look like miniature cores around the big one, but what exactly these things are is never elaborated upon. Production drawings refer to these only as chiisana na koukyuu, or "small light-spheres/cores" (koukyuu is used interchangeably with KOA , "core"). Since "small light-spheres/cores" is rather ungainly, I fabricated the term "nucleola" (the feminine diminuative form of Latin nucleus, "kernel" or "core") as a general-purpose substitute.
- Opening. I.e., the opening sequence of an anime, or whatever. Like ED, this is genuine anime industry shorthand.
- See Seele Dudes.
- The domestic release of Renewal, minus the movies (Death and EoE) owing to the fact that Manga is sitting on the license (and apparently lacks the sense to obtain and localize the remastered movies).
The presentation is minimally altered from the original Japanese release, down to including translated versions of the booklets included with the individually-released Renewal volumes (although the actual content has been distributed in a different manner). Titles are soft rather than permanently imposed onto the picture. And, yippity skippity!, the subtitle translation has been finely tweaked, 95% of the time for the better, rendering these scripts the best ones currently available for the TV series. There are some complaints, such as the absence of any of the Renewal DVD Box-Set's extras save for the animatics included on the bonus disc, along with the suckage of all other included extras. Additionally, the image is not as crisp as Renewal's (but, bizarrely, Platinum gives us MORE of the picture), the DVD menus do not undergo the same progressive change from first disc to last (i.e., they retain the same look throughout), the scrolling notes from the DVDs were not translated for inclusion, and so on. I guess we can live, though…
- Platinum Special Features
- With ADV's domestic release of the remastered TV series, they attempted to out-do AWL's prior efforts (e.g., the Commentary of Evil) with their own substandard “bonus” features. This included, of course, commentary on select episodes featuring Matt Greenfield (Emperor of ADV) and the various dub actors who worked on NGE. The initial commentaries were mostly useless — focusing on localization, dubbing, and western fandom — although this could be considered a blessing in disguise, since, by not touching the meat of NGE, they didn't get to follow AWL's footstops and prove how utterly little they actually knew about the show. Too bad it didn't last. Soon enough, Greenfield dug up an NGE fan who he felt would add some actual insight on the show to the special features.
And, thus, the name of Sean McCoy began its descent into infamy. None of us had even heard of the guy. Seems he used to prowl Usenet in the late 90's, spreading some rather … interesting theories, notably the one about how Shinji and Asuka had sex in EoE, and Asuka's final words (“Kimochi warui”) were in direct reference to morning sickness. What ended up on the DVDs wasn't any better. The commentary tracks featuring him are bad enough, but the real offender is the dazzling two-part special feature entitled The Mythology of Eva, wherein Greenfield and McCoy join forces to conjure BS far more potent and awe-inspiring than either could achieve alone. Eva Monkey put it best: “It is essentially an hour of two guys talking about something they really don't know very much about, making all sorts of unfounded religious, psychological, and sexual insinuations, and taking plenty of time out of their intellectual ramblings to insist that the correct technical term for the [interface headset] is ‘Hoo-Hoos’. … Simply watching The Mythology of Evangelion is enough to make me want to down a bottle of aspirin, slit my wrists, and jump off a bridge. It's that bad.” Shin-seiki colorfully added, “[Greenfield and McCoy] leave a distinct impression of having been under the influence of mind-altering substances at the time they watched NGE and formed their opinions regarding what it was all about.” For those who can't be bothered to suffer through it, this image (courtesy of Dr. Nick and ReDeath) gives you the basic idea.
- Pre-3I Instrumentality (P3II)
- This is a term coined by Shin-seiki to refer to the weird sequence in #26′ that involves a mind meld between Shinji, Asuka, Misato, Rei, and Ritsuko — beginning with the "sandbox" scene and ending with Shinji choking Asuka in the kitchen — just before the consequent Third Impact and 'full-fledged' Instrumentality occur. There are those who claim that it was 'all in Shinji's head', although this idea is easy to rip apart due to its many holes.
- Quantum Magic
- A term coined by Reichu as a short-hand reference to an idea I proposed as a possible explanation of certain phenomena in NGE (for the most part associated with Rei) which seem to violate the ordinary constraints of time and space. Notable examples include the apparent simultaneous existence of Rei's soul in Rei 2 and Zerogouki, and the temporal paradox of the Rei apparitions that appear before Misato and Ritsuko in #25′, even though Rei doesn't return to Lilith until #26′. There are various references to sub-atomic physics and quantum mechanics throughout the series: for example, the Dirac Sea; the references to quarks, etc., among the graffiti in Rei's birthplace in Terminal Dogma; and the image on the floor in Gendo's office, which appears to depict the tracks of high-energy atomic collisions in a cyclotron. In light of these, it has occurred to me that if one posits the notion that souls in NGE function in a manner analogous to some of the counter-intuitive parameters of behavior of sub-atomic particles — e.g., that a single electron may, in certain circumstances, be said to exist in two places at once — that quantum mechanics famously entails, some sense could be made of these soul-related paradoxes. ~Shin-seiki
- Red Cross Book. This is the typical gaijin way of referring to the untitled End of Evangelion theatrical program book. However, those of us who want to be cool and hip (or possibly just pedantic) go to the trouble of actually writing out "End of Evangelion <insert description of choice>".
- A fan parody produced by Studio Sokodei back in 2000, and perhaps single-handedly the funniest Evangelion parody in existence today — definitely required viewing for NGE fans, especially those with a twisted sense of humor. It is composed of footage (some doctored) from the Evangelion TV series and movies (as well as some from Tenchi Muyo! and Pokémon), dubbed over by Studio Sokodei's delightfully cheesy voice talent and accompanied by a zanily assorted soundtrack (Strauss, followed by a Bee Gees number?!). Its story (well, if it could be considered such) centers around Shinji's attempts to learn what the Nookie is, while his father, Gendo, schemes to become “The Über-Pimp” through the catastrophic misuse of dated pop music. ReDeath has been shown at anime cons across North America, but has (somehow or another) leaked onto DC++ hubs and other file-sharing aps. It should, however, be noted that the creators have called for a cessation of mass digital distribution until the remastered version, ReDeath: Redux, is made available for such.
- Redmond, Dennis
- If you think Matt Greenfield and Sean McCoy made art out of overinterpreting Evangelion, you ain't seen nothing yet. With his book The World Is Watching: Video as Multinational Aesthetics, 1968-1995, Dr. Dennis Redmond — the University of Oregon's gift to the academic world —
immortalized his place in the grand pantheon of Eva-induced fucked-upness in a way that has made even the toughest of veteran geeks gasp in amused
disbelief. Stylistically resembling “Commentary Project Light”, Redmond's approach is, however, not completely without a merit. In fact, despite his sometimes laughable juxtapositions and out-of-the-blue topic switches, about 75 percent of his writings are almost readable analysis. But, not unlike the show he's babbling about, in the end things go batshit crazy. Logic and common sense take a leap out of the window as Redmond starts interpreting the dramatic events of episode #24 from the viewpoint of global economic situation in the 1990's and — well, here's a short quotation. See for yourself:
"He chooses the future, and monopoly- national temporality falls into global space. Kaoru [sic] relinquishes his strangehold over the machinery of the Eurostate, at the same time that Asiazilla sheds the mask of an unbridled East Asian industrialism."
- See EGK.
- The LCL-filled tank inside the Dummy Plug Plant containing Gendo's backup stock of Rei clone bodies, the number of whom changes depending on which version of the scene you happen to be viewing. And, to make a portmanteau out of a portmanteau: The Shinjiquarium is a bizarre variation upon one of the Reiquarium shots (the clones lifting up their heads in unison) occuring in EoE, wherein the Rei faces morph into Shinji faces -- but their bodies remain the same! (We already knew that Shinji Likes Boobies™, but this is ridiculous...!!)
- The proper plural form of “Rei”. Brief grammar lesson: For names and terms of Japanese origin, adding “s” to the end to pluralize is an abomination! There are no such things as samurais, geishas, kimonos, etc. By default, the concept of number in Japanese is either unstated or indicated through other means (such as counters [ippiki no hamustâ = one hamster] or via the doubling of the noun [e.g., hito = person, hitobito = people]). When dealing with pronouns and people's names, the suffices -tachi or -ra are used. For example, boku = I (male, humble), boku-tachi = us (when the speaker is male). In these cases, pluralization usually indicates the presence of other people in someone's party [Satoshi-tachi = Satoshi and the others (who are with him)], but Rei is obviously an exception here (depending on context, anyway).
- Rei in Appearance Only. This
primarily refers to the much-beloved Rei of episode #26 (and expanded upon in GOS2), who looks like Rei and sounds like Megumi
Hayashibara, but has, in fact, about as much in common with Rei as Cthulhu has with a Care Bear. This Rei is a hyperactive, genki schoolgirl,
a far cry from the quiet, heavily introverted Rei with whom we are more familiar. Some people (many of whom claim to be Rei fans) say that they like
RIAO because she represents what Rei would be like if she had grown up under more "ordinary" circumstances. While the portraits of the other
characters in the "possible world" sequence of #26 are plausible, Rei is, on a very fundamental level, incapable of being AU Rei. For one thing,
her basic personality is against it… But this ultimately becomes a nature vs. nurture argument that is best discussed in full elsewhere
(and certainly will be further on down the road).
RIAO may also refer to the various OOC (out-of-character) incarnations of Rei that appear… well… bloody everywhere (like in 90% of her merchandise)!
- Regular Naked Rei. That is, a naked Rei that is NOT giant. I invented this in a thread where I was attempting to calculate the total height of GNR by using the Black Moon and EVA-01 for scale, imposing them on an image of normal-sized Rei because a head-to-toe image of GNR does not exist. RNR here became useful as a means of distinguishing Regular Naked Rei from Giant Naked Rei. Absurd, but for some reason it caught on… (Haven't heard it used recently, though.)
- Rubber Science
- Including the sub-discipline “rubber physics”, this is defined as “an explanation which, although probably false according to what we know of the universe, sounds technical and convincing”. Sound familiar? NGE has sci-fi elements, even though most of these are pretty rubbery. Then, hard science isn't really the point: The coolness factor comes first, and then the show only needs to make itself at least seem credible enough for suspension of disbelief to kick in. (Although sometimes this results in a misuse of scientific concepts and terminology on par with the self-servicing butchery of Judæo-Christian tradition… but who cares?)
- 量産機 Literally meaning “Mass Production (Model) Unit”, this is a cool-sounding Japanese alternative (in the -gouki vein) to the usual terminology. Japanese materials commonly refer to the Mass Production Evas (see also harpy) by the rather vague “Eva Series”, which is sort of unpractical for two reasons: (A) “Eva Series” is misleading, since the term technically encompasses all Evas, not just the harpies, and (B) Japanese, being the way it is, uses “Eva Series” to refer both to the individual harpies and the group as a whole. (See e.g. the EoE script.) I ran into "Ryousanki" on the box covers of Bandai's EVA-05 model kits (here's one), although I'm sure it appears elsewhere.
- Super Solenoid. (Or Shiro Sagisu, if we are talking about the CD box set S² Works.) As with N², the lazy bastards among us just write “S2” or “S^2” instead. "Super Solenoid" by itself would technically just refer to the shape (solenoid x 2 = double helix), also it's also a nice way of dodging the evil ambiguity of the double entendre "S² Kikan (機関)" via the power of gratuitous abbreviation. The kanji used for kikan here normally means "engine" (like a diesel engine), but it can also mean organ (like a spleen), and, since Yui-sama devours Zeruel's "kikan" in large, bloody chunks, they're obviously messing with our minds for some mysterious reason. Even so, the translation "engine" is typically used, since we're clearly meant to "play along" with this whole "using mechanical terminology to refer to the biological" game of cognitive dissonance.
The true name of Satan — according to some, anyway, including Kabbalists, and, since we're talking about
Evangelion, their concepts obviously take precedence. Sammael is represented in NGE by the twelve-winged angelic entity in the
OP. Since Samm is the only angel to have twelve wings (because he's that cool), they're apparently telling us something by having
GNR, and later EVA-01, sprout twelve wings in EoE. Strangely, Sammael himself makes absolutely no appearances in the actual
anime, although he is secretly working behind the scenes, overseeing plot contrivances, setting up deus ex
machinae, and keeping plot holes braced open so that the show retains enough structural integrity to make it to the bitter end. (At
least, that's what he wants you to believe.)
BTW, anyone who calls him “Lucifer” will be neutered by Reichu with a rusty spoon.
- Abbreviated form of "Seed of Life". See SoL.
- Seele Dudes
- Aside from Keel Lorenz, none of the Seele Big Five (the Instrumentality Committee) have actual names, just countries of origin. Out of "boredom", fanon ones were fabricated: Nigel Laforey (U.K.), Theodore "Teddy" Cassin (U.S.), Pierre Bretagne (France), and Vladimir Kaganovich (Russia). It began in May 2005: The reason for "Teddy" should be somewhat obvious, and I thought "it would be funny to give [the rest] given names that are really stereotypical", hence Pierre and Vladimir. tv33 suggested Nigel for U.K.: "That just screams limey." More "boredom" in January 2006 resulted in Seele08 and myself looking up the names of WWII naval vessels for the relevant countries. Shortly thereafter, the appellation process was complete.
- A fancier way of referencing GNR. In Judaism, Shekinah is essentially the Divine Presence, but, in Kabbalism, it has a special significance and is treated as the feminine manation of God, which “can only be reunited with God through human fulfillment of all the divine commandments” [source]. Although GNR is never specifically identified as Shekinah (or, rather, NGE's take on Shekinah), there is ample reason to associate her with the concept. Supposedly.
“Shipping”* is derived from “relationship” and refers to the universal
geeky practice of (often quite passionately) advocating a romantic pairing between two fictional characters. Shipping is a popular pastime
in NGE geekdom and most often revolves around who is best suited to Shinji: Asuka (the most popular choice), Rei (the runner-up), Kaworu (the choice for yaoi fangirls), Misato, or <insert other character of choice>. Other common choices are Misato/Kaji (which, like Gendo/Yui, is one of the very few canonical pairings), Hikari/Toji, Ritsuko/Maya, and Rei/Kaworu — though pretty much any conceivable combination of
characters is fair game, no matter how unbelievably farfetched, intentionally off-the-wall, or even
wrong (with many-a-shady fan work exploiting the most disturbing possibilities). Non-canonical homosexual pairings are known
as slash (referring to the “slash” that separates the names, i.e., Shinji/Kaworu). Shipping probably
comprises the bulk of fanfiction, along with a heavy percentage of fan-art (oftentimes in the form of
The opposite of shipping is known as anti-shipping, and refers to either (A) opposition to the phenomenon of shipping in general or (B) opposition to a particular pairing. Within our group, Mr. Tines is a particularly vehement opponent of Asuka/Shinji. (Although I should note, many of us don't "ship" Asuka/Shinji because we necessarily think they are well-suited to one another, but because we think it is the intention of the narrative.)
* “Shipping” is the noun, “to ship” is the verb, and a ”shipper” is someone who does it.
- See -gouki.
- See Transition Guide.
- See Shipping.
- Source of Life, or, alternatively, Seed of Life. In EoE, the former term (originally seimeitai no minamoto) is used to describe Adam and Lilith, as the entities who gave rise to, respectively, Angels #03~#17 and Angel #18 (us). "Seed of Life" (seimei no tane) is used instead in the NGE2 Classified Information -- which makes allusions to others besides the two we know and love -- and is often abbreviated to "Seed" rather than "SoL". It's possible that, when all is said and done, a second-generation SoL named Eva departs from Earth to continue the Human Lifecycle much as Adam and Lilith had done before her.
- Stay-Puft Marshmallow Woman
- Archaic. “Stay-Puft” part optional. An affectionate “nickname” for Lilith, who often seems to be made out of the popular white confection.
- See Rei-tachi.
- The brand name of a popular orange-flavored drink. By some strange coincidence, it also happens to be a popular synonym for LCL — you know, being an amber-colored liquid that smells like blood and all.
- To become Tang. (See: Tang.) n. Tangification
- See Seele Dudes.
- Theatrical Program Books
- Three handsome, nameless A4-sized booklets that were published in association with the initial theatrical runs of the NGE movies (DEATH & REBIRTH and END OF EVANGELION). Instead of detailing them here, you will be lazily directed to EvaOtaku's site.
- Thumbnail Theatre
- A very popular (former) feature at the website of Jeremy Parish, a.k.a. Toasty Frog. With edgy wit and no mercy whatsoever, he deconstructed the episodes of NGE (along with various other things, like the Star Wars prequels, Metal Gear Solid, Akira, Princess Mononoke, and Ghost in the Shell) into simple dialogues where each character was represented by a small thumbnail accompanying vis lines. The treatment of NGE could essentially be summarized in three words: “Shinji, you suck.” Incredibly funny stuff, and a must-see for both lovers and haters of the show. Unfortunately, in typical Parish fashion — heedless of the countless voices that would scream out in agony and loss as a result — the Thumbnail Theatres and everything else on the site we had known and loved were utterly obliterated in an early-2005 update of the Toasty Frog site.
I know Mr. Parish probably wouldn't like me very much for doing this, but… gems of geek culture come first!
- Sometimes "TransRation" (for emphasis). An Engrish version of the word "translation", pronounced the same except for the consonant substitution, and often used my me to refer to my own Japanese → English work due to its occasional dodginess. "Shadows of beeeeer!"
- Transition Guide
- A term Mr. Tines appropriated from (Technological) Singularity geekdom as a shorthand for the Rei-tachi in EoE who go around and make people go “splat”. This term is useful even if one doesn't know what the bloody hell the Singularity is, but, for the curious, the simplest definition seems to be, “The postulated point or short period in our future when our self-guided evolutionary development accelerates enormously so that nothing beyond that time can reliably be conceived.” (PHEW!) Having established that, a transition guide is defined at Accelerating Future as, “the bridge between modern-day humanity and the other side of a Singularity”, i.e. an agent of whatever Transcendent Power is born of the Singularity whose purpose is to ease the passage from pre- to post-Singular state. (I hope that makes more sense to you than me!) Mr. Tines has assessed the Singularity to be “a fair statement of the goal of the HIP”. An interesting comparison… I'm guessing that most of the Singularity geeks have been putting their faith in Ghost in the Shell-style scientific advances instead of alien technology, occult rituals, and the shameless misuse of Pointless Religious Symbolism, though Mr. Tines comments, “You can use alien transcendent technology if you have it — but can you ever trust it? See also Vinge's A Fire upon the Deep.”
- T-RIDEN-T Land Cruiser
The appellation situation behind the giant robots introduced in the video game Girlfriend of Steel is poorly
understood. AFAIK, they are never actually named in the game itself, although the section of Sore o nasumono dedicated to Yamashita's concept
art has "T-RIDEN-T LAND CRUISER" printed in a corner top throughout. In the comment accompanying the
finished design, Yamashita says:
Since the creation process was completely finished, I was finally given notification of the official names: "Shinden" and "Raiden". Because I had wanted a class designation in the original name, the "mu" of "Gamu" [the mecha's temp name] was added onto "Raiden" as "T-RIDEN-T Class Land Cruiser".
Typical Japanese wordplay in action: The second kanji of Gamu (臥矛), pronounced mu or hoko, means "halberd" or "pike", and "sansa no hoko" (三叉の矛, or "three-pronged halberd") means "trident". Additionally, the English word "trident" converts into Japanese syllables as to-ra-i-den-to. Notice anything? "Raiden" is sandwiched between two occurrences of the syllable to: To-raiden-to. Or, when you put it back into English spelling with Caps Lock on, T-RIDEN-T. Cute, eh?
Of the three mecha pilots in GOS, Musashi's sexy, vaguely dinosaur-like 'bot is the only one that gets any real screen time in the game; Keita's only appears for one cut, having done a giant face plant off a waterfall; and Mana's doesn't appear at all. The latter problem appears to be corrected in the PS2 version of GOS, wherein both (A) a new mech designed by Yamashita debuts, and (B) Mana is seen in the act of piloting; so, unless further info contradicts this extrapolation, we'll just assume the mech is Mana's. The Eva Store refers to it as "Raiden", which sort of makes one wonder just what the hell "Raiden", "Shinden", and "T-RIDEN-T" specifically designate. Worst comes to worst, we can just call all of them Toyota Land Cruisers.
- These well-known creatures of legend and infamy infest every corner of the collective Internets. Evangelion fora are no exception, of course, and we survived the onslaughts of many-a-troll during the grand ol' days of ANF. NGE trolls thrive on raiding the preexisting community and, rather than take the time to amiably ease themselves into NGE geek society and subject themselves to the usual rites of passage (most famously, the “Naked Eva Tolerance Test”), they proceed to attack the well-established theories in as smart-ass and inflammatory a manner as possible — or otherwise pollute the forum atmosphere with their rotten personalities. Not only are they usually impaired by Fuzzy Logic, they selectively ignore any evidence or argument that punches holes in their ideas, making them impossible to reason with and pleasant debate futile. A less severe subspecies of troll actually possess a SURFEIT of logic, which enables them to mathematically “prove” that others' ideas are wrong while “proving” that their own ideas are correct. No NGE trolls yet encountered have proven themselves as truly grand as our two favorites, the immor(t)al Fuzzy Chickens (Fuzzy Logic's namesake) and RahOtaku, two names that will surely turn up during our adventures in Commentary Land.
- Archaic. Über Bitch Fight. The bitch fight that's so big, it's über — i.e., the battle between Kyoko-sama and the harpies.
- Native speakers of English are undoubtedly familiar with the limitations of the available pronouns. Among the choices for third person singular, we have “he” for males, “she” for females, and “it” for everything else. Obviously, things become problematic when one needs to refer to entities that are either (A) of indeterminate gender (sometimes by their own intent), (B) unspecified gender (requiring awkward phrasing like "he or she"/"him or her"/etc. or laborious rewording), or (C) possess no biological sex at all. (There are other headache-inducing cases as well, but none of relevance here.) Yeah, there's always “it”, but “it” makes no distinction between abstract concepts (hope), locations (porn shop), inanimate objects (Uzi), and living entities (hamster), which kind of, well, sucks.
Mr. Tines presented a solution for our (well, particularly my) woes, which was the Gender Neutral Pronoun ve/ver/vis. Although this sounds kind of funny if one attempts to use it in everyday speech, it is infinitely useful in writing — a quick and easy solution for the (B) problem, and quite handy for the (A) aspect of the Internet, as the physical characteristics of individuals are generally unavailable for reference, and thus using “he” or “she” can be a bit of a gamble if you don't know any better. In sci-fi like Evangelion, it has additional benefits, considering the various “non-human” entities within, for whom many people are not willing to commit to one gender or another. This GNP actually does have a slight following at ANF. (For more info on the sex/gender issue, see Gender.)
To demonstrate how this pronoun is used, I provide the following example: “Vis name is Pat. Is ve a boy or a girl? Maybe we should ask ver.”
- Vladimir (or Vlad)
- See Seele Dudes.
- Possibly inspired by lingering memories of Fushigi Yuugi, I originally began using this to differentiate between Yui Ikari the Mortal (pre-2004) and Yui Ikari the Divine (post-2004) — due to my insane fangirl assertion that Yui, although a great character no matter what, is only TRULY great when in the body of an Evangelion. So, when referring specifically to Yui the Mortal, I used plain old “Yui”, but, when referring to the purple-clad goddess that Yui became (= EVA-01), “Yui-sama” was employed instead. Through repeated bombardment, this eventually began to catch on (to my perverse delight…). In contemporary usage, -sama is no longer neccessary (although still employed as desired), and "Yui" is, to the acquainted, understood to refer to her both pre- and post-Ascension.
- See -gouki.
Entries penned (or simply assembled) by Reichu unless otherwise noted. Harsh statements about certain individuals are only expressions of geeky displeasure with their NGE-related flubs, not assaults on their actual persons. There's an important distinction.