From March 1 to March 31 (2022), Takuto’s Anime Cafe partook in the annual Mecha March aniblogger festivities. This year, I decided to write a post every single day dedicated to my favorite anime of all time, Evangelion. This project, “EVERYDAY EVA,” began as a daily reflection over the classic TV series, and it was eventually expanded to include the films of the franchise for the last week. This way, I covered the immense animated history of Evangelion in its totality.
Over the course of 31 days, 31 posts slowly yet steadily trickled in. By the last day, the collective word count reached well over 18k words (including this post), making it the longest project over a single franchise that I have ever done! Seeing all of the posts finished like this almost makes me want to collect them into a single publication for Amazon Kindle or some other easy digital publisher—just for fun, you know?
It’s not often that I have the time to rewatch a 26-episode series and its 5 sequel films, but I’ll always make an exception for Eva. It’s fascinating how I continue to learn new tidbits and gain heightened insight about the world, story, themes, and characters even after having see this series many, many times. I poured my heart and soul into each of these little reflections. While they aren’t always cohesive or even coherent, they are mine, and that’s something I can be proud of. (I do recommend reading them side-by-side with your own watch of the series as a kind of companion piece, though!)
I know I already said it, but special thanks to all those who read these posts live as I published them. Your continued support empowered me to see this project through to the very end!!
Below are links to each post of EVERYDAY EVA. Be sure to read each one if you haven’t yet!
A whole month of Evangelion!
A new series of posts to celebrate my love of Evangelion begins!
This is a weird episode—and it’s only the second one.
When Shinji is bullied for saving mankind, he doesn’t feel up to piloting again.
Shinji runs away, but to where does he go?
As Shinji starts to grow more into his class, his eyes start to turn toward Rei.
The strength of all of Japan is placed in a single shot—and Shinji will pull the trigger.
NERV’s brilliant women jump to the forefront as man insists on a doomed hope.
The Unit-02 pilot dazzles her way onto the scene, and Shinji’s world is dyed a brilliant red.
Asuka is determined to prove her worth, but her partner is less than enthusiastic.
Asuka turns up the heat as the star magma diver—and the humiliation is unforgettable.
A total blackout threatens the safety of Tokyo-3. Thankfully, a little elbow grease saves the day.
Shinji shoulders the secrets of Misato’s past to become a hero against their biggest threat yet.
When a new kind of Angel hacks its way into NERV, only the good Dr. Akagi can secure humanity’s victory.
A recap of the series’ first half is provided, followed by another pilot test that goes horribly wrong.
Kisses are swapped and secrets are shared in this otherwise unsuspecting episode.
As the 12th Angel swallows Unit-01 and parts of Tokyo-3 into its shadow, Shinji is pulled into the space of his mind.
The next phase of the Drama Arc rolls out over a trilogy of episodes, and this first stages the tragedy to come.
EVA-03’s startup test goes horribly wrong, and Shinji is torn between surrendering his life or eliminating the enemy EVA—along with the pilot inside.
While Shinji vows to never pilot EVA again after his father’s betrayal, the 14th Angel carves a path of devastation to NERV HQ.
As Dr. Akagi tries to reconstruct Shinji’s body from outside the entry plug, Shinji plunges into the world of his mind.
We travel back to the past to see how the world came to hang in the precarious balance that it does. Unsurprisingly, NERV’s history holds the answers.
The first pilot to fall in the final act is none other than the girl who once stood at the very top of her game.
The penultimate 16th Angel fuses with Unit-00, and, in Ritsuko’s tearful outburst, the truth of Rei Ayanami is finally disseminated to Misato and Shinji.
SEELE heralds the arrival of the final messenger. Shinji meets Kaworu, the fifth child. The destiny they share causes Shinji to rethink everything.
The Angels are finally gone, but Shinji is far from achieving happiness. While he grapples with the truth of his weakness, human instrumentality begins.
Instrumentality continues to unravel Shinji’s narrative, weaving his consciousness with the minds and hearts of others. A discovery is made, and love is found.
The climactic final act of the original NGE plays out on the global stage as prophetic wishes come to pass. The end and the beginning are one in the same.
The first epic film in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy sets the groundwork for an entirely new story to come.
Shinji Ikari’s story reaches a “break” in the path, and the added drama of new pilots and Angels alike snowballs into his heroic decision to protect the one he loves.
Following the cataclysmic pursuit of his desires, Shinji reawakens to an unfamiliar red world. The only shred of hope to be found lies with the boy from the moon.
Shinji, shocked into despair at Kaworu’s death, slowly starts to move forward thanks to friends both old and new. Finally, his nostalgia, spirit, and tragedy will lead him to joy.
A recap of this busy yet immensely satisfying Mecha March.