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Seven Questions the Neon Genesis Evangelion Series Didn't Answer

Updated on December 17, 2017
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Mamerto I. Relativo Jr. is an engineer by profession, but a writer by night. When he is not blogging, he does fiction writing.

I keep saying that I have a love-hate relationship with the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. At times I thought I love it. I mean it is different, unique and a break from the traditional anime. There are times thought that I thought it was a whole mess. I mean how could an anime like this get so much attention? Love it or hate it, the Evangelion series is a classic. I liken it to an overly spicy food, which is so good it hurts. Yet there are several questions in the series I’m really itching to explore.

Maybe someone out there has a better knowledge than me. Maybe they could answer why this enigmatic anime has some ambiguous twists. The endings had been hard enough to comprehend, but the creators of the show seem to forget to resolve several issues. Well, unanswered questions are common in novels and films and they could make or break a series. In the case of the Evangelion series it does both. These unexplained issues gave the story depth yet it also made the series oddly confusing. And below are some of the questions the Evangelion series failed to resolve.

1. What Happened to Adam After the Third Impact?

Adam, seen as the giant of light.
Adam, seen as the giant of light.

What I don’t like about The End of Evangelion is its many blurred ends. It was a pretty complex anime; I love the visuals and story, though most of it actually as it could use a better climax. I kind of wonder what became of Adam though after the Third Impact. He came to Nerv as an embryo before Gendo Ikari fused it in his hand. He meant to use it to initiate his own Third Impact and reunite with his wife Yui, only to fail after Rei refused him. Adam then manifested himself as a gigantic form of Kaworu, but this form died after Shinji rejected instrumentality. His fate is unknown afterwards; did he died with the Kaworu avatar or continue to exist as an alternate form? I tried to scan the net for answers, but it’s clear that few cared about his existence.

2. Why the Angels Always Attack Tokyo 3?

Angel Ramiel trying to bore through Nerv HQ
Angel Ramiel trying to bore through Nerv HQ

This one got me intrigued. At first I never cared, as long as I saw giant monsters slugging it out. But the world is vast and the Angels have other better places to terrorize. Why are they wasting their time forcing their way into a heavily fortified city only to perish in the hands of the EVA? Kaji did stated that they want to reunite with Adam locked somewhere in Nerv’s bunker. But Adam arrived at Gendo’s desk halfway in the show and the Angels are already keen on wrecking Nerv since episode one. The NGE2 games did offered a valid reason:

"Some of them were trying to access Lilith and reset all life, some of them had nothing in mind, and some were trying to recover their progenitor Adam."

If that’s the case, they should have moved elsewhere. There is even a theory saying that the Angels mistook Lilith for Adam.

3. How Adam Generated the Angels?

The Fourth Angel Sachiel.
The Fourth Angel Sachiel.

Again this is the part of the show I never given any importance. I did hoped that it will be resolved by the end of the series, which turns out to be a big disappointment. At some point I even wondered what the Angels are and I have to do some research to come up with answers. Experts of the show never needed reminding but for the newbies, the Angels are Adam’s fifteen children. Now how Adam fathered them is another mystery. The show never made it clear and some theories suggested that the Angels are his pieces blown off during the Second Impact. But then again no clear answers were given.

4. The Motives of Seele

Ikari Meeting with Seele
Ikari Meeting with Seele

Nerv was meant to be the earth’s protector, but what the heck is Seele doing in the show? The Angel defense and the Human Instrumentality Project were already being carried out by Nerv, so far all Seele did was stay in the shadow and shout orders. I found them creepy, with only disembodied voices and stone monoliths speaking for them. Now according to the show they are Illuminati figures that controlled the United Nations. They intend to complete the Human Instrumentality Project, but what for? What will they gain out of it? It was a good thing that the NGE2 game offered a valid explanation. Seele aims to merge with an EVA unit to form an immortal being.

5. The Fate of Toji Suzuhara in Rebuild

Toji in the closing scene of the original Evangelion series.
Toji in the closing scene of the original Evangelion series.

I love it when they made Toji an EVA pilot back in the original Evangelion series. For me he is more qualified than Shinji. His luck ran out though when his unit got infected with the Angel Bardiel and Shinji’s rampaging EVA had to tear it apart. In the process Toji lost a leg, yet he survived the incident. His fate in the Rebuild series is more ambiguous. He basically disappeared in the 3.0 and possibly he died. At least that was implied for the cause is unknown.

6. Only Children Could Pilot the EVA

Shinji, Asuka and Rei
Shinji, Asuka and Rei

If that’s the case, the world is damned from the beginning. There’s not much of a choice but to force a wimpy emo inside an EVA unit. And as always the show never made it clear why. But then this is mecha anime. It all comes down on how well young pilots sell to the audience. It is a proven formula since the birth of big robot animations. There could be deeper reason still, yet all are fan theories. Just save yourselves some headaches and enjoy the show.

7. The Final Scene of The End of Evangelion

Who knows what this one meant
Who knows what this one meant

To anyone who are yet to see The End of Evangelion, be warned of the spoilers ahead. But in the closing scene we saw Shinji and Asuka as the only remaining humans after everyone melted into a sea of LCL. Strangely Shinji is on top of Asuka trying to strangle her, only to loosen his hold after she touched her face. Asuka then uttered this highly ambiguous line “how disgusting” before the scene ends.

Now there are many unresolved issues in this confusing anime.

Like the fate of Adam, we never knew what became of Shinji and Asuka after that. The same could be said to the rest of humanity. And how Asuka never became an LCL goo is anyone’s guess. We never even knew what Asuka meant when she said “how disgusting,” or “I feel sick” depending on the translation. I tried to surf the net for answers, but all I found are fan theories. Some even says that people never got that because it is just too deep for them, though I bet they never understood it themselves. I then came to my own conclusion that it is meant that way and that’s how the show really was; extremely confusing!


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      JR Mamerto 4 months ago from Cabuyao

      Thanks! At least that made some things clear.

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      Bottleoff 4 months ago

      In Rebuild 3.33 we can see Shinji getting a Shirt that's too large for him, discovering it once belonged to Toji

      In the original Manga and the Iron Maiden 2nd Manga it's said that an EVA would not accept any pilot born before the Second Impact


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