ReVolutionOfEvangelion.org is a fansite devoted to the Evangelion franchise, including the four major continuities:
- the original “Neon Genesis Evangelion” 1995-1996 TV series that concluded with the finale movie, “End of Evangelion” in 1997
- the “Rebuild of Evangelion” movie tetralogy which began in 2007
- Sadamoto’s official manga comic adaptation of the original series (begun in 1994, but set in a slightly different continuity)
- the potential live-action Evangelion movie project by Weta Workshop
However, we will also cover everything Evangelion, from the other manga spinoffs, to video games, cast and creator news, etc.
Who made ReVolutionOfEvangelion.org?
ReVolutionOfEvaangelion.org (REVA) was created by a mysterious fan known only as the letter “V” – V refuses to reveal his true name or appearance (his cryptic answer when pressed is “Kira is trying to kill me”), and when he appears in public, wears a full V for Vendetta-style Guy Fawkes costume, effectively hiding his identity and acting like his screename in real life. V runs the Evangelion panels at Anime Boston, one of the ten big national-level anime conventions in the United States, which arguably makes him as much of an “authority” on Evangelion as anyone else.
V first saw the series by randomly flicking channels and watching the first episode of Evangelion when it ran (heavily edited) in early 2003 on Toonami’s “Giant Robot Week” expo event. Intrigued, V then watched the entire series off of TV one episode a week as it aired on Adult Swim starting in October 2005, then watched End of Evangelion. Eventually, V grew disgusted with how so-called “experts” on Evangelion really knew very little about the series, and a bunch of elitist fanboys basically hijacked the series and bullied around “newbies”….which it became increasingly clear meant anyone who hadn’t watched the series since the late 1990′s (which ironically, would mean they never saw End of Evangelion or the Director’s Cut episodes).
As the North American R1 anime industry was collapsing in 2008 and the handful of remaining fansites were falling into atrophy, V decided that something had to be done to turn things around, and bought a website to provide the safe posting environment and clear explanations that all fans deserve. V started submitting Evangelion panels to local conventions or the local scifi con’s small anime track, and eventually worked up a substantial enough resume and reputation – “dear God, this guy actually gave a clear explanation of the series in under an hour” – that he was accepted to Anime Boston and began giving Evangelion panels at the national level (within four years, V went from “random guy watching the series off Adult Swim” to “guy presenting lecture-panels about the series at national-level conventions”).
The problem is…V doesn’t really have the technical know-how to build a website from scratch. But he posted videos of his convention panels to YouTube.com (welcome to Web 2.0), and kept making various analysis videos. This impressed the upstart new anime news & review website, “iSugoi.com”, who invited V to do some Evangelion themed podcasts. After a few podcasts, V and iSugoi’s founder – known as “Eva Mania” on REVA – decided to put their heads together, and Eva Mania would help set up the site. Just as theonering.net was founded by Xoanon but needed Calisuri’s help to set up the actual site, V founded, owns, and “runs” REVA and writes most of the content, while iSugoi.com’s Eva Mania handles the tech-side of things (though V wouldn’t have chosen to partner with Eva Mania if he didn’t already boast an impressive depth of understanding about the series, independent of any technical skills). Thus, the site was completed and went online on November the 5th, 2009, two weeks before the English dub DVD of the first Rebuild of Evangelion movie was released.
But to understand why we made ReVolutionOfEvangelion.org, to understand its functioning philosophy, and why all Eva fans need “a Revolution” now more than ever, you should read V’s “revolutionary manifesto”, posted below:
A Call for ReVolution:
How all English-language “experts” on Evangelion truly had no idea what they were doing, never increased understanding of the series, and now the common fans need to forcibly establish a New Order, to save both ourselves and Eva’s status as a social commentary that has thematic value to the world we live in.
J’accuse! In the 1960′s,the predominant fans of “The Lord of the Rings” were hippies on college campuses who literally thought “pipe-weed” was marijuana, and that the books were about the Vietnam draft and Sauron was the US president. Creator Tolkien pointed out that they were simply wrong but this fell on deaf ears. For decades, “popular opinion” held that the Lord of the Rings was “a children’s story” at best or “that fantasy story that hippies like” at worst. Very gradually, in the coming decades (possibly as there were less drugs flying around in the 1980′s and 1990′s) serious academic interest was applied to the books, and people realized it for what it was: a social commentary on the experience of Tolkien as a representative of his generation, living from pre-Industrial Revolution Edwardian England through the horrors of the First World War, where he saw his ideals of chivalry destroyed on the modern battlefield, only to return home to find that (much like The Shire in the books) his once bucolic boyhood farm country had been turned into a sooty mechanized wasteland by the industrial revolution. He began writing a book about his experiences and, perhaps more influenced by seeing the corruption of power during World War II, wrote a book that was a social commentary on the British experience in the first half of the 20th century: “Tolkien: Author of the Century”
Similar to the original “deplorable cultus” of LOTR hippie-fans in the 1960′s, no one in Evangelion fandom in North America understood the series for what it actually was: a social commentary by Hideaki Anno on post-World War II Japanese society as a whole, and the “Lost Decade” of Japan’s 1990′s recession in particular, which used real-world psychological disorders as a basis for characters to make them realistically flawed (for example, on analysis, Asuka seems like Anno read in a psychology textbook what “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” is, then based a charater *around* the disorder, and named her “Asuka”).
Evangelion fandom can be broken down, roughly speaking, into 3 distinct “generations”:
- 1st Generation fandom - everyone in North America that saw the series in the late 1990′s, first as bootleg fansubs, then after ADV made their first release of the English dub on VHS in 1997. Most of these original fansites atrophied by 2001. One of the major if not defining problems of 1st Gen fandom was the TV ending controversy: the TV ending was basically Instrumentality scenes from End of Eva shown out of context and End of Eva was always the “real ending”. Unfortunately, while “End of Evangelion” was released in Japan a year after the series in 1997….it was only released in North America *five years later* in 2002. In the meantime, at BEST, fans would watch poorly fansubbed copies…..one of the popular original bootlegs was based on a Hong Kong fansub, translated from Japanese to Chinese subtitles then out of Chinese and into English….and they acted surprised when they said they didn’t understand what was going on? The other problem was that anime fandom was a lot smaller back then, and we simply never had the large-scale academic interest in the series as other fandoms like LOTR or Star Wars: any hack stoner philosophy or film studies major could submit a “panel” at a “convention” back then, and be hailed as an “expert” for babbling about their own, uncited and unsubstantiated, crackpot theories about the series for an hour.
- 2nd Generation fandom – everyone who saw the DVD box set releases that included the director’s cuts and End of Evangelion, 2002-2006. The 2nd Gens are in direct descent from the 1st Gens; they didn’t “replace” them, but indeed, “inherited all of their opinions and misconceptions”. While some advancements were made, they kept it largely to themselves: they define “Eva fandom” as “people who started watching along with us in 2003″. Eventually, by the time of the Anime Bubble Burst of 2006, the 2nd Gen itself hit a “burnout point”; frankly, they got bored with the series…..largely because many were trying to incorporate their own fanboy theories into a work that simply did not support it: no matter how many ways you sliced it, the religious symbols in the series made no sense….largely, because the creators had openly admitted since 2001 that they were “just to look cool” and urged everyone to focus on the social commentary. ****Eventually this developed into a truly bizarre, Rorschach ink blot test-like system: everyone’s theories were correct! Rather than trying to base any of them in “fact”, people just developed whatever crazy theories they wanted: there was no “Tom Shippey” for Eva the way there was for LOTR fandom; no one was writing full-length “Guide to Evangelion” books. Ultimately, it devolved into “the leadership” being more concerned with forcing us to read their poorly written, self-serving and usually pornographic fanfiction and trading pornographic fanart, and making bad internet jokes, than actually trying to “understand the series”. It was the 1960′s LOTR hippies all over again.
- 3rd Generation fandom – the current wave of fandom; a break from the last one. People that watched the series as part of “generalized anime consumption”, like Adult Swim, or just going into a store and buying a box set. Many noobs might also come to “Rebuild of Evangelion” fresh now that it’s coming out in 2009. The difference being that the 2nd Gens still lived in a world centered on anime conventions where they had to hunt around to find every DVD copy; now you can just buy the whole box set; Evangelion was no longer “a dirty little secret” as it were: it wasn’t just a word of mouth thing spreading through small independent film circles. It passed out of the hands of a few dozen people running the panels on the convention circuit, and into the hands of the common folk. By the mid-2000′s, anime as a whole had one through an *explosion* of popularity; we now live in a world *based* on major online anime news outlets, we don’t rely on just “mailing lists” anymore, and Eva is no longer a close-knit thing between a handful of people: more people watched the series that the 2nd Gens like to admit, yet we were still being led under the control apparatus of the 2nd Gen fans. WHY?
Basically, if you actually sit down and analyze what “experts on Evangelion” in North America say…you come to the realization that no one in North American fandom *ever* understood the series, that 13 years of their fanboy panels, writings, and theorizations, were just as worthless as the hippies talking about how LOTR was a metaphor for the Vietnam draft.
None of it ever got us closer to understanding the series, it was really just fanboys pushing their personal opinions on us. *Nothing* they produced was “salvageable” and they seem to be less interested in “objectively figuring out the series” than “forcing people to tell me I’m smart and my fanboy theories are impressive, as some sort of warped validation”..again, just like the hippies.
The worst part was, that since the “Anime Bubble Burst” of 2006 which led to a collapse which is still ongoing even today in 2009….not just in Eva but as a symptom of anime fandom as a whole, the “leadership” is bored with anime. I point to that anime convention attendance increased 50% since 2006, while DVD sales *decreased* a corresponding 50%. Fandom now is dominated by teenagers (20 something college students at the oldest) who watch stuff off the internet. Rather than trying to adapt to this new reality, the industry wants to “wait for them to go away”….they’re an exciting new market of “noobs” while you’re businesses are failing; who cares WHO you sell to? Well, their “ideal anime consumer” is a bunch of 30 to 40 year old “serious” collectors….when the reality is that a lot of them just got tired of anime after 15-20 years (that, and logically, wouldn’t they have had to be in their 20′s at least if they were watching 15 years ago?)
There is actually quite a big interest in anime, but “the leadership” gave up: mentally they just live in a fantasy world where it’s still perpetually 2003, back “the way things were”. But those days are gone forever.
The sad fact is, they don’t even produce that much porn fanart or fanfiction as they used to: they have become consumed by boredom and ennui. The only thing that gives them energy anymore is when “noobs” challenge their status as “authority figures”; nowhere is this more true than Evangelion fandom.
We are being run by an elitist group of stale fanboys and girls who no longer seem to have any passion for Eva, who haven’t actually done any substantial *work* on understanding the series in 3 to 4 years, and instead, continue to hang around online but consumed by a profound sense of malaise, only coming for the benefit of feeling accepted by their old friends and trying to keep alive those good times they had when they were still passionate.
When was the last time you can honestly remember reading a “Guidebook to Evangelion”? Or a serious academic article on Evangelion that actually explained an aspect of it? What have these people been *doing* since 2005? Playing Halo and making porn fanart?
Back in the early days of the internet before Web 2.0, when you coded every line by hand and Usenet or Mailing Lists were considered “a viable means of communication”, writing *literally* a few paragraphs on Eva was considered “an essay”….okay, “essays” are things like what you see in “Lord of the Rings and Philosophy” or serious academic journals: what they made were “long messageboard posts”
In short, the “leadership” failed us at every turn, and has led us to ruin. Far from “everything that can be said about Eva has been said”…almost nothing of merit was ever said about Evangelion in English anime fandom, and given the near-nonexistent level of analysis done on it in the past 13 years…it might as well be a new show that came out in Japan fresh this year. It’s still a blank slate, because the fanboys spent more time talking about what they wanted to believe about the series than trying to examine it maturely.
If this is what passes for leadership of Evangelion fandom, then we need a new ReVolution.
Welcome to the ReVolution of Evangelion
What is “the ReVolution” then? Are we just swapping out one group of fanboys for another, just another petty online power squabble? No. It’s changing the very way we think about the series.
Evangelion fandom up until this time has been what was already outlined above:
- Fanboys who don’t really understand the series who at best, think it is about religious symbolism, surrealism, post-modernism, existentialism, and solipsism
- Fanboys who at worst, openly post porn fanart and fanfiction….it’s like leaving open Playboy and Penthouse magazines casually strewn all over your house when your spouse’s parents come to visit. They’ve gotten so used to it that they’re utterly casual about the *crazy* level of porn they’ve made.
- Thanks to the incompetent leadership of the fanboys, “Evangelion remains perennially that show no one understands, but let’s make porn fanfic out of it anyway”
- If someone were to give a “word association test” to casual anime fans for “Evangelion”, they’d say “incomprehensible surrealist show with lots of religious imagery which I don’t get”…and if the religious imagery meant nothing, than surely, the entire show was about nothing.
- “Everything that can be said about Evangelion, has already been said, because its 13 years old”
- Only people who started watching “10 years ago” when “Eva’s popularity peaked in the late 1990′s” are “actual fans”; this immediately means that anyone who watched the show off of Adult Swim or through buying a full DVD box set (without having to hunt around at conventions in 1999 for bad fansubbed copies one at a time)….isn’t an “actual fan”
- Evangelion is so complex that “noobs” are incapable of understanding it; the only people capable of truly understanding it are the Old School Fanboys who watched it in the late 1990′s/early 2000′s — these people are “better than you” and you should worship them….despite the fact that they haven’t produced any new Evangelion articles or guides much less books since 2005.
- Rebuild of Evangelion will change either too much about the original story, or too little and be just a shameless retread. Any fans who start watching Eva with Rebuild are just “newfags”
- Live-action Evangelion is impossible to achieve, even on a theoretical level. The only way it would be good is if “they use the fanscript I personally wrote”
V’s Vision for the World After The ReVolution:
- We are going to self-consciously model ourselves on Lord of the Rings fandom. Just like us, LOTR fandom originally had a problem with “the deplorable cultus” (as Tolkien called them) of hippie-fans who drastically misinterpreted the series, leading to an entire generation that thought it was “just a kiddie or hippie story with no higher meaning” — the fanboys did exactly the same thing to us. This also means trying to work *with* the producers like ADV/FUNimation/Weta, instead of yelling at them and sending them “End of Evangelion” -style death threats. When we were upset about “XenArwen” in LOTR, we didn’t send in death threats, we started a persistent write-in campaign and discussion on the forums aimed at *constructive criticism*………if we’re like the porn fanart guys on 4chanimageboard, we won’t be treated seriously.
- Recognize that “Fandom is the Fifth Estate”: for a movie project to be successful, it needs good promotion with the fans, and fans can even provide *constructive criticism* (which at a basic level, means you get to poll audience reaction before you release the movie)….so fans agree to have *well moderated* fansites that don’t outright yell at the movie-makers (nor are they merely mouthpieces, but a place for constructive criticism), which serve as a promotional tool for the project, and fans also agree to not support internet downloading or piracy of the movies, nor to support massive spoilers (not normal spoilers, but on the level of “someone leaked the complete script”)…….in return, the creators agree to provide fans with exclusive interviews/ advanced behind the scenes info, and agree to at least pay passing heed to their constructive criticism. That is the covenant of fandom. “TheOneRing.net” and LOTR fully embody the successful implementation of this principle.
- Recognize Evangelion to be what it actually was, as created by Hideaki Anno, so that if someone were to do a “word association test” for Evangelion in a few years, they’d say: “A psychological analysis of deeply flawed, and thus very realistic characters, in the genre of “Giant Robot” which had beforehand been a notably quite *unrealistic* genre, set in a post-apocalyptic backdrop which really serves as a social commentary on post-World War II society as a whole and the “Lost Decade” of Japan’s mid-1990′s recession in particular, in which ‘fighting aliens using giant robots’ is really a simple metaphor for ‘facing life’s problems’” (similar to how LOTR was really about the British experience in the first half of the 20th century, or how “Watchmen” while a satire of Superheroes is on a bigger level a social commentary on the nuclear brinkmanship of the 1980′s)
- Anyone is capable of being an Evangelion fan, we’re a “proselytizing movement” trying to win as many new converts as possible; it doesn’t matter when you started watching, but how well you understand it. Many of the fanboys have been watching Evangelion for upwards of 9 years, some even 13….and they don’t know the first thing about the show! They just sit around making porn fanart. What benefit was watching it 9 years ago to them? I only started watching it four years ago, when it ran on TV on Adult Swim in the USA, as did many of you, and look how much better we grasp the series.
- The fanboys that currently run everything are not “experts” and are in fact, nothing more than a writ-large high school clique that first met each other on generalized anime messageboards years ago, then simply paid the money to make their own websites and promptly filled them up with more baseless theorization. They’re no better than *we* are now; who are they to point fingers when they started out more or less the same way?
- Anyone is capable of fully understanding Evangelion
- We will bring serious academic attention and analysis to the series, which the current handful of “academics” failed to provide
- “Everything that can be said about Evangelion, has already been said, because its 13 years old” - that’s the central point: *nothing* of value was actually said about the series in the 13 years since it came out. Yes, there has been a lot of “chatter” about it…in the same sense that proportionately, many “sentences and paragraphs” online have been written about it, but the same could be said of Pokémon, or Ali Larter’s nude scene in “Varsity Blues” (“Rei is hot and wants to date me”, the refrain of shut-in supergeeks across the country….does not count as “saying something of merit“. If “everything that can be said about Eva has been said already”…can you point to a book about Evangelion that serves as a guide to the series? Can you point to *academic* articles about the series? (“really long messageboard posts” aren’t “essays”)….No? Then nothing has been said…….
- In short, serious attention was never paid to the series: just a lot of ranting and raving by fanboys which ultimately said nothing. We have to start “fandom” up from scratch, as if Evangelion were a NEW show that recently aired. More “actual discussion” in articles etc. has been devoted to more recent shows like “Death Note” than Evangelion…from a practical standpoint, Evangelion is “newer” than Death Note….in the sense that Death Note has already been “processed” by the academic/journalistic/intelligent fan community, while so few people understood Evangelion that they simply threw up their arms and decided it was incomprehensible
- The porn fanart and fanfiction stops now. Well, it is impossible to eradicate it all, and *every major fandom from LOTR to Star Wars to Star Trek has porn fanfiction and fanart*…..there’s no denying that and it can’t be stopped. But the difference is the *degree* to which it happens in Eva fandom; the goal of the ReVolution is to rein in the porn fanart and fanfiction to “a safe background level, equal to what other major fandoms like Harry Potter fandom has to deal with”……..the reason for this is: Reason 1-it distorts what the actual series was about, it’s reached the point where there’s so much Rei/Asuka porn fanart that people started to *believe* they act like that! Or Rei/Shinji hardcore porn. It affects our interpretation of the series more than we’d like to admit, and is ultimately a symptom of the crazy fanboy theorization stuff that “we can believe whatever the heck we want” — hey, I came here to talk about Evangelion, not have someone slap Rei’s head onto the body of a naked woman from an unrelated hentai porn fanart series. Reason 2- fanboys who make porn fanart have reached the point where they seriously consider themselves “leaders” and “authorities” on the series; while you or I may consider “I wrote an article” or “I wrote a guide to the series” to be “productive”…..they literally think that their slanted, self-serving porn fanfic where they’ve basically inserted themselves into the roles of Shinji or Rei, make them “authority figures about the series”………….for God’s sake, major national-level conventions these days have so-called “Eva panels” consisting of a montage of borderline-porn fanart pics of new character “Mari Illustrious Makinami” (not screencaps; sexy fanart)…and even Gif images of her breasts giggling. Hey, I got through *my* Anime Boston panels without having to show naked fanart of the cast; if you can only keep the audiences’ attention by showing them sexy fanart, your powers of communication have reached a new low…..
- Hideaki Anno’s vision of Evangelion and what it meant, is just as important as Tolkien’s vision of what Lord of the Rings meant: Anno’s word is law, and no one cares about a fanboy’s uncited, unevidenced, baseless theorization. You can believe that “The Angels are really metaphysical, Judeo-Christian Angels” as much as you want — but we don’t live in a world of “Truthiness”, that opinion is simply “wrong”…..just as the hippies that thought “LOTR is about the Vietnam draft” were “simply wrong”……we didn’t sit around praising them for “wow, you came up with a really complicated theory about the series, I’m going to call you smart and give you personal validation”……I don’t…..deny, that there are some people crazily obsessed enough to spend days on end making increasingly elaborate fanboy theories that are, indeed, quite complicated….but they’re no more complicated than “the Chewbacca Defense”…
- Yes, Anno’s statements and vision about the series are *Law* and when they contradict your fanboy theory, that means your theory is wrong, plain and simple. Besides, fanboy theories usually revolve around “Rei is hot” or “I have no evidence to support my position but I believe in it very hard!”–>*No more*
Fanboys: Your song is ending
- Your days are over. You fanboys were able to dupe us into thinking that your crazy and elaborate theories about the series “meant something” for years…..and look where that got us! The brink of extinction, ridiculed within anime fandom itself as “that really complicated show with elaborate religious meaning and lots of porn fanart”…
- “Fanwank” (crazy, baseless fanboy theorization) about Evangelion is exactly what needs to be STOPPED, and the actual facts need to be examined and related to others; “facts” usually meaning “statements made by the *actual* Japanese creators like Hideaki Anno and the other Gainax developers” *NOT* the “opinions” of a few disinterested academics like Napier who don’t source their sweeping declarations.
- We need to instruct noobies instead of ignoring them; particularly, new fans who actually watched “Rebuild of Evangelion” first, need to be introduced to the original series and have it explained to them, with gentle encouragement (and given how if you love a series, it tends to make you hungry for more, and even Rebuild is only about 26 episodes’ worth of story just cut up into four movies (actually less than that)…..and we, who saw a 26 episode + 1 movie series, are always wishing there was more……I think the Rebuild-first noobies would actually be very eager to see “more Evangelion” and watch the original series: if *we* help them
- “Rebuild of Evangelion”, while a new series, isn’t just a shameless retreat of the original series, while at the same time, it does not change so much that it alters the “general spirit” of the original series. It may be no better or worse than the alternate iterations of “Gundam”, and as Anno himself stated, the reason he felt they should make a remake of a series you can no more make a sequel of than you can make a sequel to Fight Club, is because due to rampant fanboy speculation and the merchandising empire that grew up around the series….his actual message in the original series, his social commentary on not giving up even when the world around you looks bleak thanks to the 1990′s Japan recession…..was largely ignored. And nowadays, what with the economy being bad again, that message is needed more than ever. So it’s his last, desperate attempt to get his point across to the shut-ins that they shouldn’t be like Shinji, but get out there and live their lives.
- Live-action Evangelion, made by Weta Workshop, is at least theoretically possible to “get right”. Just as “XenArwen” was a mistake that could be made, yes, but it wasn’t inherently going to be like that and yes they’re going to change or adapt some things, just as the LOTR films weren’t exactly like watching *one page at a time* of the book acted out on screen as if it were being read aloud. Recognize, also, that randomly running up to Weta people at conventions asking “can I be cast in the LOTR movies?” would not get you cast, or “Can I work at Weta” was met with “for starters, move to New Zealand”……..realistically, few if any of us will ever “work” on the series, anymore than the fans at theonering.net did. Rather, they did another vital service: analyze the books, and make guides about them: fans had written so extensively about LOTR before the movies were even made that Weta already had a bunch of “how to make LOTR” guides. From the likes of Tom Shippey and Karen Wynn Fonstad, who wrote and published books about it…..or how theonering.net posted serious analytical articles called “The Green Books” when the movies were coming out (which they later collected and published as a book, “the People’s Guide to Middle-earth”). So by providing *constructive criticism*, theonering.net became a place *where Weta, Peter Jackson, and now Del Toro, actually read the messageboards on a regular basis (and occasionally post) as a means of prematurely polling fan reaction, BEFORE they make a big mistake. And sometimes they might even pick up an idea or two, you never know who’s reading. *That* is how to “influence the live-action Evangelion movies”; not some crazy idiot who is writing a fanscript in secret that he will mail in to Weta (for all we know, he tonally didn’t understand the series at all even if he knows how to formally write a script in proper format)
- We need to finally sit down and analyze the series and make guides to it, and write academic articles about it too, because no one ever actually did, then use “Rebuild of Evangelion” as a launching board to re-popularize Evangelion and win an entire new generation of converts, making “Rebuild of Evangelion” one of the top English-dubbed anime movies in North America from Christmas 2009 onwards; and it will only gain widespread popularity if fan guides exist which make it easy to understand, and if we *finally shake off the idiotic Old School Fanboys* who consider no one who started watching after 2003 to be a “real fan” (with zero to negative population growth, the Old School fans’ numbers have dwindled far more than they like to admit)….
- Rebuild of Evangelion will be the literal “Second Coming of Evangelion”, once again, Evangelion will be the most popular anime series in North America….but only if we work for it, only if we all strive to help the noobs, instruct them, and provide a good environment for them, not the self-obsessed fanboys that run everything and talk down to us now. Similar to how theonering.net worked for years to “spread the world” about LOTR…..Rebuild of Eva’s increased popularity will renew buzz in making a live-action Evangelion movie series by Weta.
- Live-action Evangelion, done right by Weta because they’re cool and because they had mature fans to bounce ideas off of who *already made book-length guides to the series* and essays, will become the next Lord of the Rings or Matrix or Star Wars because it *speaks to our time*, and these characters are *us*. A well-made live-action Evangelion has the potential to be a movie franchise so popular and influential that defines a generation, just as Lord of the Rings did.
- At which point, Eva’s in the theaters, God’s in his Heaven, and all’s right with the world!
–“A Call for ReVolution”, by V, “the guy that runs the Evangelion panels at Anime Boston” and founder, “ReVolutionOfEvangelion.org”, November the 5th, 2009.