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Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 7 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Written by Arion on Monday, July 08 2013 and posted in Blog
Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 7 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 7 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Shinji, Asuka & Rei
I’ve been there. I know how it feels to quit. Perhaps we all do, perhaps we’ve all been quitters at one time or another –in school, in our jobs, with our loved ones– so we can relate to Shinji Ikari. I know I can. Very much so. You see, I’m not sure who will win in a quitting competition, if Shinji or me. To quit instead of persevere has always been one my greatest defects, and even today sometimes I still feel the temptation of simply giving up. Just like Shinji. 

This seventh volume includes stages 41 through 48: “Fist”, “Ashen Skies”, “Cross-Examination”, “Atonement”, “A Man’s Battle”, “The Awakening, part 1”, “The Awakening, part 2” and “Eradication”. Everything starts with anger. Shinji is angry, more than that, he’s furious. He hates NERV’s Commander for giving the order that resulted in the demise of his best friend, Toji Suzuhara. Therefore he decides, once again, to tender his resignation to NERV.

This friendship is one of Shinji’s most treasured memories. Shinji had been living an existence of isolation; as if he were encapsulated in a transparent sphere that allowed him to observe the world but prevented him from interacting with it. Such a claustrophobic feeling, I should know… my childhood and the onset of my adolescence was also that: staying in a dark room, looking at the world outside my window, and never daring to go out and live in it. “And the window I thought I had shut tight –it started to open”, admits Shinji. And it was all thanks to Toji, and before he knew it, the boy that had meant so much to him was gone.
Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 7 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
The secret past of Kaji / El pasado secreto de Kaji 

When a new angel, Zeruel, attacks Tokyo 3, NERV has only two Eva pilots available: Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu. Before leaving the city, Shinji is intercepted by Ryoji Kaji who leads him to an underground shelter. There, Kaji talks about his past. In the days after the second impact, Japan was a devastated nation, destroyed and desolated, and hundreds of thousands of orphans prowled the urban ruins. Kaji was one of them, with his brother and ragtag group of street urchins, he spent most of his time stealing food from government shelters and military facilities. Until one day he was captured. Tortured by the soldiers, the boy confesses where his gang of friends is hiding, knowing that the penalty for them is death, even if they are underage. 

For Kaji, things are clear. He managed to survive although that cost him the lives of his brother and his closest friends. Ever since then he has never trusted in soldiers or figures of authority; and he has made an effort to destabilize those in power, and that’s the reason why he’s now a spy uncovering NERV’s secrets.  Not even his love for Misato Katsuragi was enough to grant him peace. He’s still haunted by the ghosts of the murdered children. “Neither of us deserve to be happy”, explains Kaji. He’s got blood on his hands, and so does Misato. And even Shinji is, in some way, responsible for the death of his friend. “Suzuhara died… and you survived”.
Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 7 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Kaji and Misato, the love of his life / Kaji y Misato, el amor de su vida

Although in the anime, Kaji’s motivation always remained unclear, here we discover the character’s past, his traumas, his fears, and we understand why, despise his initial reticence, Shinji chooses to return to NERV’s HQ. Zeruel has already dismembered and decapitated Unit-02 and neutralized Unit-00. After destroying the geo-front’s barriers and defenses, and exposing Central Dogma, everyone fears for the worst. And that’s when Shinji appears in Unit-01, and attacks the powerful angel, losing an arm in the process and suffering severe damages.   

Out of power and reserve batteries, the Evangelion is defenseless against Zeruel. Until something deep within Unit-01 awakens; and thus the beast inside the technological armor is unleashed. After a brutal combat, the angel is annihilated and devoured by the Evangelion. 

For the first time, the angelic nature of the threat is hard to distinguish from the inhuman nature of the Evangelion. Ultimately, humans and angels may have more in common than what we originally had envisioned. If human beings are the heirs of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (self-consciousness), then surely angels are the heirs of the Tree of Life (immortality). As it’s made clear at the beginning of the series, both “factions” try to analyze and decipher the other. Both fail at it, and war “the ultimate failure of communication” becomes the only alternative. 
Finally, the leaders of Seele –a secret organization– are discussing the future of NERV. They consider it’s time to leave everything in the hands of their most valuable asset: Tabris. This 14-year-old boy, also known as Kaworu Nagisa, will cause a tremendous impact in Shinji’s life.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 7 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
“Suzuhara died… and you survived” /
“Suzuhara murió... y tú sobreviviste”

He estado ahí. Sé cómo se siente renunciar. Tal vez todos lo sabemos, tal vez todos hemos renunciado en uno u otro momento -en el colegio, en nuestros trabajos, con nuestras parejas- así que nos podemos identificar con Shinji Ikari. Sé que me identifico con él. Muchísimo. Verán, no estoy seguro quién ganaría en una competencia de renuncias, si Shinji o yo. Rendirse en vez de perseverar siempre ha sido uno de mis más grandes defectos, e incluso hoy en día a veces siento la tentación de rendirme. Igualito que Shinji.

Este séptimo volumen incluye las etapas 41 a 48: "Puño", "Cielos de ceniza", "Examinación doble", "Expiación", "Una batalla de hombre", "El despertar parte 1", "El despertar parte 2" y "Erradicación". Todo empieza con ira. Shinji está molesto, más que eso, está furioso. Odia al comandante de NERV por haber dado la orden que provocó el deceso de su mejor amigo, Toji Suzuhara. Por lo tanto, decide una vez más presentar su renuncia a NERV.

Esta amistad es uno de los recuerdos más preciados de Ikari. Shinji ha estado viviendo una existencia de aislamiento; como si estuviera encapsulado en una esfera transparente que le permitiese observar el mundo pero le impidiese interactuar con él. Es un sentimiento muy claustrofóbico, lo sé muy bien... mi infancia y el inicio de mi adolescencia también fueron así: estar en un cuarto oscuro, mirando al mundo fuera de mi ventana, y no atreverme nunca a salir y a vivir en él. "Y la ventana que pensé que había cerrado del todo -empezó a abrirse", admite Shinji. Y todo fue gracias a Toji, y antes de darse cuenta, el chico que había significado tanto para él ya no estaba allí.
Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 7 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Shinji versus Zeruel

Cuando un nuevo ángel, Zeruel, ataca Tokio 3, NERV sólo tiene dos pilotos disponibles: Rei Ayanami y Asuka Langley Soryu. Antes de dejar la ciudad, Shinji es interceptado por Ryoji Kaji quien lo lleva a un refugio subterráneo. Allí Kaji habla sobre su pasado. En los días posteriores al segundo impacto, Japón era una nación devastada, destrozada y desolada, y cientos de miles de huérfanos acechaban las ruinas urbanas. Kaji era uno de ellos, con su hermano y una pandilla de jóvenes delincuentes, pasaba la mayor parte del tiempo robando comida de los refugios del gobierno y las bases militares. Hasta que un día fue capturado. Torturado por los soldados, el chico confiesa dónde se esconde su grupo de amigos, sabiendo que la penalidad para ellos es la muerte, incluso si son menores de edad. 

Para Kaji, el asunto es claro. Él se las arregló para sobrevivir aunque eso le costara las vidas de su hermano y sus amigos más cercanos. Desde entonces jamás ha confiado en soldados ni en figuras de autoridad; y ha hecho un esfuerzo para desestabilizar a aquellos en el poder, y esa es la razón por la que es un espía que destapa los secretos de NERV. Ni siquiera su amor por Misato Katsuragi fue suficiente para otorgarle paz. Todavía es acosado por los fantasmas de los niños asesinados. "Ninguno de nosotros merece ser feliz", explica Kaji. Tiene sangre en sus manos, al igual que Misato. E incluso Shinji, en cierto modo, es responsable por la muerte de su amigo. “Suzuhara murió... y tú sobreviviste”.

Aunque en el anime, la motivación de Kaji siempre fue insondable, aquí descubrimos el pasado del personaje, sus traumas, sus miedos, y entendemos por qué, a pesar de su reticencia inicial, Shinji opta por regresar al cuartel general de NERV. Zeruel ya ha desmembrado y decapitado a la Unidad-02 y neutralizado a la Unidad-00. Después de destruir las barreras y defensas del geo-frente, y dejar el Dogma Central expuesto, todos temen lo peor. Y allí es cuando Shinji aparece en la Unidad-01, y ataca al poderoso ángel, perdiendo un brazo en el proceso y sufriendo serios daños.
Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 7 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Tabris (Kaworu Nagisa)

Sin energía y sin baterías de reserva, el Evangelion no tiene defensas frente a Zeruel. Hasta que en las profundidades de la Unidad-01 algo se despierta; y de este modo la bestia dentro de la armadura tecnológica es desatada. Después de un brutal combate, el ángel es aniquilado y devorado por el Evangelion. 

Por primera vez, la naturaleza angélica de la amenaza es difícil de distinguir de la naturaleza inhumana del Evangelion. En última instancia, los humanos y los ángeles pueden tener más en común de lo que habíamos considerado originalmente. Si los seres humanos son los herederos del árbol del conocimiento del bien y del mal (la auto-conciencia), entonces seguramente los ángeles son los herederos del árbol de la vida (la inmortalidad). Al inicio de la serie es evidente que ambas "facciones" intentan analizar y descifrar al otro. Ambas fracasan y la guerra "el fracaso definitivo de la comunicación" se convierte en la única alternativa.
Finalmente, los líderes de Seele –una organizacion secreta– están discutiendo el futuro de NERV. Ellos consideran que es hora de dejar todo en manos de su recurso más valioso: Tabris. Este chico de 14 años, también conocido como Kaworu Nagisa, causará un impacto tremendo en la vida de Shinji.

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