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    Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 12 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

    Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 12 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
    Shinji Ikari, Gendo Ikari & Misato Katsuragi
    I was crawling around in darkness without knowing how to love or be loved”. We can learn many things in life, but sometimes we forget to learn that which matters the most. And yes, I spent years in the darkness, alone, fearful of others, trapped inside my own head. 

    At the beginning of the 12th volume (comprised by stages 77 through 83: “Genocide”, “Father and Child”, “The Promised Time”, “Encounter”, “Enemy From the Sky”, “The Last Instruction” and “Call and Response”), we find that the protagonists, in varying degrees, are imprisoned within themselves: Asuka is still in a comma, unable to react; Rei is dead and her cloned version lacks the knowledge or memories of her previous self; and Shinji is lying on the floor, crying, unable to stand up. 

    When I saw episode 24 of the anime, I was bedazzled by Kaworu Nagisa. There was something unique about this almost ethereal boy, with ashen hair and crimson eyes. And I also felt that his death was an impeccable ending for a groundbreaking animated series. It all made sense: the first angels were monstrous creatures, and then they would acquire more geometrical shapes, one adaptation after another, until finally reaching the peak of evolution: the homo sapiens. In this case, a teenager named Kaworu. 

    Carl Gustav Horn also reminds us that this takes us full circle from Shinji’s first encounter with an angel. The angel Sachiel was a grotesque behemoth, and Shinji was just a scared little boy. But with Kaworu the opposite happens: “it is the angel who becomes the small, helpless figure, while Shinji is represented only by the gargantuan, frightful helm and arm of his Eva Unit-01”. At the beginning, Shinji was a child able to defeat a monster, now he must undergo a dehumanizing process to destroy an angel that feels and thinks like a human being. Who is the monster in the end?
    Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 12 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
    Asuka

    When Kaworu sacrificed his life, humanity was saved. The death of the 12th and last angel should have meant worldwide peace, however that is not the case. NERV is now at war with Seele. Commander Gendo Ikari has eaten Adam, and his body is already mutating. Seele is preparing to launch the Instrumentality Project. And while NERV’s HQ is under attack, Shinji is depressed, mourning the loss of Kaworu and all his other friends. What gave his life meaning has been lost, and now he must find something that will encourage him to move on. 

    The soldiers sent by Seele destroy the geo-front and exterminate on sight most of NERV’s agents. The battle soon reaches Shinji, but he’s so devastated by recent events that he prefers to die. And so he doesn’t even try to defend himself. Luckily, Gendo Ikari appears and saves his son’s life. Meanwhile, Asuka finally wakes up inside Unit-02 and starts attacking Seele’s army. 

    The combat between NERV and Seele is brutal, the supporting cast that had appeared since volume one finally dies here, unable to resist the merciless and cruel acts not of angels but of men. Seele wants to annihilate NERV and to achieve this goal they send the entire Eva series. As we had seen before, production of Evas wasn’t restricted to Japan. In one of the most spectacular sequences of the manga, Asuka fights simultaneously against nine different Evas. She destroys four of the Evas but she can’t defeat the others, she needs Shinji’s help.

    In the final confrontation inside the HQ, Misato Katsuragi is wounded. And Shinji finally reacts as he listens to the woman who has been her leader, her friend and her confident sharing her last instructions: “No more holing up in your own shell” she whispers. Growing up means to break that shell and taking your own decisions.  

    There is only one way for Shinji to reach Unit-01 in time. And that is if Misato manages to distract the enemy. And so, wounded, she stays behind, and she waits for the soldiers of Seele. There is so much bravery and so much love in a woman like Misato, she sacrifices everything for Shinji, but her acts are even more meaningful if we remember how much she cared for him and how close their relationship was since the beginning of Neon Genesis Evangelion. She falls in battle. And her death is the saddest moment of this volume.
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    Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 12 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
    Gendo saves his son / Gendo salva a su hijo

    Me estaba arrastrando en la oscuridad sin saber cómo amar o ser amado”. Podemos aprender muchas cosas en la vida, pero a veces olvidamos aprender lo que más importa. Y sí, he pasado años en esa oscuridad, solo, temeroso de otros, atrapado dentro de mi propia cabeza.

    Al inicio del decimosegundo volumen (que incluye las etapas 77 a 83: “Genocidio”, “Padre e hijo”, “La hora prometida”, “Encuentro”, “Enemigo del cielo”, “La última instrucción” y “Llamada y respuesta”), vemos que los protagonistas, en distintos niveles, son prisioneros de sí mismos: Asuka aún está en coma, incapaz de reaccionar; Rei está muerta y su segunda versión clonada carece del conocimiento o las memorias de su yo anterior; y Shinji está tirado en el piso, llorando, incapaz de ponerse de pie.

    Cuando vi el episodio 24 del anime, quedé deslumbrado por Kaworu Nagisa. Había algo único en este chico casi etéreo, con pelo ceniciento y ojos carmesí. Y también sentí que su muerte era un final impecable para esta innovadora serie animada. Todo tenía sentido: los primeros ángeles eran criaturas monstruosas, y luego adquirirían formas más geométricas, una adaptación tras otra, hasta alcanzar finalmente la cima de la evolución: el homo sapiens. En este caso, un adolescente llamado Kaworu.
    Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 12 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
    NERV under attack / NERV bajo ataque

    Carl Gustav Horn también nos recuerda que con esto completamos el círculo formado desde el primer encuentro de Shinji con un ángel. El ángel Sachiel era un grotesco gigante, y Shinji apenas un pequeño niño asustado. Pero con Kaworu sucede lo contrario: “es el ángel quien se convierte en la figura pequeña e indefensa, mientras Shinji es representado sólo por el casco y el brazo titánico y atemorizante de su Eva Unidad-01”. Al comienzo, Shinji era un niño capaz de vencer a un monstruo, ahora debe deshumanizarse para destruír a un ángel que siente y piensa como un ser humano. ¿Al final quién es el monstruo?
    Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 12 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
    Asuka fighting against the Evas / Asuka peleando contra los Eva

    Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 12 - Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
    Misato's ultimate sacrifice / el sacrificio definitivo de Misato
    Cuando Kaworu sacrifica su vida, la humanidad se salva. La muerte del duodécimo y último ángel debería haber traído la paz mundial, sin embargo esto no es así. NERV ahora está en guerra con Seele. El comandante Gendo Ikari se ha comido a Adán, y su cuerpo ya está mutando. Seele se prepara para lanzar el Proyecto Instrumentalización. Y mientras el cuartel general de NERV está bajo ataque, Shinji está deprimido, llorando la pérdida de Kaworu y todos sus otros amigos. Lo que le daba sentido a su vida se ha perdido, y ahora debe encontrar algo que lo aliente a seguir adelante. 

    Los soldados enviados por Seele destruyen el geo-frente y exterminan a casi todos los agentes de NERV. La batalla pronto alcanza a Shinji, pero él está tan devastado por los eventos recientes que prefiere morir. Así que ni siquiera intenta defenderse. Afortunadamente, Gendo Ikari aparece y salva la vida de su hijo. Mientras tanto, Asuka finalmente se despierta dentro de la Unidad-02 y empieza a atacar al ejército de Seele.

    El combate entre NERV y Seele es brutal, los personajes secundarios que habían aparecido desde el volumen uno finalmente mueren aquí, incapaces de resistir estos actos despiadados y crueles. Seele quiere aniquilar a NERV y para alcanzar su meta envían a toda la serie Eva. Como habíamos visto antes, la producción de los Eva no se restringía a Japón. En una de las más espectaculares secuencias del manga, Asuka pelea simultáneamente en contra de nueve diferentes Eva. Ella destruye cuatro de los Eva pero no puede vencer al resto, necesita la ayuda de Shinji.

    En la confrontación final al interior del cuartel, Misato Katsuragi es herida. Y Shinji finalmente reacciona mientras escucha a la mujer que ha sido su líder, su amiga y su confidente compartir sus últimas instrucciones: “Ya no más ocultarte en tu propio caparazón” susurra. Crecer significa romper ese caparazón y tomar tus propias decisiones.

    Shinji sólo tiene una forma de llegar a la Unidad-01 a tiempo. Y eso depende de que Misato se las arregle para distraer al enemigo. Y así, herida, se queda a esperar a los soldados de Seele. Hay tanta valentía y tanto amor en una mujer como Misato, que sacrifica todo por Shinji, pero sus actos son incluso más significativos si recordamos lo mucho que ella se preocupaba por él y lo cercana que era la relación entre ambos desde el inicio de Neon Genesis Evangelion. Ella cae en batalla. Y su muerte es el momento más triste de este volumen.

    Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/12/neon-genesis-evangelion-vol-12.html

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