MetaVerse Episode 31: Quickening


Let’s all play the piano together!


0:22 – Welcoming w/ Jrow

5:33 – Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo

  • Spoiler-free and spoiler-filled discussion

43:17 – MetaASK w/ Foshizzel

  • Guest: Kyokai

1:13:41 – Signing off

Intro: “Sakura Nagashi” by Utada Hikaru from Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo

Segment A: Music from the Evangelion 3.0 OST

Insert: “Seventh Heaven” by Kalafina from Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners

Segment B: Music from Kara no Kyoukai OST – Ongakushuu

Outro: “Rebellion” from BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger OST


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15 Responses to “MetaVerse Episode 31: Quickening”

  1. skylion says:

    I had an anime groups that “circulated the tapes” of Evangelion, back in 96. I got to watch about half the show, before real life took over and I never go back to it.

    Then, I got to catch up with Death and Rebirth and End of…double feature when a local arthouse ran it in…goodness 99 or 2000. And I found I had no patience for it. The recap was great, and Death was OK. End of was garbage to me.

    Now, forward at least nine or so years and I got 1.1 on DVD, following all the hype. I found this too be what I wanted from the show back in the day, and 2.2 was very welcome.

    3.3? This flick is a return to the mess of yesteryear. While some of the technobabble in the first two films was present, the action, was seamless and fun to follow. In 3.3, the action became babble. Both bookend combats are just visual noise. The middle was a return to End of Eva garbage. Lots of Sound and Fury, signifying…..something.

    …and hey, we middle agers can kick ass folks….

    Yeah, we did see a Full Final Impact in End of Eva. I wonder if Anno has let go of his love of Tang?

    Remember, the end game for Gendo is Instrumentality. So not telling Shinji anything is part of the plan, his full teenage emo reactions are planned….So, Third Impact wasn’t what they needed, send down the Spear.

    Piano a metaphor for sex? I don’t even….

    What are you doing Shinji? Arppegio…

    • Foshizzel says:

      I remember torrenting EVA and watching it on random streaming sites with my brother and death and rebirth? Those were some messed up movies for me at the time! I was so confused…

      The piano scenes were basically love scenes ahahah

  2. skylion says:

    K-ON’s Yui as the soul of an Eva…..I was drinking a beer at the time, Fosh. Well played, bro. Well played.

  3. Gecko says:

    I’m liking the bg music in the podcasts.

    I’m grateful for the mixing of genres in anime. It really lends itself to creating even more options for plots and characters. I’m sure some people don’t like it because then they don’t get their pure genre types, but there’s something to come from all genres. The pure types don’t interest me anymore, since I’ve gotten used to the mixes. Some shows have trouble pulling it off, but that happens anyways.

    • Highway says:

      Well, some shows are good, some are bad. Mixing elements together doesn’t really change anything except give us another category to say bad things in.

    • skylion says:

      I’ve been a fan of genre mashing since I started playing the Deadlands RPG back in the day. It’s Western, a prolonged Civil War, and Rail Barons fighting against each other, but it’s supernatural, and has steampunk elements to it. I have extended this to other game mixing fantasy races with sci-fi elements as well. It’s lots of fun to create and play in those spaces.

      The visual medium is a bit more difficult to pull off. At a game table you have a good amount of hand waving to progress the story and fun. That isn’t an option in film, or television regardless if it’s live action or animated.

      This season, I think Henneko is doing a great job of mixing the rom-com character narrative, with the fantasy elements; as the Wish granting cat reveals character elements, with some healthy dose of reaction.

      • Highway says:

        I find that handwaving can be an option in film and television, it just has to be handled in a way that doesn’t break immersion. Usually this is done by invoking a magic word or talisman. If something happens ‘because magic’ and isn’t self-contradictory, then it’s fine. For instance, the PK powers in Shin Sekai Yori are never explained as far as mechanism. They’re just something some people can do, and that works fine. And sometimes it’s when something is explained that it breaks apart.

        Consider The Force in Star Wars. Through the first three movies, it was basically handwaving mysticism that acted on things. Yoda goes on about how it’s in everything, an invisible thing that binds us all together. Can’t get much more handwavey than that. And everyone ate it up, no problem (even Han Solo). Second 3 movies come out, and they try to explain it and it falls apart in a smoking wreck: stupid symbiotic microscopic bugs? Yeah, no. Can we go back to the mysticism, please?

        I don’t even know if it’s more difficult in a visual medium. I think it’s entirely story-based. It’s just how much the viewer believes in it.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Hard to believe the OST composer for the rebuild movies also does Bleach and Magi~

      • Kyokai says:

        Let’s not forget there was a lot of Kara no Kyoukai OST in there too. :3 Hats off to Yuki Kajiura as usual.

  4. Highway says:

    I think that variety is always a good thing. I personally find the idea that people *only* like certain genres to be unbearably stifling. How do you know? Because you didn’t like something else when you watched it? Even if you didn’t like a bunch of other things that could be categorized together, that doesn’t mean that the next thing categorized the same way won’t be something you like.

    • Kyokai says:

      I agree. You have to taste new things or your ideas/thoughts become very limited.

  5. BlackBriar says:

    It’s probably a good idea to shuffle the format every now and then. You don’t want to get used to one thing more than the other. And you guys aren’t slacking. Who could blame you if you’re taking some time to find material for the podcasts? I wouldn’t.

    I haven’t played the BlazBlue game but I’m looking forward to the anime nonetheless. It’s a safe bet Overcooled might be blogging it. Watching the Evangelion movie is still on my “to do” list but there is some memory of watching the older ones. My favorite female pilot is definitely Rei Ayanami.

    You better love Kyokai or face her Death Perception!! Hearing Guilty Crown was mainly aimed a female audiance went over my head. Looking back, I thought it had appeal for both male and female viewers.

    Mixing genres to get a better experience is a good idea in my book. Seeing too many of the same things and you’re bound to lose interest but this season has variety all around with animes like Hataraku Maou-sama, Kakumeiki Valvrave, Shingeki no Kyojin and Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge.

    • Kyokai says:

      I had the same reaction when I heard Production I.G top guns talking about GC like this. Most probably due to the main trio bishies but as I said, to me it was more of a mix anime than just fujoshi bait…

  6. Kyokai says:

    Quickening for me was meh compared to the previous two installments. I think either my expectations were too high or I was not ready for the slowdown in pace. Though, the whole Kaworu romancing Shinji pulled a lot of giggles from me. I agree with you guys that Shinji being completely isolated was a complete mistake. I mean, dudes, TALK TO HIM rather than shunning him forever. Anyways, let’s hope the next movie has better pacing and BETTER LINES FOR MAAYA SAKAMOTO!

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