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January 27, 2021 11:02 AM   Subscribe

A train station in Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture posted public service messages about the country's current Covid-19-related state of emergency using a typographical style reminiscent of legendary anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. Japanese social media users have noticed and have been having some fun with it.
posted by May Kasahara (20 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
This is cute, but the rapid cuts and weird text formatting make it hard to actually read. I guess they're assuming that everyone's seen these messages a million times so they already know what they're supposed to say?
posted by J.K. Seazer at 11:39 AM on January 27 [1 favorite]


Evangelion has the most amazing typography and UI throughout the series. Unlike a lot of science fiction UI, which is just there to look cool, the UI in Eva is used very effectively to communicate and reinforce fairly important plot points (while also looking very cool).

(Also: Put the fucking mask on, Shinji!)
posted by TurnKey at 11:58 AM on January 27 [7 favorites]


Not being able to read or discern the differences in the text, this is sadly lost on me. I assume it's witty/clever.
posted by Chuffy at 12:00 PM on January 27


I hope when they do voice announcements they display SOUND ONLY.
posted by star gentle uterus at 12:29 PM on January 27 [6 favorites]


*ambient cicada noise*
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:37 PM on January 27 [8 favorites]


I hope when they do voice announcements they display SOUND ONLY.

That's been basically every Zoom meeting I've attended in the last year.
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:39 PM on January 27 [1 favorite]


Is 3.0+1.0 going to come out this year? I've been in no rush to watch the other rebuild movies but knowing it'll all be "complete" soon might give me the push to do so.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 1:26 PM on January 27 [1 favorite]


It will come out this year, but as of now, according to this CBR article from last week:
After years of developmental woes, the film was scheduled to be released on January 23 in Japan. Unfortunately, it has been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. For the time being, the film no longer has a release date.
They just released a TV spot with new footage two days ago, though, so who knows at this point.
posted by star gentle uterus at 1:48 PM on January 27 [1 favorite]


Is 3.0+1.0 going to come out this year? I've been in no rush to watch the other rebuild movies but knowing it'll all be "complete" soon might give me the push to do so.

It was due for theatrical release this past Saturday, but the new state of emergency put the kibosh on that. At least it sounds like it's finally done.

I've had mixed-to-negative feelings about Rebuild so far. There are some great moments and striking imagery in the first three films, but the story seems a bit dumbed down in some ways, and Shinji in particular is less likeable/relatable than he was in the TV series and manga.
posted by May Kasahara at 1:51 PM on January 27 [1 favorite]


Yeah, Anno shouldn't have gone back and done Rebuild, though it's understandable why he would. But really he had said all he needed to say in the franchise with the show and End of Evangelion (and frankly I'm in the minority that thinks the show ended just fine on its own and even EoE was unnecessary).
posted by star gentle uterus at 2:00 PM on January 27 [2 favorites]


Please maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other peoples' AT fields.
posted by Foosnark at 2:30 PM on January 27 [4 favorites]


I’ve had Cruel Angel’s Thesis stuck in my head for three hours now. A++

Was the manga finished? I remember reading as much as had been published in English as of around 2001 or thereabouts, and the story seemed like it had barely gotten going, as well as having at least a few key differences from the anime. But it’s been a while.

Would anyone say it’s worth revisiting?
posted by hototogisu at 2:34 PM on January 27 [2 favorites]


Was the manga finished?

Would anyone say it’s worth revisiting?

Yes, finally, and yes. It's my favorite version of the Evangelion story.
posted by May Kasahara at 2:42 PM on January 27 [1 favorite]


> Not being able to read or discern the differences in the text, this is sadly lost on me. I assume it's witty/clever.

Not being able to read Japanese and not having sound on this device, I hope I'm missing something that non-Japanese-language speakers are able to understand, because honestly these just looks like three posts of the same video.
posted by ardgedee at 2:52 PM on January 27


Anyone else hearing this music in their heads while reading this?
posted by splitpeasoup at 3:04 PM on January 27


ardgedee: Yeah, the last two links require sound. Sorry I didn't make that clear.
posted by May Kasahara at 4:03 PM on January 27


Not being able to read or discern the differences in the text, this is sadly lost on me. I assume it's witty/clever.

It's all just the standard COVID public messaging like "avoid unnecessary outings", "social distance", etc. The confusing part I'm referring to is how the text will sometimes switch between horizontal and vertical arrangement in the same image. For example, the text in 0:11 looks like:
緊急事
  態宣言

Normally, with characters in this arrangement, you'd expect it to be read as two horizontal lines with three characters each. But "緊急事" and "態宣言" don't make sense as words or phrases. It only makes sense if you read it as one horizontal line with two characters (緊急), then a vertical line with two characters (事態), then another horizontal line with two characters (宣言), which all together means "Declaration of state of emergency". This sort of thing happens in Evangelion all the time, which is why it's so easy to tell that this is an Eva reference.
posted by J.K. Seazer at 4:55 PM on January 27 [5 favorites]


If this is today's NGE thread, here is also Cruel Angel's Thesis sung as cat meows by Yoko Takahashi, the original singer.
posted by fight or flight at 5:28 PM on January 27 [5 favorites]


The cat meow version sounds remarkably comparable to five 17-year-olds in a basement with four words of Japanese between them singing along to the opening theme.
posted by hototogisu at 7:31 PM on January 27 [5 favorites]


This is cute, but the rapid cuts and weird text formatting make it hard to actually read. I guess they're assuming that everyone's seen these messages a million times so they already know what they're supposed to say?

Yep. Even when a line went by too fast to read to the end, I guessed what it would say, and on rewatch, confirmed that it said exactly that. It's the visual equivalent of hearing "The airplane is expected to encounter turbulence. Please fasten your ---" or "Please keep your head and hands inside the vehicle at all ---"
posted by Bugbread at 9:09 PM on January 27


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