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Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Beginning and the End, or "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"

Asuka has lost all value in herself. She tries to escape from NERV as Shinji had, but, like Shinji, she is found and placed in NERV's own hospital. Shinji reflects that those he has lost. His classmates are all gone, as is the city of Neo Tōkyō 3. As he gazes out over the ruins of the city, a boy perched on a rock begins to hum a song. He identifies himself as Kaworu Nagisa, the 5th Child...


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x24
Airdate: Thursday March 30th, 2006



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Guest Stars
John SwaseyJohn Swasey
voiced Gendou Ikari [Director's Cut]
Recurring
Monica RialMonica Rial
voiced Maya Ibuki [Director's Cut]
Recurring
Vic MignognaVic Mignogna
voiced Shigeru Aoba [Director's Cut]
Recurring
Greg AyresGreg Ayres
voiced Kaworu Nagisa [Director's Cut]
Kyle SturdivantKyle Sturdivant
voiced Kaworu Nagisa
Episode Notes
Japanese Title: 「最後のシ者」-「Saigo no Shisha」-「The Final Messenger」

Scenes added to the Director's Cut
- All voice-overs redone.
- Shinji tells Asuka that Kaji is dead.
- Kaworu's talk with Rei is expanded upon.
- Gendō's talk with EVA Unit 01 is expanded upon.
- Kaworu talks with the SEELE council (Misato is viewing Kaworu "talking to himself" through binoculars).
- Lillith given legs (which was added to the Director's Cut of episode 22 - "Don't Be.").



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Friedrich SchillerAn die Freude/ Ode to Joy 
Ludvig van BeethovenSymphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125 "Choral" 
Yōko Takahashi「Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis」 


Episode Goofs
After Kaworu begins to breaks through the armour plating with EVA Unit 02, a computer screen shows that the EVA has broken through the 14th armour plating. Above the large numbers, the word partition is spelled incorrectly as partintion.



Analysis
Shinji's Indecisiveness
It takes Shinji one minute and five seconds to decide to end Kaworu's life. The question here remains: Has Shinji grown up throughout the series? It appears that at times he has been able to decide things for himself. Some of his decisions, however, led to failure, which only weakened his resolve. Kaworu did become a friend to Shinji when no one else was left. Kaworu's subsequent betrayal of Shinji in order to fulfill his mission as the final messenger leaves the protagonist's psyche in tatters. After he destroys the final Angel, does Shinji have any strength left in him? Will he be able to continue on?



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