From: Patrick Yip
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 1998 9:36 AM
Subject: [EVA] RCB Translation (PART THREE) (Glossary II)
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Secondly, the FAQ of "What is RCB?"
THE RED CROSS BOOK (aka RCB) -- the final(?) canon of Evangelion
translated by Patrick Yip (Patrick.Yip@ing-barings.com) 1997/10/19
The Red Cross Book (referred to as RCB onwards) is the pamphlet sold
in the cinema to those who came to see the movie "the End of
Evangelion". It cost 800 yen. The book is A-4 in size and landscape in
orientation. The cover is pitch black with a red Georgian cross
superimposed on it, hence the name "Red Cross Book" On the cross, the
words "THE END OF EVANGELION" was printed, in thin, match-like manner.
What makes this book particularly special and meaningful to all EVA
fans is that, for the first time, we hear the voice from Gainax about
why and how the movies were made. We also know a great deal about the
answers to some of the most discussed after mysteries in the anime.
The "commentary" "glossary" and "production notes" are three parts
that are most informative. I shall strive to translate these three
sections so that all the EVA fans could know the latest update of the
"official" answers to the EVA mysteries (real-life or anime :-)
In the Glossary of the RCB, the words beginning with English alphabet
come first, followed by words beginning with Japanese characters,
which are arranged in the conventional order (a,i,u,e,o,ka,ki,ku...and
GLOSSARY PART II
Second Lieutenant. Belonged to the First Section of the Bureau of
Techonology in NERV HQ, she is responsible for tasks like the monitoring
of the Synchronisation Rate of EVA pilots and the gathering and analysis
of EVA-related data. She respects very much Dr.Akagi Ritsuko, her
immediate superior. For personal character, it is said that she is
fastidious, but honest and sincere.
Birthday July 11. Bloodtype A. Age 24
[Secret Dead Sea Scrolls] (URA SHIKAI BUNSHO)
A document that seems to be used by Seele for the direction of their
actions. Following what was recorded in "Secret Dead Sea Scrolls",
Seele built EVA and fought the battles against the Angels. It seems
that this same document also recorded all invading Angels.
By the way, the "Dead Sea Scrolls" as exists in real life was dug out
from a cave near the Dead Sea of Israel in 1947. Its contents include
the "Old Testament" of Bible and its acryophaea.
A capsule-shaped cockpit inside which the EVA pilot sits. EVA is started
by the insertion of such plug into its back neck (the same applies to the
virtual entry plug -- dummy plug). In emergency the plug can be ejected
and becomes an evacuation capsule. The plug is equipped with parachute
and ejection rocket for this purpose.
The formal name is "General-purpose Humanoid Decisive Combat Weapon -
Artificial Human (Adroid) Evangelion" [Hanyou Ninkei Kessen Heiki -
Jinzou Ningen Evangerion]. In order to implement the Human
Complementation Project, 14 years of time and astronomical amount of
money were used to build Evangelion. Being able to deploy A.T.Field as
well as neutralize it, it is the only weapon that human have to counter
the Angels. It takes its power from electricity and without external
supply it can maintain only 5 minutes of activity. Thus usually it
takes the electrical power it needs throught Umbilical Cable. (EVA from
EVA-05 onwards doess not need this cable because it has the S^2 Engine)
Originally EVA does not have soul. To have a soul in EVA, EVA-01 had
the soul of Igari Yui living in it.
The origin of the name "EVA" was thought to derive from EVA, the wife of
Adam, from the "Old Testament" of Bile, and "Evangel", the English for
[Evangelion mass-produced model (EVA series)] (Evangerion RYOUSANKI)
The nine EVA (EVA-05 to EVA-13) built at different NERV branches.
Different from the existing EVA's, these EVA's are under the command
of SEELE, not NERV. Since they have S^2 Engine mounted, they have
infinite active duration, and thus do not need Umbilical Cables.
They also have foldable wings which enable them to fly. In order to
start the Human Complementation Project, SEELE throw them into their
battle against NERV, and as a group they destroy EVA-02.
Belonged to the Special Surveillance Department of the Secret Agency
NERV. He also belonged to the Investigation Department of the Internal
Ministry of the Government of Japan. Taking orders from SEELE, he
infiltrated in NERV to find out its secrets. He arrived at Japan from
the Germany branch of NERV, together with the Second Children and EVA-02.
He quitted from the Germany branch, and without going back, stayed and
worked in NERV HQ. Katsuragi Misato used to be his lover in his
student years but later seperated from each other. They resumed their
relationship after Kaji came back to Japan. Because of his own
curiosity, he made enemies and was consequently killed by gunfire. He
left the product of all his investigation to Misato.
Birthday June 17. Bloodtype A.
Rank: Major. Belonged to the first section of military operation bureau of
the tactical miliatry operations department in NERV HQ. She is also the the
leader of the military operations headquarter, responsible for the military
command of EVA's. She was saved by her father, whom she hated, from the
Second Impact. The fact that as a result she lost her father damaged her
mentally and this manifested externally as a long period of agnosia (loss
of speech). She sees the image of her father in the pendant of cross that
she wears. While she is inside NERV, she always keeps a weary suspicion
feeling towards the behaviour of Commander Ikari. With the information left
by her lover Kaji Ryouji, she pursued after the truth on her own.
Birthday: December 8. Bloodtype A. Age 29
[Gaf's Room] (Gabu no HEYA)
A word spoken by Fuyutsuki in ep.26. He said that the opening of Gaf's Room
has the same meaning as the start of the world as well as the opening of
the door of the finale. When this door is open, the surface of the Earth
turns to LCL, human can no longer keep intact their physical forms as
individuals but return to LCL form. At TV ep.21, Ritsuko also mentioned
the Gaf's Room.
The chairman of the Committee of Human Complementation, also the director
of SEELE. His body is totally machine from backbone down. He gave
instructions of direct occupation of the secret agency NERV, so as to
start complementation with EVA-01.
[Black Moon] (KUROki TSUKI)
The word used by SEELE to describe the egg of Lilith, the source of life.
In ep.26, when Human Complementation Plan started, we know that the huge
underground cavity underneath Neo-Tokyo-3 which later became Geo-Front
is in fact the "Black Moon".
Misato used this word when she said that human are "a colony of worthless"
from the point of view from the Complementation Plan. For colony, it
originally means a group of individual organism linked to each other, each
of them can produce new individuals by splitting or budding. Each
individual organism within a colony can live as its own independently.
A large-scale catatstrophe following the First (Giant) Impact and the
Second Impact, as foreseen by human. It had been said that this would
be started by from alien Angels who came into contact with Adam stored
underground beneath Neo-Tokyo-3, and therefore EVA and NERV were
there to protect this from happening. However, the truth is that they
were there precisely to start the Third Impact, the real objective
being the Human Complementation Plan.
It means Ikari Shinji -- The third suitable person chosen by the
Marduk organisation. Without training, he managed to start up
EVA-01, which had been ridiculed as "09 system" because of its
0.000000001% start-up probability , and surprised all those
involved. Afterwards, he became the dedicated pilot of EVA-01 and
stayed in Neo-Tokyo-3. Having a higher Synch-ratio than other
Children, he often becomes the core force in battles against
A big underground city buried deep underground below Neo-Tokyo-3.
This was built using an pre-existing spherical cavity (though
most of it had been under earth and dust at first). Its ceiling was
almost totally destroyed when in ep.25 the Strategic Self-Defence Force
mounted their attack against NERV, and Geo-Front became exposed to
NERV HQ is located at the centre of Geo-Front, and is surrounded by
big forests and underground lakes. The many high-rising buildings
that hang upside-down on the top part of Geo-Front are the "Celing
City (Tenjou Toushi)". It looks exactly the same as Neo-Tokyo-3 that
sits above it, and is used to accomodate the sunken buildings of
Neo-Tokyo-3 when an Angel comes to attack.
After the start of the Human Complementation Plan, we know that this cavity
is actually the egg of Lilith -- the "Black Moon".
Some lifeforms originated from the source of lifeform which is called
"Lilith". It could be any size or shape: a big cube, a form as small
as the size of bacteria, or even a shadow which has no tangible form.
Borrowing the words from Fuyutsuki's dialogue in ep.26, it seems that
"Angels" got the "Fruit of Life" whereas human got the "Fruit of
Intelligence". It can be said that "Angels" is just another form of
human, with the same probability of appearance as human. Human is
thus the 18th Angel.