From: Patrick Yip
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 1998 9:40 AM
Subject: [EVA] RCB Translation (PART THREE) (Glossary V)
Foreword in my post back in 97/12 ******************
This is the final installment of the translation of the Glossary of RCB!! I
finish this quite hurriedly, so I expect more mistakes in this section.
However I really want to post it before the end of 1997 ^_^ In case you
wonder how come I said this with more than a week before 1997 comes to its
end, I will be on vacation from X'mas day (X'mas day is *NOT* a public
holiday, BTW. So I am taking my annual leave) and won't be around until
Jan 5. Yes I will unsubscribe from the list during this period, and I won't
have any access to Internet either. That's why I want to finish this
project first. If you are still wondering, yes I mean to finish the project
of translating the RCB. All the important parts of the RCB have been
translated (no, I don't consider the interview with Kazuya or the voice
attresses to be important information :-) and I would call the project as
completed. My next target is the translation on EOE. I shall use the
translated text available on the web (done by a Japanese) for the scene
descriptions but I shall put my translation for the dialogues.
In case I am not posting any more mail (I might see something interesting
that I want to reply) let me say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you
all!!! We'll meet next year.
************************************** End of Foreword
*********************** PY @ TOKYO ******************************
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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 IV
[Mark of NERV]
The Secret Agency NERV has a mark which is composed of three parts: the
name of the organisation, a picture and a motto. The name of the
organisation is the 4 character word "NERV". The motto is "God is in his
heaven. All right with the world" (PY: the Japanese translation of this
English motto is given in the original text, which would be pointless to
translate back into English :-) , a section taken from "Pippa Passes",
written by a 19th century poet Robert Browning. And then the picture is a
half piece of fig leaf. The fig leaf, accoring to legend, is the symbol of
the original sin which entangled Adam and Eve. It reminds us of the human
who ate the Fruit of Wisdom.
A rectangular shaped boat. From Exodus in the Old Testament of Bible, Noah
received a revelation from God to build a huge Ark and put all animals pair
by pair onto it, thus saving all species from a world-scale flood.
In ep.26 the dialogue said by Fuyutsuki, "Is it becoming an Ark which saves
human from the nothingness of Third Impact?", touches on this legend.
[Command Centre (literal translation: Command Announcement Office]
A command room located inside the Central Combat Operation Room of NERV
HQ. It reminds one of the bridge of a military ship. During combat, seven
people including the commander, deputy commander, combat operation leader
would gather in this place to form the core staff. All the instructions
would then come from this room.
There are more than two such command centres in NERV HQ. Since the first
was destroyed during the intrusion by the 14th Angel, the second command
centre is currently in use.
By the way, below the command centre are three secondary command centres
and the original MAGI systems are installed there. This becomes the cause
of the hesitation of the invading JSDF over their tactics.
Rank lieutenant, belonged to the first section of the Bureau of Combat
Operation of the Central Combat Operation Command Deparment in NERV. He
serves as the combat aide-de-camp for Misato, the leader of the Combat
Operation HQ, and also responsible for things like analysis of the combat
situation. He has some good feeling towards Misato, his superior, and
lends his hand for her objectives, collecting intelligence information for
her at many occasions.
Birthday February 13th. Bloodtype B.
It means Ayanami Rei, the first suitable person picked by Marduk
organisation. She acts as the "experimented" for all experiments related
to E-Plan like the start-up experiment of EVA etc. She participated in
real battles as the dedicated pilot of EVA-00, and completed many ambush
operations against the Angels.
The deputy commander of the secret agency NERV. Before the Second Impact,
he taught in the University of Kyoto as the professor of Meta-Biology. It
is at the same place that he got to know Ikari Yui and Rokubungi Gendou.
Even shortly after the Second Impact, he was in opposition to Gendou.
However, after their meeting at the Research Institute for Artificial
Evolution, he suddenly changed and started to help Gendou. It also seems
that he holds not just a little good feeling towards Ikari Yui.
Birthday April 9th. Bloodtype AB.
The dedicated uniform for EVA pilot. It has the effect of raising the
synch-rate and protecting the body etc. This suit is totally one piece
covering from feet to neck. Its structure is similar to things like
wet-suit. There will still be space between the suit and the body after it
is put on, but by clicking on a switch on the wrist the suit then sticks to
A melee fighting weapon which forms a blade with high-frequency vibrating
particles that cuts through the object of contact on a molecular level. It
is one of the standard equipments for EVA and is usually stored in a space
at the shoulders. EVA02 uses a new cutter-type knife -- even if the blade
is broken, a new blade will come out from the back by pushing a button,
making the knife useable again. It is often called in its abbreviated
form: Prog Knife.
[Frigate] (Furigeeto KAN)
A military ship standing by at the underground lake inside Geo-Front. It
has the high speed and sea-worthiness of a destroyer and can be used for
anti-submarine, anti-air and alert patrol purposes. Since the ship belongs
to NERV, at the broadsides of the ship the printed letters of "NERV" could
be seen. At ep.25 "Air", it is destroyed by the fighting between EVA02 and
A general name for phenol resin, used for heat and electrical isolation.
The Bakelite used in situations like stopping the EVA00 which ran berserk
during an experiment and transportation of ADAM etc is one of the
thermostatic plastic, which has the property of drying super quick to
become something like concrete. Since all physical motions of an object,
when wrapped by this Bakelite, can be brought to a halt, it is also used
to prevent the intrusion of NERV HQ by the Strategic Self-Defence Force
in ep.25 "Air". On the other hand, JSDF also uses Bakelite to cut off any
physical contact between Third Children and EVA00.
An object to which spirits stick. Also an object that becomes a media
through which spirits manifest themselves. At ep.26, when SEELE uses
EVA01 and converts it into a Tree of Life, Fuyutsuki uses this term in
A giant crucified on a red cross at the extreme depth under NERV HQ.
Its face is covered with a mask which has the Arm of SEELE drawn on
it. Its hands are penetrated by nails that are stuck on the cross.
Although it does not have the lower body when it was pierced by the
Spear of Longinus, it grows its lower body after the Spear was pulled
Originally the Human Complementation Plan planned to use this Lilith.
However SEELE changed the plan after the Spear was lost, and they
attempted to use EVA01 for Complementation purpose. At that moment,
Keel Lorentz says this is "the copy of Lilith". By this it seems that
EVA01 was actually made by copying Lilith.
By the way, in the preaching literatures of the Rabbis, it was said
that Lilith (Lilit) was the very first wife of Adam. It was also said
that between Adam and Lilith were born the demons and spirits.
The name used by Nagisa Kaworu to mean human. From the legends, Lilin
(the name Lil-In is also used) was the children born between Adam and
his very first wife Lilith. After that, Lilith became a demon who
attacked the new-born babies, and seduced men who are sleeping so that
they ejaculated in their sleep.
[Spear of Longinus]
A giant spiral-shaped spear which can penetrate A.T.Field. The spear
splits into two branches at the one end, but these two branches will
recombine into one when the spear is thrown against an object and
The spear was first used during the battle against the 15th Angel. It
destroyed the Angel on a satellite orbit. However the spear itself
reached the Moon and became unretrivable. That said, the real use of
the Spear is not meant to be a weapon. It seems that it is a necessary
item in the Complementation Plan which uses Lilith.
By the way, Longinus was the name of the soldier who used his spear to
pierce Jesus who was being crucified on cross. The spear is stored as
a relic by the St.Augustine Church in Rome.
[Spear of Longinus (copy)]
The fighting weapon used by the mass-production model EVA. It is
modelled on the Spear of Longinus and its shape and length can change.
When it penetrates a A.T.Field, the two tips which branch out from the
spear's end spiral into one and intrude into the field. At ep.25, this
spear penetrates the A.T.Field of EVA02 and then the still-fighting
EVA02 itself, and EVA02 stops. This spear cannot be used for
Complementation which involves Lilith, but as a weapon it has almost
the same power as the original Spear.