- 鈴鹿国際大学短期大学部紀要 (ISSN:13450085)
- vol.23, pp.7-17, 2003
This article is an analysis of the popular carton, 'Neon Genesis Evangelion', focussing on Apocalyptism and its dissolution. Certainly, this cartoon contains those motives which have been typical of apocalyptic stories. It is also certain that these descriptions of the 'end' of history Insinuate the contemporary setback of the idea of the ever progressing World. In this carton, however, it is Apocalyptism as such which comes to the end. Experiential reality will not foreshadow, as the destination of its inherent d evelopment, any apocalyptic Utopia. This is the very reason that Apocalyptism was required in the West in order to radically terminate the repetiton of sinful human behaviours. Such Apocalyptism, however, is difficult in taking deep root in Japan, where human life has been imbued with Oriental pantheism and the concept of erernally returning time. In this respect, 'Neon Genesis Evangelion' calls our serious attention, as it clearly shows the cultural difference between the West and the East in their apocalyptic imagination.