Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Aesthetics of destruction: Music and the worldview of Ikari Shinji in “Neon Genesis Evangelion”
by Hoffer, Heike, M.M., The University of Arizona, 2012, 99; 1511005
Abstract (Summary)

Director Anno Hideaki's series Neon Genesis Evangelion caused a sensation when it first aired on TV Tokyo in 1995 and has become one of the most influential anime ever made. Since its premiere, fans across the globe have debated the possible interpretations of the complex plot, but little has been said about how composer Sagisu Shiro's score might contribute to understanding the series. Anno's rehabilitation in a Jungian clinic and subsequent personal study of human psychology plays heavily into understanding the main character Ikari Shinji, and music has much to contribute to appreciating Shinji's view of the world. Shinji is an impressionable fourteen-year old boy, so his musical interpretations of the people and things around him do not always match reality. Sagisu's music gives the viewers welcome insight into Shinji's thoughts and feelings as he matures throughout the series.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brobeck, John T.
Commitee: Rosenblatt, Jay, Sturman, Janet
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Mass communications
Keywords: Anime, Cartoons, Hideaki, Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shiro, Sagisu, Soundtracks
Publication Number: 1511005
ISBN: 978-1-267-36182-0
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