OKADA: I think the style, or
mood, of EVANGELION, is not so far, not so different, from
the serious side of GUNBUSTER or NADIA. The biggest
difference would have been in the style of planning the last
episode. My style is to always plan the ending *first,* as I
did with GUNBUSTER--everything then follows from that. In
NADIA, Mr. Anno couldn't decide on the ending--it wasn't
fixed until only three months before the final episode was
shown. So subsequently, I was confused about NADIA, and
there was a lack of control over the various episodes.
EVANGELION is a very great series--I think it's one of the
top anime ever made. But--the last scenes were never fixed.
When I talked to Mr. Anno a month ago, he said he couldn't
decide the ending until the time came. That's his style. So,
if I had made EVANGELION with him, I couldn't do such a
thing. I'd think I'd have to fix the ending, what would
happen with every character. Then, everything would follow:
the first episode, the second episode...If I wanted to show
a boy's coming-of-age story, a *bildungsroman,* the last
scene would show the grown-up man; the first scene, a boy
who hates everything about the adult world. That would be
the structure; I'm very careful about a regular
construction. But Mr. Anno's style on EVANGELION was not so.
He wants to put it together episode-by-episode. It's just
like the style of a manga. In your typical manga, the artist
doesn't have any picture of the last scene, or the last
episode. They just think of building up on past episodes.
And finally, the manga artist, and his assistants, and
editor...[BURIES HEAD IN HANDS], they work out an idea about
the last sequence. If it's a good idea, the whole episode is
very good. If they can't make a good idea, the whole episode
is not so good. It's an unhappy story. And I think that's
what happened with the last two episodes of EVANGELION. Mr.
Anno and his staff couldn't make a good idea for it. He told
an anime magazine in Japan that he couldn't make what he
wanted because of schedule or budget. But that's not
correct. I talked with Mr. Yamaga and Mr. Anno. They said,
"It's not only a problem of schedule or budget. It's a
problem of what the ending is going to be." Mr. Anno
couldn't decide. Mr. Anno's and my own style of production
are very different.