Asuka’s Final Line

Originated from (5/17/13)
Japanese interview


On March 28th, NHK aired the talk show, Anime Yawa, in their satellite channel.
The subject was Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Spring Mist has the photos of the studio.

Full text of the dialog in original Japanese is uploaded too.

The commentators, Okada Toshio and Inui Kimiko featured six guests.

Miyamura Yuuko, voice actress of Asuka
Ootsuki Toshimichi, producer of the anime
Karasawa Shunichi, subculture columnist
Kotani Mari, sci-fi and fantasy critic
Takimoto Tatsuhiko, novelist
Fujitsu Ryouta, anime critic

In the 55-minute talk show, they talked about the scenes they like, how this anime should have been evaluated in the field of literature, and so forth.
Their favorite scenes are as follows.
Ootsuki: Opening
Miyamori: Shinji and Aska’s unison fight against the enemy in episode 9.
Takimoto: Depressed Shinji in episode 4 and the movie.
Kotani: Evangelion eating the Angel in episode 19.

For the first time in ten years, some of them told the private episodes of those days.
Producer Ootsuki said he allowed Anno to do whatever he wanted in the anime except for the theme music. Ootsuki was particular about the theme and handled the music staff by himself. No anime staff, even Annno, met the music staff, he said.

Miyamura who played Asuka revealed the movie’s final line “Kimochi warui.” (Disgusting) was her idea, and it proved the rumor “Asuka’s final line was Miyamura’s idea.”among the fans was ture. She said the final line supposed to had been “Anta nankani korosareru nowa mappira yo!” It can be translated “I’d never want to be killed by you of all men, absolutely not!”

Rough translation of her talk is as follows… (It contains sexually unpleasant topics. If you think you are mature enough to read that, press the letter “続きを読む” below.)
for those who pressed the letter “続きを読む”

I had been thinking directors should convey their ideal how the show shold be to us. But Annno pitchs us questions such as “What do you think for yourself if things went on such and such ways to you?”
After recording all lines of the movie, I was called to the studio because the final line needed to be revised. Ogata came there too as it was Asuka and Shinji’s scene.
Asuka’s final line was “Anta nankani korosareru nowa mappira yo!” in the film
scenario. Annno didn’t live with my line no matter how many times I tried. Ogata and
I were at a loss how we should play what Annno wanted to express; she even
tried to ride on me and choke me to meet his demand. He must have been pursuing reality.
Concerning the final line we adopted, I’m not sure whether I should say about it in fact.
At last Anno asked me ” Miyamura, just imagine you are sleeping in your
bed and a stranger sneaks into your room. He can rape you anytime as you are
asleep but he doesn’t. Instead, he masturbates looking at you, when you wake
up and know what he did to you. What do you think you would say?”
I had been thinking he was a strange man, but at that moment I felt disgusting. So
I told him that I thought “Disgusting”. And then he sighed and said “… thought as much.” He said. ” I thought as much. “