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Мессия в депрессии: религия, фантастика и постмодерн в аниме Neon Genesis Evangelion

Афанасов Н. Б.

The article explores the anime-series “Neon Genesis Evangelion”
(1995–1996). The work is considered as a cultural product within
the science-fiction tradition of the second half of the twentieth century. It is shown that the complexity of the series consists in how it weaves elements of Shinto and Abrahamic religions as equally relevant. Through the use of religious topics, the science fiction work acquires inner cognitive logic. The religious in the series is represented on two levels: an implicit one that defines the plot originality, and also an explicit one, when the references to religious matters become a strategy of promoting the series on Japanese and Western media-markets. In order to seize at times controversial and nonconcerted religious symbols, the author proposes to use postsecular framework of
analysis and the elements of postmodern philosophy of culture. The author then proposes his own analysis of the product’s narrative using the religious optic of Apocalypse.