For no reason I can determine, I was possessed yesterday of an odd impulse to re-read NXE for the first time since... well, since I did the annotations, I suppose, however long ago that was. I can't say for certain whether this presages a reawakening of the long-abeyant sequel I teased here once upon a time, or something else entirely, or nothing much at all, but in the course of going back over the material I've noticed a couple of things.
First, it hasn't been as painful to re-read as I was expecting, partly because it's been so long since I last saw any of it that I've forgotten how most of it goes, but mostly because for the most part I don't even feel like I wrote it any more, so the bits that are dismayingly clunky (and there are many) don't cause that inward cringe sensation I usually get when going over my own work. No idea why that is, but there you are.
Second, it's a strange sensation going back over this material, because, it occurs to me, the events depicted therein are happening... well, sort of now. Precise date stamps are rare in NXE—I hadn't developed the habit of tracking that kind of thing closely yet—but from the relatively few that are available, I can work out that the middle section of Exodus 3 is happening right now. The last scene of the regular series, and the opening scene of the movie, take place on April 1 of this year. Right around now, over in that universe, Shinji is in training for his raid on Worcester-3, Asuka is beginning to get her groove back, and DJ finds himself in the curious position of having to resign himself to being just a giant robot pilot...
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