ᴋᴀᴊɪ ɪs ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏɴᴅ ɢɪʀʟ, ɴᴏᴛ ᴊᴀᴍᴇs ʙᴏɴᴅ: ᴇᴍᴏᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ᴅɪsɢᴜɪsᴇs, ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀᴍᴇʟᴏɴs, ᴀɴᴅ “ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴀʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇᴀʀᴛʜ sᴛᴏᴏᴅ sᴛɪʟʟ”
In which I delve into an in-depth analysis of Ryoji Kaji from Neon Genesis Evangelion using the allusions, references, and visual clues provided in the show — many of which go unnoticed.
What’s getting explored:
- Why Episode 11 is arguably the most important Kaji episode.
- Aligning 2015: The Last Year of Ryoji Kaji with Kaji’s on-screen appearances.
- Why Misato is “James Bond”, and Kaji is the “Bond Girl”
- The significance behind Kaji’s watermelon garden.
- How Kaji, Kaworu, and Yui are connected — and what that means for Mari Makinami Illustrious in Evangelion: Final.
(Many, many thanks to fiendswithbenefits for helping me gather these observations succinctly. This also features analyses by circuitbird and beastworu. Props where props are due.)
Let’s get this melon rolling.