Sync Ratios: a Neon Genesis Evangelion discussion podcast

Sync Ratios: a Neon Genesis Evangelion discussion podcast

By Ben Collins
Screenwriting partners Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski watch every episode of the landmark anime Neon Genesis Evangelion and discuss it in detail.
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30 End of Evangelion Part 2
It all returns to nothing.
1:58:28
November 15, 2019
29 End of Evangelion Part 1
End of Evangelion
1:30:15
November 8, 2019
28 DEATH(true)2
Kevin Phillips returns to join Ben and Luke for the deep breath before the plunge, the experimental, free-association recap movie that is... Death (true)^2!
1:03:52
November 1, 2019
27 Those Men Longed for a Mailbag Episode and Thus Invited Audience Questions
Ben & Luke answer listener questions, choosing favorite episodes and moments, sharing sci fi and anime recommendations, and examining the promise/fulfillment of Rei Ayanami’s narrative arc.
1:17:17
September 26, 2019
26 The Beast that Shouted I at the Heart of the World
The end is here! Well, AN end anyway. The end of the series proper. Time to get somber and introspective. Listen. Think. Feel. Then, uh, go outside and take a walk or something.
1:22:38
September 20, 2019
25 Do You Love Me?
Merge your mind, heart and soul with Ben, Luke and Kevin as they try to unravel the abstract mystery that is “THE LAST TWO EPISODES.” The Instrumentality of humanity has begun!
1:39:44
September 13, 2019
24 The Final Messenger
Asuka is in catatonic despair, PenPen is sent away, Ritsuko is being held prisoner, Kevin Phillips is MIA, Ben and Luke are distracted by the original main stage lineup of Lilith Fair, the last angel is here and he’s not what anyone expected! No matter the translation, his presence is a catalyst for massive revelations. Sync Ratios... lift off!
1:52:36
September 6, 2019
23 Tears
Ben and Kevin are exposed to new footage and everyone’s relationship with Misato is complicated as the penultimate angel seeks to share its loneliness with Rei by invading her inner world.
1:43:53
August 23, 2019
22 Don’t Be.
episode 22
1:11:13
August 16, 2019
21.21 Shin Godzilla vs Evangelion 4D Attraction
bonus episode about Luke's vacation in Japan
1:15:47
August 13, 2019
21 The Birth of NERV
episode 21
1:29:07
August 9, 2019
20 Weaving a Story 2: Oral stage
episode 20
1:38:25
August 2, 2019
19 A Man's Battle
episode 19
1:25:01
July 26, 2019
18 Ambivalence
episode 18
1:06:54
July 19, 2019
17.77 You Can (Not) Speculate
SPOILER WARNING! In this special episode we take a good, hard look at the ten minute teaser for Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 that premiered at special events across the globe last week. If you aren’t caught up on the Rebuild movie series you may not want to listen. Spoilers abound for the first three films! We’ll be back next Friday with episode 18 of the series proper.
42:21
July 14, 2019
17 The Fourth Child
episode 17
47:04
July 12, 2019
16 Sickness Unto Death, and...
16 Splitting of the Breast
1:10:35
July 5, 2019
15 Lies and Silence
episode 15
1:07:29
June 28, 2019
14.44 Netflix!
Netflix finally released Evangelion! Ben & Luke take a detour from the normal schedule to talk about it!
46:59
June 24, 2019
14 Seele, the Throne of Souls
It’s Evangelion! Where even the clip show is dense as hell, full of information, emotion and style. Lacey Valentini returns to analyze (and recite) “The Poem” and more with Ben and Luke. Sync Ratios, something that brings comfort!
1:00:17
June 21, 2019
13 Angel Infiltration
Ben and Luke are joined by their friend Lacey Valentini to discuss her history with and perspective on the series in general and to navigate the technobabble of the densest episode yet! 
1:05:53
June 14, 2019
12 She said, 'Don't make others suffer for your personal hatred'
The suffering of previous generations seems to be the thematic focal point this week, with flashbacks to Misato’s past and subtle allusions to the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. In a world that feels like it could end at any moment, what is the value of parental praise? 
53:29
June 7, 2019
11 Within the Darkness
The power is out in Tokyo III, leading to one of Ben and Luke’s favorite episodes, a funny and exciting standout with sharp editing, UCC coffee and moments of satisfying characterization for pretty much the entire cast. Beyond the episode, however, they also delve into the spirit of the manga and Anno’s initial intentions for the ambitious project that would eventually reshape the landscape of Japanese animation. 
1:02:38
May 31, 2019
10 Magma Diver
Ben and Luke welcome you as honorary members of their super sophisticated anime watching club “The Red Tojis” in this exciting episode about class trips, shitty chocolate, Ghostbusters II, and the interesting shift from defensive to offensive posture on the part of both Nerv in the battle against the angels and Asuka in the battle of flirtation with Shinji. Also, what’s up with Misato switching beer brands?
53:45
May 24, 2019
09 Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!
Ben and Luke spend a lot of time analyzing cartoon kisses and talking about the Peanuts gang on this week’s episode. They also highlight the variety of musical influences on display in each character’s musical theme and Luke begins the potentially dangerous experiment of watching Evangelion with his children. 
53:32
May 17, 2019
08 Asuka Strikes
Asuka’s here and dammit that should be enough but if you want more, this week’s episode also dives into the frustrating Netflix premiere announcement, the cultural relationship between anime and techno music, the importance of power poses and the concept of the Eva pilots as embodiments of Freud’s Id, Ego and Superego. What are you, stupid? Listen to our best show yet.  
1:02:35
May 10, 2019
07 That Which is Man Made
This week Ben and Luke cover the ins and outs of corporate espionage, the timing of anime comedy, the origins of Jet Alone and even the smell of blood. They also address the age-old subs vs dubs debate and take a look at the filmographies of two of Japan’s top voice talents: Megumi Hayashibara (Rei) and Kotono Mitsuisihi (Misato).
56:03
May 4, 2019
06 Decisive Battle in Tokyo-3
Ben and Luke discuss the value of individual arcs within long-form storytelling, the joys of narrative symmetry, and the structural parallels between episode 06 and Hideaki Anno’s Shin Godzilla. What should you do at a time like this? You could try smiling! 
29:53
April 26, 2019
05 Rei, Beyond The Heart
An examination of the show’s cryptic opening kicks off the most mythologically dense episode yet. Hear Ben break down Shinji’s awkward apologies to Rei and Luke break down and awkwardly apologize to Gundam fans on this week’s Sync Ratios!
49:49
April 19, 2019
04 Rain, After Running Away
We know Shinji “mustn’t run away” but what about wandering away and aimlessly riding trains for awhile? Join Ben and Luke as a cursory google unlocks the mystery of the two titles, several corrections and omissions are addressed and the cultural conversation surrounding Japanese mental health is pondered. And, of course, we’ll have more discussion of fan service for you too!
51:22
April 12, 2019
03 The Phone That Doesn't Ring
Ben and Luke bond over the story of teenagers struggling to connect in an episode full of background exposition and Freudian womb imagery.  Take a seat (right hand side in the back by the window, please) and explore the mysteries of AT fields, Osaka dialects and the post-apocalyptic propensities of Japanese pop culture. Sync Ratios, lift off!
43:52
April 5, 2019
02 Unfamiliar Ceiling
Shinji gets some cold stares from both Eva 01 and his new hot springs penguin roommate in episode 02, “Unfamiliar Ceiling.” This week Ben and Luke examine the delicate balance of broad comedy, domestic drama and post-apocalyptic sci-fi that characterizes the series’ introductory episodes.  Sync Ratios, welcome home!
47:13
March 29, 2019
01 Angel Attack
Ben and Luke discuss the world-building, character introductions and utilization of anime tropes in the premiere episode of the series. How does the structure compare to that of a western, live action TV pilot and, seriously, how great is Misato? All this and more! With so much to dig into, who can be expected to remember to say the name of the podcast at the top? Sync Ratios, lift-off!
52:19
March 22, 2019
00 - Sync Ratios Introduction
Ben & Luke explain the origin of the podcast and how they each first encountered Neon Genesis Evangelion
45:03
March 11, 2019