人類補完計画

In the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, the Human Instrumentality Project (人類補完計画 Jinrui Hokan Keikaku?, mankind complementation/completion plan) is the goal of the secret society SEELE. It is sometimes translated as the Human Enhancement Project or the Human Complementation Project.It is an attempt to artificially force the evolution of humanity, merging people’s individual conscious minds into one single entity by dissolving the barriers (so-called AT Fields) between them, an event named the Third Impact.

Note

  • Although there are several ways to translate the term into English, Evangelion director Hideaki Anno has insisted on using the translation “Instrumentality,” possibly to pay homage to the science fiction writer Cordwainer Smith, who used the term in his Instrumentality of Mankind series of short stories. However, there are few (if any) traits held in common between Smith’s and Anno’s concepts of “instrumentality.” Rather, Anno credited Smith for creating the idea of successfully merging Christian symbology with both science fiction and Asian culture. Also, Smith (under his real name of Paul Linebarger; “Smith” is a pseudonym) literally wrote the United States‘ first textbook on psychological warfare following his efforts against Japan during World War II, which Anno drew on, along with several other facets of psychoanalytic theory introduced in Evangelion.
  • In Death and Rebirth – the movie preceding The End of Evangelion – each of the Eva pilots begin playing a string instrument at different points in the film until they all play together. When each pilot begins, their name and instrument are identified, but when they all play together the song is identified and the instruments “complement and fill each other” and “become one entity” just as people do in the Human Instrumentality Project. This could be another reason the term “instrumentality” is used.
  • The main influences for the concept of Instrumentality in Evangelion came from Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End, where aliens influenced the evolution of humanity into a single entity; as well as Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Ideon, which featured the mysterious ‘Ide’ energy which was comprised of the consciousnesses of hundreds of millions of humans, which forced a conflict between humanity and an alien race to cleanse the universe of the impure.
  • Serial Experiments: Lain makes strong use of the idea, as the plot turns around the idea of “uniting all human spirits without devices” to create God. The anime also quotes Cordwainer Smith.

[Human Instrumentality Project] via Wikipedia

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One Response to “人類補完計画”

  1. Corriendo despacio Says:

    Quiero que sepas que aunque no te comento siempre te leo, tenlo presente.

    Y como es de Eva te amo mucho ji ji ji!

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