The early episodes were a little too typical of the mecha genre for my tastes, but when they introduced Asuka in episode 8, I think the anime really came into its own, plot-wise. The animation is clear and crisp, and a new sheen of professionalism really gave the anime a big boost. Hideaki Anno’s been compared to Osamu Tezuka, but I think Anno has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
In episode 16, the anime takes a completely serious turn, replacing what normally would have been fanservice with scenes of emotional trauma. I think the undisputed masterpiece of the series is episode 26, an episode so confusing, most people probably don’t watch it. But they should, because it’s not just one possible conclusion to the anime, it’s also a personal statement about Anno’s own depression!
If you are still doing the aspect analysis do you think you could do the Maid of Light please?
To be a Maid means to be a virgin, a young unmarried woman (from maiden) and was used in the past both toward men and women alike - which survived further on in the social demand of housemaids and butlers staying virginal/unmarried. Maids are also associated with servitude in household and to people of noble birth, but also to fighting matriarchal tribes, like Amazons. In Homestuck, Maids are associated with act of creating through aspect for the objective they work for.
This includes serving their aspect for the sake of fixing the mess that was created in the group/team they work with, often through the drastic means and lengthy tasks.
That’s why Maids are essential to the team and the session, as without them, the aspect of existence they serve (and they’re not to create) becomes pathetic and miserable for the rest of the group (for example, three years spent on the meteor were awful for everyone who was in there, because Aradia wasn’t around).
Maids also tend to create such problems for the group as they often go missing/have tendency to be gone/have higher risk of dying/being targeted
but they do it for a good cause, because, just as Knights, they tend to weaponize their aspect, even if in more passive way.
Maids also tend to have a tendency to sleuthe around for things they’re curious about, which also can be a cause of their disappearance.
In case of appearance of the Lord class in the session, Maids of the respective aspect tend to either yearn servitude, end up in servitude or try to break out of unwilling servitude imposed on them by the said Lord.
Maids also would have a lot of aspect to use once they’d godtier.
The aspect of Light has to do with literal light (so shining, emitting rays, glimmering) but also lack of it (darkness, invisibility). This aspect is tightly tied to ability to be seen and noticed - be it by standing out of the crowd or through being different in some way (being “special”), but also the ability to see things like truth or knowledge without being the one to make it or posses it first (that’s Mind aspect) - so powers of mind control, making someone tell things or discovering things that could be useful. It also is tied to fortune and luck and ways it influences the person or how the person uses it.
The Maid of Light would create light/luck/visibleness or would just make their team more special. They either would serve luck/shed light to the party members or they would search for light/luck/visibility like flashlights, torches, matches, etc. Maid of Light would vanish and it would make “light” miserable - so, everyone else would feel like their “special/enlightened/lucky” moments are awful. They’d also use Light to fight with, mostly in passive way (so, to stop something from happening by making it more visible/special/lucky instead of fighting with the said luck).
We already have an example of Maid of Light in the comic as it’s title of Jaspersprite[Speculative!]
who serves Rose (Light player) as a helpful servant and makes everything more special/cute simply by appearing.
Another example of would be Asuka Soryu Langley from “Neon Genesis Evangelion”.
Asuka is a pilot of Evangelion, also knowns as a Second Child. She is very focused on having a “winner” attitude, which often makes her utterly arrogant
and fearless despite danger
because if there is one thing she cannot allow herself to be is to be less special than anyone else. Once she vanishes, the winning fights start having bitter aftertaste to other members of NERV and the luckslowly diminshes from her lack of presence when it comes to achieving given goals.
Yet another example would be Gilbert Cocteau from “Kaze to ki no uta”.
Gilbert as a boy is often described as “made of light” and “shimmering/glimmering” because of his unusual beauty
which usually is known to make the place seem more lively and enlightens the mood of others - be it because Gilbert spends time with them romantically, or be it because he lets others bully him. In the end, despite having a very egoistical, uptight attitude about being “better than everyone else”, he does have a warmer side to him
and once he is gone, there’s nothing but grief in the academy that looks “more grey and dark than it used to”.