I will never know. I will never know what it was like to be there. I will never know what it was like to be the pilot of a B-29. I will never know the loss of loved ones, swallowed by the cruelty of flames. I will never know what it was like having to rub my nose in bloody, battlefield-dirt, fighting for one island at a time. I will never know the grip of the cold hand of fear on my heart, the feeling my destruction could be imminent. I will never know the sight, the splendor of a 1000 suns burning into the sky.
What words can be added to what has already been said? And who am I to add them? But my conscience leave me no other choice. I will not say what was wrong, or what was right – but I feel compelled to say something. I am compelled to remember.
And this is my meager offering.
I have been humbled, brought to the brink of tears and pushed over. I have been changed in the process of this project. This has been hard for me. This is my magnum opus.
I hope it will change you too.
Quotes and speeches used in the making of this episode:
Hideaki Anno excepts from Hideaki Anno: emotional deconstructionist
Mr Yazaki from Peter Carey’s Wrong About Japan
Kinue Tomoyasu’s Hiroshima Testimonial The Voice of Hibakusha
Hideo Kojima excepts from Official Playstation 2 Magazine, 20.02.2003