[Rewatch][Spoilers] Neon Genesis Evangelion - Episodes 25 and 26 Discussion : anime
Jun 11, What about Angelic Days (aka girlfriend of steel 2 in japan)? I quite liked that . Anno made Neon Genesis Evangelion because he was depressed. Couldn't watch 23 and 24 this weekend, but I am here for the final episodes. I'm one of those that watched it when it first aired (in latin america at least. Jan 28, (Spanish, Latin America): Circe Luna 6 Rei's depiction in the anime; 7 In Rebuild of Evangelion; 8 In Other Media .. When Rei is invaded by Armisael in Episode 23, the Angel forces her to feel her . Ayanami Raising Project is a dating game licensed by Gainax that features Rei as the main character. Neon Genesis Evangelion, Collection (Episodes ) Not Rated; Studio: Section 23; DVD Release Date: May 23, ; Run Time: 24 minutes; Average.
With Asuka when they're both at their most emotionally stable. It's lampshaded by Toji. Like Father, Like Son: It becomes increasingly apparent, especially near the end of the series, that Shinji takes a great deal after his father, both in looks and in personality.
Locked Out of the Loop: He is quite unaware of the going-ons behind the scenes in NERV. At one point Kensuke talks with Shinji about some rumors he has gotten through his own sources in NERV, assuming that as an important EVA pilot Shinji must surely be able to indulge him some further information, but Shinji honestly knows so little that it is actually him who ends up getting some of the bigger picture from talking with Kensuke.
Kensuke is quite shocked to learn this fact. Misato hurriedly attempts to bring him up to speed in End, but the amount of time she has to dump such a large amount of complicated information onto him isn't anywhere near enough and he clearly isn't paying attention to her while she's saying it. A core aspect of his character is his refusal to acknowledge anything about himself besides his failures. Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Asuka's Masculine Girl.
His lack of masculinity is partly why Asuka has such a hard time expressing her feelings towards him, finding him too weak to be worthy of her admiration.
The kanji for Ikari in Shinji's name means "anchor", which makes sense, seeing how he is the protagonist and therefore is the audience's anchor point, but the "rage" interpretation also comes up, especially when he pilots the Eva. Shinji's a loner with severe daddy issues, and it only goes downhill before reaching a nadir in the End of Evangelion, where he shifts from being near-catatonic at the beginning, to a shrieking madman near the middle, and finally to a genocidal ball of rage and hatred during the climax.
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He seems to regain his senses by the end, though his blank expression in the final scene still raises some concerns. Ultimately becomes this at the end of the manga, where he not only restores humanity but also apparently butterflies away the Second Impact, as the epilogue is shown to take place in winter. There are quite a few shots of him naked. Other Gainax protagonists like Naota and Simon are based on what Shinji would be like if he grew up in a different environment.
Must Make Her Laugh: In the manga, Shinji tries to see if Rei can laugh by doing something funny—in this case, shoving two fingers up Toji's nose, causing him to freak out. This makes all the other girls laugh, but not Rei, who merely turns away with the same blank expression after seeing what all the noise was about.
He's one of the most reserved characters in the cast, though he does do a handful of rude things throughout the series. By End of Eva, the Trauma Conga Line finally causes him to move away from this, as he refuses to make any effort to protect NERV and in fact impedes Misato's attempts to do just that due to his mopiness slowing her down and later decides that all life on earth deserves to die.
During the beginning of instrumentality, Shinji realises that he and Asuka are very much alike: Even just the sight of you gets on my nerves! Because I'm just like you? It becomes obvious by the end of the series that he and Gendo actually are very similar people, both being introverted persons wracked with an extreme sense of social anxiety and self-loathing.
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Especially in the manga, where Shinji throws a punch at Gendo, and later has a dream sequence about killing him. Also, while trapped inside Unit 01, he is tempted by what appears to be the naked spirit of his mother. To Rei, and, slightly less obviously, Kaworu. His family past is such that he could never have had an ordinary life to begin with, which Kaji makes amply clear in the manga.
It's also deconstructed since it shows how well an actual ordinary teenager would react to being unwillingly thrust into war against Eldritch Abominations. The Rei Ayanami Raising Project games follow the events of the series, but Shinji is given secondary focus due to the player acting as Rei's or Asuka's guardian.
To Rei, due to her being a soft-spoken Emotionless Girl and him being a shy, socially awkward boy. Even in the manga where he has more backbone and snarkinesshe is still very polite to Rei. Even more painfully, Gendo did it because he was afraid he would hurt his son if he was with him only to hurt him by leaving him, something Gendo acknowledges and regrets at the end. Mom appears to have gruesomely died before his eyes, as far as he knows.
Misato tries to fill in, bless her heart, but she simply can't get the job done. Ultimately, it is revealed that Mom is very much alive, and deliberately left her husband and son to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence. In The End of Evangelion, Shinji never seems to realize the implications of this, but in Take Care of Yourself, he gets to call the old woman out and asks her why she forced all those battles on him. The finale seems to imply that he parts with both parents on good terms, even thanking Gendo for his misguided efforts.
This is his story despite how much he doesn't want it to be. Interestingly, much of the show is dedicated to showing that Shinji is only a small part of a massive and complicated universe, but the fate of humanity is ultimately left entirely in his hands He saw his mother being absorbed into Unit but now has no memory of it or any memories related to her, really.
While it's possible he simply forgot because he was so young, Dr. Akagi implies he intentionally repressed the memory due to the trauma and coldly mocks him for it. Shinji's character design is a Gender Flip of Nadia. Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Stopped by Kaji in the manga. During the aftermath of Toji's death, Gendo calls for Shinji to explain why he didn't follow his orders.
Instead, Shinji demands Gendo explain himself for ordering him to kill his own friend. When Gendo coldly dismisses it, arguing that he's the one in charge, Shinji loses it, jumps onto Gendo's desk, and tries to punch him.
Kaji catches his fist an inch away from Gendo's shocked face. The last of the main trio to be recruited, and the one to eventually overtake them all, at very least in terms of synch ratio. Too bad that for all his talent, his lack of any sort of prior military training left him with no preparation to deal with the psychological impact of participating in actual life and death battles at such a young age. These readings are incredible! It's like he was born to do this!
Based on Dreadful Musician above, he does this. Generally a passive wallflower in social situations, though he does make attempts at being more social.
He's teased with Asuka, Rei and Kaworu throughout all incarnations of the series. The anime places more focus on his sexual tension with Asuka, whereas the manga focuses more on his chemistry with Rei while also making his relationship with Kaworu much more overtly romantically-charged. Screams quite a bit throughout the series, and at least three times in End of Evangelion. Usually coincides with a particularly painful Freak Out!
He desires to get close to people and is desperate for affection, but his insecurities make his efforts halting and ineffective. Subverted; he saves the day again and again, but rarely gets any respect for it. Spanner in the Works: Shinji forming a emotional connection with Rei by caring about and being concerned for her as a person meant that Gendo's plans were in the end all for naught, as it made her decide that Shinji, rather than Gendo, should ultimately decide what to do with the power of Instrumentality.
Ironically, Shinji is at the same time the ultimate Unwitting Pawn of the story. While he might have derailed his father's plan the existence of which he only had a vague idea about without intending to, he also unknowingly played out his part in his mother's plan perfectly. Shinji rather strongly resembles both of his parents, particularly his mother. This occurs twice in the anime, and three times in the manga: In every adaptation, Shinji takes over the cooking for the household Misato can't cook anything beyond instant ramen, and Asuka seems just as cluelessand all the characters agree his cooking is fantastic, to the point that Asuka never wanted to share her lunch with anyone when he made it.
This Loser Is You: Shinji was partially made as a criticism of the growing number of introverted shut-ins in Japan at the time. At 5'0 as a fourteen-year-old school student, he certainly qualifies as this. Took a Level in Badass: Played with in the original series, when he unleashes his hidden badassit's a sign that he can no longer tamp down his depression and fear. In a more standard but less flashy wayhe goes from barely being able to pilot Unit 01 without it doing all of the work for him to being roughly on par with Asuka by the later episodes.
Played straighter in the manga adaptation and Super Robot Warswhere he actually works up the guts to save Asuka from the Mass-Produced Evasand in Rebuild of Evangelion where he's generally portrayed as having more of a back bone.
The poor kid has both of his closest male friendships end like this. The second time it happens is what finally pushes him over the Despair Event Horizon. He oscillates back and forth during the series between terrified near-catatonia and insane superhuman courage, though by the end he's clearly heading for a nervous breakdown, and completely snaps in End of Evangelion. A lot of it courtesy of Gendo. As for the result types, he's a result B in the original.
Surprisingly acts like this in the manga towards Kaworu. I was attracted to him In the mangaGendo's glasses case is present on the bench next to Rei in this scene. Rei takes Gendo's glasses with her into the Entry Plug during the re-activation experiment which helps to calm her and thus the re-activation experiment is successful.
After the re-activation is complete, Rei tilts her head back in the entry plug and a number of air bubbles escape her mouth this indicates that Rei had held her breath throughout the entire re-activation experiment, showing how nervous she was. Rei also takes Gendo's glasses with her into the entry plug prior to the fight with Ramiel, as she believed she was going to die during the battle.
Towards the end of episode 5, Rei curiously watches Shinji and Eva as he moves out from the cage. The End of Evangelion Main articles: She turns to Gendo, giving him a cold stare, one of her first signs of retaliation towards him. Gendo reveals that the promised time has come. During the fray above, the two go to Terminal Dogmaspecifically to Lilith's resting place.
There they encounter Ritsukowho fails in an attempt to destroy Nerv Headquarters, and is killed by Gendo. However, while this happens, Eva begins awakening as the trigger of Third Impact. Realizing Shinji needs her, Rei denies Gendo and takes his arm and Adam's embryo into herself, regenerating her lost arm in the process.
She then turns and approaches Lilith, stating "I'm home" to which Lilith responds "Welcome home". Lilith ingests Rei's body, and her soul, Adam's embryo, and Lilith's body merge, and transform into a new Lilith, resembling a giant, white Rei. Third Impact Third Impact begins with Lilith appearing to Shinji in a strange form; Rei's eyes are missing, instead having ominous black pits in their place.
When Shinji addresses the being as "Ayanami", the pits turn into Rei's eyes. However, Shinji is traumatized already by the events, and so Lilith appears to Shinji in the form of Kaworu who is believed to be within the new Lilith.
The result of this penetration is the creation of the Tree of Life. With the tree of life created, and the Black Moon ascending into space, the new Lilith appears as an even larger, angelic Rei.
Shinji, choosing the latter, kills the new Lilith, who falls apart and releases the souls of humanity back unto Earth. Shinji wakes up on the surface of Earth, and is visited one last time by an apparition of Rei, which parallels the apparition in Episode Profile and Relationships with Other Characters "Making something Nurturing something is really great.
You can see and learn so many things from the process. With Shinji Rei's relationship with Shinji is one that plays a large part in the series progression. The two meet when she's brought out to pilot Unit 01 when Shinji refuses, despite being in critical condition.
The two still are apart at first; many awkward scenes playing out between them, both due to each other's lack of social skills.
In one particular scene, when Shinji goes to her apartment to give her her new ID card for Nerv. He finds her naked; having just gotten out of the shower. Later, when talking to Shinji, he criticizes his father: Gendo, to which Rei responds with a hard slap across Shinji's face. However, once the fifth angel Ramiel attacks, the two start getting close, with Rei protecting Shinji from the angel's destructive beam, damaging Unit 00 and herself in the process.
When Shinji breaks down crying after seeing her alive, she responds with confusion at what to do, but soon smiles when Shinji asks her. It's the first one not aimed at Gendo. From then on, Rei continues to build her relationship with Shinji, despite her abnormal nature. To her, Rei sees Shinji as the first one to give her kindness after Gendo's selfish use of her.
With Gendo Rei's bond with Gendo is one of the most complex throughout the series. Being at least partially derived from the salvaged remains of his wife, Gendo has kept Rei very close to his side. Until Shinji becomes an Eva pilot, Gendo is the only one who is established to have shown Rei any act of kindness.
Her memory of Gendo saving her after Unit 00 goes berserk during an activation test has been held cherished to her, so much so that she keeps his burnt glasses held in a case as a memento. Despite this, Rei claims to not pilot the EVA because of Gendo, but because it is her "bond" with all people. As time went on, Rei became more wary of Gendo, focusing more of her attention of Shinji; even countering Asuka's claims that "She's the special one" in Episode Her disobedience starts when she refuses to take down Unit 03 after being affected by Bardielknowing that Shinji's friend Toji is trapped in the entry plug, even getting herself hurt in the process.
It's taken to extremes when she sorties without orders to fight Zeruel on her own, or when she disobeys direct orders to eject from her EVA when she sacrifices herself to defeat Armisaelprotecting everyone in particular, Shinji from getting killed as all EVA's were out of commision.
Despite dying, Rei returns to life through NERV's cloning technology, and she still retains a vague remembrance of her past life. The trauma causes Rei to reflect more deeply on herself and her relationships, coming to antagonize Gendo as a result. Thus, when Gendo tries to assume control over Instrumentality through her, she flat out rejects him and instead rushes to help Shinji.
With Asuka From the moment Rei rejected Asuka's request to be friends in Episode 09, the two are set up to have different feelings for each other. Rei shrugs Asuka off at first as "the other Eva pilot" during her inner monologue in Episode 14, in part due to her lack of social skills.
She is seen by Asuka as a stuck-up girl who thinks she's better then everyone else; constantly being picked on and nicknaming her "Wonder Girl". On multiple occasions, when Rei is with Shinji - whether it be working or hanging out with him - Asuka gets more fired up . Rei's silence only adds fuel to the fire when it's misinterpreted for arrogance.
However, overtime, Rei becomes a lot more sturdy in standing up for herself. Starting in Episode 11, with overgrowing suspicion of Gendo, she shuts down Asuka's claim on being treated better then everyone else. It continues in Episode 16 when ignoring Asuka's frustration at Shinji getting the highest sync ratio and if she pilots the Eva for her own benefit instead of helping others.
Naturally, both moments are meant with bitterness. In Episode 22, after a long period of ignoring each other in an elevator ride, the two get into a heated argument with Rei trying to convince Asuka to calm down if she wants to improve her below average sync ratio stats.
Asuka, with her downward descent into depression, lashes out more then usual at Rei, calling her Commander Ikari's doll and even slapping her when Rei says how she'll die if commanded to.
Even with Rei's best intentions, the image of her as a useless puppet stays planted in Asuka's mind throughout the series, and it is unknown if she ever comes to terms with it. Officially, Rei Ayanami is fourteen years old, but it is stated that all records of her background have been erased. Unusually for a child her age, Rei lives alone in an decrepit apartment. Rei attends Tokyo-3 Junior high school and is a member of Class 2-A. Rei Ayanami is most famous for her distinctive appearance.
She has blue hair, pale skin, and red eyes. It has been stated that Rei's unusual appearance was intended by the creators of the series to make her stand out.
Strangely, Rei's unusual appearance is never commented upon throughout the series, even by Asuka. Rei is a vegetarian. This is seen in Episode It is not clear whether this is by choice, or through quirk of her physiology. Secret of the Blue water  Outwardly, Rei can seem somewhat cool and aloof, often spending time on her own reading books. Yet, she can easily be confused by emotions, and is somewhat detached from her own.
This is most obvious in Episode 6when Rei finds her self unsure how she is supposed to feel after being rescued by Shinji Ikari. In Episode 12 Rei did not come to Misato's party, even though she was specifically invited by Asuka. Rei was specifically brought to the synch-training party at Misato's apartment in Episode 09but that seems to be because Misato actually brought her.
Rei isn't simply mysterious to people she doesn't know at first i. Rei is disconnected socially even from the other Eva pilots. When Rei is invaded by Armisael in Episode 23the Angel forces her to feel her own true loneliness and pain. In the next scene, Rei is shown crying and not even understanding why she is crying. Episode 25 further shows that Rei has a deep despair and a wish to return to nothingness. Rei has been shown to place no value on her own existence. In Episode 19 she states that If she dies, she can be replaced, but it is not unitl Episode 23 that finally the audience understands what she means by this.
This is further shown by her indifference towards her own comfort or personal space. In Episode 5, she shows nothing but indifference to Shinji when he accidentally falls on top of her, in what would be seen as a compromising position.
Yet, she is also aggravated enough when he makes disparaging remarks about Gendo Ikari to slap Shinji in the face for it.
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Yet she is also capable of placing value in investing herself in people. She has a strong connection with Gendo Ikari throughout the series.
Rei keeps a broken pair of Commander Ikari's glasses as an memento of his rescuing her after EVA's failed activation test shown Episode 4. It can be suggested that Rei is seeking to stave off her own despair, by investing herself fully towards the needs of one single person, in order for her to be recognized as a person. As the series progresses, Rei began to distance herself more from the Commander. Meanwhile a bond began to develop between herself and Shinji Ikari; beginning shortly after the attack of the Sixth Angel, Rei was shown talking with Shinji on several occasions, something stated within the series that she almost never does to anyone else.
As the series finale approached, Rei eventually chooses Shinji over Commander Ikari and allows Shinji to control Third Impact through her. She also destroys Commander Ikari's glasses, the symbol of her bond with him. Origin Rei's true origins are revealed in their majority through Episodes 21 and Rei Ayanami is partly derived from the remains of Yui Ikari and on some level, she may also incorporate DNA from the Second Angel, Lilithseeing as she is the vessel for Lilith's soul.
Rei Ayanami was created sometime between the yearandas suggested by her appearance in Episode At this stage, she is a child capable of walking unaided, apparently around four years old in She is later seen in apparently aged This would suggest that on some level, Commander Ikari has the ability to manipulate her growth.Evangelion cap 9
In Terminal Dogmaa large tank of Rei clones are maintained, being used as "spare parts".