Hexon.Arq wrote:Shinji's position in Instrumentality essentially makes him the conscious hub of human existence.
Well, it should be noted that the part of the movie beginning with the sandbox scene and ending with Shinji wringing Asuka's little neck takes place before Instrumentality proper starts. Shinji melts into a little puddle of LCL before anyone else, and, courtesy of Rei, he is linked to our favorite corpses (Misato, Asuka, and Ritsuko) and, of course, Rei herself. This leads to Shinji's decision that everyone should die, at which point everyone goes splat and are funneled into the Black Moon -- leaving Shinji, Rei, Kaworu, and, of course, Yui-sama as the only real individuals left. (Well, that was my impression, anyway... Everyone was thrown into the Black Moon hivemind except them. And, appropriately, all traces soon disappear of all individuals except them once HIP starts.)