Kendrix wrote:There is nothing personal, cute or intimate about hammering somebody with insults every time they're near you - It was a step forward for Asuka at the time because, at least she was beginning to see him and not a role she had assigned to him before even meeting him ("Daddy's boy") and she's very limited in the ways her pride lets her express affection.
But, they could simply go back to baka Shinji, too, because even that would be a definite improvement to "Go down quietly you stupid brat."
She may be very proud but in Q she ask him to help her at the beginning and scold him for not helping her at the end and called him "baka Shinji" both times. I also don't think that we can extract something said in a fight and make it something general otherwise we could even say that Shinji is a strong and selfless guy given how he acted before causing NTI. It's out of context and it's a pretty standard battle dialog, it's not like she wanted him dead.