Why Rei doesn't live with Gendo?

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Why Rei doesn't live with Gendo?

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Postby TheCarkolum » Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:44 pm

Ok, it may be a moronic question, but why does Rei live alone, and not with Gendo? I mean, we all know how freaking important is Rei to Gendo (and viceversa, for different reasons), so I don't see the problem of Rei living with him, instead in a depressing set. And I know, I know. "We must reproduce her room as it was when she was conceived", but... why? Rei seems very adaptable to her environment. And even if she had to live like that, why not with Gendo? I don't know where the heck he lives, but I bet he wouldn't mind.

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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:46 pm

Other than the plot demands it, I don't know.

Maybe she's remind him too much of Yui and he'd be even more emo than he usually is.
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Postby Joseki » Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:59 pm

Just fanwanking but I guess that Rei is a "memento" to Gendo more than someone who he really cares about, and strong bonds can have a bad impact on the decision making process, something he can't afford if he really wants to see Yui again.
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Postby silvermoonlight » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:44 pm

I think Rei not living with Gendo highlights the issue with Gendo in that he loves the ideal of people but has no idea how people think or how they feel because he thinks he knows them a hundred percent already and therefore doesn't need to ask. So in his head Rei is perfectly happy in a crappy apartment because he'd never go out of his way to ask her are you okay, are you happy? Instead he just looks at her and gets fond memories of his wife but doesn't care about her feelings or desires just like Shinji she is there to for fill a purpose for him and he neglects them both in different ways.

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Postby Sachi » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:45 pm

Their relationship is already strange enough. Don't make it more weird by having them share an apartment together. :tongue: The fact that Gendo had his role in saving Rei during the Unit-00 activation test erased from the official record suggests that Rei's importance to him is a very personal secret. This also keeps Seele from growing too suspicious about her identity.

I'd reckon Gendo chooses to live in the Geofront the majority of the time anyways, and Rei needs a place conveniently located near her school. It works out well for both of them.
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Postby Magneto » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:04 pm

View Original PostSachi wrote:. This also keeps Seele from growing too suspicious about her identity.


That is, Seele would never suspect a ghostly, red-eyed child who looks a lot like a red-eyed boy with pale skin sent by himself to infiltrate the Nerv.
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Postby Sachi » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:07 pm

View Original PostMagneto wrote:That is, Seele would never suspect a ghostly, red-eyed child who looks a lot like a red-eyed boy with pale skin sent by himself to infiltrate the Nerv.

No evidence suggests they know much about her at all, at least not enough to arouse suspicion. They demand to interrogate her after the Armisael incident, but Gendo refuses and sends Ritsuko instead. Before that, I don't think they had an inkling of Rei's importance.
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