Joseki wrote:What would be the point of this couple? Both in Ha and Q Asuka has been a secondary character heavily hinted as has a romance option for Shinji. We never had any hit of her (or Mari) being bi or lesbian. Mari herself seems to be aware of Asuka's feelings for Shinji and she tried to get them closer.
After the events of Q it wouldn't even be a shock for Shinji since he expects to not be loved by anyone, so I can't really see what would be the purpose of them being together.
Because Shinji isn't the only character, it's been years, and people move on. Nothing he did in 2.0 or 3.0 gives Asuka any reason to be romantically interested in him anyway, and certainly not enough for her to carry a torch for him for a decade and a half. Giving her a relationship with Mari would not only give a good opportunity to develop Mari as a character without taking screentime away from the rest of the cast, but would also give Asuka more of an inner life and generally make it feel less like the Rebuild cast is a series of cardboard cutouts whose lives revolve completely around an impotent lead.
We never had any hit of her (or Mari) being bi or lesbian.
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