RadicalRandy wrote:... eh?
They only interacted in 3.0, and their banter screamed to me that they were something like two cops; a good and a bad one forced to work with each other although they eventually had to get used to it and ended up just working well together in the workforce.
Mari picks on Asuka, almost reminiscent of an older sibling i.e. telling her that she just wanted to see "puppy-boy" again, bailing on her in the opening scene, etc.
Asuka calls her names, although they aren't something so much of a pet-name like "Stupid Shinji" but rather something like "Four-Eyed Crony" (in the dub, at least). I feel as if the distinction is important, as well as how she acts as Mari's superior.
I'm not saying that they don't work well together, it's just that I can't imagine them in a proper romantic context, but rather something like roommates.
Eh, well maybe I'm a bit spoiled by the fan content. Canon's a bit lacking in stuff, so my points there are kinda exaggerating if you look solely at what's official. Really, a good chunk of my appreciation for it is just due to the potential and fan content.
And yeah, that's an understandable point. It's just how we view things.