Let me add that I've gotten curious over that interview with Miyamura yet all I could find were these two tumblr posts:http://kawoshin-is-canon.tumblr.com/pos ... having-fun
Video of an event that happened in 1997, Rei and Misato’s VA talking.
Who would be Orihime if Shinji is Hikoboshi?
Megumi Hayashibara: Kaworu
Kotono Mitsuishi: Agree
And who is Rei’s Hikoboshi?
Megumi Hayashibara: (Suggests Gendo)
Me: Jesus Christ woman
After Eva 3.0 I don’t think anyone would say Gendo is Rei’s Hikoboshi…
Also, I wonder what were their faces after seeing this 16 years after.
Megumi Hayashibara, on Shinji, said that if it was Asuka it was gonna be painful and rain everyday*. That’s kind of funny because Yuko Miyamura doesn’t like Shinji neither LAS at all, so I would have loved to hear what she adds up to Hayashibara’s comment.
Is there anything Miyamura likes? I think the only time she seemed happy was about Asuka in Eva 3.0
It would have been really funny to see Megumi Ogata here because she loves everything and I don’t think it’s a secret that she likes Kawoshin so maybe she has something funny to say.
Akira Ishida probably doesn’t care about anything.
I really like voice actors.
Mmm, let me see if I can recall all of them.
Kotono Mitsuishi and Megumi Hayashibara in a music event started to talk about Tanabata regarding characters and when wondering if Asuka could be Shinji’s Orihime, Mitsuishi laughed and said that it was gonna rain everyday.
Miyamura is a person that vows for Asuka’s happiness almost every time she speaks and has made several commentaries about her relationship with other characters. That Shinji should stay away from her because he just makes her have an horrible time, that Asuka needs a Kaworu-like love interest because that would be perfect for her (this is probably the reason why LAK is suddenly popular, and adding the commentary by Tsurumaki about Mari being a Kaworu-like character and her closeness to Asuka then there you have the reason why Mariasu is popular), that Shinji needs to become a more easy-going boy, that he is better of with Kaworu. Recently in a con during a Q&A with the public Tiffany Grant and her were asked if Asuka loves Shinji and Miyamura just flat out said “No” while Grant told the person “Are you stupid?” (probably parodying Asuka I don’t think Grant was trying to be rude). People who went to the con said that a lot of people in the public were enraged while they just sat there like “uuuuummmhh”.
That’s all I can recall, sorry but my Eva scans, bookmarks, saved interviews, etc. are in my dead laptop :U
Now I realize I worded that rude, um.
While presumably there is more material out there, the point still stands that what we're talking about is a voice actor's opinion on their characters. While, sure, they might have plenty of insight into production and how the character came to be through their performances, they ultimately didn't write these characters, so I don't think what they say is anything more than, well, their opinion. Consider how Kaworu's VA really doesn't seem to care about Kawoshin as a pairing either
, yet I don't see anyone using that as an argument for or against KaworuXShinji. And about Grant's declaration, well, then we have the EoE commentary made by her colleagues saying Shinji got Asuka pregnant through some sort of metaphysical sex and that she's a fusion of herself, Rei and Misato because of her perceived eye colour. Unfortunately I couldn't seem to find that mention of Grant saying that, but I'm reasonably sure that, like the other two posts, I've found it in, ahem
, kawoshin-is-canon.tumblr.com, which also provides some amazing posts like how one of the pages in one of the comic strips in the Eva2 has Shinji being friendly to Kaworu of his own accord and that indicates how they are dating, or how the existence of fanart featuring them in *somewhat* sexualized positions in "official artbooks" featuring multiple different pairings in multiple different individual pages, is also proof of "official support". So, lack of primary source aside in any of the very large databases we have access to, I have a little doubt if at the very least they happen to provide any more detail than just "Miyamura said no".
With all that said, I think it all relates in a more meta fashion towards Eva as a whole: they've failed, yes, but, well, maybe they can try again, like everyone does.
Better isn't really relevant in Eva. None of it is really ideal or healthy. It would be ideal to go to therapy, not fight in an apocalyptic war and gain more traumas. But that's not what happened, so now they have to try to deal with that. And Anno chose to expose that through Asuka and Shinji precisely because of the way he constructed their characters and their interactions. Ultimately however, the same hope for a better future also applies to them after EoE's ending.
Shinji spends the first half of EoE begging for Asuka's attention. It's that same begging that makes him retract into his shell, while Asuka herself is fighting the MP Evas. It's seeing Eva 02's mangled and disfigured body that finally gets Shinji to completely panic, because now he believes that his last avenue of escape is gone. When he finally confronts her in the train scene and the coffee fight, Shinji states that he wants to help her, and "stay with her forever". But Asuka has seen through his bullshit. Asuka doesn't want to just be used as an emotional crutch, he doesn't want to be his "doll". No relationship can be built without mutual trust. Like she also says just one minute before, she wants all of him, or nothing at all. And Shinji reacts violently, he doesn't want to consider Asuka as a human being with her own needs. Shinji is objectifying Asuka (a lot like the otaku objectify their waifus). That is their central problem: they only seem themselves.
There is a reason why this scene in EoE also mirrors the kiss scene in Ep 15: Asuka was also begging for Shinji's attention, he was completely oblivious to that, and when he didn't do anything she interpreted that as rejection, which was one of the reasons which led to her downward spiral, as we can see clearly in Ep 22. Same thing for the Walls of Jericho scene in ep 9 (look into the movie that scene is referencing, it's pretty interesting), and many others. She was feeling desperately alone and Shinji wouldn't indulge her for even a second. He jerked off over her in a vulnerable state, and didn't even lift a finger to even try to help her while she was eaten alive.
Asuka was telling Shinji that he didn't really care and he just wanted a way to run away from the pain. How he was afraid of everyone else, and how he could never love anyone, because he never loved himself. And she was totally right.
In Asuka's point of view, rejecting Shinji was simply payback. It's a tragedy, but that's what it is.
When Shinji tries, again, to strangle her, he is trying to verify if he is indeed in real life. If he was still in Instrumentality, this would be a world that was designed to cater only to his own needs Asuka that was made only to satisfy his desires would never resist him, even if he tried to kill her. So when Asuka not only does resist, but actually shows the first act of compassion towards him in the entire series, that not only confirms he has indeed returned to reality, but it also shocks him and feels ashamed for all he did to her. Furthermore, this also signifies the personal growth they are now ready to have - hopefully.
After EoE they now have to deal with each other, and one can only hope that they can do that in a healthy way. Considering how Asuka had to caress Shinji to bring him back to reality, one would be inclined to hope that that can happen, that she has indeed learned through Instrumentality, that both Asuka and Shinji have finally learned to love themselves and can now try to reach other people (aka the whole point of Eva), just like how humanity at large can come back.I'm quite sleepy right now, so I'll just paste this video.