Mostly questions and thoughts (and screencaps galore!!) about the final scene.
~If it did occur several months after Asuka returned, wouldn't she have been healed (read: No bandages) by that time?
~Why was Rei ("I'm probably the third") there in the scene if several weeks/months had passed?
And for that matter, was Rei floating around as shown for awhile or what? Why was she there to begin with?
~If the scene did happen after awhile, Shinji's breaking down because of the caress from Asuka would result in that kind of effect--so shocked he wasn't alone anymore that he broke down--okay (but this IS Shinji we're talking about here. ;) ), but what about the "confirmation of reality" that that one trading card claimed the reasoning behind Shinji trying to strangle her? How would he not know he wasn't truly alive for so long? Just because he was alone?
Maybe it's just me, but the look on his face here seems to be one of "WTF? Am I really alive??"
~The "grave-markers" weren't something just already....there? Not just symbolic and/or some fallen poles are some such things?
~Is it possible the cross rusted from the LCL Sea? (EDIT: There was rust on the nail, not Misato's cross, so never mind that.)
So, just how long would it take for metal to rust?
~Isn't it possible that Pre and actual Instrumentality happened for several days/whatever, thus the final scene's supposed time passage making more sense? In other words, they both return the same night, after all.
~Since Last A and Last B didn't happen, how can the graves scene be a carryover? How can that be implied if it's not seen?
~EvaOtaku stated the following:
Q) Why does Shinji strangle Asuka in the final scene of The End of Evangelion, 'I need you.' ?
A) The sequence is one of the most hotly debated in Eva circles all over the world. Until now there was no definitive answer to the mystery. However, Bochan Bird has recently stumbled onto the absolute answer, held within the Eva Carddass Masters Trading Card Game.
Here is the original answer I wrote for this FAQ:
'I need you.' affirms Shinji's choice to return to reality, and in doing so has separated himself from Asuka once more. His first impulse is to strangle her, to finish what he started during Complementation. But then he feels her caress (which is very similar to the one he received from his mother only moments before) and realizes what he's doing. He releases his grip and collapses as an emotionally broken little boy - which disgusts Asuka.
The following presents the definitive answer to this question, as translated by Bochan Bird -
Part II (movies) Drama card D-88
Title: "Kimochi warui"
Small print: "Shinji renounced the world where all hearts had melted into one and accepted each other unconditionally. His desire... to live with 'others' -- other hearts that would sometimes reject him, even deny him. That is why the first thing he did after coming to his senses was to place his hands around Asuka's neck. To feel the existence of an 'other'. To confirm (make sure of) rejection and denial."
---- So, I was half right. The scene is meant to be an affirmation of Shinji's decision to return to reality. As I wrote on the Evangelion ML, the scene is there to prove "pain once again exists" . However, I didn't give Shinji enough credit for his intention when he strangled her. I thought it was a carry over from the previous strangulation scene, when it was actually meant as a test to see if he was indeed back in the real world.
And although that FAQ is full of some errors, why do so many fans--him included--think one scene happens after another??
This all boils down to my main question, which is this:
Is Shinji-kun WAS alone for a period of time, just how long?