Far from his love interest, I see her role in the story as an antagonist, which is a theory likely to see me challenging Knives for the title of "Least Popular Theory". (J/K Knives
. It's true though, so far my "S^1" organ theory hasn't gained much ground, but hasn't been completely shot down. Then there's the matter of my "each individual Rei (I, II and III) and their individual souls" that's barely tolerated here (I'm taking a break on that one until I reconcile a few things and have the time to really organize my thoughts on the matter). Those are the only two I think I'm solo on
Soluzar wrote:Surely it would be accepted at least that Asuka has never, not even a single time, even attempted to be nice to Shinji? She has humiliated him, berated him, accused him of things which are sometimes true, and other times horrendous distortions of the truth. They are not, to my mind, a romantic pairing in any way, shape or form. It is to be expected that Shinji knows this, deep down, but he has very little in the way of female company of his own age, and it is my contention that this is what drives him to his own occasional caring acts, in regard of Asuka.
Now ... back on topic:
You say "surely this must be the case" but let me just throw some "no ... this actually isn't the case" instances out there ---
On Asuka's part (sorry, I'm at work and really don't feel like referencing episode numbers - if you've seen the series, you'll know what I'm referencing
1.) Someone suggested that if Asuka had really been interested, she'd have thrusted her breasts in front of Shinji's face like she did with Kaji:
Thermal expansion anyone?
2.) Back dive into the pool: "Shinji! Look at me, look at me!"
3.) Into the volcano: "Look Shinji! A perfect sicsors dive!"
4.) When saved in the volcano, the smile on her face "Showoff"
5.) After abandoning her date, telling Shinji he was "less boring" than them (this is an Asuka-esque compliment)
6.) Phone-call from 'mother': "I hate the way he ignores me" and look of disappointment on her face.
7.) EoE -- doesn't she say outright that she wants him all to herself? (I've seen the series more times than the movie, but I think it's there on the "train").
On Shinji's part:
1.) Sunset scene in "Dance like you want to win," Shinji smiles up at Asuka and her determination.
2.) Phone-call from 'mother': He watches her for an undetermined amount of time (for all we know, she could have been talking for an hour).
3.) After the phone-call, he's interested in hearing about her.
... I'm sure there's some more on Shinji's part, but it should be understandable that there would be less for him, than for Asuka simply because (a)he's afraid of being rejected and (b)he feels the way he treats him is ambiguous (states this in EoE [I think
] on the train).
So yeah ... there's my semi-clear defense of Asuka's cute little way of going about telling Shinji she digs him (of course, I was like you once until I really examined her character - the first time through the series, I despised her).Originally posted on: 07-Nov-2004, 11:38 GMT