Dave wrote:Reichu - You seem to be under the impression that unit-01 is basically Yui, and that she has control over it's body. Yui may possess some control over unit 01, but I seriously doubt it is anywhere near the conscious level. I remember reading somewhere that Shigouki's "Berserk" modes are basically the rage of a lost soul, and I prefer this definition a lot more than "Yui just wants to save Shinji." Sure her motherly instincts must play some part, but I seriously doubt Yui is the one with an insatiable blood lust. And TRUST Anno, Shigouki DOES have a blood lust. I guess what I'm saying is this: there is a big difference between a Soul and a Mind, and Shigouki certainly isn't Yui.
EVA-01 was an inert mass of flesh before Yui got there. It is effectively her body now, however "restrained" most of the time. If the Eva acts of her own accord, how could anyone be responsible for this but Yui? They have become one entity, and there is really no point in making a distinction between the two (unless we're referring specifically to the body vs. the soul). I got flogged quite severely whenever I tried to treat Rei and Lilith as entirely separate things (especially once Rei and Lilith are merged). Living in a human body changed Lilith, and Adam as well -- so is it entirely out of the question that existing in an Evangelion body might change Yui?
Of course, Yui is still the same basic person at the core (har, har). But, I hesitate to say, regardless of who we are and how civilized we might think we are, we are all capable of great savagery under the right circumstances. The Evas basically are supposed to represent immense power barely under the control of humanity. But the Evas are essentially human themselves, with or without a soul, although shown to be, despite their godly powers, of a somewhat more "primitive" nature. For me, anyway, they represent the Beast within us all.
Is going on the warpath characteristic of the Yui we know? No. I do think that there is perhaps something innate to the Eva that is providing an 'influence', as it were. However, the "berserk" incidents, however "bloodthirsty", are, in a sense, rational and done with a purpose. Once Yui has accomplished her goal, she stops. Were we simply dealing with some mindless beast, I doubt things would work that way.
EoE is also interesting to note -- EVA-01 activates on her own, takes Shinji on board (while giving no physical control to him), and escapes the Cage. Despite being faced with many enemies, she does not simply go apeshit and kill them all. She yields and lets herself become entangled with Third Impact -- a seemingly conscious choice. And later on, she takes steps to end 3I and make sure that it won't happen again.
If "Shogouki isn't Yui", I would certainly like an explanation for EoE.