Sailor Star Dust wrote:Erm, Asuka was clearly alive (being well is another thing >_> ) after the battle.
We hear her scream just before Shinji yells the Dummy System to stop.
And afterwards, Ritsuko & Maya are watching her under surveillance in that special observation room:
Ritsuko: The cellular erosion has dissipated. We cannot rule out the possibility of mental contamination from the Angel. It's best she's kept in isolation for the time being.
Maya: They're not going to treat her, are they?
Ritsuko: Her body is a valuable sample. It's impossible.
And of course, there's the 3.0 preview where we see her smiling while wearing the eyepatch.
However, it is possible the Angel was trying to fuse or mentally invade with Asuka in some manner, similar to Leilel/Arael/Armisael/Tabris.
Now I can see an angel taking over Asuka's body. If her core's gone she has no EVA to need.
Heh, with 02 and 01's cores gone it looks like 06-08 will need to defend humanity from the remaining angels.