Darkwing wrote:Granted I don't think Anno's screw ups ever caused nearly as much damage as Shinji's. Or lets put it this way, couldn't Shinji have learned these lessons in ways that didn't cost Asuka an eye, get Rei nommed, Cause 3I, Make Kaworu lose his head, etc?
Okay I've figured it out. Since all the charecters except Mari are based on parts of Anno's psyche, we can use them as a measure of his feelings about Shinji. So if at the end of Final a majority of the cast mostly hates Shinji, then Anno mostly hates him too.
I'm curious, what lesson was Shinji supposed to learn from each of your examples?
The Bardiel Incident: Destroy your enemy without making any attempt at saving the friend whose trapped within it or else daddy will force you to horribly mutilate both of them?
That was a Morton's Fork Situation. If he had attacked Bardiel, he would've hurt/killed Asuka; if he doesn't attack then Bardiel strikes him because he can't hurt a friend and then the dummy plug activates.
Rei/Zeruel Incident: All Shinji was trying to do was save a friend. Nobody, not even Shinji himself expected that course of action to result in a near-apocalypse. And note how horrified Shinji was when he did realize what he had unknowingly done.
His words about not caring about anything else doesn't equal a desire to utterly destroy the world. At this point, Rei was the only one whom he cared about and who legitimately cared about him. (Apart from Misato whose using him as a tool of vengeance against the angels, Gendo whose a manipulative bastard, and Asuka who he thought was dead) So isn't it logical for him to want to save Rei more than anything else in the world?
Kaworu Situation: Again, Shinji had the best of intentions with the worst possible outcome. He wanted to atone for what he did, but guess what? He only made things worst and Kaworu had to die for some reason to stop from increasing the damage.
There's even a scene during Fourth Impact when Shinji realizes that he's been tricked again and that this impact will kill off everyone whose left. The kid was shocked and horrified, that's not the face of someone who doesn't care about humanity or other people.
In summary: It seems like Shinji's biggest mistake is trying to do something whereas the universe would rather for him to accept that his life is a hellhole where everyone uses him/manipulates him/dies on him.
So what is the lesson? What is he supposed to wise up to?
And on that note, why is Shinji the only one who has to wise up?