SoryuUberAlles wrote:Ironically that's a sensitive point that Manga Shinji doesn't deliver very sensitively. I think some of the Rei stuff Sadamoto does add is just gold, but he adds a lot of other stuff between Rei and Shinji that I think doesn't live up to them and has a hard time sharing focus. For example, the manga's Matarael-version kiss: Good Rei-Shinji detail, but please not in the middle of the 'you won't even hold me' kiss!
well, it ISNT the "You won't even hold me" kiss. We have a whole different dynamic in the manga, and it's set at an earlier point.
Also: Rei is in there because Asuka brought her up. Because she's jelly. Or rather, she doesn't want Rei to have something she doesn't have, it's not about Shinji at all, and that is the point.
It's about Asuka making herself feel superior to both her fellow pilots; And, most importantly, making herself feel like an adult.
She's only after Shinji because Kaji said no earlier that day.
That's not too far from the point in the original episode 11.
Heck, it's not too far from the point in episode 15, if you think about it, but that's a whole different can of worms. But she was signalling that she wants one thing, and got pissed that she didn't get another.