@Shoujo Kakumei Asuka :
I feel you frustration, I was hoping Shinji finally do something good. But as long as Anno has anything to do Evangelion, It just will not happen. Anno’s a Shinji hater, the ‘Original Shinji Hater’. What you said about Shinji being written out of eva, is definitely possible. To my understanding the main character was originally meant to be Female (proto-Asuka) in Evangelion, and that they had to argue with Anno who relented and made a male MC (Shinji).
Believing that Shinji will be redeemed in the Final is foolish, Anno was perfectly content to leave it with EoE-Shinji. This reaction and hatred of Rebuild-Shinji is definitely what Anno wanted, it’s intentional. It also frustrating that the thing rebuild-Shinji is hated for by the characters is what the fanbase use to hate Gendo for. Really the only people that are defending Shinji are the people on sites like this.
And they’ve been defending him since Evangelion begun.
Series-Shinji: Wimpy, whiny, Yaoi bottom boy.
EoE-Shinji: Wretched, useless and ended the world.
Rebuild-Shinji: Stupid, impact starter that’s better off dead.
I like Shinji and think he’s one of the most touching anime characters I’ve seen, but I think that was unintentional and accidental on Anno’s part. I also think Shinji is the reason for evangelions success, one of the main reasons people keep coming back to eva is to finally see Shinji do something besides sucking. But you need to realize that Anno doesn’t like Shinji, he never did. He probably was forced on him from the start. It’s an amazing and ironic fluke that most of Anno’s artistic cred comes from his association to a character he doesn’t like and probably didn’t want in evangelion from the start.
You need to take a step back from Evangelion and abandon all hope for Shinji character. The only way Shinji’s ever going to be absolved is by spreading the word that Gendo is Anno’s self-insert.
[Just FYI, the organization is called Wille (Vill-eh), not to be mistaken with Steamboat Willie's name. Also, Shinji condemning humanity in EoE was considerably more passive and inadvertent than anything that happened in the new films. But, hey, fans have been clamoring for a less passive Shinji, so now they have one. Everything they ever dreamed, eh?]
Shinji condemning humanity in EoE was easy to miss and inadvertent. You were able to argue if he even was at fault or if it was Gendo, Seele, Unit 01 and Rei/Lilith who should be blamed. That is why in Q the whole movie is about "Shinji you suck! Look what you did, not once but twice. Three times if you count EoE." Rebuild Shinji isn't meant to be seen as less passive or take charge he's meant to be seen as bratty and dumb.
That maybe true, but you showing such empathy and compassion for Shinji's plight, despite his transgressions shows that there is hope for all of us.
Which, I think, is a message that Anno is trying to help us realize.
I would’ve written something stating why I think you are deluded and way too optimistic. But frankly, I’m concerned and a little creeped out with how cultist that whole post sounded.