pwhodges wrote:But as for any indication that Asuka herself has become or is becoming angelic, I think that the eye-patch argues strongly against that - the angelic contamination in her eye must be sufficiently localised for the eye-patch to be a viable means of control, because if it was her whole being, something more extensive would be necessary.
Reichu wrote:I'm not sure what term will ultimately be used to fill in that question mark, but I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they tapped "nephilim" for this. According to at least one tradition, nephilim are created from a fusion of humanity and angel -- so, pretty much what the pilots are/have become. Nephilim are sometimes depicted as giants, as well, and with the pilots' tendency to "become one" with their rather large Evas this would make the name work on another level.
Taking both of these quotes, it makes sense that the pilots being Nephilim would fit well into the mythology behind EVA. In newer translations of the bible, they are described as being the the offspring of the "sons of god" and "daughters of humans" this definition could describe the pilots, or even the EVAs themselves (or both), given that they are cloned copies of Angels with human souls, that would be the fusion mentioned above. As for the kids, given the Lillin are descended from an Angel, and the pilot's mothers are fused within the EVA's core, and factoring in the loss of humanit comments regarding plug depth, this could all support the theory behind the kids inheriting some Angelic qualities while piloting the EVAs (such as the curse of the EVA being a form of immortality or decreased aging), and any extreme plug depths cause more radical changes, like an infected eye.
As to pwhodges point, an eye patch would be a poor defense against someone who is completely Angelic. However, with only Angelic properties, or powers picked up from extreme plug depths, then the patch would be enough to suppress those powers, similar to Kenpachi Zaraki's eye patch from Bleach.