Derantor wrote:Looking at the broader context of the series, she demands that he isn't so self-deprecatory and "grows a spine", basically. Not responsibility in the sense of preparing dinner, but responsibility in the sense that he acts of his own volition. "Hold me, kiss me, save me, but do something! Be a man!" Responsibility comes in many forms - brushing your teeth, preparing dinner and keeping your room tidy are important and responsible behaviours, but aren't exactly high achievements. Even her demand for absolutely everything from him (without any reciprocity that I can see) is a veiled demand that he takes on the responsibility for her wellbeing, becoming an adult like Kaji.
I agree that thematically this fits, but only in the post-3I framework. I think Eva is paying attention to the reasons Asuka demands the relationship, I think it thematically tries to get at why self-love is important, and that lacking it will lead you to hell/ non-existence.
Only in post-3I have Asuka and Shinji been able to take a full inventory of their issues, and be in a position to ask for something genuine. To start from self-love, and move forward.
And we see that embodied in
Shinji is even wearing Misato's cross, representing that a burden has been passed on. A sign of accepting maturity.
Edit: So, while I jokingly referred to them as the OTP of the series, it was meant in this thematic context.
OTP is Shinji and his right hand, that's pretty clear.
Whether it's fisting Touji's face, grabbing Rei boob, pulling his bow, close ups of him opening and closing, the power is in his hand. The God hand. For which the him that is in Yui can make or unmake the Earth.
Asuka knows the power of this hand, that's why she's reaching out for it there. Not creeped out at all.