Well, QMisato hit another off note recently, when she updated an older post in which she pointed out that there is a great deal of disturbing sexual imagery involving Gendo and Rei into a full blown claim that yes, Gendo was raping Rei throughout the series:
Updating to add that the drafts for Episode 24 unambiguously confirm Gendo was sexually abusing Rei throughout the series. These drafts can be read in full here. It goes without saying, but heavy trigger warnings for CSA and rape follow.
Sounds awful right? Well, it's not as bad as she wants you to think:
1.) Drafts don't and can't confirm anything about the canonical events of a show, only scripts do. This ought to be obvious. Drafts are proposals, not decisions; tentative possibilities, not finalized actualities. So her basic premise is absurd, just as much as if we said it was confirmed that the twelve strongest Angels were going to descend from the Moon and ravage America as was written in the original proposal. That didn't happen because Anno discarded the idea before the script was written. Well, Anno discarded this idea two, which is why it is still a matter of dispute among the fans rather than something as unambiguous as Gendo abandoning Shinji when he was four. But it gets better, not only does she distort the meaning and weight of the draft, she ignores that:
2.) The draft she is talking about doesn't come from Anno. That's right, the draft linked above at Pastebin.com was the work of one Akio Satsukawa, who Anno assigned to draft the episode and then overruled by telling him to rewrite it. So the nonexistent canonicity of these events is on even thinner ice than before. But there is yet more:
3.) Satsukawa himself only included the alleged abuse in one of the two drafts, both of which Anno rejected. EvaGeeks wiki thoughtfully has both Draft 1 and Draft 2; the later is the one QMisato references. Not only is the idea not a part of the actual show's canonical events, not only is it not acceptable to the creator and director, it doesn't even appear to have been that important to the assistant writer who came up with the idea in the first place. You can feel the weight of this supposed revelation about the dark side of Eva slipping through your fingers like water. Finally, we come to the last problem with her claims:
4.) The text of the draft is ambiguous at best. Let's look for a moment at what is actually written in QMisato's supposed killshot textual evidence for Gendo being a molester (boldface added):
INT. SPECIAL SOLITARY CELL
Ritsuko is bound in a small room of iron bars.
She's bound by several leather straps, her once commanding expression is nowhere to be seen. It's almost like her soul has left her body.
Thunk, thunk, thunk…… Eventually we hear footsteps coming from the hall.
Ikari's figure appears in the faint light.
RITSUKO: (Still blankly) My cat died…… The one I left in my grandmother's care…… I never really took care of it, but…… all of a sudden…… I'll never see it again.
IKARI: Professor Akagi, why did you destroy the dummy plug?
Ritsuko doesn't respond, she just looks ahead, with a faint smile on her lips.
IKARI: I'll ask again. Why?
RITSUKO: Because you're a shitty lay. Plus, I didn't destroy the dummy system. I destroyed Rei……
RITSUKO: Those things aren't human. They're just human shaped objects. So they didn't die. They were destroyed. Rei is just your plaything. I never could became your plaything though……
RITSUKO: I wonder, Commander, did you come here because your new toy isn't working out so well? Since a familiar toy is here. Just do what you will. I'll do whatever. But, I'm sure I can't compete with the playful spirit of that doll of yours.
IKARI: You're a disappointment.
Ritsuko suddenly bursts into raucous laughter.
RITSUKO: You never wanted anything to begin with! You wanted nothing from me! Nothing!
Tears spill out, and her laughter suddenly turns into sobs.
Ikari stands there silently.
Gashann! The door closes and the sound of Ritsuko's sobs are cut off.
Gendo is behaving like we might expect, and Ritsuko's description of Rei as Gendo's "plaything" is certainly disturbing. But consider: since when has Rei Ayanami ever had a "playful spirit"? And since Gendo is without question sleeping with Ritsuko, how can Ritsuko insist that she "never could become your plaything" if Rei is now being used for sex as Ritsuko has been in the past? Under that scenario Rei and Ritsuko have assumed a similar, not a dissimilar, status with Gendo. But Ritsuko seems to see their places in Gendo's eyes as different and not the same. Then there is the matter of Ritsuko's intent: she is obviously bitter and trying to taunt Gendo: it is unlikely that he is a "shitty lay" since Yui, Naoko, and for many years Ritsuko were all evidently content with him. From Ritsuko such accusations ring especially hollow; on this point she is clearly making shit up. Why then should we believe that her taunting about Gendo "playing" with Rei is any more factual than her sudden and transparent attempt to pretend that Gendo was an unsatisfactory sexual partner? Finally there is a question of chronology: even if Ritsuko's accusations are correct, they only refer to Rei as Gendo's "new toy" - which means that abuse, if occurring, would be fairly recent - probably no older than Ritsuko's incarceration after destroying the Dummy Plug clones.
We can see then that there is not much weight behind QMisato's interpretation. And we can ask a few more questions: since the draft she linked at Pastebin.com seems identical to the EvaGeeks draft linked above, why does she ignored the copious notes on the EvaGeeks wiki page that indicate that these drafts are not from Anno and do not reflect his authorial intent? It's a very odd oversight for a normally capable commentator to make. One might almost think she has an agenda...