*walks up to podium* Thank you all for coming to my TED Talk; today I will be discussing why Maya Ibuki is the best waifu.
Maya is definitly underused
If it was my choise I would have given Maya a more prominent role especialy in episode 13 the episode with ireul (the virus angel) where she takes most of the lines of Misato. Inside the Magi she asks if she can use a old notebook of Naoko and MAGI approves, Ritsuko signs it for her. Some lines could be called double entendres
During the wedding ceremony she is present with Makoto, it is clear Makoto tries to hitch her up with Kaji (so he can have Misato). By the end of the evening she is pretty drunk and has a short conversation with ritsuko when Gendo intervenes (and in his eyes saves ritsuke) and invite her for a dance. With some form of freudian trio Maya being the id gendo the super ego and ritsuko the ego. Gendo has a brief psychological observation, with ritsuko not really responding he wispers something to her and they both start laughing, perhaps Ritsuke says liar. (Maya wonders what Gendo said, she believes they are laughing with her)
(more portrayels would definitly mean she get's hurt more in eva).
The first half of episode 14 can be scraped entirly so I have episode 14 start first Shinji doing a crosscompatibility test with unit 00 then Shinji is home and Asuka returns complaining that her test was useless and it was getting late. Rei in unit 01 doing her poem whilst we see Shinji go to school mid episode he visits Rei with the papers her test took alnight and the manga scene of Rei burning her hand happens. Meanwhile episodes 15 scene of Kaji investigating MARDUK and and Misato's dress get's discussed.(freeing up space in episode 15 for extra scenes). Also Makoto asks Maya if she want's to join her to the wedding. Kaji's scene takes 1min 25 seconds the wedding dress scene takes 40 seconds make it 50 with the added content
(cutting the first half of the episode saves 10M30 (intro song 1M30 to 12M00 weaving a story. Minus the Kaji scene and wedding dress scene Rei burning her hand (making tea) scene (from the manga) might last 8 minutes. This is pretty long Perhaps if the wedding date from the kids perspective can happen in this episode aswel (Asuka's date and Shinji playing Cello). Having Shinji and Asuka kiss would not work out well I believe if it could happen in a previous episode perhaps 13. Or skip the handburning scene and have Shinji use those 8minutes of screentime to call Rei like a mother (whilst cleaning) ask advice on what to talk abouth with his dad do have the Shinji/Asuka kiss scene that ends like the orginal.(normaly in episode 15)
Basicly first half of Episode 14 can be thrown away it starts with the second half (episode 14) followed by the first half of Episode 15.
Then the true episode 15 has much more time for the wedding and the added Rei manga scene. Maya get's more screentime Gendo is portraited as a advasairy but still in a pretty positive light.
she wasn’t born of mother, and she’s just a clone.
I do wonder I don't believe it is outright stated what do they mean she is a clone. She is made of Yui's remains yes but is she a clone of Yui or is she a clone in the sence that their are dozens of copies of her?
Is it stated that she is a copy of Yui? Or is she simply build out of Yui's remains?
Rei can still be a clone of herselfs and be less of a clone of Yui, also with both having a different soul and the inportance of a soul in evangelion wouldn't a twin be more correct as the body without a soul is non sentient