I'm not arguing that Rei wasn't in love with Shinji; I'm arguing that Shinji was never in love with Rei. This is, however, the point where they would have fallen in love in a normal show.
I thought about the possibily of R/S being unrequited after someone mentioned it in a thread, and while I think that Shinji did show sighn of atraction, I'm aware that most of these aren't exactly unambiguous, I can tell where the people who say they're just friends are comming from, but the fact that he counts her among the 3 women he's attracted to in ep 20 and bits of 26' put any doubts aside.
The ones who ship 'em and see this as the moment where it all began aren't exactly an obscure crack-pairing group, so there might be a reason for the impression I got...
On an intresting Note, after I watched NGE with my sister (Not EoE, I'll wait until she's older for that...) and asked her which girl she thought should get togethjer with Shinji, she gaped at me with large eyes and said: "Asuka and Shinji were in love? When? How so?" For the sake of Neutrality/accuracy, I pointed her towards the most obvious scenes that could be cited as proof and tried my best to explain the relationship dynamics to her. I have no idea how in the milky way she could overlook the obvious romantic setup there(Then again, my sister is relatively new to anime, she might've been unfamiliar with the concept of a Tsundere), but this reminded me that what is considered "obvious sighn of attraction" is relative.
That aside, we're pretty much done here. - didnt you say something about reopening eps 1-4 as long as you're busy translating 7?
Alas poor Kaworu, I knew him well...