Warren Peace wrote:
I also wouldn't rule out Gendo being the one she's referring to (they immediately cut away to Kaji talking about Gendo's plot, for whatever that's worth).
As Reichu reminds me, Japanese is a horrible horrible language which allows for a line like this: the subject could be one person, a vague "people", or even the entire human race (although I feel like they'd use "ningen" instead of "hito" if they meant humanity in a general sense?) And of course Gendou has wished for Unit 01's awakening, since that's the entire plot so far. But I think it's pretty important that Gendou hasn't actually been doing anything this whole time. Whatever Gendou wished (if it is Gendou they mean), Shinji must also have had a wish which was in consequence equivalent to it. In this scene, Shinji articulates a wish to have Rei back, and then to keep her with him indefinitely.
Warren Peace wrote:
[BTW Azathoth, your new avatar is the complete
polar opposite of the last one. She's also less childish.]
Oh, I don't know about that. There's a reason I picked her as the follow-up, and not just because she's kawaii. Of all the surviving characters in the series (except Daenerys obviously), Arya is probably the most like Viserys - albeit she has, or had, a sense of humor.
Here, Shinji is retrieving one core from another so he can have 'Ayanami back', and it makes all sorts of shit happen in a way that, unlike EoE, doesn't seem to extend directly from the original desire at all.
Well, in a thematic sense, sure it does. Anno is saying, as he's said before, that remaining inside your surrogate womb (in this case, contentedly embracing your hug pillow, rather than whining and sobbing about how you don't have any friends) is exactly the same
as destroying the entire world and killing everyone. But Shinji's "It's all right like this" is focused on the inside of the shell, rather than the external apocalypse, which is why the question arises: does he really know what he's doing here? (not as in "does he fully understand the consequences" but "is he actually aware that the world is exploding outside")
Zeruel is probably important for Fruit of Life-y reasons.
Trying to track where the Fruit of Life is at any point in that scene makes my head hurt. To me, though, the way the scene plays out almost suggests that the "Angelic nature" the Eva develops (which would presumably include Fruit of Life?) is coming from Shinji
, not Zeruel; and all they do get from the poor bastard is a complete Rei.