When Ha came out, I got a bad feeling of there being just change for change's sake in the stuff we saw in the trailers (different angels, space shit), and had that confirmed by tales of some imposters who took over from Rei and Asuka (comparing where they've been cutting while sharing a lift, for goodness' sake!).
And yet by the time we get to Q, all the shit that turned me off from Ha has been unceremoniously shown the door. And that really irritates me.
The only changes that persisted are
- Mari -- well, her first outing could replace Jet Alone as the "there is more going on than has been apparent up to now." tangent
- Asuka in 03, Bardiel'd and all these years later still mad at Shinji -- make the assignment to EVA-03 some sort of ego-feeding test-pilot deal
- Shinji's focus on Rei -- just don't drop the damned ball with that thread at the end of Jo like happened in the series.