AyrYntake wrote:I guess it is harsh if she deliberately ALLOWED Asuka to die--I might argue that she wasn't largely aware of most outside goings-on before Rei initiates 3I--but if she did, we know that it's because she wanted to protect Shinji.
I'm not sure the "non-aware" argument can really work, since Yui just sits there and does nothing until literally right after it's announced that Eva-02 is a goner, at which point she breaks out of the Bakelite with no discernible effort. Eva-02 was acting as an obstacle to launching 3I, which Yui evidently has a stake in, and I guess she's opted for a passive approach here (let Seele's forces do the dirty work, if they can manage). And, well, what's Asuka dying now versus later; "suffering builds character!" anyway.
She likes to be in control of the situation; that much we know, but who doesn't?
It would've been funny if the show were written differently to present Yui as the character who knew what had to be done to foil Seele, but ends up getting shot in the back instead because she's too preoccupied with nitty-gritty ethical considerations to save her own hide ("nobody has the right to become a god including me, and if I told Gendo about my plans his life might be in danger too, but if I don't tell him he might go crazy, and how can I be sure Shinji will be cared for in my absence, who will watch over him, what with Gendo going crazy, Fuyutsuki-sensei hating children more than he cares about me, and any of my own familial contacts being from an evil and insane organization, etc. etc.!")
. And Gendo still abandons Shinji, and, without Yui around in Eva-01, Seele wins.