SJCrew wrote:Rei is just a sad character in general. Shinji was the only good thing to happen to her throughout the series, but then she dies, gets replaced and can't remember a damn thing about him. In that light, I suppose I'd consider Episode 23 to be the biggest downer in the entire series.
While it's true that Evangelion in and of itself is a tragic series, Rei is easily the most miserable of the bunch. I have to wonder what was seriously going on in Sadamoto's head when he created her.
EDIT: On second thought, that's a little unfair; Sadamoto created the character, and quite an interesting one at that, but the series direction and stuff was all Anno. Guess I can't complain too much, given Evangelion as a whole is a masterpiece, I just wish they didn't have to do Rei in as badly as they did.
the manga depicts Rei in a way I consider partly superior (whilst it has its own flaws, and plenty of 'em!), one of the biggest flaws of the anime is that Shinji never tries getting closer to her after episode 6, which is plain contradictory (remember the end of that episode)
wish someone could mix those two mediums and create perfection