Ok all of these have been way too long recently; hopefully this one can be below 1000 words for once! Not that I don’t want content worth discussing, it’s just that I’m never going to complete this project if I have to write over 30,000 words for the entire month! Shiki was 16,000 words for all 22 episodes and we’ve got nearly 12,000 for just 10 episodes of Evangelion! Oh well too many words… I should move on.
I like the set up in this episode leading up until the let down slightly later on in the episode. Asuka goes out to buy clothes with Kaji and their relationship is completely established. Asuka wants to impress and be liked by Kaji but he sees how young she is and treats her like a child (which is what he should be doing by the way). I like how she buys a swimsuit to in an attempt to appeal to Kaji but it feeds into the rest of the episode pretty nicely. As well as this don’t you think the table shot (probably the featured image so unavailable on the website) really demonstrates their relationship visually well?
Asuka is actually buying the swimsuit for the school trip that she thinks she’ll be going on. Unfortunately her expectations aren’t met because they aren’t allowed to go and instead must wait in case an angel appears. Asuka is really annoyed too and wants support from Shinji, it’s nice to see them getting on well.
To make matters worse Misato has all of their grades! We then immediately transition to Shinji doing computer science revision in a swimming pool. Why? Asuka helps him and the only reason why she’s not great at school is that she can’t read all of the questions since she doesn’t understand all of the characters. Finally some realism in languages! I can read katakana and hiragana because it’s fairly easy and helps with listening while watching anime but kanji sounds impossible and the most annoying thing to do. I’m sure if I stopped blogging and switched my writing time for kanji time I would be quite good at it but it would be nowhere near worth it. I know a little bit of Japanese but I’ve given up trying to learn and just know what comes naturally to me, which is actually quite a bit! So I’m quite lucky!
Oh no I changed the topic! WE NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK. Shinji doing computer science revision? That’s actually a great idea! From the looks of things in Eva they are in dire need of more skilled software engineers. I study computer science and NO STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. OK, I think I’ve stopped. It’s funny how I always get confused between Rei and Asuka while writing my notes. NOOOOOOOO. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. STOP. This is what a tangent is like, I NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. NO.
It seems like Asuka can relax because she’s actually quite clever, it’s just the writing system she needs to learn. I think in my school system you’re allowed to get a teacher to read the question to you NOOOOOOOOOOO ARHGHGHGHGHGH. Shinji however can read the questions and it looks like he’s fallen quite behind.
I remember Asuka asking Shinji if he liked her swimsuit and if warming her breasts would make them bigger. I wonder why I remember that? Shinji just doesn’t react well though. I know in that situation I would say NOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOO AGHGHGHGHH STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP!
Ok so they assemble everyone together because they need to kill a dormant angel at the bottom of a volcano. Shinji thinks they’ll choose him even though he’d rather Asuka do it. To his surprise they ask Asuka to do it and I can tell that he’s got that surprised feeling when you expect something for certain and it’s taken away when you have no idea why. I know in the scouts this happened to me and I was like NOOOOOOO NOOOOOO ARHGHGHGHGHAGHGHAHGAHGH STOP!
I found myself asking, what the hell does Kaji even do? I thought he worked with the navy but now he works with the military just talking to random women? I don’t understand him, he shouldn’t be there. As far as I’m concerned Kaji is just there to flesh out backstory and look nice, what even is his job?
Anyway Asuka is wearing a massive heatproof suit and so is her Evangelion. She can’t deal with it messing up her style! But she can’t deal with other people sitting in her cockpit so she basically forces herself to suck it up and do the mission. I look down on her for thinking of fashion at a time like this, she can behave very childishly and stupidly at times.
To raise the stakes further, I went to the butches and said NOOOOOOOOOOOOO. To raise the stakes further we learn that they could simply shoot Asuka to death if the whole thing goes wrong which is pretty scary stuff. Not to mention that as she’s dropped. She gets dropped down lower to a point where she’s no longer at a safe height and it all starts going wrong. She lifts the angel up and she starts slowly taking it to the surface. Did anyone actually believe that the operation would go smoothly? We’re very used to things going wrong at this point.
I was right, the angel activates and Asuka is forced into a battle but she hasn’t got a knife because it fell out due to the pressure. Shinji drops her one just in the nick of time to kill the angel but the rope holding Asuka also breaks. Shinji saves her in just the nick of time though as well. And Asuka likes him a whole lot more.
After this the whole cast go to the hot springs to relax. Shinji throws them some shampoo over the edge and blushes as he hears Misato and Asuka fight playfully. He seems pretty embarrassed to have an erection and that makes me think he’s not very open or used to the idea of sex. Which is what I would expect to be honest.
We then learn that Misato was scared by the first invasion of angels and lived through it. We don’t know very much except that Misato and Kaji lived through the first invasion and I wonder if that’s where they first had their relationship. Anyway we watch the sun set with Misato and Asuka and it’s a very warm moment to end the episode on.