- Better Than Canon: Some fans see it like this.
- Come for the X, Stay for the Y: Come for the Peggy Sue story, stay for the wonderful character development and heart-warming romance.
- Freud Was Right: "You know, we've both been 'thrown out' by our mothers. Wonder how people would interpret that."
- Iron Woobie: Shinji. He takes the sudden return to the past better than Asuka, striving to make things better this time, but he still has his own emotional turmoil that he doesn't let show.
- It Was His Sled: Shinji and Asuka being parents is very commonly known, even by those who haven't read the fic. To be fair, there's a bit of a Late-Arrival Spoiler about it on the home page.
- The Woobie: Asuka, after returning to the past. Read Chapter 10 see just how badly it affected her.
YMMV / The Second Try
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