- 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.
- 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.
- Jerkass Woobie: Asuka was annoying and bratty but bad things kept happening to her, even after she matured, how her daughter going missing.
- The Woobie: Asuka, after returning to the past. Read Chapter 10 see just how badly it affected her.
- Unfortunate Implications: Future Shinji and Asuka's relationship (Shinji being the Henpecked Husband of Asuka) has some shades of this, especially as more and more Domestic Abuse cases in real life are treated more gender neutrally.
YMMV / The Second Try
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