Am I the only one who feels that "Asuka piloting Unit 03 to be nice to Rei and Shinji" was a terrible narrative decision? A theme of the franchise, including Rebuild, is people being fear getting hurt so they run away. Asuka thinks she lost, so she runs away. Perfect opportunity for drama (and it is for five seconds, in the elevator), which climaxes in getting crushed by Unit 01. Now she knows Shinji really doesn't care about her. Either he did it (she might not know about the Dummy Plug) or she feels abandoned by everyone, including Shinji. I hope
she ends up upset about the Unit 03 incident. But they didn't do the former part. Instead, they have her "give up" by being nice. What?
She is shown as being upset by the situation (mentioning that she thought
she didn't mind other people, but that's not her), yes, but she is also shown to be doing this primarily to be nice to Rei and help Shinji. The "running away" part is presented as en excuse so she won't admit she is being nice.
Rather than having her wear a completely unnecessary fanservice plug suit while having a nice conversation with Misato, they should have had her be devastated by this. Then
she meets Bardiel. Who makes things worse via Mind Rape
. Then Unit 01 crushes her entry plug. Seems a bit over the top, maybe, but I might have preferred it. I can understand Rebuild as Evangelion written by a happier Anno, but this seems to be a complete abandonment of the previous theme. Indeed, I recall interviews admitting they made Asuka friendlier so the haters (and new comers) wouldn't cheer.
Thoughts? Am I full of shit with this? A small thing, but I feel it really damages the narrative. I won't judge Rebuild till 3.0, though.
edited 24th Apr '12 6:32:37 PM by SilentColossus