Fourthed, but I must disagree with Gendo, and by extension Ritsuko being sympathetic. I did believe he was, but then came Chapter 19 — when we discover that he had the souls of millions of children's mothers all over the world souls sucked out to create cores for potential EVAs
. This wouldn't be so bad if he did not still believe that he had the right to reunite with Yui and consider himself "good"
. At best, I would consider Gendo to be Affably Evil
or a Jerkass Woobie
— his refusal to consider himself at least Necessary Evil
prevents him, in my view, from being truly sympathetic. I still rather enjoy the story but have lost my appetite for seeing Gendo as heroic here ... On a brighter note, Science!Rei is absolutely adorable
, one of the better interpretations of the character — I never could see her as anything but Kuu Dere
, which is why I never got into stories like Nobody Dies
despite their popularity (you could say I experienced Hype Backlash
pretty early on). Overall a very well-written story, and I wouldn't be surprised if Gendo regains his sympathetic qualities soon enough.