As is the case with many NGE crossover fics, ZnT
is a title that I don't know anything about, so this was another intriguing opportunity to see how NGE could warp another world's reality. Shinji's unique combination of a need for penance, innate don't-rock-the-boat cowardice, and genuinely caring nature, as well as the way that his "what could possibly break me more than what I've already gone through?" mentality affects his berserker-in-battle side, make for a great replacement for the canon character that Louise summoned. I also like how Asuka was used in this (especially with the reveal in the second chapter that Asuka apparently died giving birth to their child
), and I'm looking forward to the exploration of this aspect as much as I am the Louise/Shinji angle, which the second chapter appears to be laying the foundation for, although not necessarily in a romantic sense. The third chapter really starts playing with the theme of Shinji having the humanity gestalt in his head, and also starts to introduce more of ZnT
's central cast, which leads to some rather funny moments with Shinji.
In short, Bpen's struck gold again.
UPDATE: Alright, now that the fic is dead: while I was a little upset at first, I understand why Bpen killed it, and I can safely say that the rewrite, Surrogate of Zero
is a great reworking of Po F
and deserves a look.