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YMMV / Advice and Trust

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  • Better Than Canon: The main Evangelion thread on the Sufficient Velocity forums is titled "Evangelion Megathread: That Depressing A&T AU".
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  • Better Than It Sounds: Two socially-inept teenagers and their friend take a level in badass because the former two somehow managed to not totally ruin their First Kiss.
  • Catharsis Factor: Reading this story is very satisfactory to people who thought Shinji and Asuka deserved a better ending or hated they spent the second half of the show hurting each other because they were unable to connect or have a civil talk.
  • Fanon:
    • Nobody knows what kind of pills Rei was taking in the show. It is possible they were emotion-dampeners and suppressors, but it is not canon fact, and Strypgia is aware of it.
    • For the fic itself, it's commonly accepted that Kaworu is a masochist due to him finding Rei attractive when she's angry at him.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • This story has a large and vocal fan contingent that actually quite likes the idea of Asuka and Shinji giving Rei the "Israfel Special".
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    • Lately, though, Kaworu/Rei or Impact Shipping has generated just as many, if not more, fans. The parallels between them and the heavy Ship Tease certainly helps.
    • Since then, another popular ship has emerged in the form of Shinji/Asuka/Rei/Kaworu (otherwise known as "PilOT4").
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Meta example. Lots of jokes have been made about the fic causing diabetes through sheer W.A.F.F.. Strypgia would develop diabetes while writing the fic.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: This story came up with the "Israfel Special" nickname to refer to the Shinji/Asuka/Rei relationship. Rei/Kaworu has been called Impact Shipping, TsundeReinbowTrout, and (very rarely) The Forbidden Union. Shinji/Asuka/Rei/Kaworu is called PilOT4.
  • Jerkass Woobie: In the second chapter Asuka explains to Shinji that she is rude and overbearing because she lost her mother when she was a child, her father ditched her, and she grew up without friends or people she could trust.
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  • Magnificent Bastard: Rei is developing into one. She uses her genre-savvyness and new knowledge of emotions to scheme and manipulate people, and her puppets have no idea of what is really going on. For example, using hugs and a bunch of Double Entendres she has convinced nearly all her female classmates (except Asuka and Hikari) that geeky, anime-obsessed Kensuke is some kind of sex god, and now Kensuke has a bunch of girls after him. So Rei killed several birds with one stone: stopping her classmates from harassing Shinji, angering Asuka and interfering with their relationship; and getting a friend of hers two girlfriends.
  • One True Threesome: Defied. Although she isn't entirely opposed to Shinji and Rei having some feelings for one another, Asuka is not up for having an "Israfel Special" any time soon; Rei has confessed that she loves both Shinji and Asuka, but she does not want to disturb their relationship; and both Asuka and Shinji state numerous times they just wouldn't be able to handle that sort of relationship, and instead actively look for people to set Rei up with.
    • The author also said that was his favorite Eva three-ways relationship, but it would not happen in this story.
    • Played straight with Kensuke and his two girlfriends Kyouko and Sayaka, who lately had been revealed to be lovers in secret. Their boyfriend is aware of this and approves their relationship.
      Asuka: “Huh… I… guess that explains why they don’t mind sharing Kensuke.”
  • The Pornomancer:
    • Shinji Ikari's reputation at school. Due to some unfortunate unintentional innuendo from Rei, the rumour mill is running the belief that Shinji is sleeping with both Asuka and Rei, and is so good at it that Asuka is unwilling to get upset that Rei's getting in on it too, just that Rei failed to keep it a secret.
    • To a lesser extent, but also in universe: Kensuke. Rei has been using him to experiment with things such as hugging (Rei has had a severe lack of hugs in her life). However, due to more cases of suggestive phrasing in public, the rumour mill believes that Kensuke has to be particularly skilled at something in the bedroom, for Rei to turn to Kensuke for 'something that only he can provide'. This reputation, however, is being set up by Rei intentionally to puff up Kensuke's social standing.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Impact Shipping (Rei/Kaworu) vs Israfel Special (Asuka/Shinji/Rei).
  • Vagueness Is Coming: Kaworu's statement of "All this has happened before, all of this will happen again," could indicate that he knows he's in an alternate timeline that diverged from the original. It's later revealed that he has vague memories of different versions of himself from multiple timelines.
  • The Woobie:
    • Rei. She lives in near constant pain due to only having part of a soul, she spent most of her life devoid of emotions due to being drugged to the gills, Shinji and Asuka don't return her affection despite being close to her, the one person that has shown romantic attraction to her is a threat to the entire human race just by existing, and she has to keep secrets from her loved ones because they'd die if she told them anything. That's not even factoring in the fact that she gets Mind Raped by Arael. No wonder she's constantly asking for hugs, because she really needs them.
    • Kaworu also applies for similar reasons. He also has to live with the knowledge that the only way that the world can be safe for sure is if he dies. And like Rei, he's subject to the Mind Rape from Arael.


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