- Better Than Canon: To some readers it's more tightly-plotted and better written than the original series.
- Jerkass Woobie: Asuka is rude and overbearing... but bad things keep happening to her. She gets hurt, mind-raped, abandoned... and most of people doesn't give a damn.I'm the one who lost her mother. I'm the one who got butchered. Me! It's always ME!
- Moral Event Horizon: Gendo and Ritsuko allowing the Emerald Tablet to operate without all safety protocols off, in order to buy more sand for Gendo's hourglass, not only inflicts suffering upon the pilots, but also causes over half-a-million casualties when Unit-A destroys the NERV facility in Beijing and the majority of the city along with it, making it easily surpass any previous atrocity and moral transgression Gendo had previously been behind. With Second Impact Gendo at least had the excuse that he was Just Following Orders, but this one he did out of his own volition.
YMMV / Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide