- Jerkass Woobie: In chapter 16, Misato reminds herself that "it was all too easy to dismiss Asuka as a little more then a bitchy teenager with a chip on her shoulder the size of Mount Fuji", but she should know better. Asuka had been forced to be a child soldier after losing her mother and being ditched by her surviving father. Agreed, she was rude and obnoxious, but who could blame her?It was all too easy to dismiss Asuka as a little more then a bitchy teenager with a chip on her shoulder the size of Mount Fuji, but she should know better.
In fact she did know better.
After all, when Asuka had reached the age kids would be starting school, she had already been in full military training to defend the human species from total destruction. When their parents were spoiling most kids rotten, she had been learning how to rely on no-one but herself because she really had no-one else. And at the age children dreamed of being pop stars or princesses, Asuka had known for years that she had no say in her purpose in life and what the stakes were if she failed.
YMMV / Once More with Feeling