Log Post #19 of 40
Log Post #19 | From: warpio | Posted: 8/31/2018 05:02:00 PMUpdated: 8/31/2018 06:07:53 PM
|Episode 12 - The Value of a Miracle / She said, "Don't make others suffer for your personal hatred."|
The episode begins with a flashback: as Second Impact occurs at Antarctica, Misato's father, Dr. Katsuragi, saves her life by shoving her into an escape capsule. Adam, in Giant of Light form, is briefly seen, and giant wings appear in the cloud vortex over Antarctica as the capsule floats to safety.
...That's certainly not how I would've described the beginning of this episode. A lot of that information isn't supposed to be known yet. The only thing this scene tells you is Misato's dad saved her from the Second Impact by putting her into a capsule, and there's no info as to what that giant butterfly that came out of the Earth is supposed to be.
Back in the present in Tokyo-3, Toji and Kensuke drop into Misato's apartment to take shelter from the rain. Kensuke notices that Misato has been promoted to Major, (a fact which has completely escaped Shinji and Asuka), and he and Toji congratulate her. Misato thanks them and reminds Shinji and Asuka that they have a harmonics test that day.
Ritsuko reveals after the test that Shinji's synch rate is rapidly rising and he will soon catch up to Asuka. This doesn't seem to impress Asuka, who reacts angrily.
Shinji talks to Misato about this on the way home.
Congratulations on your promotion.
Thanks. But to be honest, I'm not really all that thrilled.
I can understand that. Getting praised like earlier doesn't make me all that happy either. All it does is make Asuka angry.
I wonder why she got mad? What did I do wrong?
That bothers you?
That's because all you ever do is worry about what other people think.
When they arrive home, they find that Kensuke has arranged a party to celebrate Misato's promotion. Toji wonders why Hikari, the Class Rep, is there, and Asuka replies that she has invited her. Asuka then begins to wonder why Kaji is late. Rei has turned down her invitation. Meanwhile, Shinji whispers to Misato that he's uncomfortable around that many people. When Shinji asks her why she joined Nerv, Misato claims to have forgotten. When Kaji finally arrives, he has Ritsuko with him, causing Misato and Asuka to both react jealously. Kaji comments that Commander Ikari and Vice Commander Fuyutsuki must have a lot of faith in Misato to go away and leave her in charge.
The tenth Angel, Sahaquiel, is colossal in size and one of the most bizarre Angels in appearance, looking like a gigantic amoeba with a huge central eye. Its strategy is to zero in on Nerv, dropping pieces of itself onto the Earth to calibrate its aim. Each piece has its own A.T. Field, which, combined with very high kinetic energy, cause devastation wherever they strike. It is believed that once the Angel finds its target, the main body will plummet to Earth. Even a near miss will convert Tokyo-3 into an extension of the Pacific Ocean.
Woah... these Angels have gradually been getting more and more fearsome, but this one is many levels more gigantic and trippy looking than ever.
Misato orders all civilians evacuated in a fifty-kilometer radius, and concocts what seems to be an impossible plan. Using their A.T. Fields at full strength, the three Evas will catch the falling Angel with their hands and then destroy it. Ritsuko accuses Misato of putting her quest for revenge ahead of the mission.
The 2nd episode title appears here, perfectly timed... This is continuing to show how Misato values her revenge plot against the angels more than she values the lives of Nerv's pilots, which episode 10 hinted at.
Misato briefs the pilots on the mission. They all decline to write a will. She then promises them a steak dinner if they succeed. Rei passes on the steak because she dislikes meat. When Misato is asked how she determined where to station the Evas (the potential impact zone is miles across), she replies, "intuition." Shinji tells Asuka that Misato has never won the lottery.
On their way to their Evas, Shinji asks Asuka why she pilots. She replies that she wants to prove something to the world. When she throws the question back at him, he doesn't have an answer. Shinji also mentions that he already asked Rei that question before.
We are then shown a flashback to a conversation Shinji and Misato must have had a short time before. She admits that she joined Nerv to avenge her father, even though she had hated him for neglecting her and her mother.
Shinji, yesterday you asked me why I joined Nerv.
My father was a man who lived for his research, for his dreams, to the exclusion of all else.
I could never forgive him for that. I even hated him.
Just like my father.
He never took care of me, my mother or the family. His friends always said he was very sensitive and delicate. But the truth was that he was just a weak person running away from reality, the reality called his family.
He was like a kid. I readily agreed with my mother when she decided to divorce him, because she was always crying.
It seemed to have come as a shock to him, but at the time, I laughed at him because I felt he'd brought it on himself.
But he sacrificed himself to save my life at the end. Back during the Second Impact. Then, I didn't know whether I hated him or loved him. The only thing that was clear to me was I wanted to destroy the Angels who caused the Second Impact. So in order to do that, I joined Nerv.
In the end, maybe I just want to get revenge on my father, so that I can free myself of him.
Misato is like a more mature Shinji... As Shinji recalls this conversation as well as his own experiences from early on in the series, he repeats the mantra "I must not run away."
The time comes at last. The Evas race to the impact spot, Shinji arriving first. He struggles to hold up the Angel until Rei and Asuka join him. Rei proceeds to expose Sahaquiel's core with her Progressive Knife, and Asuka uses her knife to stab the now vulnerable core, causing the Angel to self-destruct; another mission has been successful against tremendous odds.
Gendo calls, and when Misato tries to apologize for the damage done to Eva-01, he tells her she did well. He then specifically asks to speak with Shinji and tells him, "Good work."
The pilots have mercy on Misato's pocketbook and go to a ramen place instead of a steakhouse. Even Rei goes along, ordering garlic ramen with no pork. As the episode ends, Shinji tells Misato that he realized the reason he pilots the Eva might be because he wants to hear words of praise from his father. Asuka overhears and calls him stupid for that being his reason.