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Log Post #31 | From: warpio | Posted: 9/06/2018 03:10:00 PMUpdated: 9/06/2018 05:08:22 PM
|Episode 19 - A Man's Battle / Introjection|
Shinji is pissed...
In the aftermath of the battle with the Angel-infected Eva-03, Shinji is enraged that his father attempted to kill Toji, who he now knows was trapped in the Entry Plug throughout the incident. Shinji refuses to leave the Eva, and even threatens to destroy Nerv Headquarters on his remaining battery power. Gendo and the bridge personnel knock him unconscious by increasing the LCL pressure inside the plug.
Toji wakes up in the hospital, with Shinji sleeping in the bed next to his. Toji goes back to sleep, and has a vision of Shinji and Rei in a train talking about Gendo's behavior.
Ikari, why did you do that?
Because I couldn't forgive my father. He betrayed me. I was finally able to have a comfortable conversation with my father, but he won't try to understand my feelings at all!
Did you try to understand your father's feelings?
Why don't you try to understand him?
I said I tried!
And that's how you run away from unpleasantness.
What's wrong with that?! What's wrong with running away from unpleasantness?!
This is interesting... somehow Toji being in Eva-03 has caused him to know enough about Shinji/Rei to be able to have this dream about them. Eva synchronization seems to have some kind of psychic communication aspect to it.
When Toji wakes up again, Shinji is gone, and Hikari is at his side instead. She tells him he has been asleep for three days after the incident. From the shot, it is evident that Toji's left leg has been amputated.
Hikari is still obsessed with getting Toji to eat lunch with her... She tells him that she heard Shinji was discharged, Toji tells her to not let his sister know that he's hospitalized, and then it cuts to Shinji in a jail cell, being called on by his dad.
Shinji is brought in to his father's office in handcuffs, where he is charged with various offenses against Nerv: threatening, intimidation, insubordination and use of an Eva for personal vendettas. Shinji responds by saying that he will never pilot again. In response, Gendo decides to delete his files and reassign Rei as the pilot of Eva-01, with the Dummy Plug as backup.
The Dummy Plug system... I'm guessing they only have Dummy Plugs of Rei at this point, due to her being the only one who was shown to be subjected to that device in Central Dogma. Which means Gendo really believes Shinji is no longer needed. He cares far more about Eva-01 than any of the other Evas or any of his pilots, aside from Rei. Which is weird because Rei hasn't even been used in combat much compared to Shinji. You'd think he would want a Shinji dummy plug more than anything.
Shinji is back in Misato's apartment, laying on the bed and staring at the ceiling... He gets a call from Kensuke, who has heard about Toji becoming a pilot and expresses his disappointment with Shinji quitting, and the line gets cutoff by security due to the conversation containing sensitive information.
Misato sees Shinji off at the train station, saying that Asuka didn't care to come along to see him. Misato is her usual understanding self, she tells him that all of his classmates were secretly fourth-level pilot candidates, and tries to get him to not feel bad.
What happened with Suzuhara was a mistake that can't be mended with words alone. But, Shinji, to be honest, I was projecting all of my dreams, hopes and purpose onto you. I also know that it's been a huge burden for you. But we, everyone at Nerv, had no choice except to entrust our future to you. I want you to remember that one thing.
That's a selfish excuse, isn't it?
I know it is. I'll leave your pass code to HQ and your room as they are.
There's no point. Get rid of them, please. I won't pilot an Eva again.
She's surprised at how aggressively he's pushing Nerv away, it's totally different from the last time he almost decided to quit. As Shinji starts waiting for the train, a state of emergency is declared, redirecting the train route to the nearest shelter location, and he instantly knows it's an Angel attack.
The Angel Zeruel approaches Tokyo-3 from the air. Missile batteries fire at Zeruel to no avail, and Zeruel responds with a weapon that destroys eighteen of the twenty-two armor layers above the Geofront. This aggressive and extremely destructive new enemy gives Nerv very little time to prepare a counterattack. Rei is sent to pilot Eva-01, but the Eva rejects her immediately. Attempts to activate it with the dummy system also fail. Meanwhile, Shinji watches as Zeruel sets off multiple cross-shaped explosions, and questions his decision not to pilot again.
So now it's almost like Eva-01 itself has become a Shinji dummy plug?
Zeruel finally breaks through to the Geofront, where Asuka has been stationed. She is surrounded by a wide array of weaponry that has been randomly piled around her. Eva-02 sprays Zeruel with two Pallet Rifles, but to no effect. Becoming exasperated, Asuka grabs two new weapons and fires rocket after rocket at the Angel. Again, her munitions have no effect. After the barrage, Zeruel extends its foil-like appendages and severs both of Eva-02's arms with ease. Asuka screams in pain and anger and charges Zeruel, who promptly decapitates Unit-02. Fortunately, the command center has cut Asuka's synchronization rate with her Eva; Asuka does not receive any sympathetic injuries.
Shinji is at the shelter by now, after having seen some of this Angel's explosive attacks that are like a rapid fire version of the 1st Angel's attacks... He starts freaking out when Eva-02's head falls and crushes the building he's in...
With Eva-02 out of commission, and Eva-00 still without an arm and not likely to effective, and Eva-01 rejecting Rei and the dummy plugs... It's clear that Gendo has no choice but to go and try to win back Shinji's support. (Or at least that's what I thought was happening when Gendo told Kozo to take over for him)
Shinji meets Kaji as he watches the battle outside while everyone else is running to the next closest shelter. Kaji tells Shinji that he too was fired due to having another job outside Nerv, and he's decided he wants to die while gardening... Then starts revealing some more of what he knows to Shinji and the audience.
It's said if an Angel makes contact with Adam, who lies below here, humanity will be eradicated in the Third Impact. The only thing that can stop it is the one thing with power equal to an Angel's, the Evangelion.
Rei follows Asuka's charge with a suicide attack, attempting to destroy the Angel's core with an N2 bomb. The Angel covers its core with an armored membrane and survives the explosion, completely unhurt. The explosion puts Eva-00 completely out of action, but Zeruel proceeds to stab it in the head anyways.
Shinji is devastated even more having seen Rei get vaporized. Kaji is acting like another Misato now.
Shinji, the only thing I can do is stand here and water. But you, you have something that you can do. That only you can do. Nobody is forcing you. Think for yourself, and make the decision by yourself.
Think about what you ought to do now. You know, so you don't have any regrets.
With both Evas defeated and Eva-01 still refusing the Dummy Plug, Nerv nearly succumbs to the dire situation it has been placed in. At the last second, Shinji barges in and demands to pilot Eva-01. Gendo is there in the same looming position he was in when he first told Shinji to get in the robot.
I... I... Let me pilot Unit 01, please! Father...
Why are you here?
I... I... I am the pilot of Evangelion Unit 01! Shinji Ikari!
Oh shit, the Angel has even made it into the main command center. Not even the cyber virus Angel made it this far. But then Eva-01 busts in. While Eva-02's weaponry didn't even make this Angel flinch, Shinji in Eva-01 manages to hold his own against it in a brawling match.
With both Evas defeated and Eva-01 still refusing the Dummy Plug, Nerv nearly succumbs to the dire situation it has been placed in. At the last second, Shinji barges in and demands to pilot Eva-01. Zeruel damages the top of the command pyramid and breaks into the control room, prepared to obliterate the unfortunate bridge personnel. A second before the Angel releases its charge-up attack, Eva-01 breaks through into the observation room and lands a terrific punch into Zeruel's face. Wrestling with the Angel, Shinji slams Zeruel through the opposite wall and into an Evangelion cage. In the ensuing battle, Eva-01's left arm is shot off by a beam from Zeruel; before any more serious damage can occur, Shinji forces Zeruel onto a launchpad and gets Misato to manually activate it.
Shinji and the Angel are launched into the geofront, where Shinji proceeds to manically hammer at Zeruel's core with its remaining arm. In his rage, Shinji grabs Zeruel's mask, pulling at it so hard that the flesh holding on the Angel's face is exposed. At that moment, there is a loud, resounding beep; the Evangelion has run out of power.
oh shit... the tables have turned. Well, maybe now we're gonna see Eva-01 goes into self-powered berserk mode again like what happened in episode 16.
Zeruel wraps an arm around the Unit's head, hoisting it aloft before hurling it into HQ. Zeruel makes an initial cut into the Eva's chest armor, before blasting it with another powerful beam. The chest armor is melted off, and we see that Evangelion-01 has a core. Zeruel begins to pound on the core in an attempt to penetrate it, but the Eva reactivates before the final blow can be delivered.
yep... Shinji and Eva-01 both have gone berserk now, and... oh god what the fuck. The Eva takes the Angel's armor and uses it to regrow a human-like arm...
Maya: No way, this is unbelievable. Unit 01's synch rate is over 400%!
Ritsuko: Does that mean she's really awakened?
Misato: It's... eating the angel?
Shinji is no longer in true control of the Eva; it has gone berserk. Grabbing Zeruel's arm, Unit-01 yanks the Angel towards it. The unit breaths heavily for several moments before giving Zeruel a mighty kick strong enough to rip Zeruel's left arm from its body. Unit-01 uses the arm to regenerate her own, before launching her own attack on the Angel. After laying it out on the ground with an immensely powerful A.T. Field attack, Unit-01 devours the crippled Angel in order to ingest its S² Engine. The Evangelion then snaps off its bindings, roaring at the sky.
... Everything about this episode was mindblowing.