Log Post #34 of 40
Log Post #34 | From: warpio | Posted: 9/09/2018 01:58:00 PMUpdated: 9/09/2018 03:29:55 PM
|Episode 22 - At Least, Be Human / Don't Be|
The Episode begins with Asuka and Kaji aboard the Aircraft Carrier on their way to Japan. Asuka talks to Kaji about Misato and tells him that he is the only person she loves, in what amounts to an excessively strong schoolgirl crush. Kaji rebuffs her, saying, "You're only a child."
Other dark images of Asuka's past abound, including images of her mother lying in hospital and holding a doll. The real Asuka watches as her previously neglectful mother refuses to recognize her and treats the doll as her daughter, while her father (Langley), speaks to and then makes love with the lady doctor in the next room. Asuka refuses to cry at her mother's funeral after she commits suicide.
Eva-02 and Eva-00 have been mostly repaired by now, and Asuka's synch rate with Eva-02 has been dropping due to her lack of confidence after her previous loss. Misato learns that other branches of Nerv have been rushing out development of other Eva units up to 13, since 2 of them were defeated in the previous battle.
At a train station, Asuka tries to phone Kaji but doesn't get him, and is extremely annoyed to see Shinji there, talking to Rei. Later, Asuka ignores Shinji and there is visible tension between her and Misato at dinner. Soon afterwards, her stepmother (The doctor) calls up and both of them speak in German for a while before she hangs up, and tells Shinji the truth about her stepmother before getting angry and wondering why she is telling all this. She screams her hatred of Shinji, Misato, Rei and herself in the bath.
Her mental disturbance is noticed by Ritsuko, who has seen her synch scores deteriorate since her defeat to Zeruel. After a bathroom scene where Asuka complains about having woman problems, Asuka runs into Rei in the elevator, and after a long silence, Rei speaks, telling Asuka to treat the Eva like a person. Enraged at Rei for acting like a puppet all the time, Asuka slaps Rei and storms out of the elevator. She talks to Eva-02 for a while, telling it that it's her puppet, before deciding, "This is stupid."
Right then, the Angel Arael arrives, holding position in Low Earth Orbit very far from Tokyo-3. Rei is sent to shoot the Angel, with Asuka as a backup, but Asuka refuses to be her backup and takes point position instead. Ritsuko mentions to Maya that they need to think of a replacement pilot for Eva-02.
Misato mentions that Gendo has put Eva-01 on suspension for now.
Arael remains just out of range of Asuka's Positron Rifle, and generates a beam of visible light similar to an A.T. Field that penetrates the Eva's mind. The Eva fires but Arael is too far for the shots to contact. Eva-02 convulses and shoots causing damage all over Tokyo-3. Asuka screams in pain as the Angel tries to enter her mind. As Eva-02 shuts down and the pilot continues to wither mentally, Rei is ordered to shoot the Angel with a sniper version of the Positron Rifle (Similar in appearance to the one used against Ramiel), but beam is too weak to penetrate the Angel's A.T. Field at that range.
The Angel succeeds in penetrating Asuka's mind, and reveals more her inner trauma. I can't imagine how messed up she'd be from having her mother replace her with a stuffed toy, and then seeing her mother commit suicide along with the toy... This scene has a lot of recycled footage, even moreso than the Shinji mind break scene. You can tell this show's budget has started to run out by this point.
As Eva-02 shuts down and the pilot continues to wither mentally, Misato considers launching Rei up into the air to get a better shot at the Angel, but then says it's too dangerous.
Gendo orders Rei to retrieve the Spear of Longinus from Terminal Dogma (where it lies driven into the crucified Lilith).
So at this point, we still don't know that this is "Lilith". The last time we've seen this corpse with the spear driven into it, Kaji and Misato assumed that was Adam. Misato says this idea is dangerous because of how an Eva coming in contact with Adam would cause the Third Impact. She's a bit confused when Gendo doesn't seem to be worried about it at all.
A lie, so it was a deception. Contact with an Angel was not the cause of the Second Impact then. So the Third Impact won't happen. At least, not because of this. Then what caused the Second Impact?
Just noticed the mask Lilith is wearing has the same design as the Seele logo. Lilith's legs grow back Rei removes the lance from it. She goes and throws it at the Angel and it somehow rockets directly towards it and destroys it in one hit. The spear is now lost floating in space, with Nerv unable to recover it.
Shinji tries to console Asuka, who is even more upset after the mental attack and hates the idea that Rei saved her.