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  1. giwrgos kalaitzantwnakis
    May 29, 2019 @ 12:51 pm

    Actually Toji died in the manga and was to die in the anime too I think but they changed it.. I think it would be more imoactful if he had kicked the bucket tho..

    Eva 01 brutalizing the other unit made the Evas look so human like in this ep, with the whole arms being ripped off, heads exploding etc, I generally love it when giant robots look and move like that.. Its like watching attack on titan.. The direction with the sun and the cuts to the blood everywhere where cool too

    Shinji’s Voice actress does an amazing job in general but specifically in this episode the screams were chilling

  2. 血尿クルセイダー
    May 29, 2019 @ 1:15 pm


  3. laiden25
    May 29, 2019 @ 1:21 pm

    And so it begins…I can’t wait for the next one, sir. This is great. 🙂

  4. Hans-Werner Werners Hans
    May 29, 2019 @ 1:24 pm

    Great cliffhanger this time, and the next episode is imo just as good as this one.

    Little detail about 03’s attack on Shinji, the way it crouched and then jumped at his face doing a forward flip in mid-air was a shot-by-shot copy of Unit 01’s attack against the third angel from episode 2.
    This episode we get to see why Gendo leaves the command to Misato during the battles most of the time. He is just so bad at tactics. Let all the EVA’s stand around alone, with no sight on the target or each other, unable to cover each other. Let Rei fight alone, even after 02 is out of the game, instead of waiting for 01 to catch up. Gendo really should have kept to his science and sceeming stuff and let the Military handle the operations.
    Some fun, or rather not-so fun-facts about the serie’s production, originaly Toji was supposed to die in this episode, but the TV-channel didn’t want a child to die in their program so they changed it. That also explains why Toji won’t show up later in the series, he was suposed to be dead at that point in the script. Take a good look at him in the hospital next episode, he has some… permanent problems now that the animation team sneeked past the channels authoritys.
    The amount of blood and gore you see since the last 2 episodes is also only possible because at this point, Evangelion was moved to a different timeslot late in the evening and out of the childrens programm, the channel did not aprove of most of Annos ideas for the later episodes.

    Despite this beeing one of the most famous episodes of the series and one that many people rank among their top 5, I don’t have much to say about it. It is pretty straight forward, both in the plot as well as in the characters. The Title "Ambivalence" even explains most of the stuff between Gendo and Shinji, so nothing new there. Kaji is a nice person and a good father figure for Shinji, we know that already.
    Rei has emotions and cares more for people than it seems, also something we know. There just isn’t any character developement this episode, only setup for massive developement later. And Boy, we get some interesting character developement next episode.

    What I would like to do is start a discussion. The question is: Is Gendo the asshole this time? In my opinion, he was suprisingly nice, and Shinji is to blame for Toji’s injuries. I would like to hear your, and everyone elses, opinion on this because most fans see this episode as the point where they started to hate gendo, while I sympathised with him a lot and was angry at Shinji for the first and only time.

    Also something that I would like to hear some opinions on, why doesn’t Asuka tell him that Toji is the pilot when they are both sitting in their apartement? She did not tell him before because she thought he knew already, but why doesn’t she tell him and is so downcast afterwards? Either she cares about him like Misato and so she doen’t want him to know, or something else. Just the way she thinks about it for a moment feels really odd and out of place to me and I can’t really come up with an explaination that is satisfying to me.

  5. Rous
    May 29, 2019 @ 1:31 pm

    As others have mentioned, the story probably intended that Toji died here, but changed due to censorship. In this anime version, if I remember correctly, it’s either implied or outright said in the next episode or so that though Toji survived, his legs had to be amputated; he’ll never walk again.

    I really liked Toji even though the show didn’t have time to really explore his character. He’s a good guy. I think I forgot to comment last episode, but I wanted to tell you that the reason Toji agreed to pilot the Eva was in exchange for his sister being moved from the hospital she’s been in since episode 2 too Nerv’s superior medical facility where she would get better care

  6. Jonathan Peres
    May 29, 2019 @ 1:31 pm

    Shinji is reaching your limit in his relationship with his father. I found it rather surreal that the pilot survived after all this. But the anime is on its final stretch and it will all go crazy.