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A thread dedicated to Rei and Shinji of the Evangelion series.
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Supremely based thread. I love Reishin so much, bros.
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>>4126086
Dot inc
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Uhhh Reishin bros that's his mom
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>>4136556
Uhh... based?
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>>4136556
Rei is Rei.
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Not to burst this thread's bubble, and I do sometimes think LRS is sweet, but I love Rei a whole hell of a lot more than I think Shinji is a valuable person. Really, I hate his personality and timidity in the face of responsibility; I still don't fully understand why Rei is attached to him, beyond Oedipal theory which I haven't read much into in reality. Of course I see some self-criticism in him from my and Anno's perspectives, but that doesn't explain why Rei is endeared to him. Did he even love her back? I don't actually know. Please discuss. I am interested in other anons' thoughts. I wouldn't mind being proven wrong in my skepticism.
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Just to autistically emphasize: I go with whatever makes Rei happy, and so if being with Shinji makes her happy, then I am bound to accept it, but all the same, I think she is above all humanity, including Shinji, me, and you. And yet I am also susceptible to the same self-insertion as most here in moments where images overwhelm me. So it is to be human.
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Although, I will admit that the idea of being married to the eschaton animates and revives me, dawn after dawn.
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>>4144212
>why Rei is endeared to him
In my opinion it's pretty simple. Shinji was an Eva pilot and Gendo's son, so she had some initial interest. Rei was devoid of human warmth and Shinji was someone, who cared about her without reasons, unlike Gendo.
>Did he even love her back?
I think, that in the original series Shinji never really loved anyone. He felt some attraction, sure, but not love. In the manga, yes. They had more interactions in general, but I really don't like the way Sadamoto wrote the ending. Rebuidls are pretty strange in that regard. Reishin was very hyped with the first two movies, almost destroyed with the third(with Rei character) and ignored in the fourth one. Even in the Asuka's and Kaworu's goodbyes they talked about their relationships and they never mentioned that in the Rei one. They had no closure in my opinion.
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>>4144212
>beyond Oedipal theory
Oedipus complexes are mostly bullshit and Freud was a hack who has been repeatedly disproven.
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>>4127436
lmao, this actually fucking happened
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Bro is his mother ._.
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>>4146084
Freud wasn't a hack, but most of the stuff he was on point about just kind of blended into the zeitgeist so now people only remember the parts where he was wrong.

>>4144212
He might've been fascinated with her, but not in love. If EVA had more episodes it would've been good to explore them realizing not all forms of attraction evolve into love, even if they don't go down the "you're like my sibling because genetics" route.
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>>4150099
Interesting. Every person I ask about this seems to have a different view. I guess it's another reason Eva will keep us busy till Gabriel blows his trumpet. I think I agree that Shinji didn't love anyone in the end in the original series. That was part of the despair of it all. I should read the manga.
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>>4150099
>you're like my sibling because genetics

the Westermarck effect isn't caused by genetics. It's caused by growing in close proximity from preschool age. It has the same intended effect, to prevent inbreeding, but it's triggered by growing up while constantly exposed to the other person's naturally occurring pheromones, not a pre-birth effect

For good or for ill, this scenario is also why 'childhood romances' rarely actually happen in the real world

In context of Shinji and Rei, Shinji obviously doesn't know Rei's genetics but he is still attracted to her because they didn't grow up together and he hasn't developed the westermarck effect against her.

However, his rejection of her late in the series is driven by his newfound nihilism and misanthropy that developed after the trauma he experienced from Zeruel and Armisael.
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>>4150796
I was going more for the taboo aspect of it being a deterrent. Shinji and Rei are too passive to initiate things and even if they did, no one who knew of her origins would approve. For some reason, people care a lot about Yui's inherited genetic material even though a drop of angel blood would be enough to make her more genetically distant from Shinji than any other character sans maybe Pen-Pen.

It would've been nice for them to explore this strange mutual attraction between them only to find out that you can't have a stable relationship when neither are unable to share anything about themselves without hurting each other, or awkwardly dropping their spaghetti when they try (and not in the cute way).
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>>4151360
You have very strange tastes.
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>>4151370
It would've been better than her being basically a robot for 95% of the series, realizing she has feelings for Shinji, and then dying 5 seconds later. People love the idea of Ayanami, but there's almost no actual content to latch on to.

Rei III is a non-Character until the last 20 minutes of EoE and shit like SIRP and ANIMA are not canon and cringe as fuck.
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>>4151621
>It would've been better than her being basically a robot for 95% of the series
That's not true at all. Her development was slow, but she was changing throughout the series. Although the lack of screentime can give you that impression.
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>>4151360
>no one who knew of her origins would approve
imagine giving a shit if other people approve of your actions
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>>4127434
Reishin is the only based and redpilled shipping.
Its the ultimate assortative mating, and purifying selection.
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>>4144212
according to science, you are more likely to attract to someone who is phenotypically, intellectually, and age.
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>>4154198
similar to you
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>phenotypically similar to you
So then Rei is empirically superior to foreign gaijin whores who prostrate themselves before 30 year old men.
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>So then Rei is empirically superior to foreign gaijin whores who prostrate themselves before 30 year old men.
always was
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Do any of you have a six-panel image that is a mirror of Shinji's pleasured face during Instrumentality, but with Rei instead? I saw it on another board once but forgot to save it and can no longer find it. All six panels are almost identical, with only the last being different, where Rei opens her eyes and says "Shinji?" with a confused look on her face.
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I found its thumbnail from checking my history and finding the thread it was posted on, but none of the image searches return any results. Please assist. Gratias tibi
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It's actually Shinji, just some western fetish(?) art.
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>>4157638
Yes, originally it's Shinji during The End of Evangelion. But this one was absolutely Rei. I don't think it's fetishistic, but perhaps a commentary on Rei. Any assistance appreciated.
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>>4159592
>it's Shinji during The End of Evangelion. But this one was absolutely Rei.
Are there any doujins where Shinji and Rei swap bodies?
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Reishin Hopper!
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Massaging Rei's feet?
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