Asuka strikes! The terror of the show. The worst Human who could possibly be one of the Children. Great T&A fanservice as long as you don’t mind her terrible shrieking voice or brutal abuse of everyone around. So, the kind any project attracts. “Why is she so bossy?” “Why are guys always so stupid and horny?!” Gee, Asuka, I dunno, maybe it’s because you strip-tease in front of them and then get mad when they look? It’s impressive how Rei just shuts her down, though: “I’ll be your friend if I’m ordered to.”
Once there’s more than one of the Children, the expression “First Children”, “Second”, “Third” seems weird; it’s literal English in the Japanese script, but should have been “Child” or “of the Children” and then you’d ask “whose children? Why Gendo’s?!” And speaking of, Gendo spends no time in the base; Rei would be lonely if she knew what that was. Shinji’s used to his absence.
Dance Dance Evangelion ep is ridiculous, reminds me very much of the comedy filler episodes of Slayers. Synchronized tooth-brushing and dancing just so they can hit a target at once. But it does start to humanize Asuka, which Rei still hasn’t had.
Magma bath has Asuka behaving slightly less awful. She’s still a bossy prima donna, and her crush on Kaji is ridiculous but nobody’s yet called her on it, but she actually steps up and does her job for once with a minimum of screaming hissy-fit. It won’t last.
But here and the first Asuka ep we finally get to see the lifecycle of the Angels, or more accurately Adamic life, starting as Human-like fetuses but almost instantly developing according to genetic programming. Interesting parallel to the Perfect Being in The Fifth Element; designed to look like a person, but she’s far far more than that, and can be regrown from just a few cells.
Back in the day, this is where the first sequence of bootleg tapes ran out, and there was a long interregnum, I think most of a year, before we got more. So there was an over-analysis of these, which isn’t really helpful because so much more backstory was written later.
(I got the toy in a LootCrate. Obviously, I would much rather have had Misato or Rei; this one keeps yelling at me.)