Evangelion 01: Shinji Sucks

This episode begins with Shinji ogling erotic photography.

Then he sees a ghost!

I’m liking this show already!

An “Angel” appears! The UN takes it on and gets crushed.

Wreckage falls dangerously close to Shinji but just far enough away to leave him unharmed.

How convenient…

As the Angel nears Shinji, Misato comes to the rescue!

UN attacks continue to be ineffective against the Angel.

If only there were some sort of giant robot surpassing all futuristic ballistic weaponry that Shinji could pilot…

There is! But first, too take our minds off the tragic, meaningless deaths of UN soldiers, fanservice!

No panty-shot? No cleavage? No incidental contact? You call that fanservice?

Quiet hippie! Back in my day, we left something for the second episode! Kids these days can’t even appreciate a good old-fashioned thigh-shot…

After more fanservice and a comical soliloquy, they finally reach the underground NERV base. Shinji bitches about his father until he gets distracted by the sweet view.

Then he gets distracted again, this time by some more fanservice.

A one-piece swimsuit? Reasonably sized breasts? She’s apparently over 18? Booooooooorrrrring.

Look at those bare collarbones! Oh, to be young again…

Misato says the probability of Shinji being able to pilot the robot is only 0.0000000001%.

Gee, I wonder if Shinji will defy the odds and—

Nii-sama, must you sarcastically criticize every minor flaw/abnormality/inconsistency/cliché you see in any show?


Shinji finally reaches the room with the giant robot. He screams when the lights go out and screams again when the lights go back on.

The lady in the lab coat is suddenly wearing clothes. When did she have time to change out of that swimsuit?


The giant robot is called “Evangelion.”

That’s pronounced with a hard E (as in “evil”) and a hard G (as in “get”) from its Greek roots.

Shinji’s father tells Shinji to pilot the Evangelion. Shinji cries like a little girl from 14:53 to 17:15. Then a heavily wounded Rei gets carted out to the Evangelion.

The Angel’s attack suddenly knocks some heavy metal beams at Shinji. The Evangelion moves of its own free will to protect him. Nobody can explain why.

I can: the robot has feelings and something to protect.

After seeing Rei’s injuries firsthand, Shinji gathers up all his courage and volunteers to be its pilot. The rest of the episode is spent launching the robot.

And Shinji nearly drowns. That was pretty cool.

Final Thoughts:

Shinji sucks

He has no guts

I hope a football

hits him in the nuts


I’m already seeing Evangelion’s influence on later anime. For example, Idolm@ster Xenoglossia had a similar synchronization/harmonics test for pilot/robot compatibility. Also, Shinji seems to be the archetypal wussy male lead, inspiring such recent characters as Raki and Watanuki. Block-A-Raptor, report on Cameron’s comment.

“[N]othing is more manly than a whiny 14 year old.” – Cameron Probert, Talk-A-Raptor 02 Comment #14 (#637 overall)

Liar! At least Rei, Misato, that scientist chick, and Shinji’s father seem interesting.

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  1. Err, I’m thinking it’s a bad idea to start watching this NOW, considering that Shinji (who degrades by the episode) and Kogarashi are on opposite ends of the manly spectrum, the contrast may just kill you 😛

  2. I lol’d.

    I like your new style of *-Raptors talking to each other. Also, everything about NGE 01 is correct.

  3. Lol it seems my concept of “fanservice” has been blown out of proportions by 21st century anime. I was actually sort of glad that they took out Ritsko’s swimsuit appearance in the rebuild 1.01 or w/e number it is.

  4. OOO


    I read the entire summary etc, and I usually don’t but yours was too hilarious 😀


  5. @issa-sa: On the contrary, it may be the only thing that keeps me alive. Too many girly men at once may kill me, but with Kogarashi to fall back on, Shinji might be tolerable.

    @Viktor: Technically I’m stealing this format from CCY (as promised), but only because he/she/it stole my format from H2O vs. True Tears.

    @lolikitsune: Yesterday I was diagnosed with hebephrenic schizophrenia.

    @Lelangir: Easy on the spoilers. You wouldn’t want Block-A-Raptor censoring you…

    @blissmo: I always try to write stuff I’d actually read. You can thank Os for inspiring Nostalgia-Raptor.

  6. Doesn’t fanservice come and go in cycles? I’m fairly certain I’ve seen things in old, old anime which wouldn’t get aired today. And yes, Shinji sucks.

  7. Yes you can definately see how this show has influenced anime that’s come after it. I mean come on, how many times has Rei been copied in other series? I swear half of Haruhi’s cast was modled after Eva characters….except for Kyon. Now that I think of it…if Kyon were the main character of Eva it would be the best series ever hands down. Because he wouldnt bitch. And yes Shinji’s the ultimate pussy ( just watch The End of Evangelion..ewww)

  8. @IKnight: I’ll take your word for it. You seem to be more familiar with old school anime than me. Still, if you’ve seen Kanokon, your theory would indicate we’re on the verge of a fanservice crash.

    @thekungfukid: Kyon might bitch, but I’d take his sarcastic, raptor-like bitching over Shinji’s cowardly, emo bitching.

  9. Sachael is the coolest looking thing in the show, bar none. Every other angel looks like it was designed with someone’s forehead.
    So how are you enjoying the overdone symbolism?

  10. I’d forgotten about that “ghost”, and can’t quite figure out what the hell it could be for. Anything to make Rei seem interesting without having her actually do/say anything? It was that or have her appear in the hospital swimsuit? Still, Shinji beats Raki anyday, and at least his headcasery is vaguely relevant in the long run.

  11. @coburn

    Seeing Rei as a ghost comes later during EoE where everyone turns into tang. Basically if you see Rei before you die you’re saved or such shit.

  12. Actually I know some one who is worse than Shinji…does anybody know an anime called Chaos;Head? Well it’s not great and the main character is even more of a pussy than Shinji…and that is saying a LOT.

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