Eva Pilots 编辑
The Eva pilots have the title of "The nth Children", where n relates to the order of their discovery in ascending order. Although grammatically incorrect when used in the singular, it is stated to be intentional and correct by Gainax. ADV Films' dubbings of the series and Manga Ent.'s dubbing of the movies, however, translates this as "The nth Child" for lingually aesthetic reasons. The former of the two variants will be used, here.
Rei Ayanami 编辑
|Age||14 (see note 1)|
|Birthday||March 30, 2001|
|Relations||Genetic clone of: Yui Ikari|
Sisters: other Reis (NERV Plug System)
Guardian: Gendo Ikari
|Japanese Seiyuu||Megumi Hayashibara|
|English Voice actor||Amanda Winn Lee|
Rei Ayanami (綾波レイ Ayanami Rei) is the First Children and pilot of Eva Unit 00. She is socially withdrawn and hardly interacts with anyone, except for Commander Ikari, whom she (Rei II) cherishes. Rei's cool and apparently emotionless personality - if it can be called that - garnered the scorn of her schoolmates; indeed, Asuka regards her a 'doll'. Although she once only communed with Gendo, she and Shinji break the ice after the battle against Ramiel, and as they grow progressively closer, Rei realizes she loves Shinji as much as she does the Commander; but it takes a mortal twist of fate before Rei's admiration for Gendo begins to erode. Technically speaking, Rei is not Gendo's biological daughter, although if Shinji had been a girl Gendo would have named her Rei.
Rei is in fact an artificial creation, one among dozens of genetically identical Rei bodies, which are considered "spare parts"; if one Rei dies, her soul can be transferred to one of her 'spare' bodies. Her relationships with people are not forgotten, but it seems that every time she "dies," she loses some of her memories. Only three Rei bodies have actually been used. Rei I, the very first, was apparently created in 2005 and kept hidden in the Artifical Evolution Laboratory's Third Annex until 2010, when she was murdered by Naoko Akagi at the age of four or five. Rei II did not seem to appear until sometime in 2014, when she transferred to Tokyo-3's Class 2-A of Tokyo-3; she later sacrificed herself and EVA-00 to destroy Armisael, the 16th Angel. Rei III, upon encountering Kaworu Nagisu, quickly realizes the truth about herself, which leads to her rejection and betrayal of Gendo and her ascension into Lilith, at which point Rei's existence becomes one with the Source of Life.
An important point about Rei is that she is not strictly human, in the traditional sense. Profuse evidence implies that her soul is that of Lilith, the source of non-Angelic Terran life. It is possible that she was created purposely by Gendo after the attempts to recover Yui failed, and he had resorted to planning his own scenario for Instrumentality as the sole means to be with her again. Putting the soul of Lilith into a more easily controlled and influenced vessel -- a human child -- was apparently his planned means of controlling the Instrumentality process and so achieve his own ends. Rei is said to be a clone of Yui, although the pigmentation differences are another source of debate, leading some to suggest that she is "part Lilith". Regardless of whether or not Rei is some kind of hybrid creation, her body seems to be made of the same matter as Lilith's own.
As a pilot, Rei's synchronization ratios are generally average, and not nearly as high as Asuka's or Shinji's. While both Shinji and Asuka synchronize with the souls of their mothers, Rei has no mother, thus the best that can be done is to have her synchronize with herself. Rei I, or some facsimile thereof, appears to be inside the core of EVA-00². During Rei's first synchronization test with the Eva, mental dissonance appeared to result from the contact between Rei and the previous incarnation of herself; the Eva went out of control, and Rei became "more mentally disturbed than expected". This problem, however, seemed to sort itself out.
Rei was named after Rei Hino from Sailor Moon in an unsuccessful attempt by Hideaki Anno to get Kunihiko Ikuhara, director of Sailor Moon, to join the project. It is also a pun, in that "rei" can mean "zero", and Rei is, of course, the pilot of EVA-00 (or Zerogouki). Before the name "Rei Ayanami" was decided upon, she was called Yui Ichijyo, after Hikaru Ichijyo from Macross, which Anno worked on.
(1) The timing of Rei's creation indicates that subsequent Rei cannot be fourteen years of age; they were apparently aged artificially.
(2) One critical hint is that Shinji encounters a distorted version of Rei within the Eva during the mutual compatibility experiment, later identified as Rei I during the TV ending's "The Case of Rei Ayanami". Another is during Armisael's attack, when Rei is contacted psychically and considers that it might be "the me within the Eva".
Asuka Langley Soryu 编辑
|Birthday||December 4, 2001|
|Relations||Mother: Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu|
Father: "Papa" Langley
Step-mother: "Mama" Langley
Guardian: Misato Katsuragi
|Japanese Seiyuu||Yuko Miyamura|
|English Voice actor||Tiffany Grant|
Asuka Langley Soryu (惣流・アスカ・ラングレー) is the Second Children and pilots Eva Unit 02. She is from Germany, but with an American father and a half German, half Japanese mother. Her mother was the head pilot of NERV Germany's Evangelion project. She went mentally insane after a test and she pretended that Asuka's doll was really her daughter. She hangs herself and the doll, and from that day, Asuka promised to herself to never cry again. Asuka's father divorced Kyoko before she became unstable, and later remarried to a woman Asuka refers to as Mama. Asuka feels no affection towards her.
Like the Japanese aircraft carrier Soryu, her namesake, Asuka is proud, strong, and has a high opinion of herself, which could be characterized as a superiority complex. She is often violent and offensive of other people's space, especially Shinji. Her feelings for him are violently suppressed by bossing him around and battering his ego. Asuka does this because she needs to feed her voracious yet unstable ego. This is also her way of shutting others out of her life, often using her blustering character as an offensive AT Field. Her best friend is her classmate and class representative, Hikari Horaki. Asuka is an exceptional Evangelion pilot. Unlike Shinji, she is proud of being an Eva pilot. She has a strong synchronisation score, although never exceeding the Berserk climax like Shinji's Eva Unit 01. She has a huge crush on Kaji.
Asuka suffers a mental breakdown after she is forced to relive the painful memories of her past by the fifteenth angel, Arael. She loses her will to live and is incapable of piloting Unit 02 again until End of Evangelion, in which she fights against the production model Evas.
Note: In artwork done by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Asuka is typically drawn with blonde hair, not red.
Shinji Ikari 编辑
|Birthday||June 6, 2001|
|Relations||Father: Gendo Ikari|
Mother: Yui Ikari
Guardian: Misato Katsuragi
|Japanese Seiyuu||Megumi Ogata|
|English Voice actor||Spike Spencer|
Shinji Ikari (碇シンジ Ikari Shinji) is the Third Children, who pilots Evangelion Unit 01. He is the son of Gendo and Yui Ikari. Abandoned by his father, Gendo, when he was a toddler, Shinji is socially inept. Forced to be self reliant, he did not mingle with individuals of his age group. People always pitied him, scorning his father for abandoning him in order to focus on using Shinji's mother as an experiment for Project 'E'. As a result, Shinji is a reclusive character, who often runs away from difficult situations, using it as a shield; in that way, he contrasts indefinitely from Asuka Soryu. Yet, they are the same, because they are both trying to escape from those that surround them. He became involved in NERV's war against the Angels when he met Captain Misato Katsuragi, the commander of the Evangelion team. She led him unwittingly into joining the battle in Eva Unit One, which has enclosed in it his mother's soul. Thus, Shinji's relationship with his father became downright frigid over the coming months. Fortunately, Shinji managed to build a social life when he created inseperable bonds with classmates Toji Suzahara and Kensuke Aida, and, if you can call it a friendship, with Asuka, as well. As an Eva pilot, Shinji is very reluctant, but he is given strength by his mother, whose soul is in Unit 01. As a result, the Eva reaches Berserk mode, when the Eva is activated without an apparent energy source, helping him in his times of need. Shinji had once reached a 400% sync ratio with his Eva, and thus was basically absorbed within it where he met his mother, briefly. Shinji's estrangement from his father and his literally being inside Eva Unit 01, which contains his mother, demonstrates Oedipus complex. His attraction to and (unintentional) contact with Rei, who is possibly a clone of Shinji's mother, further cements this aspect of Shinji's character.
Toji Suzuhara 编辑
|Birthday||December 26, 2001|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Tomokazu Seki|
|English Voice actor||Brett Weaver (one of several)|
Toji Suzuhara (鈴原トウジ Suzuhara Tōji) is the Fourth Children. Toji's kid sister was injured in the battle between Sachiel and Unit 01, piloted by Shinji Ikari, so he is initially very hostile towards him, but they eventually become amicable. In the same day he becomes a pilot, his Evangelion, Unit 03 is taken over by Bardiel (13th Angel) and destroyed by Unit 01's Dummy Plug. He is severely injured when his Entry Plug is crushed (he dies in the manga). He only chose to pilot the Evangelion to get his sister better hospital care (in the NERV hospital).
Toji is named after one of the main characters in the novel The Fascism of Love and Fantasy (Ai to Gensou no Fascism) by Ryu Murakami.
Kaworu Nagisa 编辑
|Birthday||September 13, 2000|
|Relations||Brothers: other Kaworus (SEELE Plug System)|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Akira Ishida|
|English Voice actor||Kyle Sturdivant (original dub)
Aaron Krohn (movies)
Greg Ayres ("Director's Cut" episodes)
Kaworu Nagisa (渚カヲル Nagisa Kaoru) is the Fifth Children, and the 17th Angel. He is sent to NERV by SEELE as a replacement pilot for Unit 02 after Asuka's Synchronization Ratio falls below usability. He acts very kindly, perhaps lovingly, towards Shinji. After he breaks into Terminal Dogma to return to Adam, but discovers the being there is actually Lilith, he permits Shinji to destroy him.
Kaworu is an extremely popular character among fans considering he was only in a single episode, and treated accordingly in later merchadise. His popularity probably relates to the shounen-ai undertones of his relationship with Shinji. This relationship produces much discussion (apologetic and otherwise) about Kaworu's 'humanity' and instinct, or how Kaworu was likely Shinji's only experience with unbiased tenderness, and so forth. Later merchandise such as games, manga, and CD dramas touch on the undertones as a point of light humor.
Kaworu's name is the same as the character Kaoru in the Japanese classic The Tale of Genji, but Hideaki Anno has said he did not know this when he created the character. Gainax renders his name in Romaji as "Kaworu", not "Kaoru" as would be given by most romanization schemes. "Kaworu" can be clearly seen on display screens in the series and on the mass-production Dummy Plugs in End of Evangelion.
NERV Staff 编辑
Gendo Ikari 编辑
|Birthday||April 29, 1967|
|Relations||Son: Shinji Ikari|
Wife: Yui Ikari
Guardian of: Rei Ayanami
|Japanese Seiyuu||Fumihiko Tachiki|
|English Voice actor||Tristan MacAvery|
Gendo Ikari (碇ゲンドウ Ikari Gendō) is head commander of NERV, and responsible for the research done on the Evas and the Human Complementation Project. He is the father of the Third Child, Shinji Ikari. His original surname was Rokobungi,he changed it to Ikari following his marriage to Yui. At the start of the series, he is the only person having an affective connection to Rei Ayanami.
Although Gendo pretends to follow SEELE's Orders without questioning, he has his own agenda and tries to outmanipulate the committee. His final outspoken rebellion towards SEELE is due to his desire to initiate Third Impact having its complete control. He implants Adam's embryo in his hand (only shown on Evangelion Death and Rebirth, and the Director's Cut Edition) and tries to merge with Rei to achieve this purpose.
Gendo is a brilliant scientist and politician (the master of puppets in the series), but an extremely cold and distant father towards his son. His last lines in The End of Evangelion reveal his regret and the true motivations for his ruthless behavior.
Kouzou Fuyutsuki 编辑
|Birthday||April 9, 1957|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Motomu Kiyokawa|
|English Voice actor||Guil Lunde|
Once a professor of meta-biology at Kyoto University, Kouzou Fuyutsuki (冬月コウゾウ Fuyutsuki Kōzō) is now Deputy Commander of NERV under Gendo. He taught the talented Yui Ikari and bailed Gendo out of jail once during college. He was originally in opposition to Gendo, once calling him a "disagreeable fellow". Yui, however, referred to Gendo as a "cute/sweet person". Apparently, Fuyutsuki holds not just good feelings towards Ikari Yui.
After Fuyutsuki threatened Gendo to expose to the public the massive deception, concerning Second Impact, in 2003 (through his own research), Gendo led him into Central Dogma and revealed to him the incomplete Unit-00. He tempted Fuyutsuki to join him and "create a new future for humankind, together with me". Fuyutsuki accepted this, and started to help Gendo.
Despite Fuyutsuki's initial dislike of Gendo, it is clearly evident that he becomes the closest thing that Gendo has to a confidant in the series. Most likely, it was Yui's hope that the two would become friends.
Misato Katsuragi 编辑
|Birthday||December 8, 1986|
|Relations||Father: Dr. Katsuragi|
Owner of: Pen Pen
Guardian of: Shinji, Asuka
|Japanese Seiyuu||Kotono Mitsuishi|
|English Voice actor||Allison Keith|
Misato Katsuragi (葛城ミサト Katsuragi Misato) is the head operations officer at NERV, initially holding the rank of captain (with a later promotion to major). She chose to have Shinji move in with her rather than letting him live alone. Misato was with her father, leader of the Katsuragi Expedition to Antarctica, during Second Impact. Her father was killed during the incident, but not before saving 14 year old Misato by placing her in a protective capsule (which looks like an Entry Plug). She has a scar on her chest from the trauma she suffered during the Second Impact. She became mute and non-social for a long time after that event, but apparently tried to make up for that in college when she met Ritsuko. At the time of the series, she is very extroverted (and some would say slightly alcoholic). She exhibits great concern for the Eva pilots under her command.
While on the job, Misato is normally very professional. However when she gets home to her apartment, a much lighter, more careless and carefree side of her personality can be seen. Until Shinji's arrival, her living space was a complete mess. She cannot cook for herself and relies solely on instant food. She also drinks copious quantities of beer, and having one first thing in the morning gets her day started. Following Asuka's arrival in Japan, she too moves in with Misato.
Ritsuko Akagi 编辑
|Birthday||November 21, 1985|
|Relations||Mother: Dr. Naoko Akagi|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Yuriko Yamaguchi|
|English Voice actor||Sue Ulu|
Ritsuko Akagi (赤木リツコ Akagi Ritsuko) is NERV's head scientist. She is a lonely, cool and hyperlogical woman who has great affinity for cats and is completely devoted to her work. Along with Gendo and Fuyutzuki, she's the only person at NERV fully aware of the Evas' true nature and the purpose of the Instrumentality Project. Similarly to Gendo and unlike Misato, Ritsuko is willing to sacrifice the Eva pilots if the situation appears to warrant it.
She attended college with Misato and Kaji, and made a close friendship with both of them. Despite their personal connection, Ritsuko hides an enormous amount of information from Misato.
Like her mother, Naoko, she had a lover/puppet relationship with Gendo Ikari. She came to despise Rei due to Gendo's attachment and destroyed all her clones after the appearance of Rei III.
Maya Ibuki 编辑
|Birthday||July 11, 1991|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Miki Nagasawa|
|English Voice actor||Kendra Benham (original dub)
Amy Seeley (movies)
Monica Rial ("Director's cut" episodes)
Maya Ibuki (伊吹マヤ Ibuki Maya) is a technician at NERV who works very closely with Ritsuko Akagi. Her complementation scene at the End of Evangelion reveals the fact that she is secretly in love with Ritsuko. When Maya's Instrumentality occurs, Ritsuko-Rei-Lilith types "I need you" into Maya's laptop and embraces her. Maya's reversion to LCL comes after an ecstatic gasp of "Senpai!"
Makoto Hyuga 编辑
|Birthday||February 13, 1992|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Hiro Yuuki|
|English Voice actor||Matt Greenfield|
Makoto Hyuga (日向マコト Hyūga Makoto) is First Lieutenant at NERV and a computer technician. He also secretly loves Misato. In his completion sequence, he is in ecstasy over Misato-Rei-Lilith.
Shigeru Aoba 编辑
|Birthday||May 5, 1992|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Takehito Koyasu|
|English Voice actor||Jason Lee|
Ryoji Kaji 编辑
|Birthday||June 17, 1985|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Koichi Yamadera|
|English Voice actor||Aaron Krohn|
Ryoji Kaji (加持リョウジ Kaji Ryōji), while officially employed as special inspector at NERV, secretly works for SEELE investigating NERV's true intentions. He has always been called by his last name, Kaji, rather than his first throughout the series and movies. He is also referred to as "the useless bell that doesn't ring" by SEELE. Kaji appears to have somewhat of a green thumb as he cultivates a watermelon patch close to Nerv HQ. He once seriously dated Misato, but they had long broken up and do not see each other again until she flies out to the UN fleet ferrying Eva-02, along with Sohryu Asuka Langley, to Japan. After he came to NERV, they slowly got back together out of desperation despite Misato's dislike of him.
He is eventually shot and killed by an unknown assailant. The anime series never makes it clear, but a common speculation holds that it was either Misato or some generic security agent of NERV/SEELE. (Evidence for Misato is that after Kaji's shooting scene in the anime, the next thing that is shown is Misato's door, and that she was handed back her gun later. Evidence against Misato is that she has no real motive to kill Kaji and nor does Commander Gendo have any reason to give the order to her instead of another agent. Note that in the manga it is made clear that Misato was not the killer, as the gun used to kill Kaji is clearly of a different type from Misato's.) He remarks that his last assignment, to kidnap the Sub-Commander, was colored red, the color of blood. The Sub-Commander even remarks that this will cost him his life. He is probably Gendo or Gendo's agent, since he commonly meets with Gendo after assignments. He is killed because he finally betrayed SEELE and NERV enough to have them both want him dead.
Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu 编辑
Husband: "Papa" Langley
Soul-carrier: Unit 02
|Japanese Seiyuu||Maria Kawamura|
|English Voice actor||Kimberly Yates|
Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu (惣流・キョウコ・ツェッペリン), Asuka's mother, was a key scientist in the German division of Gehirn (what would later become Nerv's Third Branch) and the development of EVA-02, the first Production Type (the second and third of which were later produced by the two American branches of Nerv). After participating in EVA-02's Contact Experiment, she became mentally unstable and was submitted to a hospital. Her husband entered an affair with Kyoko's own doctor, which eventually prompted Kyoko's suicide in 2005; and by the time of Kyoko's funeral, the doctor had already become Asuka's stepmother.
Kyoko's soul became entrapped in EVA-02 as a result of the experiment, although how her body remained intact afterwards is a well-disputed mystery.
GEHIRN Staff 编辑
Yui Ikari 编辑
|Age||27, at death.|
|Birthday||March 30th, 1977|
Husband: Gendo Ikari
Genetic clone: Rei Ayanami
Soul-carrier: Unit 01
|Japanese Seiyuu||Megumi Hayashibara|
|English Voice actor||Amanda Winn Lee|
Yui (碇ユイ Ikari Yui) is Gendo's wife, Shinji's mother, and the soul of EVA-01. According to the "Neon Genesis Evangelion 2" PS2 game, her father was a powerful member of Seele, which explains why she had the backing of this powerful organization. She was a student of metaphysical biology at Kyoto University, where she met her future husband Gendo and her mentor and trusted friend Kozo Fuyutsuki. Afterwards, she joined Gehirn's Artificial Evolution Laboratory in Hakone, Japan, and played an integral role in Project E.
Despite Fuyutsuki's misgivings, Yui served as the test subject for the Contact Experiment of EVA-01 in 2004, saying that "everything happens as it must". She invited her son Shinji to Gehirn to watch what would be her final moments: Yui "disappeared" during testing -- leaving no body behind -- and was proclaimed dead that same year after efforts to recover her failed. Although Gehirn considered it an accident, it is clear that what happened was Yui's intention. Living on within the Eva, she continues to ensure a "bright future" for Shinji and the rest of humanity, seeing to it personally that Seele's scenario is never entirely fulfilled.
Naoko Akagi 编辑
|Relations||Daughter: Dr. Ritsuko Akagi|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Mika Doi|
|English Voice actor||Laura Chapman|
Naoko Akagi (赤木ナオコ Akagi Naoko) is Ritsuko's mother. Creator of the MAGI computer system and former GEHIRN head technician. The MAGI computer is built on three opposing principles from the life of its creator: Naoko as a scientist (Melchior), Naoko as a mother (Balthasar), and Naoko as a woman (Casper). These three aspects are in constant conflict, and together they delegate to form the MAGI's answer. After Rei I called her an "old hag", and said that her lover, the widowed Gendo Ikari, called her that, Naoko murdered Rei I and then killed herself by plunging from the Command Tower onto the MAGI system. The notion that her soul lives on inside EVA-00, however popular, is based on purely superficial evidence and fails upon closer scrutiny.
Other Characters 编辑
Keel Lorenz 编辑
|Birthday||October 5, 1951|
|English Voice actor||Richard Peeples (series) |
Kyle Sturdivant (movies)
Keel Lorenz (キール・ローレンツ) is the leader of SEELE.
The inspiration for his name originates from Konrad Lorenz, a zoologist known especially for his research on animal psychology who, also, notably was once a Nazi. He is revealed to be a cyborg in The End of Evangelion. Some fans claim him to be the legendary Wandering Jew, but there is no evidence supporting this.
Kensuke Aida 编辑
|Birthday||September 12, 2001|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Tetsuya Iwanaga|
|English Voice actor||Kurt Stoll|
Kensuke Aida (相田ケンスケ Aida Kensuke) is a military buff and Toji's best friend. His hobbies include camping in the mountains surrounding Tokyo-3 and playing simulated war reenacting - by himself. Kensuke became Shinji's friend after he picked up Kensuke and Toji up in his Eva during the fight against the Fourth Angel, Shamshel. Kensuke constantly dreams of becoming an Eva pilot. He ceaslessly begs Shinji to pull strings in NERV to be commissioned as a pilot, but Shinji usually sidesteps the matter. It is likely that NERV monitors all of the 14-year-old children in Tokyo-3 constantly, as they are all candidates specifically chosen for their suitability as pilots. Nevertheless, Kensuke enjoys the privileges of being the friend of an EVA pilot; he has fun on the excursion to the UN combined naval fleet during the transportation of Eva Unit 02. And, like Toji, Kensuke has a crush on the beautiful Misato Katsuragi.
Kensuke is named after a main character in the novel The Fascism of Love and Fantasies (Ai to Gensou no Fascism) by Ryu Murakami.
Hikari Horaki 编辑
|Birthday||February 18, 2002|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Junko Iwao|
|English Voice actor||Carol Amerson|
Hikari (洞木ヒカリ Horaki Hikari) is the president of the class Shinji and the other Eva pilots attend. Despite her by the book demeanor, she is in love with Toji Suzuhara, although she is unable to express her feelings to him openly. She also appears to be Asuka's closest female friend. Hikari is named after a character in the novel The Fascism of Love and Fantasies (Ai to Gensou no Fascism) by Ryu Murakami. Her name, and that of her unseen younger sister, Nozomi, and elder sister, Kodama, is also in reference to the names of the trains of the Tokaido Shinkansen line.
|Relations||Guardian: Misato Kitsuragi|
|Japanese Seiyuu||Megumi Hayashibara|
|English Voice actor||Amanda Winn Lee|
Pen2, or Pen Pen (ペンペン) is a warm water penguin and has a relatively high intelligence. According to the manga, he is the result of a genetics experiment at Misato's former workplace, and she adopted him after the experiment's conclusion rather than watch him be put to sleep. He lives in a custom refrigerator in her apartment, and enjoys taking warm baths and going to hot springs. He is also shown watching TV and reading newspapers. Pen Pen is a key source of comic relief in the series.
Characters from outside of the main series编辑
|Japanese Seiyuu||Megumi Hayashibara|
|English Voice actor||No English version.|
The main focus of Girlfriend of Steel, a game that is like an episode of the series. She appears as a transfer student at the Children's school, and becomes the focus of Shinji's interest and Asuka's ire. She also appears in Shinji Ikari Raising Project
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