Are there a lot of cicadas in Tokyo or something? It seems like every time the characters are outside, you hear that familiar droning buzz. I remember these bugs being a big element of the pilot episode of WHEN THEY CRY (which I’m told is also known as CRY OF THE CICADA, so I suppose that figures). Maybe it’s just because that sound is so ominous. You could set a piñata party to it and it’d be the most terrifying thing on Earth.
Asuka gets her period in this episode and, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think it's cool that she did. One of Eva’s real strengths has been showing these characters’ entire lives - - not just the cool aspects directly concerning pilots mechas. I honestly can’t think of any other sci-fi adventure that’s addressed this (except for a comic called CRIMSON PLAGUE, and I think you can guess what its plot entailed. Ewwww). This show really leaves nothing uncovered, doesn’t it?
It’s crazy how the first half of this episode is mostly almost like a domestic sitcom and then the second half switches gears so dramatically. Things get exceptionally intense. Sure, I figured things were going to get tense with Shinji working next to a kid who bullied him (even if they did become friends afterward)…. but talk about ratcheting that tension up. We go from Toji calming stepping into the pilot seat to his Eva getting possessed by an angel (!), trouncing the other Eva’s (!!) and then getting a savage beat-down from Shinji’s dummy-controlled Eva (!!!). All of that happens in about five minutes, too. Like I said, that's a lot more unpleasant than Shinji just having issues trusting Toji. Man, if he’s killed him with his own hands… I just know that’s going to warp the kid’s already-fragile psyche. I can’t wait to see what happens next!