If you took away everything that happened in the anime and put them on their own, who would get a girlfriend first, Shinji or Simon?
SettingFor this battle, both contestants will be placed on a neutral Earth much like ours and given one task, to find a long-term girlfriend. Also, we will be using the Shinji and Simon from the first episodes of their original anime, and placed in homes of similar demographics.
Shinjifather being a douchbag. He is also plagued with different physiological problems like self-esteem issues and avoidance from anything that might cause him harm. But he also has some talents as well. Shinji is a good cook and he is a quite talented cellist.
When it comes to woman, he stumbles his way through conversation. Yet despite this he made Rei smile, so he is not a lost cause. At the end of the series some fans argued that he could have had a relationship with Asuka, or the possibility of them having one was high due to the ending.
SimonSimon has similar personality problems, but a little less toned down. However, unlike Shinji, Simon is physically underdeveloped and short. He does not believe in himself, even when others appreciate his skills. Though when shoved in the corner, he can truly rise above himself and overcome any problem.
Simon can not express his emotions when it comes to women, and he becomes extremely jealous when someone touches his “ woman”. However, he eventually gets a girlfriend, and even ends up married, so the skill is hidden there within, waiting for it to be dug out.
The BattleThis will be an uphill battle for both combatants. Shinji has the upper hand in the looks department, but Simon is little bit more psychologically stable. I highly doubt either would be able to pick up a classmate with just discussion alone, there needs to be something more.
What could spark this off is a fight, when either Shinji or Simon are caught defending themselves from bullies for example. Shinji in this situation could possibly go completely insane and destroy his opponent, and Simon would do the impossible and pull off a win. But which one gets the girl?
The OutcomeToday’s winner is Shinji Ikari, and this is why I think he won. First he is a little bit taller than Simon, and appears to be farther into puberty than his rival, which would appeal to more females. Second, when Shinji snaps, he snaps hard. When an inevitable bully fights Shinji, Shinji will somehow take him down fast and hard. This in turn will have his other classmates respect him, thusly earning him points with the ladies. Finally, Simon would not have become the legend he grew up to be without Kamina there to support him. Shinji too had had people he looked up to and help him grow, however they weren’t as significant to his growth as Simon. These are the reasons why Shinji has a better chance of getting a girlfriend; inversely writing this article as decreased my chances of getting one myself.
Who do you think wins, and who would you like to see go head to head next? Submit two characters and we will decide which one comes out on top.