[44] After talking with most of the Evangelion cast and seeing a version of himself in a world where he leads a normal life, Shinji realizes that he can be happy; his life is worth living, and he is congratulated by the rest of the cast. Because of her husky voice, she is often typecast as either young men and boys or tomboyish females (a famous example of this being Sailor Uranus, a popular character from Sailor Moon known for being a charming tomboy in her civilian form). In the year 2015, the world stands on the brink of destruction. [199] Asa Butterfield agreed, comparing Shinji to Ender Wiggin in Ender's Game (whom he played). 2. He remains catatonic while all Nerv personnel, including Misato, are killed during an attack. Began career as a musical actress, but after dissolution of her media troupe applied for training at a voice actor school. [159] In March 2010, Newtype cited him the "most popular male character of the nineties". [77] In Evangelion: Detective Shinji Ikari, Kaji and Kaworu are portrayed as private investigators whom Shinji asks for help and investigates a mysterious case. [115], According to Italian researcher Fabio Bartoli, Shinji is a "perfect representative" of the otaku generation: "a young man with relationship difficulties, accustomed to spending a lot of time at home". Like other EVA crossover characters, h e only appears in Episode 31 and the movie. [21] His characterization required considerable physical and psychological effort. 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Interestingly, he's also a punchable, sniveling little whiner. Megumi Ogata (緒方 恵美 Ogata Megumi, born June 6, 1965) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and singer from the Tokyo Metropolitan area. Within the series, she is designated as the Second Child and the pilot of the Evangelion Unit 02, along with fellow teenage pilots Shinji Ikari and Rei Ayanami. The 2019 Netflix redub by VSI, made with strong oversight from studio Khara, recasts Shinji with Casey Mongillo. Megumi Ogata finished second in the voice-actor rankings for three years. According to Gainax co-founder Yasuhiro Takeda, the passage was "something more than just transposing one show's theme onto another ... Anno inherited something from Aoki Uru — the determination not to run away from problems — and what we saw in Evangelion was maybe just a reflection of those feelings". He is assigned to be the pilot of Unit-01, and works with Rei to defeat the Angel Ramiel. Shinji begins the Fourth impact; Eva-13 eats the Twelfth Angel, and ascends to divinity. TRENDING THIS WEEK. [53] In the second installment, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009), Shinji reluctantly continues his duties as the pilot of Unit-01. [65] Sadamoto also drew on his own experiences as an adolescent, saying that his characterization was "more like a flunk-out" than Anno's version. When he begs for Asuka's attention and she refuses him, Shinji begins Instrumentality and humanity's souls are reunited into one existence. [99][100] In the twentieth episode he remembers escaping from the experimental site where his mother died, generating an obsession with "not running away". 3. [37], In the second third of the series, Shinji, Rei and Asuka face Angels in quicker succession and Shinji begins bonding with his peers, especially Asuka, becoming more confident and assertive. [56] In the anime's fourth episode, Shinji runs away because he is overwhelmed by responsibility; in the manga, he runs away because he realizes that Misato is spying on him and documenting his every move. [50] He suddenly tries to strangle her, but stops and breaks down when Asuka regains consciousness and caresses his face. [157][158] He finished third in October and was the most popular Evangelion male character. [51], – Hideaki Anno, announcing the Rebuild of Evangelion movies[52], In Rebuild of Evangelion, Shinji returns as the central protagonist; in Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007), first instalment of the saga, Shinji's role is similar to that of the anime series. The same characterization is found in Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel 2nd. [90] He tends to be passive and apologetic in his relationships. [145] He also features linked with oralism, a personality of dependent, weak individuals who see other people as tools to satisfy them. Asuka Langley Sohryu (Japanese: 惣流・アスカ・ラングレー[? Megumi started out as a musical actress. [76] In Petit Eva: [email protected], Shinji is portrayed as a boy "frightened by the idea of growing up" but popular with the students of Tokyo-3's Municipal Nerv High School. Find out more with MyAnimeList, the world's most active online anime and manga community and database. [116] Writer Andrea Fontana agreed, seeing him as a representation of otaku and their inability to relate to others. [206] The British group Fightstar included "Shinji Ikari" on the deluxe-edition bonus disc of their album, One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours. [128][129], Critics noted that, since he lost his mother traumatically, Shinji seeks a substitute in the women around him[130][131] and in Eva-01 (since it contains her soul). Shinji is voiced by Spike Spencer in ADV's original dub of the series, and he returned for Funimation's dub of the Rebuild films. He wondered "what the world looked like through Shinji's eyes", changing the main theme from "running or not running away" to "being honest with themselves as much as possible". [28][29] Now commander of the Nerv agency, he invites Shinji to the city of Tokyo-3[30] to pilot Evangelion Unit-01, in order to protect the city from creatures known as Angels. [17] Assistant director Kazuya Tsurumaki disagreed: "Shinji is the exact opposite of what the conventional impression of him is ... he is not cowardly and indecisive; he is obstinate and doesn't pay any mind to other people". We’ve all been there. At first, he tried to create a character "that would tap into the consciousness of today's anime fans". He is the driver of shinkalion 500 TYPE EVA. [23] "Every time a new script arrived, every time I turned a new page I was torn apart by a new pain", she said. [4] Anno named the new male character Shinji after two of his friends,[5] one of whom was Evangelion animator Shinji Higuchi. "crystal tribe"). [17], In a scene from the last episode of the animated series, an alternate universe is presented with a different story from the previous episodes; in this parallel reality, Shinji lives with both his parents and is a normal middle-school student. She used to be affiliated with Aoni Production. After reevaluating his position and talking with Rei, Kaworu and Yui, he decides that he wants to live in the real world and returns to Earth, also giving other humans the opportunity to return. You also have the need for the actors to match the character’s body language and expressions, which often leads to melodramatic performances that just feel more natural in Japanese than in English. [120] On the other hand, academic Christophe Thouny interpreted Shinji as a messianic figure. Originally known as Gendo Rokubungi, he changed his family name to Ikari after marrying Yui and was then appointed as head of Gehirn and later Nerv, by Seele. Shinji Ikari scream compilation from performed by Megumi Ogata. [190], Shinji-themed merchandise includes clothing,[191] action figures, collectible models,[192][193] perfumes,[194] and drinks. In the 1997 Anime Grand Prix, Shinji received about 1,200 votes, more than double those of the second character. He becomes despondent after Kaworu tells him that humanity holds him responsible for initiating the Third Impact. In the 1997 Anime Grand Prix, Shinji received about 1,200 votes, more than double those of the second character. Like other EVA crossover characters, s he only appears in Episode 31. [58] Although he is more aloof and distant in the manga, he has a close relationship with Rei[59] and is initially apathetic about Asuka. Bartoli wrote that the last scene of the anime, in which the boy's glass prison shatters (ending his psychoanalytic session), may allude to the shinjinrui (新人類, lit. [134] Anime News Network reviewer Mike Crandol noted that Shinji depends on Unit 01 in the first part of the series, becoming negatively affected by the symbiotic relationship.