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Eva unit 16

Eva unit 16

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Unit 16, Ying's Evangelion. C: A berserker with a Bite and Fist natural weapon/talent. The bars connected to its forearms and calves are additional restraints due to how frequently it berserks (and how much damage it causes during said berserk).

Used a basic evangelion from Adeptus Evangelion for reference.
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Although if you do it.
Watch the series UP UNTIL the last 2 episodes.
The watch End of Evangelion.
THEN watch the last 2 episodes.

Otherwise your mind may melt from the congratulations.

And then watch Rebuild because it's a really good retelling (even though it's not done yet).
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ohgosh so complicated I WILL ATTEMPT THIS. MY HARDEST WILL BE TRIED. I'm already on episode like uh. 11 or something.
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------------------------------------------------------------------------ Literal Translation Series, "Neon Genesis Evangelion: Episode 21" Translated Speech Script. Written by Shouichi Takeuchi Audio transcribed by Kenji MATSUOKA Comments and corrections to the script are welcome. Email: [email protected] Email for the comment and the information of our translation team, Email: [email protected] This script will be on the homepage, http://www.yk.rim.or.jp/~wadakun/trans/ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEON GENESIS EVANGELION Episode 16 "Mortal disease, and..." -- Splitting of the Breast -- ---A PART--- Asuka: (humming) - Misato : mmm...,oh,Shin-chan,you changed the soup stock,didn't you? Shinji : Yes,stock of dried bonito. That's Ritsuko-san't souvenir. Asuka : Eek! Asuka : Too hot!! Shinji : I'm sorry. Asuka : grr...you always begs so.Do you think you're really wrong? Shinji : hmm... Asuka : Shinji,it seems you beg as a conditional reflex not to be scolded. Shinji :ah,I'm sorry. Asuka : Like you did. You're essentially too self-punishing. Misato : Oh,oh.That's Shin-chan's life-style. Asuka : You're optimistic to accept his lifestyle. Lately,you're too soft on Shinji,aren't you? Misato : Me? Asuka : You recovered the frendship with Kaji-san, but you shouldn't give us your happiness. Misato : I have nothing to do with that Kaji. Ryouji (voice from the telephone) : "Hey,Katsuragi,I found the pub that serves good beverages. How about tonight?Thank you." Misto : Ou,Ouch. Asuka : I know I've never gone around together in such dirty relationship. Heck, you pretend to show yourself as a guardian. Hypocrytic! I hate that!! -- Motal disease epi and sode 16 -- Operator(female) : B-type harmonics test,all green. Operetor(male) : Clear all course adjusting values. Makoto : Misato-san,you seem exhausted. Misato : Due to some reasons.Due to my privacy. Ritsuko : Due to Kaji-kun? Misato : Shut up. ow! Well,how about the Third Children? Maya : Look. Misato : Well. Wow,(looking at the monitor) I hope he gains confidence to know this. - (In the Entry Plug) Misato :Can you hear me,Shinji-kun? Shinji :hmm..ah, Misato-san! How is the result of the test? Misto :Yeah! YOU ARE NUMBER ONE! Shinji : huh! -- Asuka :I'm beaten! He easily exceeds me! 'cause he did it such easily, to be frank, I feel a bit vexing. Great,wonderful, strong, too strong! huh! Undefeatable Shinji-sama! Now that our job will be easier, won't it? But, we have to do our best not to be left behind. Rei :Good bye. Asuka :(thumping the door of her locker)huh! mmmm... -- (In a bus) Bus announce :Next stop is,Seishou Kabuse,Seishou Kabuse. Convinient for the Bashar,used books & game store. Shinji : Yes! Kids :(chuckle) Shinji :hmm. Kids : (chuckle) Shinji : um,huh. -- Operator(female) : Evacuation of West quarter,5 minutes left. Operator(male) : Target advancing slowly. 2.5 km per hour. Ritsuko : You're late! Misato : Ah, sorry. What's going on? The observation centre of Mt.Fuji did ... Shigeru : ...not detect it.It suddenly appeared right above. Makoto :Pattern orange. A.T.Field not detected. Misato : What does it mean? Ritsuko : Is it the new kind of Angels? Maya : MAGI doesn't commit the dicision. Misato :Oh no. Commander Ikari is absent in this situation! -- (three Evangelions are standing by) Misato :Can you hear me? Target's data are those I've sent. Presently, we don't have further data. Approach carefully, watch its reaction, and If possible, lead it to outside the urban area. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Asuka : Alright, sensei. I think Shinji-kun must be the van. Shinji :ah,huh? Asuka : well,in any case, This is a job for a man of good record, daring and the number one of the Syncro-rate. Or do you have no confidence,Shin-chan? Shinji :No! I am ready to do! Asuka : mmm... Shinji :I'll show a good example for you,Asuka. Asuka :Wh,Wh,What do you mean! Misato :Hey ,guys .... Shinji :You told me,"YOU ARE NUMBER ONE". Misato :Oh, that was .. Shinji :(interupting Misato) To fight is manly job. Asuka :Anachronistic! Unit two, backup. Rei :Unit Zero acts as backup, too. Misato :My kids do that, without my permission. Ritsuko : Shinji-kun developped much,didn't he? Misto :No. I must scold him when he returns. Ritsuko :You might be a good teacher. -- Shinji :Ayanami,Asuka.How about your configurations? Rei :Not Yet. Asuka :You know Eva can't move that fast. (Eva-02's umbilical cable is caught at the building. Asuka pueges cable and inserts another one to the back of Eva-02) Asuka : Shit! Asuka : Oof! Shinji : You don't come? (I try to prevent it to leaving.) -- Ritsuko : It vanished! Misto :What? -- Makoto :Pattern blue. Angel detected. Right below Unit One. Shinji :What? Sh, Shadow! Ah,huah! What's this! Strange! Misato :Run, Shinji-kun, run! Rei : Ikari-kun. Asuka :You fool,what are you doing! - Shinji :hoah,whoa! Misato-san, what's going on? Misao-san! Asuka, Ayanami, cover me! Misato-san,can you hear me,Misato-san! Misato : hm. Eject plug! Send signal! Maya :No response. - Shinji :Misato-san, Misato-san! - Misato :Shinji-kun! - Misato :Asuka, Rei. Rescue Unit One. Hurry up! Asuka :(Fool! It's no use of perfect record on the examination-only!) - Maya :It vanished again. Ritsuko :Asuka, be careful! - Asuka :Shadow!? Asuka :No! (buildings sink in the black "shadow".) Asuka :What? City is ... Misato :Asuka, Rei. withdraw! Asuka :hm, wa.. Rei : Wait! Asuka :huh? Rei : Unit One and Ikari-kun are still inside. - Misato :You are ordered! withdraw! -- Maya : Major Katsuragi must feel pain. Ritsuko : I hear that Umbilical Cable was pulled up but it lost its head. Maya : That means... Ritsuko : Energy remained withi the internal battery is little. If Shinji-kun won't blindly move Eva and if he can endure with life-support mode, - he can survive for 16 hours. -- Operator (male A) : Second tank squadron, arrange completed. Operator (female) : Roger. Keep the present position and stand by. Operator (male B) : Sub laser, line opens. Information sent. Operator (male C) : Roger. Dispatched in C line. - Shigeru : UN Force's seiging is complete. Misato : that Shadow's status? Makoto : not moving. It seesed the motion when it exceeded 600 meter in diameter. But land troop is useful? Misato : It intends to give us pressure. Asuka : Oh well, - Acting arbitrarily without consultation, defying the operation. It's the consequence of his own fault. He made good result on yesterday's test, though he said, "I'll show a good example", huh, what a frivolous boy he is! Asuka : Wh, What? Does abusing Shinji makes you so unpleasant? Rei : Do you get on Eva to be praised by somebody? Asuka : No. I wanna be praised not by somebody but by myself! Misato : Stop, you people. Yes, he acted arbitrarily without consultation. So I'll have to scold him when he's back. ---A PART:END--- NEON GENESIS EVANGELIONN EPISODE:16 Splitting of the Breast ---B PART--- Shinji : I never thought sleeping exhausts me. (Shinji activates monitor.) Still only white noise. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Rader and sonar has gotten no response. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Because this space is too vast. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@12 hours after I switched to the life-support-mode. Huh... Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@My life will end in 4 or 5 hours. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@..feel hungry. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ -- Misato : You mean, that shadow portion is the Angel's body ? Ritsuko : Yes, about 680 meter in diameter, about 3 nano meter in thickness. It sustains that super-thin space with the inverted A.T.Field, and the interior of the Field is the imaginary space called "Dirac's Sea." It may connect to another space. Misato : What's that sphere? Ritsuko : It vanishes when the imaginary circuit of the body closes. The object in the sky is nothing but a shadow. Misato : It means the black shadow that introjected Unit One is the target? Asuka : Then we have no way to do against it. -- Shinji : Mm... Water is getting muddy! Hug. Purification capacity is reducing. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Hah. M,m.. it smells. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@blood, smells of blood. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ha, No! I hate this place! Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Why can't I release this lock! Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Open! Let me out! Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Misato-san!! What's going on, Misato-san! Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Asuka! Ayanami!! Eee! Ritusko-san! hug, Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Father, hug, cough, m, g, mm, Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Please, help me. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ -- Misato : Forced salvaging Eva ? Ritsuko : It's the only way that might be possible. Dropping 992 existing NN depth charges to the centeral portion, in timing with, interfering the imaginary circtuit of the Angel in 1 mili second with two existing Eva's A.T. Fields. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@In that moment, concentrating the explosive energy, Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@to break the Angel together with Dirac's Sea Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@that forms its body. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Misato : But, you know, how Eva's body, eee, will be. Heck, It's not the rescue operaion. Ritsuko : In this operation, salvage of the body of Unit One is the number one priority over everything. We don't care if the body is destroyed. Misato : Hah, wait a moment! Ritsuko : In this case, we don't care the pilot's life. Misato : Mgg. (Misto slaps Ritsuko) Ritsuko : Aw! Ritusko : Oh, it's your fault if you lose Shinji-kun. Huh, remember that. Misato : What's the reason why you and the commandor Ikari stick on the Unit One ? Huh, what is Eva ? Ritsuko : The materials I gave you tells you all about Eva. Misato : You are liar. Ritsuko : Trust me, Misto. I'll command anything about this operation. Ritsuko : We'll forward flights to the Kankuu airport. Contact the air controll and the air transport division of the JDAF. Misato : (thinking) Second Impact, Project Instrumentality, and Adam. There're more secrets that I am ignorant of. -- (In the Entry Plug) Shinji : Who? Who? Shinji ' : IKARI Shinji. Shinji : It's me. Shinji ' : I am you. One has another self inside within oneself. The Self is always consisted of two selves. Shinji : Two ? Shinji ' : The self who's actually watched by others and the self who wathces itself. IKARI Shinji in your mind. IKARI Shinji in KATSURAGI Misato's mind. IKARI Shinji in Souryuu Asuka's mind. IKARI Shinji in AYANAMI Rei's mind. IKARI Shinji in IKARI Gendou's mind. Any IKARI Shinji is differnt from each other, but each of them is true IKARI Shinji. You're afraid of IKARI Shinji in other's mind. Shinji : I'm afraid of being hated. Shinji : You hate to be hurted. Who's bad ? Father is bad. Father who deserted me. Shinji : I am bad. - (flashback) Asuka : This way you always think yourself bad! That is "self-punishing." - (flashback) Shinji : Heck, it's me who can do nothin'. Misato :It's you that think you can do nothing? - (flashback) Rei : Don't you trust your father ? - (flashback) Shinji : (thought) I think I hate father. But I'm not sure. - (flashback) Gendou : Well done, Shinji. - Shinji : Father called me by my name. I was praised by that my father. Shinji ' : You'll live with chewing the cub of the pleasure. Shinji : If I trust this word, heck, I can live on from now on. Shinji ' : ... by deceiving yourself ? Shinji : Everyone does so. Huh, Doing so, people live. Shinji ' : Unless you continue to think you may not change yourself, you can't live on. Shinji : There're too many pains in this world for me to live. Shinji ' : For example, you cannot swim ? Shinji : Human isn't made floatable. Shinji : It's self-decetion. Shinji : I don't care whatever you refer to it. Shinji : You has been closing your eyes and turning your ears deaf against anything you did not want to know. - (flashback from the episode 3) Kensuke : Sorry, but his younger sister was ... - (flashback from the episode 4) Misato : This is not your business to care others! - (flashback from the episode 1 ) Gendou : Get Out! - Shinji : No, I don't want to hear that! Shinji' : Hey, you run away again. No one can live on with linking things one enjoys like the rosary. Particularly, I cannot. Shinji : I found one thing I enjoy. Am I wrong if I do the thing enjoyable? -- Makoto : Theoretically, reserved power source of the Entry Plug will nearly end. Maya : Life support system of the Plug Suit will be in red zone. Ritsuko : We shall bring the schedule 12 minutes forward. while Shinji-kun is likely to be alive. -- Shinji : Father, Am I a useless child ? Father!! Shinji : It's from your side that you ran away. - (flashback) Voice (male A) : Yes, this man is suspected of killing his own wife. Voice (male B) : He killed his own wife. Shinji : No! Mother smiled at ... - (flashback) Misato : You did a praiseworthy thing. - Gendou : You shouldn't run, Shinji. - (flashback) Misato : - Shinji : I hate this place, and loneliness. -- Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@The circulation of Oxygen ended here. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Fu, Fu, F, it's cold. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Fuah, No, Suit reaches its margin. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Now the end, hah, tired, haah, of everything. Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@Ѓ@ Shinji : Mam. - (flashback ?) Yui : Is it enough? Well, that's good for you. -- Shigeru : Both of Evas, stand by the operating position. Maya : Ready to generate A.T.Field. Ritsuko : Roger. Makoto : 60 seconds to bombing. - (with the rumbling of the ground, "shadow" on the earth cracks.) Asuka : What's going on? - Misato : Status? Makoto : No information. Maya : All meters take full swing. Ritsuko : But nothing have we done. Misato : Oh! Shinji-kun is ... Ritsuko : Unbelievable. The energy within Unit One has reached zero point. - ( the "sphere" in the sky suddenly splits and the bloody fingers appears from the interior ...) Misato and other people : Ah! Unit One : (Splitting the "sphere"...) GWOOOOOOOO..... - Asuka : Am, Am I riding the thing like that ? - Ritsuko : What, what thing we copied from ... Misato : (thought) I understand that EVA isn't just a copy of the First Angel, though, how is NERV going to use EVAs after it defeats all Angels ? - Unit One : Ggwoooooooo..... -- (After that, Misato opens the Entry Plug) Misato : Shinji-kun, Shinji-kun, Shinji-kun! - Shinji-kun, are you alright ? Shinji-kun!! (weep) Shinji : ... I just wanted to see ..... again ..... Misato : (weeps) Asuka : Didn't you say you would scold him ? Misato : (weeps) - (in the cage, workers washing EVA ) Ritsuko : I've never felt Eva more horrible than today. Is EVA truely our side ? It may hate us. Major KATSURAGI may be aware of something. Gendou : I see. At the moment, it's OK. Ritsuko : If Rei and Shinji-kun know the secrets of EVA, they may will never forgive us. -- (In a sickroom , Shinji wakes up. Rei is by his side.) Shinji : Ho-hum. Rei : You may sleep today. We'll do thing for you. Shinji : Hm. But, I'm alright now. Rei : Well, that's good for you. Shinji : Huh ... (Rei goes out the room. Asuka is hiding behind the door.) Asuka : ah, oh! Mmm ... Shinji : (chuckles) Shinji : (sniff) Shinji : still smells, of blood. ---B PART:END--- Trailer EVA Unit four having been constructed in the USA, vanishes together with the NERV second branch. This incident causes to select the new EVA pilot. Next episode, "Fourth Children"
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Title I

Shi ni itaru yamai, soshite
"In sickness unto death,[1]and..."

Title II

"Splitting of the Breast"

"In sickness unto death, and..." is the sixteenth episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion.


A new and extremely bizarre Angel, Leliel, appears in the sky over Tokyo-3, apparently a black and white sphere. All three Evangelions move in to attack, but Shinji's attack is useless, and he in Unit-01 is absorbed into a growing shadow that has engulfed the city. Ritsuko determines that Leliel exists on a higher dimension of existence, which can only be explained by mathematical concepts. The shadow on the ground,[2] described as being 600 meters wide but only three nanometers thick, is the actual body of the Angel, and the sphere in the sky is its true shadow. Fearing that Unit-01 has been completely lost, NERV prepares to drop all of its remaining N² bombs into the Angel, hoping that this will destroy Leliel even though it could easily kill Shinji as well. While trapped in Leliel, Shinji goes on an introspective mental journey. As the battery power completely drains and life support runs out in Unit-01, Shinji falls unconscious, and a pair of glowing arms reach out to embrace him. Outside Leliel, Misato and Ritsuko witness Unit-01 violently tear its way out of Leliel's shadow, thereby killing it.


Early in this episode, the three pilots undergo a synch test, in which Shinji emerges the best synchronized pilot, a fact that greatly annoys and disturbs Asuka and causes her to leave, fuming.

Later on, a bizarre shadow emerges from the street in the city, seemingly out of nowhere. An alert is declared at NERV and personnel observe as a sphere with Zebra-like black and white stripes floats over the city.

Confused about whether or not this peculiar apparition is an Angel, the three Evangelions are dispatched to draw it out of the city airspace before engaging it. Asuka's goading prompts Shinji to take point position, closest to the target. An overconfident Shinji attacks the sphere without waiting for the other two Evas to get into position, and the sphere simply disappears. The target is confirmed to be an Angel, and to everyone's horror, a dark shadow materializes under Unit-01 and sucks it in.

Despite attempts to recover Shinji, he and Unit-01 remain stuck in the shadow, and it is estimated the Evangelion can uphold life-support for about 16 hours. If Shinji is not out by dawn, he will die.

Ritsuko soon explains that the Angel is the shadow on the ground, not the floating sphere, and that it exists in another dimension in a form that can only be explained by higher mathematics. She concocts a plan that involves dropping all 992 N² mines in existence into the Angel, and while deploying the A.T. Fields of Units 00 and 02 around its edges; this will hopefully create enough energy to push Unit-01 out of the shadow and kill the Angel. Misato interjects, pointing out that the plan carries with it a massive risk of killing Shinji in the process, but Ritsuko merely states that getting Unit-01 back has the highest prority. This angers Misato, who slaps the scientist, and she demands to know why Unit-01 is so important that its recovery thrumphs Shinji's health and safety. Ritsuko refuses to answer, and relieves Misato of command for being too emotionally involved. Misato notes to herself that the number of secrets kept from her seem to keep piling up.

Meanwhile, Shinji goes through a depressing introspective journey inside the Eva, when another entity (The Angel Leliel) interrogates him about the shallowness of his own existence, before finally accusing him of only living on bits the praise of others and making himself blind and deaf to those things that cause him pain, telling him that he cannot go on living like that.[3][4] Anguished, Shinji asks the entity why this way of living is wrong if it makes him happy, and shouts for it to leave him alone. He suddenly awakes in the plug, moments from death, and is met by a womanly apparition, and he realizes that she is his mother.

Outside, both Evangelions are in position and a huge swarm of aircraft prepares for the mine drop, and the plan is just about to go into action when the shadow on the ground shakes and rips apart as though hit by an earthquake, and the sphere turns black and solid. To everyone's utter horror, Unit-01 tears out of the sphere and bellows in a horrible parody of birth, killing the Angel. Shinji is recovered from the Angel, and wakes up in the hospital with Rei at his side, where she had spent the night with him.

Glad to see that Shinji has recovered, Rei opens the door to leave the room, revealing Asuka to be lurking in the hallway outside. Pretending not to care, she quickly hides. Amused, Shinji puts up his hand to his mouth to surpress a chuckle, but he pauses as he notices that it smells of blood.


  • Shinji attacks Leliel with a pistol which appears to be an Eva-sized version of an IMI Desert Eagle. This is the only time in the series this weapon is shown.
  • Asuka uses the Sonic Glaive axe to climb up a building and escape the shadow. An axe is never seen again for the remainder of the series.


  • Shinji's interaction with Leliel is conducted in a strange vision in which both of them appear seated in a train car.
  • Unit-01 is hosed down with high-pressure water to clean off the Angel's blood. The scene of the Eva bursting out of the Angel is evocative of birth; by extension, this scene evokes baptism, the symbolic washing away of sins after birth.
  • Rei is visibly concerned when Unit-01 and Shinji are sucked into Leliel, even questioning Misato's order to retreat. She is extremely annoyed with Asuka for berating Shinji, and even spends the night with him in hospital when Asuka waits outside, too embarrassed to be with him.
  • Rei and Yui utter the same line, "Sou, yokatta wane." (In the English dub: "Oh? I'm glad to hear it.") Whether or not Rei has any of Yui's personality traits, this line underlines, in Shinji's mind, the eerie similarity between Rei and Yui. Since Yui's face is either in shadow or glare (The long-haired female form that embraces Shinji does not look like Yui), it is hard to see that Rei and Yui look practically identical. Nevertheless, Shinji has come to sense the connection between the two, one that proves of vital significance later.


  1. The episode title is a reference to "The Sickness Unto Death" (Sygdommen til Doden, 1849), the most important work put out by the father of existentialism, the philosopher Soren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855) of Denmark. "The sickness unto death" refers to "despair," and in the introduction of this work, Kierkegaard says that for a Christian, "Even death itself is not 'the sickness unto death.' Not to mention any of the suffering on Earth known as destitution, illness, misery, privations, misfortune, pain, anguish, grief, or regret." The English episode title, "Splitting of the Breast" refers to a psychological process by which an infant's impression of the breast becomes split into two, a "good object" and a "bad object." - Platinum Episode Commentaries
  2. The "Dirac's sea" that took Shinji and Unit-01 in is a concept that the British theoretical physicist Dirac (Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac: 1902-1984) used in his hole theory. A vacuum is filled with negative energy electrons, and this is what is called "Dirac's sea." - Platinum Episode Commentaries
  3. ↑It appears as if Shinji is in contact with his own subconscious during his introspection, however, it is actually the Angel, Leliel, who is making contact. Similar to how Arael and Armisael
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Episode 16


Shinji beats Asuka in a synch test, much to the latter's annoyance. Not too long after, the Evas are dispatched to deal with a mysterious apparition, and Eva-01 is sucked into a shadowlike blackness that materializes out of nothingness from under it. While an emergency operation to rescue the captured Eva is concocted, Shinji goes on a trip into the depths of his own consciousness...


In Misato's apartment, Asuka gets into a very one-sided argument with Shinji about his idiosyncrasies and how annoyed she is with them. When Misato tries to take Shinji in defense, Asuka accuses her of enabling his bad habits, and claims that she is only being so soft on Shinji because she is in a good mood after having gotten back together with Kaji. Misato tries to protest that there is nothing between her and Kaji, just as Kaji leaves a message on her answering machine, inviting her out for a drink. This only makes Asuka more irate, and she leaves in a huff.

The three pilots undergo a synch test, in which Shinji emerges the best-synchronized pilot, a fact that greatly raises Shinji's mood, but annoys and disturbs Asuka, who despite attempting to pretend that nothing is wrong, rants about it at length to an indifferent Rei.

In the early hours of the next morning, a bizarre shadow emerges from the street in the city, seemingly out of nowhere. An alert is declared at Nerv and personnel observe as a sphere with Zebra-like black and white stripes float over the city.

Eva-01fires ineffectually at Leliel

The Magi is confused about whether or not this peculiar apparition is an Angel, and so the three Evangelions are dispatched to draw it out of the city airspace before engaging it. Asuka sarcastically goads Shinji to take the point position, referring to how he has the highest sync score now. Much to both her and Misato's surprise, Shinji responds to her challenge with uncharacteristic self-confidence and enthusiastically accepts the position, commenting that "Combat is a man's job!" Ritsuko is greatly amused by Shinji's newfound sense of boldness, but Misato is rather disgruntled with his attitude and says she'll need to have a serious talk with him later.

The Evas proceed to move closer to the target, with Shinji taking the lead. An overconfident Shinji attacks the sphere without waiting for the other two Evas to get into position, and the sphere simply disappears. The target is confirmed to be an Angel, and to everyone's horror, a dark shadow materializes under Eva-01 and sucks it in, with Eva-00 and 02 only narrowly avoiding the same fate. Though Shinji and Eva-01 struggle to get free, they are eventually completely swallowed by the shadow and Shinji's radio goes dead.

Misato takes charge of the rescue operation, but things are looking grim. Eva-01's umbilical cable was pulled in from the shadow, but the Eva was not on the other end of it, and there appears to be no immediate way of interacting with the shadow without getting sucked into it too. To make matters worse, Eva-01's batteries can only sustain life support for about sixteen hours. If Shinji is not out by that time, he will likely die.

Ritsuko soon explains that the Angel is the shadow on the ground, not the floating sphere, and that it exists in another dimension in a form that can only be explained by higher mathematics. She concocts a plan that involves dropping all 992 N2 mines in existence to destroy the Angel and recover Eva-01, even at the risk of killing the pilot. Misato is incensed at Ritsuko's suggestion that Shinji's health and safety is a secondary priority, and slaps her in her anger before demanding to know why she and Gendo are willing to risk so much to protect Eva-01, and what the Evangelions actually are. When Ritsuko tries telling her that she has been given all the information, Misato spits back at her that she knows she is lying, referring to what Kaji has recently revealed to her. Unable to come up with a reply, Ritsuko merely tells Misato to trust her, and that she will be taking over the command of the operation.

Leliel's spherical shadow, as seen through binoculars

Meanwhile, Shinji, being trapped in the Eva, slips in and out of consciousness, and goes through a depressing introspective journey inside the Eva, when another entity - (The Angel Leliel) speaks about the shallowness of his own existence with him. [2][3] The entity calls him out on what it sees as his complacency with his life as a pilot, telling him is merely grasping on to a false hope and pretending to be happy when he is actually anything but. It also interrogates him on the details surrounding his mother's demise, namely the rumors that circulated in public that Gendo killed her. Shinji denies that the rumors are true; he remembers that his mother was smiling on the day she died.

As the life support starts to give out, however, Shinji, demoralized and tired, quietly accepts his incoming demise, before a luminous apparition of a woman appears before him and caresses his cheek. As the woman embraces him, a stunned Shinji realizes that she is his mother. Shinji then relives a half-forgotten memory of himself as a child on a sunny day, smiling as he holds a small red sphere up to his mother in his hands. His mother, whose face is obscured by shadows as she stands with her back to the sun, tells him: "Are you ready? Well, that is good for you."

Outside, both Evangelions are in position and a huge swarm of aircraft prepares for the mine drop, and the plan is just about to go into action when the shadow on the ground shakes and rips apart as though hit by an earthquake, and the sphere turns black and solid, before a gigantic hand punches through it, causing a fountain of blood to rain down. To everyone's utter horror, Eva-01 violently tears out of the sphere and bellows in a horrible parody of birth, killing the Angel. With Eva-01 now free again, Shinji briefly reawakens in an open entry plug with a crying Misato embracing him. Shinji quietly says that he "just wanted to see you again," before slipping back to unconsciousness.

After the operation, Ritsuko and Gendo meet to watch over the cleaning of Eva-01. Ritsuko warns him that Misato is growing suspicious of them and might be on to the truth. Gendo ponders this and tells her to let Misato be for now.

Shinji later wakes up in the hospital with Rei at his side, where she had spent the night sitting on a chair at his bedside. When she notices that Shinji is conscious, she moves to leave the room, telling Shinji that he can rest for now. When Shinji protests that he is feeling fine, Rei replies with: "Well, that's good for you." Remembering his mother saying those exact words in the same manner, Shinji is shocked and stares dumbfounded at Rei as she walks out the room. Shinji is, however, distracted when Rei opens the door, revealing Asuka lurking in the hallway outside his room, who quickly hides when she realizes that Shinji can see her. Shinji cannot help but laugh briefly at her antics, but he then catches himself, and turns morose, implying that his experiences inside Leliel has left a significant impact on him.


  • Shinji attacks Lelilel with a pistol which appears to be an Eva-sized version of an IMI Desert Eagle. This is the only time in the series this weapon is shown.
  • Asuka uses the Sonic Glaive axe to climb up a building and escape the shadow. An ax is never seen again for the remainder of the series.


  • Shinji's interaction with Leliel is conducted in a strange vision in which both of them appear seated in a train car. For more on this motif (which recurs later), see Train Motif Symbolism.
  • Eva-01 is hosed down with high-pressure water to clean off the Angel's blood. The scene of the Eva bursting out of the Angel is evocative of birth; by extension, this scene evokes baptism, the symbolic washing away of sins after birth.
  • Rei is visibly concerned when Eva-01 and Shinji are sucked into Leliel, even questioning Misato's order to retreat. She is extremely annoyed with Asuka for berating Shinji, and even spends the night with him in the hospital when Asuka waits outside, too embarrassed to be with him.
  • Rei and Yui utter the same line, "Sou, yokatta wa ne." Whether or not Rei has any of Yui's personality traits, this line underlines, in Shinji's mind, the eerie similarity between Rei and Yui. Since Yui's face is either in shadow or glare (The long-haired female form that embraces Shinji does not look like Yui), it is hard to see that Rei and Yui look practically identical. Nevertheless, Shinji has come to sense the connection between the two, one that proves of vital significance later.


  • Asuka: "Maybe you and Mr. Kaji have hooked up again, but don't project your happiness on other people!"
    Misato: "There's nothing between Kaji and me."
    Kaji(On the phone): "Hey, Katsuragi, I've found a bar that serves a decent drink. How about tonight? Bye!"
    Asuka: "Sure, I've never been involved in an indecent adult relationship! And here you're acting like a proper guardian?! You hypocrite! You make me puke!"
  • Misato Katsuragi: "You are number one!"
  • Asuka: "Oh, man! He beat us so easily. To be honest, getting beat that easily is a little frustrating, don't you think? He's amazing, wonderful, awesome, too awesome! The great invincible Shinji! This just means we get to take it easy now, right? But I guess we should at least do our best not to be left behind."
    Rei(leaving the locker room): "Goodbye."
    (Asuka punches her fist into a locker, looking angry.)
  • (After Unit-01 and Shinji are captured by the Angel)
    Misato: "Asuka, Rei, pull back."
    Asuka: "Bu..."
    Rei: "Wait! Unit 01 and Ikari are still in there."
    Misato: "This is an order. Retreat."
  • Asuka: "Good grief! Taking matters into his own hands, ignoring the plan. Honestly, talk about getting what he deserved. Just because he got a little better score on yesterday's tests, he was going to show me how it's done?! What a big-headed idiot!"
    (Rei silently stares at Asuka.)
    Asuka: "What? Is my bad-mouthing of Shinji that much of a problem for you?!"
    Rei: "Do you pilot Eva just for the praise of others?"
    Asuka: "No! Not of others! I do it because I want to be able to praise myself!"
  • Ritsuko: "This operation's top priority is to recover Unit 01 itself. Heavy damage to the body is irrelevant."
    Misato: "Now wait a second!"
    Ritsuko: "In this case, the pilot's life is not our concern. If Shinji's lost, it's your fault. Don't forget that!"
    Misato: "Why are you and Commander Ikari so worried about Unit 01? What in the hell is an Eva?"
    Ritsuko: "I've given you all the information."
    Misato: "You're lying!"
  • Shinji: "I hate this place. I don't want to be alone... anymore. The heating and the oxygen circulation are already out. I'm cold. It's useless, the suit is giving out too. So this is the end. I'm tired... Of it all."
    Shinji: "Mother?"
    Yui: "Are you ready? Well, that's good for you."
  • Shinji: "I feel just fine."
    Rei: "Well, that's good for you."
  • Ritsuko: "I have never thought these Evas were as frightening as I did today. Are the Evas really on our side? They may hate us. I think that Major Katsuragi may have noticed something."
    Gendo: "I see. Let her be for now."
    Ritsuko: "If Rei or Shinji were to find out the Eva's secrets, they'd never forgive us, would they?"


  1. ↑ This title is a reference to the novel Sickness Unto Death written by Kierkegaard. See here for more details.
  2. ↑It appears as if Shinji is in contact with his own subconscious during his introspection, however, it is actually the Angel, Leliel, who is making contact. Similar to how Arael and Armisael's contact with Asuka and Rei, the communication is seen as Shinji talking to a younger version of himself. In Tsurumaki's interview printed in the End of Evangelion Theatrical Program, he states the following about episode 16:
    However, amidst the flow of the mysteries surrounding the Angels gradually being resolved, we decided to insert an episode where an Angel appeared to take an interest in humans. The first draft of the scenario was actually a dialog between Shinji and the Angel. However, we felt it would be too anti-climactic to have an Angel start talking like some pulp fiction alien (speaks while tapping his Adam's apple with his hand) "Your analog mode of thought is incorrect." So we came up with the idea actually used in this episode, which was to have Shinji converse with himself.
    Also note that in the next episode, Seele interrogated Misato and considered the possibility of the Angel making contact with the pilot of Evangelion Unit-01.
  3. ↑Leliel's own striped appearance corresponds to little Shinji's striped shirt, very likely a hint at who Shinji is really speaking to.
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List of Angels in Neon Genesis Evangelion

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In the anime and mangaNeon Genesis Evangelion, Angels (使徒, shito) are Alien beings who attack Tokyo-3 throughout the story. They are the main antagonists of the series and were designed by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.


Though they all have very different forms and abilities, Angels are often depicted with several common elements, such as the projection of AT fields, an internal power source called S² engine, and an externalized core, the destruction of which is often the only way an Angel can be defeated. Even though they are composed of an altogether different form of matter ("characterized by both particulate and wave properties, like light") the Angels' genetic code bears a 99.89% similarity to humans.[1]

The first two Angels, Adam and Lilith, are the progenitors of the other sixteen. While the first fifteen Angels are descendants of Adam, humans themselves descended from Lilith. Using the Biblical story of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the Angels are described as having eaten the "Fruit of Life", giving them immortality.[3] At another point, it is stated that the Angels are merely different evolutionary paths that mankind could have taken.

While the original Japanese word used in the series to refer to the Angels is shito (使徒, disciple, apostle), as opposed to the typical translation of "angel" as tenshi (天使, messenger of heaven), the English translation was one specified by Gainax.[4][failed verification] The word "angel" itself is derived from the Greek for "messenger" (ἄγγελος, angelos), which is also the source of the word "Evangelion".



The first Angel is Adam (アダム, Adamu), named for the first human created by God in the Book of Genesis in the Abrahamic beliefs. All Angels, except for Lilith and the Lilin, are descended from Adam and possess the "Fruit of Life", the source of the Angels' power and immortality (also known as S² Engine). In the spin offvideo gameNeon Genesis Evangelion 2, it is stated that Adam and the White Moon were planted by an unknown "First Ancestral Race" as the intended progenitor of life on Earth.[5] Adam is discovered within the White Moon buried under Antarctica and, during the Katsuragi Expedition, is subjected to a "contact experiment" with the Spear of Longinus. The failure of the experiment results in the brief appearance of a "giant of light" resembling an Evangelion unit, the occurrence of Second Impact, and Adam being reduced to an embryonic form while its soul is reincarnated in Kaworu Nagisa.Ryoji Kaji later delivers the embryonic Adam to Nerv commander Gendo Ikari,[7][8] who later grafts it to his right palm and, in The End of Evangelion, tries to physically merge Rei with Adam by pushing his right hand into her body. Cells cultivated from Adam serve as the basis for all Evangelion units except for Unit-01, which is grown from cells cultivated from Lilith. This is inspired by the belief that Eve, the first Biblical woman, was created using the body of Adam. In Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's official manga of Evangelion, Gendo swallows the embryonic Adam and gains the ability to manifest an AT Field.

The etymology of the word "Adam" is currently unclear, but there are theories that it is related to "earth", "red" and "create". Furthermore, the Kaballah refers to the state of mentally/spiritually perfect humanity as Adam Kadmon, but the relationship between this and Adam in the series is unclear.[10] In the Kabbalah, Adam is described as a God or the beginning of all things, and the being to which all must revert. In the original series, Kaworu refers to the first Angels as the "mother of all existence" and states that "all that is born from Adam should revert to Adam". In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Adam is portrayed as a Giant Being of light as portrayed again in Kabbalistic texts before his Fall.[12] For his role, Evangelion creators were possibly inspired by the Kabbalistic doctrine according to all other creatures without exception — even the angels and archangels — are based on Adam (Kadamon) but were left incomplete.[13]


The second Angel is Lilith (リリス, Ririsu),[14] named for Lilith, the first wife of Adam created in Jewish folklore. Lilith is discovered in the Black Moon underneath Japan, which is converted into the GeoFront, with Lilith's resting place being called the Terminal Dogma. After Yui Ikari's contact experiment with Unit-01, Lilith's soul was placed into Rei Ayanami.

Lilith initially appears in the series as a white legless giant with the waists and legs of small humanoid bodies emerging from the stump of its waist. It is crucified onto a giant cross and wearing a mask with three eyes on the right side and four eyes on the left, the same motif as the Seele logo. Lilith's torso constantly leaks LCL, an amber-colored, translucent liquid, which allows an Eva pilot to mentally link with their Evangelion Unit,[15] from an unseen wound, forming a vast reservoir used to supply its use in the Evangelion entry plugs. In the video game Neon Genesis Evangelion 2, it is stated that the Spear of Longinus used to hold Lilith was originally created for Adam, Lilith's own assigned Spear presumably having been lost during First Impact. When Kaji revealed Lilith to Misato Katsuragi, both assume they are in fact looking at Adam (Kaworu is the first to correctly identify Lilith).

In The End of Evangelion, after Rei rejects Gendo's attempt to initiate his version of Instrumentality using the grafted embryonic Adam, Rei and the absorbed embryo merge with Lilith. The resultant being, taking the form of a giant winged Rei, generates a massive anti-AT field that nullifies the AT fields of all humans, reverting them to a primordial soup of LCL.


Sachiel (サキエル, Sakieru),[16] the third Angel, is the first Angel to attack Tokyo-3. It is a massive, humanoid creature with large bony structures on its shoulders and torso, gill-like structures on its legs, tridactyl hands, and a distinctive beaked face (a second face, behind and slightly to the side of the first one, is generated after an N² ("Non-Nuclear", an explosive with the force of an atomic weapon, but without the radiation) mine is dropped on the Angel). It has a powerful long-range energy blast, which distinctly forms a Christian cross on detonation, and two sharp spikes which slide through its arms and extend through holes in its palms as striking weapons (when retracted, the spikes extend from the Angel's elbows). Its core is located prominently on its chest.

After easily defeating the UN military forces sent to attack it, Sachiel was briefly stopped by an N² mine, from which it quickly recovered. It then fought Unit 01, in Shinji Ikari's first battle against an Angel. Initially, Sachiel defeated Unit 01, driving a spike through the Eva's head. However, the Eva went "berserk", re-engaged Sachiel, and inflicted massive damage to the Angel's core with a broken piece of one of Sachiel's ribs. The Angel then attached itself to Unit 01 and self-destructed, but failed to destroy Unit 01.[17]

Sachiel demonstrates regenerative abilities, recovering from an N² mine in a matter of hours. The Angel also seems to have a limited ability to alter its own body structure, as demonstrated when it bulges its arm muscles to stop a missile, when it snaps Unit 01's arm, and when it partly envelops Unit 01 and self-destructs.

It is named after Sachiel, the Angel of Water (水の天使, Mizu no Tenshi). Both forms of Sachiel's bird-like face are used in Neon Genesis Evangelion merchandise.[18] In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Lilith in Central Dogma and the Angel Shamshel are depicted with Sachiel-like masks.[19] In Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, after enveloping Unit 01, Sachiel explodes into LCL before self-destructing. It is also designated as the fourth Angel instead of the third.


The fourth Angel, Shamshel (シャムシェル, Shamusheru),[16][20] is a massive, arthropod-like creature, with a long cylindrical body, a shovel-shaped head with two eyespot-like markings (that are not eyes[21]), and eight retractable segmented limbs. It also has two short "arms" that project energy whips, which can slice through objects and manipulate them. Shamshel remains horizontal during flight; during combat it raises itself upright by 90 degrees, with the "head" remaining parallel to the ground. Its core is located under its "throat".

Shamshel was engaged by Shinji in Unit 01. During the battle, Unit 01's umbilical cable was severed by Shamshel's energy whips, and Shinji had to fight the Angel on battery power. Ignoring orders to retreat, Shinji inflicted a fatal wound to the Angel's core using Unit 01's progressive knife, killing it seconds before Unit 01's batteries expired. The minimal damage to Shamshel allowed NERV to obtain a near-complete Angel specimen, although no report was ever submitted or published. NERV was able to recover the Angel's S² engine, which the Third Branch would later attempt to install in Unit 04.

It is named after Shamshel, the Angel of the Morning (昼の天使, Hiru no Tenshi), charged with guarding the entrance to the Garden of Eden, or 'the angel of daytime'[21] Shamshel's name is misspelled as "Shamsel" during Seele's recollection of the Angel attacks up to Armisael in episode 23. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Shamshel has been redesigned: the segmented limbs under its head appear to be mobile rib-like structures connected to what resembles an exposed spine. It also has a small bone mask similar to Sachiel's over its head. Shamshel collapsed into LCL when it died. The whip arms turned solid and were the only part of Shamshel to remain (though apparently so did its S² engine, which, just as in the original series, the Third Branch would attempt to install in Unit 04). It has also been designated as the fifth Angel instead of the fourth. Shamshel's character designer, Yoshitoh Asari, depicts the Angel as female in omake comics called "Angel Kiss".[22] One of the omake was included in the bonus materials in volume 2 of the official manga.


The fifth Angel, Ramiel (ラミエル, Ramieru),[16] is a hollow, translucent blue octahedron, with a lighter shade of blue on the top half and a darker shade on the bottom half. Ramiel defends itself with a proton particle beam it fires from its horizontal equator that automatically targets any hostile object in a certain radius or any direct threat outside it. It also bears an AT field that visibly warps light passing through it[23] and is surrounded by a noise that sounds like female chorus singing a single note in pulses. It extends a drill bit (likened to a tunnel boring machine) from a created opening on its bottom apex and attempts to bore through the armor above the GeoFront, in the first credible attempt to reach Terminal Dogma. Despite being one of the most powerful and formidable Angels, Ramiel is very passive in nature, slowly using its drill to bore into the GeoFront while using its deadly energy attacks only for defensive purposes. Ramiel's core is not shown, but it is implied to be deep within the Angel's body. Rebuild of Evangelion reveals Ramiel's core is at the center of its body.

Ramiel was defeated by Rei and Shinji in a coordinated assault (the two pilots' first operation together). The overall plan was named Yashima (ヤシマ作戦). Shinji in Unit 01 was armed with an experimental positron cannon to shoot the Angel from a distance, Rei in Unit 00 was equipped with a special shield (allegedly a thermal protection shield from a decommissioned Space Shuttle) to defend Unit 01. The positron cannon needed all the power from Japan to operate and the shield could only deflect Ramiel's particle beam for 17 seconds. Just before Shinji was about to fire at Ramiel, it reacted and fired at him at the exact same time. The two beams met each other, warping each other and causing both to miss. Ramiel fired a second shot before the positron cannon could fully recharge; Rei blocked the beam, first with the shield, then with Unit 00 itself after the shield was destroyed. This gave the positron cannon enough time to finish recharging, allowing Shinji to fire a shot which passed through Ramiel's center and killed it. Like Shamshel, Ramiel's corpse remained intact and was shown over the next several episodes being gradually deconstructed.

It is named after Ramiel, the Angel of Thunder (雷の天使, Kaminari no Tenshi)[23] and divine visions, who guides the souls of the faithful to Heaven. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Ramiel has been changed significantly: it retains its original octahedral shape when acting passively, but when attacking or defending, it morphs into symmetrical arrangements of multiple geometric shapes, with different configurations for different situations. Its drill bit is also morphed out of its substance. Additionally, it moved its core (which is revealed to also appear only when it is attacking) when Shinji fired at it instead of firing at Shinji at the exact moment he fired at Ramiel, but it is destroyed when Shinji fired a second shot. It also retains the surrounding noise that sounds like female choral music, but it emits screams when it attacks and is damaged and is classified as the sixth Angel instead of the fifth.


The sixth Angel, Gaghiel, (ガギエル, Gagieru),[16][24] is an aquatic being with a massive body and long jaws filled with sharp teeth. It also has a small "face" similar to Sachiel's on its forehead, and its core is located in its mouth. It can use parts of its body to slice objects such as warships. Unlike the preceding Angels, it does not generate a visible AT field.

Gaghiel attacked the UN Pacific fleet as it was delivering Unit 02 and (secretly) the preserved embryonic Adam to NERV. Gaghiel was searching for the Adam embryo, but because the presence of the embryo was secret (apparently even from Seele), NERV officially reported that Gaghiel was drawn by Unit 02. It managed to damage or destroy almost one third of the UN's combined fleet.

Gaghiel fought with Unit 02, piloted jointly by Asuka Langley Soryu and Shinji Ikari in their first battle together. Asuka brashly challenges Gaghiel in Unit 02 wearing only B-type equipment (unsuited for marine combat). A miscalculation by Asuka makes Unit 02 step onto a flight deck elevator which collapses, throwing the Eva and the Angel into the water, where Asuka and Shinji find themselves immobilized. The Angel bites down on them, trapping them in its jaws. Misato hatches a plan, and Unit 02 forces the Angel's mouth open (though only with Asuka and Shinji working and thinking in unison), allowing a pair of scuttled Iowa-classbattleships (the Illinois and Kentucky) to lodge in its mouth (knocking out most of its teeth in the process) and fire (via remote control) at the Angel's core, then self-destruct inside the Angel, killing it.

It is named after Gaghiel, the Angel of the Fish (魚の天使, Sakana no Tenshi). In the manga, Gaghiel's appearance is limited to a video shown to Misato, Rei, and Shinji by Ritsuko Akagi, showing Unit 02 (piloted just by Asuka) engaging the Angel and inflicting massive damage with its progressive knife, and it is stated that the Angel was destroyed soon after that. Gaghiel does not appear in Rebuild of Evangelion series.


The seventh Angel, Israfel (イスラフェル, Isuraferu),[16] has the appearance of a massive, humanoid creature, similar to Sachiel. Israfel has a face/mask, reminiscent of Sachiel's, which resembles a yin-yang symbol, and has a pair of razor sharp claws and can shoot an energy beam. It has two cores located in its chest, matched on either side of its center torso by four external bone-like rib structures.

Israfel has the ability to split itself into separate, twin Angels, referred to as "Alpha" and "Beta". The twin Angels are almost identical in appearance and properties to the original except in color scheme. Both have masks with three eye holes and possess their own cores, but without the rib structures. Both cores must be destroyed at the same time, or they will heal each other.

After emerging from the ocean, Israfel was engaged by Asuka and Shinji. Defying orders to attack in synch with Shinji, Asuka assaulted the Angel alone, cleaving it in two. Shocking everyone, Israfel split into its twins, and decisively defeated Asuka and Shinji. To NERV's embarrassment, the UN Secondary Command was allowed to take over the battle, and an N² bomb was dropped on the Angel, vaporizing 28% of its mass. The Angel was incapacitated for roughly six days, during which time it recovered from its injuries. Israfel was defeated through a synchronized attack by Shinji and Asuka, concerted via a musical score and with the memorization of numerous dance moves, first forcing the Angel to split into its twins, then back into its singular mode, this time with the two cores exposed which were destroyed simultaneously.

Israfel is named after Israfel, the Angel of Music (音楽の天使, Ongaku no Tenshi).[25] In the manga, Israfel remains split into its "twins" after it initially divides. Israfel does not appear in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.


The eighth Angel, Sandalphon (サンダルフォン, Sandarufon),[16][26] is similar in form to an Anomalocaris, but with hands on its arm-like appendages and two humanoid eyes on the left front of its head. It appears to have no abilities beyond its extraordinary resistance to heat and pressure, up to the point of being able to open its mouth in magma. Its own AT field never manifested physically.

Sandalphon was discovered in an embryonic state[27] deep inside the Mount Asamavolcano. NERV was determined to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to strike first against an Angel. Asuka, in Unit 02, was sent to capture the Angel using a special electromagnetic cage. The Eva's normal B-type equipment was not designed for extreme environments, so Unit 02 was equipped with the D-type Equipment, specifically designed for extreme conditions like magma. During the operation the Angel awoke, rapidly developed into its adult form, and attacked Unit 02, damaging it, however Unit 02 could not take any countermeasure due to the fact that it had lost its progressive knife earlier from the pressure of the lava (It was sent over the depth limit of the D-type equipment). Sandalphon was defeated by Asuka using the D-type equipment's coolant (inspired by an earlier conversation with Shinji regarding thermal expansion) and Unit 01's progressive knife.

Is named after Sandalphon, the Angel of Embryos (胎児の天使, Taiji no Tenshi). Sandalphon did not appear in the manga adaptation nor in the Rebuild of Evangelion series.


The ninth Angel, Matarael (マトリエル, Matorieru),[16][28] has the appearance of a massive opilionid-like creature with numerous eyes. The central eye on the underbelly secretes a strong solvent which can easily melt through both concrete and steel. The Angel attempts to burn a tunnel directly into the Geofront using the solvent. The Angel appears to possess no armament beyond this solvent, and its AT field never physically manifests, though the battle plan against it made mention of using Unit 02 to nullify its AT field before it would be fired upon. Matarael's core is not revealed.

Matarael emerged from the ocean during a near-total power outage in Tokyo-3 (caused by an unnamed individual or party). It was defeated through the coordinated efforts of Units 00, 01, and 02, in the first simultaneous deployment of all three Evas. Due to the power outage, the Evas ran on their internal batteries, supplemented by large additional batteries mounted to the shoulder boxes, and had to be launched manually. The Angel was killed using standard-issue Eva firearms, the only successful attempt at doing so.

It is named after Matarael, the Angel of Rain (雨の天使, Ame no Tenshi).[29] Matarael did not appear in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance or the manga adaptation of Evangelion, though in the latter case the power outage which preceded its appearance still occurred.


The tenth Angel, Sahaquiel (サハクィエル, Sahakuieru),[16] is a massive and bizarrely-shaped creature. It has an elongated body, with three eye-like markings (one in the center and one on either end of the body), and three stem-like growths projecting radially at both ends. Sahaquiel's AT field is comparatively powerful, able to shield the Angel from several N² bombs. It also seems to have an ability to jam satellite communications. The Angel's most devastating weapon is itself: utilizing both kinetic energy and its AT field, it drops pieces of itself onto Earth as bombs. Its core appears as the pupil of the central "eye".

Sahaquiel first appeared in low Earth orbit. The Angel's jamming ability prevented NERV HQ from contacting Commander Ikari or Sub-Commander Fuyutsuki in Antarctica. When NERV attempted to analyze the Angel, it crushed the scanning satellites with its AT field (although they were able to complete the scan). Attempts to destroy the Angel using N² bombs utterly failed. The Angel began dropping pieces of itself onto Earth. The first hit landed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (far from Tokyo-III) but with each successive hit, the Angel's aim improved. For the final blow, the attack that would land on NERV proper, Sahaquiel intended to drop its entire body onto Tokyo-III. The resulting blast would have been so powerful that Tokyo-III would have been transformed into an extension of the Pacific Ocean.

Sahaquiel was intercepted and killed through the combined efforts of all three Evas. Eva 01 first stopped the Angel's physical descent by "catching" it as it fell, then as all three Evas held it off the ground, Eva 00 canceled out its AT field, negating both of its main means of attack and then Eva 02 killed the Angel by stabbing its core with a Progressive Knife.

It is named after Sahaquiel, the Angel of the Skies. (空の天使, Sora no Tenshi).[29] In Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, it is redesigned with various stages. It starts out in space as a giant ball surrounded by a black membrane with moving eyespots. Then when it is about to land, it sheds the membrane and shape-shifts to resemble its anime counterpart, only this version is larger and has sharp spikes trailing it. When Shinji uses EVA-01's AT field to stop its descent, a body resembling Sachiel morphs out of the central eye and attacks Shinji with arms that turned into drills. The Angel then starts to propel itself towards the ground with an increasing amount of thrust, forcing Shinji to struggle to hold the Angel off the ground and pushing EVA-01 to its breaking point. The Angel's core is also on the edge of the central eye and moved around the edge to avoids attacks from Asuka in EVA-02 until Rei in EVA-00 is able to physically grab hold of it and stop it (greatly hurting herself in the process). Asuka then had to stab the core with two knives (and force one of them deeper into the core) to destroy it causing Sahaquiel to explode into a massive geyser of blood and floods a great portion of the city. It is designated as the 8th Angel in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.


The eleventh Angel, Ireul (イロウル, Irouru),[16] is a nano-scale entity, similar to a virus. In addition to its AT field, it demonstrates an ability to adapt and evolve to almost anything. Rather than "moving" in the conventional sense, the Angel seems to simply spread by rapidly reproducing at the cellular level. It is not known whether or not Ireul has a core.

It appears in the Pribnow Box deep in the GeoFront, where it is initially mistaken for corrosion before spreading to where the pilots are taking part in tests. Ritsuko and Misato, prior to understanding what they were up against, attempted to destroy the "corrosion" with lasers, only to have an AT field materialize to block their efforts. They soon discovered that the Angel is vulnerable to ozone and so pumped large amounts of it into the area of infection. The tactic temporarily stopped the Angel's spread, but after only a few seconds, it adapted to the ozone, and even absorbed it to increase its strength before suddenly mutating into a form resembling electronic circuitry. Linked into the Pribnow Box computer systems, the Angel electronically hacked into the MAGI computer systems, protecting the hard connections with an AT field on the cables to prevent it from being cut off. While inside, it read many critical files and attempted to initiate a self-destruct sequence before being slowed down long enough by Ritsuko to allow her in turn to initiate the Angel's destruction by using the last uninfected MAGI to set the Angel on an evolutionary path to its own annihilation. It is the only angel in the series to be killed without the use of an Eva.

It is named after Iruel, the Angel of Terror (恐怖の天使, Kyōfu no Tenshi).[29] Ireul did not appear in the manga, nor does it appear in the Rebuild of Evangelion series.


The twelfth Angel, Leliel (レリエル, Rerieru),[16] has a misleading appearance and possesses bizarre properties and powers. The Angel initially appears as a large, floating, black-and-white patterned sphere, and, when attacked, it re-manifests as a large black shadow. The Angel's true body is the shadow itself, and the "shadow" of the Angel is the floating sphere, this makes this Angel one of the most difficult to combat as it is impossible to attack a virtually 2-D creature. Leliel is explained as possessing an inverted AT field, which allows the Angel to take into itself anything in range of its shadow-like body, but keeping it contained. (An analogy would be a two-way mirror.) Within the inverted AT field is a Dirac sea, which "could lead to another universe". At its fullest extension, the Angel's body is 680 meters in diameter and 3 nanometers thick. It is unknown whether Leliel had a core.

Leliel appeared out of thin air over Tokyo-3, and all three Evas were sortied against it. Shinji, in Unit 01, impulsively fired upon the Angel's spherical "body", which vanished before his shots hit it. Immediately after the "body" disappeared, a shadow appeared under Unit 01's feet, absorbing both the Eva and a substantial portion of Tokyo-III. Unit 01 was cut off from all power and communication. Once NERV realized the properties of the Angel, in order to kill it, they planned to drop the 992 remaining N² bombs into the Angel while Units 00 and 02 negated its AT field, in spite of the possibility of losing Shinji in process. Within the pocket dimension, Shinji experienced a bizarre sort of self-psychoanalysis (speculated by Seele to be an attempt by the Angel to establish contact with a human), including meeting a younger version of himself, wearing a striped shirt pattern that matched Leliel's floating sphere "shadow". Kazuya Tsurumaki, Assistant Director, states this is intended to be Leliel speaking with Shinji. Moments before dropping the N² mines into Leliel, Unit 01, out of battery power at this point, entered Berserker mode and tore its way out of the dimension, shattering its 2-dimensional body. The spherical shadow released torrents of blood as Unit 01 emerged.

It is named after Leliel, the Angel of the Night (夜の天使, Yoru no Tenshi).[29] Leliel did not appear in the manga nor in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. The younger Shinji does appear during Shinji's self-psychoanalysis train ride. This can be connected with the Thirteenth Angel (labeled as the Ninth Angel in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance) Bardiel's attempt to contaminate Unit-01.


The thirteenth Angel, Bardiel (バルディエル, Barudieru),[16] inhabits Unit 03. It possesses all the properties and strengths of Unit 03, and it can also stretch the Eva's arms to a distance roughly equal to the Eva's height. The Angel's core is never shown, but, given that it has taken over Unit 03, and the Evangelions all have cores, it can be assumed to possess Unit 03's core.

Bardiel initially appeared in a cloud, infecting Unit 03 as it passed through in the process of being transported from the USA to Japan. It is unknown if the Angel was hidden within the cloud or if it was the cloud itself. The Angel revealed itself during the activation test at the Matsushiro facility, at the instant the "Absolute Borderline" (the point in startup where a pilot interfaces with an Eva) was reached. Despite a quick cutoff of the external power cable, the Angel apparently had generated an S² engine capable of powering Unit 03, completely taking over the Eva and destroying the base in a huge detonation detected back at NERV HQ. Responding to the explosion and detection of an unidentified object, NERV sortied all three Evas against it. Seeing that the Angel was an Eva, the pilots hesitated. Bardiel defeated Asuka in Unit 02 almost immediately. Rei, considering the pilot inside the possessed Eva, did not respond to orders to attack fast enough, and was attacked and disabled by the Angel, which attempted to "fuse" with Unit 00. Commander Ikari ordered the infected portion of her Eva cut off, throwing Bardiel away in the explosion and paralyzing Rei's left arm. The Angel then focused on Shinji. During the assault, Shinji was able to see that the Eva's entry plug was still inside the Angel. Even as Bardiel attacked Unit 01, using its extendable arms for the first time, Shinji refused to fight back, refusing to harm the trapped Eva pilot. Gendo ordered Shinji cut off from Unit 01 and the Dummy Plug (or Dummy System in Evangelion: 2.0) to be activated. Under the Dummy Plug's control, Unit 01 broke Bardiel's neck and literally tore it to shreds, only stopping once Unit 03's entry plug — with Toji Suzuhara inside it — was crushed in its hand.

Seele specifically mentions the thirteenth Angel during their interrogation of Misato regarding the twelfth Angel.[30] No reasons are given in the series for this mention. However, the twelfth, thirteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth angels all contacted an EVA.

It is named after Barachiel, the Angel of Haze (霞の天使, Kasumi no Tenshi).[29] In the manga, Shinji is aware before the battle that Toji is inside Unit 03, unlike in the anime where he knew there was a pilot inside but does not discover that it was Toji until after the battle, seeing him being carried out of the wreckage of the entry plug. Additionally, Toji is actually killed when Unit 01 crushes Unit 03's entry plug, while in the anime he survives but is severely injured.

In the manga, Gendo refers to Bardiel as the eighth Angel. However, even with the omission of some of the anime's Angels, Bardiel should have been referred to as the ninth Angel. In Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, Bardiel is confirmed as the ninth Angel who infects Unit 03, piloted by Asuka Langley Shikinami (in lieu of Unit 02 being put to storage in accordance to the Vatican Treaty, which allows a country to operate a maximum of three EVA units). This time, the Angel demonstrates a previously unseen ability: when Unit 01 forces the Angel's hands away, it breaks off Unit 03's shoulder fins and grows a second pair of arms. Bardiel suffers the same fate as its anime series incarnation, except the entry plug being crushed in Unit 01's mouth. Asuka survives the ordeal, but is badly wounded and placed in quarantine for fear of mental contamination by the Angel. Bardiel also attempted to contaminate Unit 01 before the link was disconnected and the Dummy System activated. The appearance of the younger Shinji during Shinji's self-analyzing train ride afterward can point to successful contamination or contact by Bardiel. This is in lieu of an appearance by the Angel Leliel in the Rebuild of Evangelion. Toji escapes any harm in 2.0, instead gifted with reuniting with his sister having come through with a healthy recovery.


The fourteenth Angel, Zeruel (ゼルエル, Zerueru),[16] appears as a floating creature as large as the Evas with a body shape comparable to a penguin, having a squat, cylindrical body with two dangling "leg" appendages, a malformed "skull" as a face and folding foil-like arms it uses as cutting weapons in close-range combat. The arms can breach most materials with relative ease, and it also uses them to crawl about when it breaks into Central Dogma from the GeoFront. Zeruel also possesses a powerful Angel beam attack which it can fire several times in rapid succession, a relatively powerful AT field, and its armor-like "skin" is strong enough to endure the point-blank detonation of an N² bomb completely undamaged even without the use of an AT field. All in all, Zeruel is one of the most powerful Angels ever seen. Its core is located on its chest.

Zeruel initially appeared and proceeded to the GeoFront, and, in a demonstration of power, blasted through 18 layers of the GeoFront's armor with a single shot of its beam attack. Inside the GeoFront, the Angel was confronted first by Asuka in Unit 02. Unit 02's artillery attacks from its dual machine guns were completely ineffective, as were a row of spikes from its shoulder extension to damage Zeruel, which proceeded to slice off Unit 02's arms. Rei in Unit 00 then attempted to stop Zeruel in a kamikaze attack using an N² bomb forced through the angel's AT field, but Zeruel covered its core with a protective membrane, which the mine failed to penetrate and struck down Unit 00. Zeruel proceeded to blast through and enter Central Dogma proper (the only Angel to successfully break into the GeoFront by force). Seconds before wiping out the bridge (and everyone in it), the Angel was confronted by Shinji in Unit 01.

During the fight, Shinji, despite Zeruel blasting Unit 01's left arm off, used the Eva lift system to launch Unit 01 and the Angel out of Terminal Dogma back into the devastated GeoFront, where he fought it to a standstill. However, he had engaged it without Unit 01 connected to a main power source, and so its backup power was drained before he could inflict any real damage on Zeruel. The Angel then proceeded to nearly destroy Unit 01, but before it could land the final blow, Unit 01 went berserk. The Eva unit kicked the Angel away, the process tearing its arm off, after which Unit 01 converted the body part into a new left arm for itself. The Angel then attacked Unit 01 with its remaining arm, only for it to be destroyed by Unit 01's AT field, also causing many sharp fragments to rebound and severely wound the Angel. Finally, Unit 01 smashed the Angel's face into the ground when it attempted to fire a final beam at it, and finished off the crippled Angel by devouring it, ingesting the Angel's S² engine. During the battle, Unit 01 breaks free of its armor.

Zeruel's physical substance seems to change during the fight: early on, its face is hard and durable enough to strike sparks when forced against the Eva lift by Shinji, but following its demise, even the apparently rock solid 'skull' on its face becomes limp and pliable.

It is named after the Angel of Strength (力の天使, Chikara no Tenshi).[29] Zeruel is designated the 10th Angel in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, and its appearance is slightly changed. Its body resembles a human torso in shape, and when it descends into the Geofront its body unravels into long, flowing, black cloth-like ribbons. Once inside the Geofront, it resembles a ghost-like figure and can roll its two longest ribbons (which replace the foil-arms) into a barrel-like shape before propelling them outward with great force. While its attack is similar to the anime version, there are differences with the Geofront engagement. Mari is the pilot of Unit 02, not Asuka, and she uses a secret code to release all of Unit 02's limiters and shed its humanity, entering into a controlled berserk state, and Zeruel disables her by dismembering an arm and part of the head as opposed to both arms. Unit 02 also helps Unit 00 break through Zeruel's AT field, ripping through it with its teeth. Zeruel consumes Unit 00 after Rei's Kamikaze attack and transforms into a gigantic, pale-skinned female humanoid with its misshapen skull-mask trailing long black tendrils resembling hair (at least as long as the new form of Zeruel is tall) for a head, and it uses Unit 00's identification code to disable Central Dogma's defenses. This is the form that Shinji battles, and while the fight and its conclusion are both very similar, the details and the meaning of the outcome are vastly different from the anime version. Rather than Unit 01 entering a berserk state when its power runs out Shinji himself drives Unit 01 to reactivate by force of will, and the Evangelion goes through a kind of angelic apotheosis (manifesting a halo similar to those previously seen on some other angels). Shinji also remains conscious for the rest of the fight, consciously controlling and driving the unit in his fight to save Rei. Eva 01 replaces its missing arm with a limb that it forms from out of its own AT field, as opposed to flesh stolen from Zeruel. Rather than devouring Zeruel while ripping it apart, Eva 01 separates Rei and Unit 00's core from Zeruel, causing Zeruel's core to burst in the process. After this, the Angel explodes, and reforms itself into a giant replica of Rei, which gets absorbed into Unit 01's core. This caused Unit 01 to begin initiating the Third Impact, making the Eva unit begin to change into a new life form that defied reason, and would have come into existence at the cost of all previous life, but Kaworu's Mark.06 threw a Spear of Cassius through Unit 01 to stop the Third Impact.


The fifteenth Angel, Arael (アラエル, Araeru),[16] has the form of a massive, glowing multi-winged creature. In addition to a conventional AT field, Arael's main weapon appears as a beam of yellow-white light, which penetrates the target's mind to directly attack their psyche (the beam itself is stated to have properties similar to an AT field). The Angel's core is held outside of its body by the appendages on its underbelly.[31]

Arael initially appeared in low Earth orbit, outside of the range of both conventional weapons and the Evangelions. Ignoring orders to serve as Rei's backup, Asuka confronted the Angel alone in Unit 02. Once she targeted the Angel, it used its weapon on her. The psychic attack forced Asuka to relive the horrors of her childhood and deconstruct her social and emotional facade, resulting in mental trauma sufficient to cause her to completely lose synchronization with Unit 02, which became inactive. After a particle beam weapon proved unable to penetrate Arael's AT field at such an extreme range, Gendo ordered Rei, in Unit 00, to use the Spear of Longinus against it (an order that both Misato and Dept. Commander Fuyutsuki took issue with, albeit for different reasons). Rei descended to Terminal Dogma, removed the Spear from Lilith's chest, and, once back at the surface, hurled the Spear at the Angel. The Spear broke through the Angel's AT field and destroyed the Angel, but it escaped Earth's gravity (eventually landing on the moon) and NERV was unable to retrieve it.

It is named after the Angel of the Birds (鳥の天使, Tori no Tenshi).[29] In the anime, Asuka suffered no apparent physical aftereffects from the psychic attack, but in the manga, she becomes comatose due to mental shock. In the anime, Arael's beam attack is accompanied by the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's Messiah.


The sixteenth Angel, Armisael (アルミサエル, Arumisaeru),[16] appears as a large glowing floating torus which may represent a plasmid. In its initial dormant phase, the Angel's body has a double helix structure. During battle, the double helix deconstructs into a single thread, which then lashes out at enemies, utilizing its entire body as a weapon. Its powers are potent enough to pierce the Evas' AT fields.

Armisael appeared, seemingly out of thin air, over the outskirts of Tokyo-3, and Rei in Unit 00 and Asuka in Unit 02 were sortied against it. Once the Evas approached it, Armisael assumed its "combat form". It pierced Unit 00's AT field and core and began to fuse with the Eva. While it was in contact with Unit 00, the Angel also merged with Rei and mentally contacted her, expressing a desire to merge with her and forcing her to feel its pain, which Rei realized was actually loneliness. When ordered to assist Rei, Asuka proved unable to even move her Eva and was consequently pulled out of the battle. Gendo, apparently desperate to save Rei, ordered Unit 01 out of quarantine (which it had been kept in since the battle with Zeruel) to battle the Angel (an order he had declined to give while Asuka was attacked by Arael). When Unit 01 approached the Angel, it tried to fend him off, and, when that proved only a mixed success, it began to fuse with Unit 01 as well, taking the appearance of Lilith as in The End of Evangelion. To keep the Angel from fusing with Shinji, Rei reversed her Eva's AT field, pulling the Angel into Unit 00's core. She then self-destructed her Eva, 'killing' her second body and destroying Unit 00, the Angel, and a sizable portion of the Tokyo-3 area.

It is named after the Angel of the Womb (子宮の天使, Shikyū no Tenshi).[29] While merging with Armisael in the Director's Cut and Platinum version (as well as in the manga), Unit 00 is shown growing a fleshy tumorous mass along its back which incorporates the shapes of almost all the previous Angels they have battled. Also, for a moment the Eva raises in the air and turns into an all-white, naked, Rei, that appeared to resemble Lilith, with a halo over her head just prior to exploding.


Main article: Kaworu Nagisa

Tabris (タブリス, Taburisu),[16] the seventeenth and final Angel, holds the form of a human, Kaworu Nagisa. Like the other Angels, he is "born of Adam", although it is implied that he was created by Seele. He contains the soul of Adam, similar to how Rei contains the soul of Lilith. Tabris' AT field is the most powerful ever detected, strong enough to block out "light, magnetism, subatomic particles, everything". He may control any Evangelion unit he wishes, even from outside the entry plug, so long as the soul inhabiting the Eva is dormant. Within the entry plug, he can set his synchronization ratio at any level he wishes. The nature or even the very existence of his core is not revealed.

Tabris, as Kaworu, infiltrated NERV under the pretense of being sent to replace Asuka as Unit 02's pilot. During his stay in Tokyo-3, he formed a friendship with Shinji. Kaworu later revealed himself as an Angel, seizing control of Unit 02 and descending with it towards Terminal Dogma. Shinji, in Unit 01, was sent to stop him, but was forced to battle Unit 02, while Tabris proceeded to Terminal Dogma. Tabris' AT field manifested during the battle, effectively cutting both of them off from all contact with anyone outside. After he reached Terminal Dogma, Tabris was surprised to discover that the Angel held there was not Adam, but Lilith. When Rei, also in Terminal Dogma, used her own AT Field to cancel out Tabris' AT Field, Shinji took down Unit 02 and proceeded to stop the Angel. Tabris, gripped in Unit 01's hand, stated his unwillingness to destroy mankind by causing Third Impact, and asked Shinji to kill him. Shinji, after a long period of hesitation, crushed the Angel in his Eva's hand.

He is named after the Angel of Freedom (自由の天使, Jiyū no Tenshi).[29] (This naming convention breaks from most of the other Angels in that it uses a Yah theophory, rather than an El theophory.) In The End of Evangelion, his name appears on the Dummy Plugs for the mass-production Evas. Kaworu Nagisa's first appearance in the Rebuild of Evangelion series is shortly after the battle with Ramiel.


The eighteenth Angel, Lilin (リリン, Ririn), is said by Misato in The End of Evangelion to be mankind itself.[32] It is also the name used by Tabris to describe mankind, in reference to their progenitor, Lilith. As Lilith's descendants, the Lilin are endowed with the "Fruit of Wisdom", which is the source of their intelligence and technology. Like the Angels, Lilin also have AT fields, but unlike the Angels who can physically manifest theirs, the AT fields of Lilin are merely what separates each human from all others, creating individual identity.[33] In the manga, Misato tells Shinji that humans are the eighteenth Angel born from Lilith, not on Earth.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Rebuild of Evangelion[edit]

In the Rebuild of Evangelion film series, many of the Angels return along with some differences and new original designs. The order of the Angels has been changed and some Angels that were originally in the anime do not appear in the remake. Most of the angels die differently than they do in the original version.

Two new unnamed Angels are introduced in Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. The first is the new Third Angel, designed by illustrator Mohiro Kitoh, which appears as a skeleton's spinal column atop a small body with miniature legs and had a bird-like head that contained the Angel's core. The Angel is being studied at NERV's Bethany Base at the North Pole when it escapes, and is ultimately destroyed by Mari Illustrious Makinami in the Provisional Evangelion Unit 05. Kaji claims that it appears as a skeleton because the NERV scientists performed such extensive tests that what was shown is all that is left of the Angel's body. The second unnamed Angel is the new Seventh Angel, designed by Kazuya Tsurumaki, which appears as a drinking bird-like body made out of floating metal shapes with a large pendulum that holds the Angel's core and two stilt-like double helix legs that freeze water to allow it to walk on the surface of the ocean. It also has two pointed appendages moving on its head like the hands of a clock, and that can rapidly spin to unleash an attack. The Angel is ultimately destroyed by Asuka Langley Shikinami in Evangelion Unit 02. A third unnamed Angel is introduced in Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo as the new Twelfth Angel. It was sealed within Mark.06 and was released when Mark.09 decapitates Mark.06, after which the Angel gets absorbed by Unit-13.


Several other Angels appear in other Neon Genesis Evangelion titles. In the game Evangelion 2nd Impression, Mayumi Yamagishi is an Angel known as the Insubstantial Angel. Gainax has released a number of tenth-anniversary figurines under the Angel Chromosome XX label. The figurines are designed by Keroro Gunso artist Mine Yoshizaki and are female anthropomorphized versions of several Angels. The packaging for the figurines gives the appearance of being a NERV lab sample, and is marked with a biohazard symbol.[34] Lilith, Sachiel, Zeruel, Armisael, and Tabris are featured under the "Angel-XX" line, as well as a figure called "Code:BE", which is virtually identical to the Lilith figure.[35] Shamshel, Sahaquiel, and Arael are featured under the "Angel-XX: Next" line.[36] Another line, "Angel-XX: nano!", features moe versions of the Lilith, Sachiel, Zeruel, and Tabris figurines, plus a Leliel figure unique to the 'nano' range.[37]

The original proposal depicted some unused angels named Raziel, Turel and Shateiel, those being considered beta versions of Sachiel, Sahaquiel, and Ramiel respectively.

Two additional Angels also appear in the Evangelion tabletop roleplaying game. Both are named after figures from the Qur'an, these being Iblis which appears as a turtle-like creature and Baraqijal, a coral-like being with a single enormous eye encased in a gelatinous orb that uses electricity-based attacks.

In the Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse (Gakuen Datenroku) manga, the Angels are souls made up into a red spherical object called "Core". They can take over the body of a creature but it also kills the soul of the original host.

In City Shrouded in Shadow (2017), mirroring their physical appearances, abilities, battle actions, and fates in the Rebuild continuity, Sachiel engages Evangelion Unit 01 in Level 5, Shamshel fights the same Eva in Level 12, while Sahaquiel is confronted by Units 00, 01, and 02 in Level 15. Meanwhile, the players, as civilians, must survive and escape the ensuing chaos of the battles.

In Transformers x Evangelion, an Angel was controlled by the ghost of Starscream and he morphed it to look like Starscream and he was going to use it against Galvatron but was defeated by Ava-1 and the Autobots.[38][39]

See also[edit]


  1. ^Neon Genesis Evangelion, episode 5: Ritsuko: "Although they [the Angels] are composed of a different form of matter, their actual composition, in terms of the arrangement and spacing of the pattern, falls within a 99.89% match of human genes."
  2. '^'Neon Genesis Evangelion, episode 24: Tabris: "As an Angel, I am destined to live forever..."
  3. ^"エヴァンゲリオン・インタビュー5". 2016-11-02. Archived from the original on 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  4. ^Newtype November, 2003 issue, Neon Genesis Evangelion 2, Evangelions.
  5. ^Carl Gustav Horn (2013). "Secrets of Evangelion - 06: Adam". Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-in-1 Edition. Viz Media. 2. ISBN .
  6. ^"Explanation files". Evangelion Encyclopedia (in Italian). Dynamic. 4: 34.
  7. ^"Terminology". Death & Rebirth Booklet (Special Edition) (in Japanese). 1997.
  8. ^Mark MacWilliams. "Apocalypticism Japanese Style--Jewish-Christian Symbolism in Neon Genesis Evangelion". Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  9. ^Carl Gustav Horn. "Dossier". Neon Genesis Evangelion - Special Collector's Edition. Viz Comics. 4 (3).
  10. ^Lilith information and image
  11. ^http://wiki.evageeks.org/LCL[bare URL]
  12. ^ abcdefghijklmno"ADV Evangelion site". Archived from the original on 2007-06-30.
  13. ^"The Third Angel: SACHIEL", Platinum Commentaries vol 1
  14. ^Official Neon Genesis Evangelion merchandise
  15. ^[1] Design Chronicle review
  16. ^GaghielArchived 2007-08-16 at the Wayback Machine Information and image (Japanese)
  17. ^ ab"The Fourth Angel: SHAMSHEL", Platinum Commentaries, Vol 1, Gainax
  18. ^EvaCommentary.orgArchived 2007-08-19 at the Wayback Machine Supplemental Images, under "Miscellany" (.zip file)
  19. ^ ab"The Fifth Angel: RAMIEL" Platinum Commentaries vol 1, Gainax
  20. ^GaghielArchived 2007-08-16 at the Wayback Machine Information and images (Japanese)
  21. ^Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (Audio commentary)
  22. ^Sandalphon The Angel in its adult form
  23. ^Sandalphon Images and information
  24. ^MataraelArchived 2007-09-20 at the Wayback Machine Information and images (Japanese)
  25. ^ abcdefghi"これを読めば、エヴァが百倍楽しくなる! 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン". Archived from the original on 2009-01-08.
  26. ^Neon Genesis Evangelion, episode 17: Seele, to Misato: "…the Angel attempted contact with the pilot. Do you think this has any significance regarding the predicted thirteenth Angel, and all Angels thereafter?"
  27. ^Volume 6 DVD booklet, Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Edition; also in the artbook Der Mond as a concept artwork
  28. ^Misato: "Mankind is the eighteenth Angel", from The End of Evangelion, episode 25': Air / Love is Destructive
  29. ^Neon Genesis Evangelion, episode 24: Kaworu: "Aren't you Lilin even aware yet, that your so-called AT field is merely that wall that encloses every mind that exists?!"
  30. ^Packaging for Angel Chromosome XX figurinesArchived 2015-04-10 at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^Angel-XX figurinesArchived 2015-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^Angel-XX: Next figurinesArchived 2015-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  33. ^Angel-XX: nano! figurinesArchived 2015-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^"Takara Tomy Planning Transformers x Evangelion Crossover".
  35. ^https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformers_×_Evangelion[bare URL]


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Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Angels_in_Neon_Genesis_Evangelion
Class 2 English Unit 16: Colours (Book 2020)

“Neon Genesis Evangelion,” Episodes 13–16: There’s Something Wrong with Rei Ayanami

Neon Genesis Evangelion Rewatch is a series of essays where Willow Maclay will be covering the streaming release of Hideaki Anno’s landmark anime show.

Clip shows are not synonymous with greatness. They’re the sort of episodes that television shows used to run when they were behind schedule, or over-budget or looking for an easy way to do the bare-minimum. Episode fourteen of Hideaki Anno’s anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion is a clip show, but it subverts expectations by pulling the rug out from underneath viewers in a shocking second-half that marks an entirely new direction for the television show. The first half of this episode is presented as a military report to SEELE, a secret organization controlling the military installation of NERV, who are fighting the monsters known as Angels that are ravaging the city of Tokyo-3. Most television shows would merely take the footage that already exists and replay it without any additional context or modification. It’s what viewers have come to expect of clip episodes, but animation studio GAINAX does something unique by presenting the images differently than they were initially broadcast. The military report covers all of the Angel attacks, but with a matter-of-fact presentation which strips the previously seen action sequences of all bombast. The music that usually accompanies these battles is gone, replaced with long stretches of silence over title cards that show the information of the military report. In-between there are quick cuts that show viewers all they need to see of the battle. Images of lead pilot Shinji Ikari’s torment in the aftermath of battle is excised, now only showing the end result: a job-well done and a mission completed. A clip is shown of the giant, robotic EVA unit that Shinji pilots roars and kills the Angel in the second episode. The clip show begins to work like montage, with a specific rhythm of the Eva delivering the final blow of each Angel, followed by more information in title cards, until all the Angels up to this point have been defeated. Throughout this clip portion there are little additions to give outsider context of those who aren’t fighting the battles, but living through the incident as citizens. These scenes are structured as interviews, but startling sentences like “no one was afraid, not even the youngest girls” paints a portrait of normalized terror. Something becomes less stressful if you experience it often enough, even life and death. 

After these clips play, the officials at SEELE state that their plan to unleash the Human Instrumentality Project, about which we still don’t know much, is happening too fast. In addition to this, the officials worry that the Angel that attacked in episode thirteen, by trying to manifest itself in their computer defence systems, nearly disrupted their plans. The entire project could have ended in disaster. Gendo Ikari, Shinji’s father, the lead research scientist on the Eva units for NERV and the man spearheading the Human Instrumentality Project, is mostly quiet during this meeting. When pressed, he states that everything is going according to plan as it is read in the Dead Sea Scrolls. This is the first mention of this artifact playing a key role in SEELE’s intentions to unleash the Human Instrumentality Project. In previous episodes some information on what this project is about has been delivered. It is their intention to force an evolution upon the human race, in order to both become something greater than human, perhaps God, and to finally defeat the angels. No one knows of this project except SEELE and those that work for them. Even during this scene it is confusing to truly clarify what SEELE want to bring about the world, and the Angels, the creation of the Eva units, and the adolescent pilots somehow all play a part.

Up to this point you could argue that there’s nothing especially out of the ordinary about this episode in terms of plotting. Even with the re-contextualization of previous images around the basis of a clip show and the meeting at SEELE, Evangelion still looks and feels like itself. That changes directly after the SEELE meeting closes and the show cuts to the mysterious young pilot Rei Ayanami. In previous episodes about Rei her life and journey was always handled with a third-person perspective. She was always being seen or talked about from the vantage point of other characters. The show never shifted to the world as she sees it. That changes here, and we finally begin to grapple with Rei’s thought process. In voiceover she recites a poem on nature, existence, and having a body. The accompanying images are not animated. They’re still drawings of landscapes, flowers, and skies. Rei states that she “hates the color red,” and the image finally moves again with a hard cut away from the still frames and into an image of blood cells in a human body. Rei’s poem becomes more abstract and the images follow suit. She says she “is a woman who never bleeds,” implying that she isn’t biologically capable of having children, and a statement that doubles as a theory that she may not be human at all, but something created by the scientists at NERV. She reads that, “a city is a human creation...an Eva is a human creation… What is a human? A creation of God?”, but her poem breaks when she gets to next the stanza. She asks, “who am I?”, and there’s an image of her foregrounded in a celestial space, but then she asks, “what am I?”, shifting herself away from humanity, and that image of her in space repeats out into infinity like a mirror. All the while she repeats the phrase “what am I?” over and over again. We don’t know who Rei Ayanami is, and she doesn’t either.  

Before this scene, Rei had always been framed as someone who exists in a supernatural space. Her first appearance in the television show, all the way back in episode one, treated her almost like a ghost. Shinji Ikari saw her briefly on an abandoned highway, before she disappeared in the blink of an eye. She’s always been quiet and withdrawn, seeming like a body without soul, and after this startling peek into her mental state it becomes obvious that there’s something wrong with her. In the following scene the show emphasizes this even further. It’s business as usual at NERV. Dr. Ritsuko Akagi and lead military operations officer Major Misato Katsuragi might even call it a quiet day, because they haven’t had to deal with an Angel attack. They’re running mental sync testing again on Shinji, Rei, and Asuka, the child pilots of the Eva units, but with the added twist of seeing if Shinji and Rei could pilot different Evas. The sync testing for Rei is normal and she meshes well with Shinji’s Eva, but the same can’t be said for Shinji while being in Ayanami’s robot. Shinji panics, screaming that “something is trying to get into my brain.” There’s a cut to a black void where Rei’s ghostly body floats closer and closer to the screen, until she tilts her head up and reveals her face. It isn’t the normal monotone expression of Ayanami, but something twisted, demonic even, with bright red eyes and a giant smile pushing the borders of the mouth to its breaking point. The image is just a flash, but afterward the Eva unit goes berserk with Shinji inside. This image of Rei that is living inside the Eva unit is haunted. The robot fights back as much as it can, punching the wall and mirror where the Rei we are familiar with is visible. It’s easy to argue that the Eva unit was trying to destroy Rei, but Ritsuko thinks it was trying to kill her. Ritsuko knows something that the others do not and in the following episode even asks Gendo Ikari if “Rei and Shinji would hate them forever if they knew how the Eva units were created?”

Even after these destabilizing scenes, one of which relies upon abstract montage, the episode isn’t without a final twist. Gendo sits in his office, overlooking Tokyo-3, and his second in command, Kouzou Fuyutsuki, asks him how the “Adam Project” is commencing. He asks if they’ve found the “Spear of Longinus.”.They have. The next time we see Rei she is back in her Eva unit. A time jump perhaps, because it’s disorienting to place these scenes beside one another. The visual language of this scene is ominous, and compounded by the two scenes involving Rei that take place directly before this one. The deepest levels of NERV as a headquarters are completely abandoned, lit by only the faintest of light sources. It obviously was not overseen by the same people who built the flashing lights and super computers of their battle stations. This area is hidden, and only Gendo, the rest of SEELE and Rei know about it. In her arms Rei is carrying a weapon: the Spear of Longinus. A trump card. It’s something to fear later: An item of great importance.

Neon Genesis Evangelion had a troubled production history, which only engendered a stronger sense of fable around the television show. Hideaki Anno’s previous television show for GAINAX, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990-1991),was a financial loser and the stress of working on that series sent Anno into a deep depression.1 Anno was attached at one point to direct a film adaptation of the series, but nothing ever came of it and GAINAX wasn’t able to recoup the losses of this television property until Neon Genesis Evangelion proved to be a worldwide phenomenon among anime fans. In 1995, During pre-production of Evangelion, Japan also saw a great tragedy befall their nation when a doomsday cult attacked a Japanese railway station with sarin gas with hopes of ushering in an apocalypse. The attacks hewed too closely to a plot that Evangelion was covering. Creator Hidaki Anno feared censorship from the Japanese government and had to scrap initial plans for the back half of the television show.2 In addition to this unforeseen tragedy, the production team at GAINAX were frequently behind schedule or pushing deadlines to their absolute limit, which forced the show to redevelop on the fly numerous times. Anno also became obsessed with a book on psychology during the making of the television series and decided to change direction around episode sixteen to a more philosophical interrogation of the human psyche.3 This is all to say that Evangelion was in a state of flux while making the clip show episode. Previous circumstances, some of Hidaki Anno’s own making and others the production staff at GAINAX had no control over, would dictate where the show would go next and how it would look. The new chapter of Evangelion begins when Rei asks herself, “what am I?”

Before the next stage of the show could take off there was another episode which gave viewers much needed context for a main character on the show. In episode thirteen chief scientist at NERV, and Eva expert,Dr. Ritsuko Akagi is given the spotlight, and we learn a lot about what drives her as a scientist. The theme of having parental issues extends to a character once again. Anno’s interest in psychology, specifically Jungian and Freudian ideas, is draped in the imagery of Evangelion. In this episode it is melded into a computer. NERV’s computer defence systems were created by Ritsuko’s mother, and she dubbed this operation the MAGI. During the process of creating this system Ritsuko’s mother donated her brain to the computer so that it may have all the contradictions of human thought. Her brain was split into three sections, each controlling a different operating system. This is the first clear indication that the technology that NERV are operating is a melding of human and machine, which sheds some light on why the Eva units seem to be made of flesh and metal. Her mother’s decision to give her entire life creation of the MAGI defence system is something Ritsuko respects deeply as a scientist. She can understand her mother’s decision in those terms, but she cannot comprehend why she would give up her motherhood to do so or why she would make this decision as a woman. Ritsuko tries to understand, but she seems haunted by her mother’s decision. This is something she has to think about constantly, as Ritsuko oversees the MAGI, essentially working with her mother on a daily basis.

When the newest Angel makes itself known as a computer operations system virus it throws all of this conflict into light. This episode is special, having the distinction of being the only one where an Angel is defeated by a human person, in this case Ritsuko, and not an Eva unit. What plays out is a cyber-thriller/hacker plot and Ritsuko eventually saves the day with quick thinking and a deep understanding of how the MAGI unit functions due to it containing the brain of her mother. This isn’t the most thrilling encounter with an Angel because it doesn’t contain any semblance of action beyond a keyboard battle and a last second insertion of a virus into the beast which forces it to delete itself, but it does give you a window into Ritsuko and why she fights. She does so to be closer to her mother.  

All the way back in the earliest episodes of Evangelion there’s a curious reveal that underneath the purple chrome of Shinji Ikari’s Eva unit was flesh. A little later there was a startling moment of sequential editing where Shinji is staring into the eye of the robot. The image cuts three times until there is an extreme close-up of the eye. When the Eva unit blinks the color contrast is reversed and Shinji screams. His Eva unit 01 was always a mystery, and its biological realities have been slowly revealed. At this point in the series there’s no clarification on how these creatures were made. They were a last defence to fend off the Angels, and the show has gestured toward their origins being horrifying. Beyond the clarification of what these Eva units are actually made of there’s this intensifying metaphor that to be in the Eva unit is akin to being inside a “womb.” The cockpit of the Eva’s is made up of LCL fluid, an invention of NERV which helps the pilot’s mentally sync up with the robots. The pilot is submerged into the cockpit and the fluid smells like “blood”. Asuka makes anoff-hand remark during sync-testing that Shinji is “back in the womb” when he entered Rei’s Eva Unit. It was a joke, meant to humiliate Shinji, but there’s something more to it than hazing, and with each successive reveal the idea of these pilots being inside the womb of the Eva unit becomes a stronger one. This becomes more than just metaphor in episode sixteen.

I’ve extensively covered Shinji Ikari’s problems with his father Gendo in previous entries of this series on Neon Genesis Evangelion, but never once has the question of Shinji’s mother come up. That changes in this batch of episodes. There’s a wedding between NERV employees happening in episode fifteen and it gives Misato and Asuka a chance to talk about things like dresses and romantic partners with a casualness that Shinji overhears from his bedroom. He envies the loose conversation between girls. He’s too coarse and jagged and inside of himself to truly break free and join in, so he lays in his bedroom with a pillow placed over his face. Shinji can’t go to the wedding because it’s on the anniversary of his mother’s death. There’s no information given about how she died, but when Shinji visits her the following day it says on the tombstone that Yui Ikari passed away in 2004, which was comfortably after the Second Impact happened in the year 2000. The graveyard is strange looking, with the appearance of monoliths popping up out of the ground in an abandoned desert in images that feel positively Jodorowsky-ian. Shinji is nervous about visiting his mother’s grave because that’s where his tendencies to run away from conflict began. When his mother died Shinji was barely old enough to comprehend what was happening, but in 2012, Shinji ran away from his father when he couldn’t face visiting the grave again. This fractured their relationship, and has been something of a burden between them going forward. In episode twelve Shinji was given praise from his father for doing a good job and as such he feels decent about his relationship right now, but like always, he overthinks everything the night before. When Shinji and Gendo visit the grave they have a casual conversation, but Gendo lets something slip that’s startling. Yuri’s body isn’t buried where the monument lay. No one’s really sure what happened to her. Gendo says the grave is just a decoration. For Shinji, getting his father to say this much was a massive success, and he thanks him for the conversation. In Shinji’s mind he is growing. He’s getting better at piloting the Eva unit. He’s a little more outspoken in front of his father, and most importantly he didn’t run away when he had to confront his mother’s tombstone like last time.

In the following episode Shinji is thrilled to hear that his sync rates have surpassed Asuka and Rei. For wunderkind Asuka, whose entire identity is tied up in piloting, this is a tragedy. She can be seen later in a desolate state with an obvious fist mark in the center of her locker at NERV headquarters. With his sync rates higher, Shinji Ikari will receive even more praise from his father and he will be validated for doing things expected of him. With this news Shinji Ikari has the potential to be loved, but when the next Angel attacks Shinji’s success proves to be a double-edged sword. Now over-confident and willing to do anything to be praised, Shinji roars into battle. Asuka sarcastically urges him on forward because his sync rate was higher. He’s the best now, she replies with venom. But Shinji makes a massive mistake. They don’t know anything about this spherical black Angel and when he goes to throttle the beast it evolves, turning itself into a black void that Shinji slowly sinks within. As his Eva unit disappears beneath the expanding black shadow Shinji screams. A death-rattle, and there’s a cut back to Misato, Shinji’s military commander/roommate, at NERV who is witnessing someone she is supposed to take care of slowly die. Shinji’s Eva disappears completely. He’s lost within the Angel. The others escape. Ritsuko informs everyone that the life signs of the Eva unit are online, but Shinji is trapped somewhere in this abstract sphere. The life support systems will hold up for sixteen hours, but if they can’t find a way to free him before time is up then the young boy will join his mother in death.

When I mentioned earlier about Neon Genesis Evangelion shifting with episode fourteen the most prominent aspect of that change is felt in this episode. The animation looks noticeably rougher, cheaper and less expansive. Background characters move less, and battles between Eva Units and Angels become theoretical instead of violent. It is easier to animate a black void swallowing the frame than it is to create something like the dance/timer montage from episode nine. With the choice to fall into the black hole this series manages to accomplish two very separate, but equally important goals. It is a short-cut to save on production time to animate more sparsely and by turning much of this episode into an internal monologue with abstract images to follow it accomplishes Hideaki Anno’s newer direction of cataloguing each character’s mental decline. Anno’s tendency to let characters mirror his own emotional thought process becomes prominent as Shinji experiences his own personal highs and lows in this batch of episodes. He’s becoming great at piloting this weapon, his father was proud of him, but now, trapped inside of this Angel, everything falls apart for the young boy.

A white line on a black background dances wildly as Shinji Ikari announces in voiceover that he wonders if he’ll live to see anyone ever again. This is an honest concern that anyone could have, but the series morphs into flashback of Shinji’s childhood and becomes more specific. A dream-like image of c Shinji resting in an abandoned train-car, with a toddler version of himself sitting across comes next. He wonders aloud if there are multiple “true” Shinji Ikari’s. The one he knows as himself, and many others that people have created in their own minds of how they think about him. He worries about other people hurting him, and there’s a flash cut of moments previously seen in the series of others treating him poorly. There’s Asuka making fun of his masculinity. His father looking on with disapproval. Toji, a schoolmate of his, punching Shinji. All of these memories flash across the screen in seconds. The toddler version of Shinji Ikari asks, “Father, am I unwanted?” and then there are flashes of newspaper headlines, too many to interpret, but one is visible among all the other text that reads “accused of killing his wife.” That sentence breaks through the abstraction to give depth and meaning to Shinji’s relationship with his father and cast a shadow over the potential evil within Gendo Ikari. At the close of this sequence Shinji is seen back in the cockpit of his Eva unit with his life support systems running out. He pulls himself into the fetal position to feel a sense of safety, but by doing so also gives more weight to the idea of the Eva Unit being a womb metaphor. The image dims for a moment, but then a figure appears, his mother. She’s just a rough line drawing, without a face, smudged out, unfinished, maybe this is how Shinji remembers her, and she pulls Shinji through the void.

The shadow Angel begins to break apart, turning a brick red shade and something bursts forth. The Eva unit’s hand pierces the shadow, spilling blood with it. An image of birth. The Eva howls. There’s a cut to Asuka, looking startled, muttering to herself, “it’s alive. What are these things?” The shadow Angel explodes and Shinji is free. It’s raining blood. Misato and Ritsuko are troubled by what they have seen. Misato especially. She knows that the Evangelion units are made from the same DNA as the first Angel, but there’s more to them. They have a soul. When Shinji is seen in the hospital later he says to himself, “the smell of blood won’t come off.” Does it for any of us?

Neon Genesis Evangelion

1. Lamarre, Thomas (2009). The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation. University of Minnesota Press p. 180

2. Krystian Woznicki (September 1991). "Towards a cartography of Japanese anime – Anno Hideaki's Evangelion Interview with Azuma Hiroki". BLIMP Film Magazine.

3. Lawrence Eng. "In the Eyes of Hideaki Anno, Writer and Director of Evangelion". CJas.org. Retrieved September 7, 2013.

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Fictional cyborgs in Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the science fictionanime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, Evangelions (エヴァンゲリオン, Evangerion), also referred to as Evas or EVAs, are fictionalbiomechanicalhumanoids that can only be piloted by specially chosen 14-year-old children and created to defend the world from mysterious beings known as "Angels." The Evangelion Units were primarily designed by director Hideaki Anno and mechanical designer Ikuto Yamashita.


Unit 01 runs through Tokyo-3.

The Evangelions were initially inspired by the Oni, a folkloric Japanese creature.[1] Although assumed to be entirely mechanical in nature, the Eva Units are revealed to be cybernetic organisms, a mostly biological being with a substantial mechanical infrastructure, including a capsule inserted into the spine called an "entry plug" in which the pilot sits and controls the Eva's actions, though the extent of this control can vary. The only people who can pilot Evas are children whose mothers have died after the Second Impact, who are chosen by the Marduk Institute and designated in numeral order as "children" (i.e. First Child, Second Child). The reason of this is not explained for some time, until it is revealed that the souls of the pilots' mothers are integrated with the Evas to enable a psychic link between the two. Once inserted inside and connected to the Eva, the entry plug is filled with a translucent, breathable liquid known as LCL, which allows the pilots to electrochemically control the Evas. LCL is repeatedly described as smelling like blood and is revealed later on to be derived from the blood of the second Angel, Lilith. The pilots wear uniforms called plug suits and devices called interface headsets on their heads to achieve better synchronization with the Eva. Although the Evas wear armor, their most significant defense is the Absolute Terror Field (AT Field for short), a form of force field which protects the Eva from all forms of conventional damage and can be used to disrupt an Angel's AT field.

All Evangelions save for one are derived from the first Angel, Adam (in the Book of Genesis, Eve is created from one of Adam's ribs). Unit-01 is unique in having been born from the second Angel, Lilith. With these revelations, the true purpose of their armor is also revealed - it is actually to constrain and control their actions and true strength. Based on production sketches from Evangelion 1.0 Complete Records Collection, all Evas are 75 meters tall; this presumably applies to the more humanoid Angels as well.[2]

To power their massive frames, they use internal batteries, an umbilical cable, or an S² engine, an organ the Angels use to sustain themselves. Auxiliary batteries can be attached to extend an Eva's unplugged endurance. The Evas are controlled through their psychic link to the pilot via a combination of hand controls in the entry plug and direct nerve impulses that link to the pilot's plug suit and interface headset. The pilot's link with the Eva is expressed in a "synchronization ratio". The higher the synchronization, the greater the command over the Eva. A high synchronization permits direct feedback, including the ability for a pilot to directly experience pain induced by any damage against the Eva. This is why the pilots often undergo routine synchronization tests, in order to measure how well the pilots can synchronize with the souls that are bonded within the Evas. The Evas can also be controlled by an autopilot system, the Dummy Plugs, which are based on the thought patterns of either Rei Ayanami or Kaworu Nagisa. Evas can also lose control in certain circumstances and go "berserk", such as when the pilot is under extreme duress.

The Evas fight with their arms and legs, but they can also wield and use a wide variety of giant conventional weapons. Additionally, each Eva has a retractable bladed weapon known as a "progressive knife" in their shoulder pylon.

Prototype Units[edit]

Failed Prototypes[edit]

Nerv made numerous failed attempts in creating a functional Eva Unit. The remains of these failed Evas are hidden in one of the lowest levels of Nerv headquarters. Most of these failed Evas' organic structures have rotted away, leaving little more than an armored head connected to a spine, often with an incomplete number of limbs and many of the skeletons are badly warped. They have the word "reject" painted on their heads in large red letters.[3]

In the originally aired episodes, the Prototypes were laid out on a massive empty floor, with what remained of their limbs carefully matched up with their spines and other body parts, and then circled by chalk marks. The Director's Cut episodes show the original concept with remaining body parts of dozens of failed Evas thrown into a series of waste pits.[4] Some Eva rejects can also be seen in The End of Evangelion (1997), suspended vertically by their heads.

Simulation Bodies[edit]

Three incomplete Evangelion Units are kept in the Pribnow Box at Nerv headquarters. They are unarmored, have no legs or cores, and have numerous cables exiting the neck instead of actual heads.[5] These Units are used as training simulators and are eventually infected by the 11th Angel, Ireul.[6]

The first Rebuild of Evangelion film reveals the firing range training simulator uses a simulation body, as opposed to the anime or manga which show Unit-01 directly attached to simulation equipment. This simulation body appears to be an apparatus that consists of portions of the skeleton and nervous system of an Eva, but without any means of actual movement except for two small devices on the front of the head.

Evangelion Unit-00[edit]

Unit-00 (零号機, Zerogōki),[6] is the Prototype, the first successful Evangelion, and is piloted by the First Child, Rei Ayanami. The head design is similar to that of the previous failed attempts, with a single round optic in the center. Unit-00 is the only one of the original Evas that is never seen without its armor with the exception of Unit-03 (Unit-02 was revealed in End of Evangelion, and Unit-01 on multiple occasions) or opening its mouth; thus the appearance of its organic body is unknown.

Unit-00 was initially colored yellow like the previous prototypes, but its armor was damaged beyond repair by the Angel Ramiel and has since been refitted with blue armor plating in addition to other alterations made in order to make it more suitable for combat conditions, including shoulder pylons similar in appearance to the ones on Units-01 and 02. Because it is a prototype, Unit-00 cannot be fitted with D-type equipment. Unit-00 is also equipped with retro rockets as shown in the fight against Matarael. The true nature of the soul inside Unit-00 is never specified, but it is implied to be the soul of the young Rei I. Unit-00 was destroyed when the teenage Rei II self-destructed the Eva in order to destroy the 16th Angel, Armisael.

In Rebuild of Evangelion, Unit-00's design stays with its initial yellow color along with more white and gray. In the second film, Unit-00 was the Eva Unit Seele recommended be placed in storage upon the arrival of Unit-03, as the Vatican treaty states that no country can have more than three active Units at one time, but Gendo Ikari chooses to place Unit-02 in storage instead. After Unit-00 fails to destroy the 10th Angel with its N² Missile, the Angel absorbs Unit-00 and uses its identification code to disable Central Dogma's defenses.

Evangelion Unit-01[edit]

Evangelion Test Type-01 at the site of Shanghai Metallurgical & Mine Machinery Factory

Unit-01 (初号機, Shogōki) was created in the Third Annex of Gehirn's Artificial Evolution Laboratory in Hakone and is piloted by Shinji Ikari (with the Dummy Plug as backup). It is the first and the only Evangelion to be created from Lilith, the Second Angel, instead of Adam, the First Angel, from whom all the other Evangelions were created. Concept art for the anime reveals that Unit 01's body was grown from biomass cultivated from Lilith's legs (the reason why its legs are missing throughout the series). Despite this fact, Unit-01 bears no real morphological difference from other Units, possessing a core (unlike Lilith) and exaggerated proportions similar to Adam and the other Evas. Unit-01's armor is primarily purple; some components are colored neon green, light blue, orange, and black. Its helmet bears the signature unicorn-like single horn, and a 'frill', giving an appearance reminiscent of a ceratopsiandinosaur. It also has a distinctive chest plate resembling pectoral muscles, as opposed to the regular V-shaped chest plate the other Evas have. The entity beneath the armor has light brown skin, two emerald-green eyes, four small nostrils, flat white teeth, and red blood. It frequently acts independently, without the instructions of a pilot and without any apparent power source, moving freely even when the internal power source is depleted. The Eva will also take action to protect its pilot while sometimes servicing other interests. The Eva's resident soul, Yui Ikari (Shinji's mother), appears to be responsible for such events, in an attempt to protect her son. In such incidents, the Eva goes into a "berserker rage", characterized by inhuman savageness and animal-like behavior. In the height of its berserk state, Unit-01 also demonstrates "Angelic" abilities such as regeneration (repairing its damaged arm in a matter of seconds in battle against Sachiel and Zeruel), forming cross-shaped energy explosions, as well as manifesting a powerful AT Field for offensive purposes. It is the only Eva to have gone berserk in direct combat, inflicting fatal damage to Sachiel before it self-detonates, ripping apart Leliel and savagely mauling Zeruel. Shinji is clearly not responsible for these events, having blacked out in the first two berserk episodes and having dissolved into LCL after reaching a synchronization level of 400% during the battle with Zeruel. A similar state of battle rage, displaying heightened physical power and savageness, can be achieved when the Eva is controlled by the Dummy System, though this does not qualify as a genuine berserk incident. Unit-01 is called the "Test Type", in reference to its unusual method of creation.

Upon savagely disfiguring the 14th Angel, Zeruel, Unit-01 used one of Zeruel's arms to regenerate its severed left arm and proceeded to devour the Angel and absorb its S² Engine (which seemed to be used only at Unit-01's discretion, as the Eva was afterwards still shown to be sent into battle with an umbilical cable). By acquiring an S² Engine (the biblical "Fruit of Life"), it is stated that the Eva has become a being equal to God, possessing both the Fruit of Life and Knowledge.

In The End of Evangelion (1997), Unit-01 goes berserk for the final time, destroying Nerv HQ with a cross-shaped energy blast and growing enormous "Wings of Light," as seen in the series opening, similar to Adam's during Second Impact. From then on the resident soul of Yui Ikari seems to be in complete control of the Eva. Seele attempts to use the Eva in order to perform the Human Instrumentality Project in place of Lilith, who has been rendered unusable due to the loss of the Spear of Longinus. The Mass Production Evas impale Unit-01 with spears similar to the Spear of Longinus, possibly in an attempt to open the Doors of Guf on the Eva's palms. Later, Unit-01 and the Mass Production Units open their S² Engines, forming a giant Sephirot in the sky, signaling the beginning of the Third Impact and creating an enormous explosion which completely exposes the Geofront's true form as the Black Moon, the egg of Lilith. The original Spear of Longinus returns to Earth, merging with Unit-01 to form a Tree of Life, becoming a complete God with the power to either save or destroy humanity. The Tree of Life is later absorbed by the giant Lilith/Adam/Rei hybrid during Instrumentality. Near the end of the film, Eva-01 bursts out from the giant pupil of Lilith/Adam/Rei, roaring, and grows a complete set of twelve Wings of Light, then manipulates the Spear of Longinus to destroy the clone spears. At the conclusion, Unit-01 is left floating adrift in space, fossilized and still containing the soul of Yui Ikari, an eternal testament to the existence of humanity.

In Rebuild of Evangelion, Unit-01 sports more neon green highlights on the head, chest, abdomen and arms. The progressive knife and its storage mechanism are also redesigned, but most of the armor has not changed. During its fight with Shamshel, the skin of the humanoid entity beneath the armor is revealed to a lighter color than in the series. During its battle with Zeruel, the Eva enters an 'awakened state' and undergoes several radical changes: the pilot's plug depth exceeds a value of 180, the 'Great Beyond Depth', at the risk of being unable to return to normal. While appearing to have gone berserk, the pilot still appears to retain full control over the Eva's actions. In addition, its neon green highlights turn glowing red along with the Eva's eyes. Most significant however is Unit-01's possession of Angelic abilities, including the manifestation of a halo, advanced AT Field manipulation to replace its lost arm with an ethereal one that can launch concussive blasts and the ability to release a powerful energy beam from its eyes, similar to the one used by the Angels but with much more devastating effects.

After defeating Zeruel, Unit-01 undergoes several more changes, growing energy wings from its core and gaining the ability to bridge the entry plug to the Angel's core. After absorbing Zeruel's core, Unit-01 begins transforming into a glowing energy being, as a divine entity equal to God, a 'radiant giant' with 'wings of light' extending upwards into a vortex at the center of multi-colored concentric circles, similar to the Adams seen during Second Impact. The mere existence of the awakened Eva-01 triggers a phenomenon called Near Third Impact. It also seems that the Eva's awakening, triggered by Rei and Shinji through the battle against Zeruel, appears to have been planned from the beginning by Gendo, Shinji's father. While the Impact is aborted by Kaworu Nagisa in Evangelion Mark.06 impaling Unit-01 with the Spear of Cassius, it still results in the devastation of the entire planet, prompting the UN to seal Unit-01 into a cross-shaped tesseract they subsequently launch into space where it remains for the next fourteen years.

In Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012), the tesseract is stolen by Wille in order to use the Evangelion as an energy source for powering their flying battleship, the AAA Wunder. The Unit ends up helping by blasting away the tesseract defense systems: it remains inside of the Wunder for the rest of the film, its only appearance being one of its face, one on a computer screen and one in a flashback.

In Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (2021), Gendo forcibly removes Unit-01 from the Wunder while piloting Unit-13 and carries it into the "Anti-Universe" during Additional Impact, intending to reunite with Yui. Intending to stop Additional Impact, Shinji follows Gendo and boards Unit-01, taking control of it once more to battle his father, until Gendo declares that Shinji cannot defeat him through combat alone, and the Evangelion Units disappear as Shinji convinces Gendo to talk with him instead. Following their discussion, Unit-01 appears one last time, when Yui and Gendo (in the form of Unit-01 and Unit-13 respectively) embrace and then impale once another with the Spear of Gaius, sacrificing themselves to end Instrumentality and grant Shinji's wish to create a world without Evangelions.

Production Model Units[edit]

Production model Eva units have varying numbers of eyes. Unit 02 has four, Units 03 and 04 have two, and Units 05 through 13 have no visible eyes.

Evangelion Unit-02[edit]

Unit 02 (弐号機, Nigōki),[6] built by Nerv Germany, is the first Production Model Eva. It is piloted by Asuka Langley Soryu and is the first Evangelion built specifically for combat. Unlike Unit 01, it only goes truly "berserk" once, just before its destruction. It has achieved an unusually high sync ratio with its pilot(s). The Eva's armor is primarily red with yellow and white on the arms and head. As a result of being constructed by Nerv Germany, and also as an accommodation for its three-quarters-German pilot, its default language setting is German. It is known to contain the maternal part of the soul of Asuka's mother. Unit 02 features a different progressive knife from earlier Eva units as well as an internal weapon rack in the right shoulder binder which fires dart-like weapons. In the new movie continuity, it used a row of spikes from its shoulder extension in the battle against Zeruel. It has dark blue skin and four orange eyes, first seen when the MP Evas tear it apart during The End of Evangelion. These eyes are normally hidden by its head armor, with four green lenses fitted to the armor. Its head armor is hinged in two places, allowing the eyes to be exposed when the Eva reaches a high sync ratio.

Unit 02 is damaged and incapacitated several times over the course of the series, and is finally destroyed in The End of Evangelion by the mass-produced Evas. Asuka was still highly synchronized with Unit 02 as it was destroyed, thus practically suffering every wound (the frames after the faux-Lance of Longinus is plunged just above the Eva's left eye show her bleeding profusely from her eye, a rapidly spreading bloodstain on her lower torso when the Eva is literally gutted, and then her arm splitting in sync with the Eva's as the faux-Lances are thrown into her). In the manga, Kaworu Nagisa piloted Unit 02 against Armisael since Asuka was left comatose after the battle with Arael. The weapon he used in the battle was a double-bladed chainsaw. Armisael partially merged with Unit 02 while it was still fusing with Unit 00 and Rei.

In the second Rebuild film, it is shown that Unit 02's helmet is redesigned to have what look like oni horns, and that its shoulder pylons are equipped with a pair of bladed weapons. It also sports more white in several places on its body. Of note, the Eva is able to open its mouth in Rebuild, which was not the case with the original. However, it seems to have lost the capability to partially 'open' its helmet to expose its organic eyes. Later in the film, Unit 02 is placed into storage in accordance with The Vatican Treaty- a law stating that no nation can have more than 3 Active Evas- and with Unit 03 arriving from America Gendo decided Unit 02 would be the mothballed Unit. Mari later hijacks Unit 02 to fight Zeruel, and in desperation, activates Unit 02's Beast Mode which significantly increases its combat ability and gives it a more feral appearance. However, Mari is unable to defeat the Angel and Unit 02 is severely damaged, losing its left arm and part of its head.

Unit 02 is featured prominently throughout Evangelion 3.0, appearing to be only partially repaired from the damage it sustained during the last film, being called Unit 02'(Dash) by Misato at the beginning. At the beginning of the film, Unit 02 is one of the two Evas that participate in the operation to hijack an inactive Unit 01 from low Earth orbit, with Unit 02's equipment consisting of a harpoon gun, a pair of massive rocket boosters several times larger than the Eva itself and a cocoon-like pair of ablative heat shields to withstand atmospheric reentry; the boosters are seen to utilize vernier thrusters but their primary function is to provide a ten-second deorbit burn and are thus unusable for combat maneuvers. In the middle of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, it is modified into Unit-02'γ. Near the end of the film, Asuka is forced to engage "Mode 777 (Triple Seven)" Beast Mode against Mark 09, giving it an even more animalistic appearance resembling a saber-toothed cat. However, Unit 02 is later self-destructed to defeat Mark 09.

Evangelion Unit-03[edit]

Unit 03 (参号機, Sangōki) was built in the United States by Nerv First Branch in Massachusetts, United States, Evangelion Unit 03[6] is one of two Units built with the Second Production Model design. It is the brother Unit of Unit 04 (Unit 3 and Unit 4 were the only Evangelion who were addressed as males during the series). The United States government insisted on having the rights to build Unit 03 and Unit 04. A few minor changes were made between the first and second Production Models. Unit 03's color was unique, with much darker plates than any other Eva.

The pilot assigned to it was Toji Suzuhara, but in transit to Japan, it was possessed by the thirteenth Angel, Bardiel, which appeared from cloud, infecting it with fungus-like growths. As Bardiel, it was savagely torn apart by Unit 01, after the control of Unit 01 was switched from Shinji to the Dummy Plug system, designed to simulate an artificial pilot on the basis of Rei Ayanami's thought patterns. Toji, the pilot, is severely injured in the anime, but in the manga he dies.

Unit-03 is also shown in Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, with Asuka Langley Shikinami as the test pilot. She was put into quarantine due to possible contact with Bardiel and was confirmed to have been placed in a medically induced coma due to her injuries when the entry plug was crushed. In the teaser trailer for Evangelion 3.0 attached at the end of the 2nd Rebuild film, she is shown awoken from her coma with an eye patch covering her left eye.

Unit 03 sports a predominantly black color scheme with white and red highlights and during its fight with Unit 01, it grows a separate pair of arms out of the top of its shoulders to help strangle Unit 01. Both the original and the Rebuild version of the Eva have grey eyes, as evidenced by freeze-frame play of their destruction.

Evangelion Unit-04[edit]

While EVA Unit 04 (四号機, Yongōki)[7] never actually appears in the series, it still serves a function in the story. Unit 04 was constructed at the Second Branch of Nerv, a desert site in Nevada, United States, acting primarily as a test subject for S² Engine (provided by the Third Branch of Germany) experimentation. Unit 04 was destroyed along with the entire Second Branch and all facilities within an 89 km radius. The cause of the accident remains unknown. Nerv determined that the incident occurred when the S² Engine was being installed in the unit, and that there were numerous factors that could have led to the accident. The very nature of the destruction itself is unknown as well. One theory behind Unit 04's destruction, suggested by Ritsuko Akagi, is that the S² Engine had opened up a Dirac sea similar to the one that was believed to comprise the twelfth Angel, Leliel. Unit 04's design is virtually identical to that of Unit 03. According to Gainax material, this unit is silver in color, with black and red detail. While Unit 04 does not appear on-screen in the series, it does make appearances in the continuities of various Evangelion spin-offs and games. The pilot of Eva 04 is never specified in the series. In some spin-offs, Unit 04 is piloted by Kensuke Aida.

  • In an official Evangelionpachinko machine in Japan (based specifically on the 2008 film "Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone"), once you reach a certain level, there is a short animation featuring Unit-04.[8] The scene shows the 6th Angel Ramiel during an attack on Tokyo-3 (the footage is spliced in from the film). When it destroys some missile launching sites, Unit-04 suddenly appears floating over a hill, with Kaworu Nagisa controlling it by floating in front of its head. Ramiel fires, but Kaworu's AT Field protects Unit-04. The EVA then charges forward with the Lance of Longinus. Ramiel reshapes itself and fires again, but Unit-04 blocks the attack with a scaled-up riot shield (previously seen only in merchandise, never-onscreen because of its impracticality in favor of AT Fields). After Ramiel stops its attack, Unit-04 hurls the Lance of Longinus at the Angel, which penetrates its own Field, and destroys it in this single shot. Kaworu and Unit-04 are seen casually standing on top of a lake at the end of the video.
    • This video seems to be the only known officially licensed appearance of Evangelion Unit-04, but does confirm, in a way, that its appearance is based on Evangelion Unit-03, and that its coloring is silver with black and red. (This video also establishes Unit-04 in the coloring scheme of the Rebuild films, and shares similar decorations.)

Mass Production Units (05-13)[edit]

These Evas appear in The End of Evangelion and were produced at seven different Nerv branches around the world, probably Germany (Third Branch), the United States (First Branch, Massachusetts), Japan (Matsushiro), the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China. Units 05 and 06 were made in Germany; Unit 08 was produced in China. Seele had them produced as part of their backup plan for initiating Instrumentality, but only nine out of an envisioned twelve were completed. They are controlled directly by Seele via Dummy Plugs based on Kaworu Nagisa. In dialogue, they are referred to as the Eva Series (エヴァシリーズ, Evashirīzu).

Their physical build is different from previous Evas, being narrower in the chest and shoulders and wider in the hips, and apparently covered by the same reinforced plastic that coats the arms. The long jaws have red muscular lips, metal-plated teeth, a large grey tongue, and produce large quantities of saliva. They have no apparent eyes.[9] Their heads overall have a similar shape to that of a whale. They are equipped with large, mechanical, avian-style wings that enable them to fly, and which can be fully retracted into the back. They also lack the shoulder-mounted armor "blades" which were characteristic of previous Evas. Their primary weapons are double-bladed Heavy Lances, which eventually transform into their true form, dark gray replicas of the Lance of Longinus. Additionally, the MP Evas consistently behave in an animal-like manner; they show formidable savagery, and circle Unit 02 in the air in a manner similar to vultures before descending to fight the Eva and tear it apart.

Each MP Eva contains an internal S² Engine, which grants them complete mobility (being freed from the umbilical cable) and no operational time limit.

In the alternate universe game Girlfriend of Steel 2, Kaworu Nagisa pilots Eva Unit 05, which is otherwise the same as the Mass Production units, except that the Dummy Plug is replaced by a standard entry plug.


According to Misato, Unit 05 and Unit 06 were originally planned to be more or less a continuation of the production model design used for Units 02-04. However, when Seele began construction of the mass production model Eva Units 05-13, these plans were scrapped. The unfinished original Units 05 and 06 were scrapped for spare parts used to repair Units 00 and 02 after their fight with the Angel Zeruel. Various different EVA units have originated in spin-off games and other various media.

In the Battle Orchestra game two new EVA units are introduced. EVA Unit-Alpha (甲号機, Kōgōki) is a green colored EVA with distance-controlled gun barrels mounted on its shoulders (possibly inspired by the Psycommu System from the Gundam franchise), its pilot is unknown. EVA Unit-Beta (乙号機, Otsugōki), piloted by Kaworu Nagisa, is gold in color with wings and a katana. EVA Unit 04 appears as well, painted a different shade of silver and piloted by Kensuke Aida.

Rebuild of Evangelion[edit]

Evangelion Provisional Unit-05[edit]

The EVA Provisional Unit 05 (仮設五号機, Kasetsu Gogōki), piloted by Mari Illustrious Makinami, features in the opening of the second film in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy and is held at the joint U.S./Russian Nerv Bethany Base. Unit-05 is designated as local specifications unit and less humanoid than the other Evas with a design that includes having shorter left and right arms that end in a pincer and a lance respectively, and instead of legs has four limbs that end in wheel like mechanisms. The Eva's torso is predominantly white with orange and gray areas; its limbs are a shade of green. Because of the inhuman design of the Eva, special tubes are attached to the wrists of the pilot's plug suit to help aid in movement and the pilot wears a helmet-like contraption. Rocket boosters and drills also feature in the design to help aid this speedy Eva once in action. It appears to lack an umbilical cord and gathers its energy from pantograph-like wires atop the shoulder pylons, which connect to the roofs of the tunnels of Bethany Base in Evangelion 2.0. The odd build is most likely due to its provisional status as moving on various terrains might be difficult. The Eva is solely sent into action against the previously released Third Angel which attempts to escape. The melee results in the destruction of the Angel, Unit 05 and Bethany base. Its designation as "Provisional" may be a reference to the EVA being launched despite Bethany base still waiting on several components for installation.

Evangelion Mark.06[edit]

Introduced in Rebuild of Evangelion, Mark.06 (マークシックス, Mākushikkusu) is first seen at the end of the first film and fully appears in the second film. It was initially designed with blue armor with a glowing red visor covering its eyes and head design similar to Unit 01. Underneath its armor, the Eva unit has dark gray skin decorated on the torso with a seven-eyed purple face mask that is partially covered by a gray and red mask engraved with the words "Project Evangelion". In the 1.01 DVD release, Mark.06 has a glowing white halo. The narration states that it and its pilot "come down from the Moon". It is of SEELE's design who describe it as "the true Evangelion"; Gendo and Fuyutsuki had no hand in its creation.

In Evangelion 2.0, the unit's coloration is dark blue with gold highlights. It is piloted by Kaworu Nagisa. At the end of the film, Kaworu uses Mark.06 to throw a spear through Unit 01 (neutralizing it and stopping Third Impact) and descend from the Moon, after that declaring that he will make Shinji happy.

The unit briefly appears in Evangelion 3.0 where it is seen inactive and impaled in Terminal Dogma alongside Lilith. It was later revealed to have the Twelfth Angel sealed within it. This is the first Unit in the franchise that doesn't use the official Japanese naming convention for Evangelions (number + gōki) but instead has an English designation phonetically transcribed into Japanese.

Evangelion Unit-08[edit]

First appeared in Evangelion 3.0, Evangelion Unit 08 (八号機, Hachigōki) is piloted by Mari Illustrious Makinami. The Unit seems similar to previous units, but the shoulder pylons are slightly different, and it appears to have thrusters on it. The head design is similar to the helmet of a suit of armor, with a protruding horn. Unlike its first depiction in the first teaser for the film, the Eva went through a significant redesign between films: while the teaser showed it having dark gray armor and a vaguely anchor-shaped pink visor, the final version - designated Unit-08α - has pink armor and a total of eight green eyes. Then partly through the movie, Unit-08α is modified by WILLE into Unit-08β, unlike Unit-08α, is not shaped like a typical production model. It is bulkier in hips, shoulders, and most notably in the torso. The plating on the chest, abdomen, and legs is far bulkier as well, and does not match the thin, sleek plating seen on most Evangelion units. Unlike Unit-08α, it also has large, pink guards around its forearms and wrists which add significantly to the bulk of the arms. Its coloring is largely the same, the most notable difference being that the pink portions of the shoulder pylons on Unit-08α are now white, as well as the arm colors being switched to a different order. At the beginning of the film, the Eva participates in the operation to hijack an inactive Unit 01 from low Earth orbit alongside Unit 02 but fails to achieve the required orbital speed, commencing atmospheric reentry after only a few minutes of spaceflight. While in suborbital flight, the Eva is armed with a cannon that appears to be an energy weapon similar in function to a sniper rifle. It is also armed with rocket boosters and a cocoon-like pair of ablative heat shields identical to Unit 02's.

Evangelion Mark.09[edit]

First appeared in Evangelion 3.0, Mark 09 is piloted by a Rei Ayanami clone. It has orange and white armor and a cyclopean head with a single red eye, closely resembling Unit 00. It is first seen in the operation where NERV kidnaps Shinji from WILLE, with the EVA losing its head during the skirmish. The missing head is not restored and near the end of the film the still headless Eva reappears, wielding a massive scythe to hold back Unit 02 and Unit 08 on its own. At the end of the film, it attempts to hijack control of the Wunder battleship with a number of luminescent blue organic tendrils sprouting from its legs, causing both the EVA's entry plug and the Wunder's bridge to turn black and display a large number of SEELE logos. The EVA also grows a new head closely resembling the Wunder's primary bridge while its armor changes to black. Even without a head, the EVA is capable of utilizing a ranged energy attack like many of the Angels. When the EVA is attacked by Unit-02γ, it is revealed that the entire EVA is made up of core material at this point, making all attacks that fail to destroy the entire body at once useless. It is finally destroyed by Unit-02γ's self-destruct. During various scenes, the EVA is specifically referred to as "Adams' [sic] Vessel" by multiple characters, along with a confirmation that the EVA used to be the Wunder's "former master" and that it is attempting to take control "back" from Unit 01.

Evangelion 13[edit]

First appeared in Evangelion 3.0, Unit 13 (第13号機, Dai Jū-san-gōki) has an appearance near-identical to that of Unit 01, excluding having four eyes and arms. Its most distinctive feature is the Double Entry system of two entry plugs, with the two pilots capable of seeing each other as if they were in a single plug; either pilot is capable of controlling the EVA on their own, although both of them working in tandem is preferred. Unusually, the EVA does not appear to have an AT-field, instead using a number of remote-controlled drones called RS Hoppers to protect itself; these drones are each capable of deploying their own AT-field, can fly without any apparent means of propulsion and explode violently when damaged. Without these drones, the EVA does not appear to have any offensive weaponry but is immune to progressive blades and specialized anti-AT ammunition fired by Unit 08 fails to affect it whatsoever. The unit itself is also referred to as an "Adams" [sic], although the precise meaning of that term is left unclear. At the end of the film, Unit 13 is piloted by Shinji Ikari and Kaworu Nagisa who proceed to remove the two Spears of Longinus from Lilith, setting in motion a chain of events that cause the EVA to enter an "awakened" or "pseudo-evolved" form where it spontaneously emits light, sprouts a pair of wing-like protrusions from its shoulders and manifests a pair of concentric halos that allow it to fly at high speeds. In this state, the EVA proceeds to start Fourth Impact on its own before Kaworu commits suicide and Mari ejects Shinji's entry plug, making the EVA dormant once more. There is no umbilical cable socket on the EVA's back and it is unclear what power source it uses, if any. The unit returns in Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 as the medium for Gendo to begin the Human Instrumentality Project. To stop Gendo's plans, Wille launches an attack to destroy it, but fails and Gendo fuses himself with Unit 13. Shinji pilots Unit 01 and fights Unit 13 in order to stop it, and after finally reaching a compromise with his son, Gendo sacrifices himself and destroys both Units to stop the Final Impact while saving Shinji from doing so in his place.


  1. ^Hideaki Anno Wong, Amos (January 1996). "Interview with Hideaki Anno, director of 'Neon Genesis Evangelion'". Aerial Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2007-05-04.
  2. ^Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone Complete Records Collection (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序 全記録全集)ISBN 978-4-903713-17-5, Published May 2008, Retrieved March 24, 2012
  3. ^Eva graveyard (accessed via the Internet Archive) Concept sketch of Evangelion "graveyard", taken from one of the Groundwork of Evangelion artbooks
  4. ^The "new" Eva graveyard (accessed via the Internet Archive) The Evangelion graveyard, as depicted in the "Director's Cut" version of episode 23
  5. ^See here [1] and here [2] for production sketches (taken from the Internet Archive) of the simulation bodies.
  6. ^ abcdADV Evangelion site Official ADV site for Neon Genesis Evangelion; Eva images and information are under the Artwork section (requires Adobe Flash) Archived June 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^Unit 04 Information and image
  8. ^Tabris (Eva-04) vs Ramiel. YouTube. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  9. ^MP EvasArchived 2007-12-02 at the Wayback Machine Concept sketch of the mass-production Evas; taken from NEWTYPE 100% COLLECTION: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. 1997 Kadokawashoten. ISBN 4-04-852700-2.
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