Themes and ideas from Aoki Uru were borrowed for the new project, including the concept of "not running away". Shinji Ikari. [1] He originally proposed a character similar to Asuka Langley Soryu as the protagonist, following the Gainax tradition of a female protagonist in Gunbuster and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. Fontana also saw in Shinji's evolution "an exhortation" by Anno to otaku, Japanese society, and young people "to break the crystal cage in which they locked themselves up, looking confidently at their neighbor". Since Shinji lacks the enthusiasm and courage of other robot-anime heroes, Sadamoto gave him a different heroic interpretation: "rather than a reflection of a hero, sort of a refraction of a hero". The Rei clone appears and follows them, as they head along the ruins of Tokyo-3 to again be rescued by Wille. [98] After his arrival on Tokyo-3, he repeats "I mustn't run away" in an attempt to face his responsibilities. She used to be affiliated with Aoni Production. She shares the same Cantonese voice actor with Suzaku. [155][156] Shinji also topped Newtype magazine popularity charts, finishing third and first in August and September 2009. But you know what? [106] The last two episodes focus on Shinji's path and psyche;[107] in a stream of consciousness, he admits being afraid "of himself" and of his father. Shinji Ikari is a minor character in Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion THE ANIMATION and the main character of Neon Genesis Evangelion. [157][158] He finished third in October and was the most popular Evangelion male character. Who do you want to hear next? They place a DSS Choker on him: an explosive device on his neck which will be activated if he comes close to starting another Impact. [1] After the failure of the Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise sequel Aoki Uru, Gainax began planning a new series. Make sure you comment, rate, & subscribe for more content. [187][188] Other critics considered them melodramatic;[189] among them, Nicoletta Christina Browne of THEM Anime Reviews, who criticized their relationship, finding it "rushed", artificial and unclear. Plot. [24] The Rebuild of Evangelion dub also presented obstacles. Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (Japanese); Spike Spencer (ADV, Movies and Rebuild), Casey Mongillo (Netflix) (English) Shinji Ikari (碇 シンジ, Ikari Shinji) is the Third Child and the pilot of Unit 01.He is the son of Gendo and the "late" Yui Ikari. Angel Zeruel mutilates the other Evangelion units, defeating Rei and Asuka. [197][198], Guilty Crown staff member Ryo Ōyama compared Shū Ōma (the series' main character) to Shinji Ikari and his role in the Neon Genesis Evangelion saga: "They're both in their own world, and they don't come out from that world". After reevaluating his position and talking with Rei, Kaworu and Yui, he decides that he wants to live in the real world and returns to Earth, also giving other humans the opportunity to return. He decides to attack on his own, and is sucked into a parallel universe by Leliel named Dirac's Sea. [63], Sadamoto decided to work on an Evangelion manga when he saw Shinji in the first episodes of the original series. [174], Other critics praised the character's realism. [42][43] During a process named Instrumentality, in which the souls of the entire humanity unite in a single collective consciousness, he confronts his traumas and why he acts the way he does; he believes himself worthless and undeserving of love. [145] He also features linked with oralism, a personality of dependent, weak individuals who see other people as tools to satisfy them. After learning from Misato that they are part of Wille (a new organization fighting Nerv), Shinji leaves when Rei appears. We’ve all been there. [69] Some spin-offs and video games pair Shinji romantically with Asuka Langley Soryu, Rei Ayanami, Kaworu[70][71] and other characters, including his classmate Hikari Horaki[72] and original characters such as Mana Kirishima, an extrovert transfer student firstly introduced in the Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel videogame,[73][74] and Mayumi Yamagishi, an introvert girl presented in the Neon Genesis Evangelion: 2nd Impression videogame. She attended Tōkai University, but left due to lack of interest. The character has had a mixed response from anime and manga publications. According to Gainax co-founder Yasuhiro Takeda, the passage was "something more than just transposing one show's theme onto another ... Anno inherited something from Aoki Uru — the determination not to run away from problems — and what we saw in Evangelion was maybe just a reflection of those feelings". 1. [91][92][93][94] He also avoids choosing his clothes, wearing clothes provided by others. Because of her husky voice, she is often typecast as either young men and boys or tomboyish females (a famous example of this being Sailor Uranus, a popular character from Sailor Moon known for being a charming tomboy in her civilian form). In the original Japanese, Shinji is voiced by Megumi Ogata in all his appearances in the original series, as well as the later films, spin-offs, video games[19][20] and the new Rebuild of Evangelion film series. Join the online community, create your anime and manga list, read reviews, explore the forums, follow news, and so much more! 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She is also best known for voicing Sailor Uranus, Kurama and Shinji Ikari. [90] He tends to be passive and apologetic in his relationships. TV Show: Neon Genesis Evangelion He wondered "what the world looked like through Shinji's eyes", changing the main theme from "running or not running away" to "being honest with themselves as much as possible". [115], According to Italian researcher Fabio Bartoli, Shinji is a "perfect representative" of the otaku generation: "a young man with relationship difficulties, accustomed to spending a lot of time at home". Ryomen Sukuna. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. [170] THEM Anime Reviewers noted the character's constant angst in the television series as a negative trait. To manage this ambivalence, Shinji "split the breast" into good and bad. [139] Eva-01 can be seen as a motherly breast, and a source of profound ambivalence for the character. Shinji is voiced by Spike Spencer in ADV's original dub of the series, and he returned for Funimation's dub of the Rebuild films. Amid a wide variety of answers, Shinji finished seventh. Who's your favorite Shinji Ikari voice? Isler concluded, "He's a character that challenges the audience by not giving them a superficial, vicarious power fantasy like you'd get from so many other anime. [99][100] In the twentieth episode he remembers escaping from the experimental site where his mother died, generating an obsession with "not running away". Shinji Ikari (Japanese: 碇 シンジ, Hepburn: Ikari Shinji) is a fictional character in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise created by Gainax. [163], The character evoked mixed opinions, dividing anime critics. [15] Sadamoto drew Shinji in an ordinary summer school uniform with a white shirt, making him "an average character". Megumi Ogata provides the voice of Shinji Ikari, but you probably didn't know she's been starring in interesting series like Persona 3, Sailor Moon, and Bleach! According to Ōyama, Shū is "a 2011 version of Shinji" but Shinji has a "more passive", pessimistic attitude. [37], In the second third of the series, Shinji, Rei and Asuka face Angels in quicker succession and Shinji begins bonding with his peers, especially Asuka, becoming more confident and assertive. [13] Like other male protagonists in Gainax series, Shinji was conceived with a weak and insecure personality. [126][127] In the film The End of Evangelion, Shinji chooses to live with other people, rejecting the Instrumentality and accepting the dilemma. "New Century Gospel") is a Japanese mecha anime television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, directed by Hideaki Anno and broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996. In conventional usage, "seiyū" refers to the original Japanese voice actor for an anime role, while the provider of the English dub for the role is referred to as the "Voice actor". Shinji initially shows a passive and laid-back personality, inheriting such traits from his relaxed life with his sensei. [1][104] His childhood trauma leads him to doubt the value of his existence, to be disheartened, and to seek a raison d'être allowing him to live among others;[105] he also wonders about why he pilots Eva-01 in the latter part of the series. [134] Anime News Network reviewer Mike Crandol noted that Shinji depends on Unit 01 in the first part of the series, becoming negatively affected by the symbiotic relationship. [183][184] Martin Theron of Anime News Network, reviewing Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, praised Shinji's realism. Looking for information on the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion? [22] In the eighteenth episode, Shinji cries and gasps for a number of seconds during a fight; Ogata felt like her "whole body [was] aching". When they are sent to fight the Angel Leliel, Shinji, receiving praise from Gendo and improving his synchronization scores, is now accepting his role as an Evangelion pilot. He first pilots the Evangelion Unit-01 Type-F and, after the attack of Eva0.0 (Quatre) and the unification of his soul with Eva-01, pilots the mecha Super Evangelion and its upgrades. Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo earned Japan's second-highest weekend box office of 2012 with 1,1 billion yen. [54], In the third film, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012), set fourteen years later, Shinji awakens to a world completely changed by the Third Impact and is treated with hostility by Misato and others. He is pathetic, but that is what makes him great. Megumi appeared on NHK's second anime song marathon on April 30 along with fellow seiyuu Ichiro Mizuki. "new human race"): the Japanese generation born in the 1970s, which is also knows as crystal-zoku (クリスタル族, lit. In the film's final scene where Shinji is with Rei in the entry plug of Eva-00, Rei is depicted holding Shinji Ikari's hand. In the Dirac's Sea, Shinji confronts the Angel and his inner self; he is freed from the Angel by Yui, whose soul is in the Eva. [171] Raphael See found Evangelion "a little cliche, or just plain irritating at times" and criticized Shinji's pessimism. In a strange accident, his mother disappears before his eyes;[27] after the accident, Gendo leaves Shinji with an acquaintance for about ten years. Shinji Ikari is the 14-year-old pilot of Evangelion Unit 01 and the main protagonist of the Evangelion series as a whole. [137][138], Yuichiro Oguro, editor of supplemental materials included in the Japanese edition of the series, interpreted Neon Genesis Evangelion's plot as a reinterpretation of the Oedipus legend, in which Shinji feels loved and hated by both parental figures at the same time. Who do you want to hear next? [28][29] Now commander of the Nerv agency, he invites Shinji to the city of Tokyo-3[30] to pilot Evangelion Unit-01, in order to protect the city from creatures known as Angels. Originally known as Gendo Rokubungi, he changed his family name to Ikari after marrying Yui and was then appointed as head of Gehirn and later Nerv, by Seele. [120] On the other hand, academic Christophe Thouny interpreted Shinji as a messianic figure. He later rejoins the battle against the Angels with Rei Ayanami. [190], Shinji-themed merchandise includes clothing,[191] action figures, collectible models,[192][193] perfumes,[194] and drinks. Megumi started out as a musical actress. According to Anno, Shinji symbolically "kills" his father "and steals his mother from him". [182], Shinji's role in the Rebuild of Evangelion films was better received, since he was friendlier to the other characters than he was in the TV series. [148][149], Shinji's character has been popular in Japan. [128][129], Critics noted that, since he lost his mother traumatically, Shinji seeks a substitute in the women around him[130][131] and in Eva-01 (since it contains her soul). Shinji Ikari. [77] In Evangelion: Detective Shinji Ikari, Kaji and Kaworu are portrayed as private investigators whom Shinji asks for help and investigates a mysterious case. Sadamoto changed his mind, finding his original design "too wild".[17]. Although his complexity was praised and generally considered realistic, he was criticized for his insecurity and weakness. Though Shinji denies it, he yearns for praise, and he eventually begins to pilot Unit-01 to gain the approval and praise of others, as well as the love of his father. When he begs for Asuka's attention and she refuses him, Shinji begins Instrumentality and humanity's souls are reunited into one existence. He also meets Asuka Langley Soryu, an Eva pilot from Germany, and they defeat the Angel Gaghiel together in the eighth episode. [64] This led Sadamoto to change Shinji's characterization and psychology. [9][10] He was thus represented as "a melancholic oral-dependent type" caught "in [an] oral stage", like Anno considered himself. Kaworu is killed by the DSS Choker he took from Shinji to stop the Fourth Impact. Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno was deeply depressed for four years before the series' production. Shinji reluctantly agrees, and fights against the Angel Sachiel. Like other EVA crossover characters, s he only appears in Episode 31. 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