YES LET’S ALL CRITICIZE 3.33 BECAUSE THE CHARACTERS AREN’T ACTING “RATIONALLY”
LET’S ALL COMPLAIN THAT A SERIES KNOWN FOR ITS PAINFULLY HONEST PORTRAYAL OF MENTAL ILLNESS IS SHOWING CHARACTERS WITH UNHEALTHY THOUGHT PROCESSES
THAT IS DEFINITELY A PRODUCTIVE THING TO BE DOING
Shinji disobeyed orders and caused the Third Impact. Of course Misato isn’t welcoming him back with open arms! And while she could be so distant because she resents Shinji for what he did, she could also be keeping that distance because she has to. Because as the Wunder’s captain, she can’t let the crew see her being soft with Shinji or showing him kindness. Or because she needs to let herself resent him to keep from falling apart.
And anyone who is surprised that Shinji ignored Kaworu’s “bad feeling” to charge ahead and do what he thought was the right thing hasn’t paid any attention to his character at all. He needed so desperately to redeem himself for what he’d done, and he was so sure that he could fix it…