You know how I define the whole Evangelion series? An animated pessimism! It seems that the real story never starts as soon as the optimism drains. What began as a usual mecha anime piloted by young kids, in what looked like a romanticized high school settings eventually went downhill. As the series ended, things became more depressed, darker and crazier, that it already looked like a different anime. But being crazy and sick is what brought out the charm of the Evangelion series, or at least as what the fandom claimed.

And in an insane universe comes equally insane characters.

Maybe being mentally unstable were the character’s way of adapting to this sick, sick universe. We have seen it all, from troubled teens, to problematic adults. And the worst part of it was the world’s fate lies on their hands. A friend joked that this explains why everyone liquified into a gooey mass in the end. And the Evangelion universe seemed to flaunt its craziness, through the relationship of two troubled human beings. One is an adult woman, while the other is a broken teen. And when you got two sick people living under the same roof, what could possibly go wrong?

The Two Troubled Individuals
Misato doing her favorite hobby.

As some of my friends suggested, making Shinji live with Misato could do more harm than good. To some, sharing a roof with a smoking hot chick is a dream come true, especially if you are fourteen years old. But in reality, that’s not the case, as your so-called guardian also has internal issues of her own.
If there was one thing that the two shares in common, is their instability. Beyond the flirtatious façade, Misato is a pretty broken person. I mean, being mentally sick was the main qualification of a lot of Evangelion characters, hence it was no surprise. As a kid, Misato survived the second impact, but the incident left her mute, until her college days where she was described as talkative, as if making up for her lost time.

There was nothing to complain ab