She is older and more mature in Evangelion Anima, having developed a strong friendship with Shinji and even Rei.

[145] In 2019 Lai Pin-yu, a Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party and Legislative Yuan member held many election rallies cosplaying Asuka, gaining great popularity.

She sees her male peers merely as rivals and spectators of her abilities,[71] and suffers from a marked emotional complex for male sex, merging a so-called "radical rivalry" and a latent inferiority complex.

Anime Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996) - Asuka Langley Sōryū (Netflix Dub)
Shinji begins to strangle the seemingly comatose Asuka, but stops when she caresses his face in a manner reminiscent of Yui's, Shinji's mother, earlier caress. Asuka briefly complains that Shinji did not come to rescue her and is running away from his problems and, irritated at his lack of response, starts walking away, before turning back and extracting Shinji physically, as he refuses to move. [86][87], Asuka ostentatious self-love represents an act of psychological compensation in order to be recognized in the eyes of other people. In the four-film re-imagining of the TV series Asuka makes her first appearance in the second film, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. Beauparc House, In The End of Evangelion, as the Japanese Strategic Self-Defense Force invade Nerv headquarters, Asuka is placed inside Unit-02, which is then submerged in a lake within the Geofront, for her own protection.
The main series ends with her lying in a hospital bed in a catatonic state.[23][24]. [49] Her excessive self-confidence leads her to clash with Shinji,[50][51] gradually losing self-confidence[52][53] and becoming psychologically and physically compromised. Lucan, One day, I figured out that there was a wall in Asuka's heart. The stunning Stephanie McKeon at the 2012 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards singing ALL IN VAIN from the musical IMPROBABLE FREQUENCY playing at … [100][101] Her popularity increased after the release of the second Rebuild of Evangelion movie; in August and September 2009, she emerged in first place and remained the most popular female Neon Genesis Evangelion character in Newtype magazine popularity charts,[102][103] while in October she ranked tenth. Training: Drama & Theatre Studies-Trinity College Dublin, 4 years B.A Hons (2005-2009), Eric Weitz’ Acting Programme, 2 year course (2007-2009), Speech and Drama (Royal Irish Academy of Music and Drama). Her first name comes from Asuka Saki (砂姫 明日香, Saki Asuka), the main character of the Japanese manga Super Girl Asuka (超少女明日香, Chō Shōjo Asuka), written by Shinji Wada. Within the series, she is designated as the Second Child and the pilot of the Evangelion Unit 02. Anime Reviews, who found Neon Genesis Evangelion characterization "a little cliché, or just plain irritating at times", despised Asuka for her arrogant attitude. [11][12] Hoping that her selection could cause her mother to recognize her again, she excitedly runs to her room to announce the news, only to find her corpse hanging from the ceiling. Quest[140] and in an official Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion cross-over episode. Asuka appears in various other manga spin-offs including the Shinji Ikari Raising Project and Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse with varying changes to her personality and characterization, including more romantic stories like Angelic Days. [141] Some Japanese celebrities cosplayed her during concerts or tours, including Saki Inagaki,[142][143] Haruka Shimazaki[144] and singer Hirona Murata. Her kind and childish side is the real reason for Asuka's charm".

[150] In 1997, Asuka was the most popular name for newborn girls in Japan.


became widely used among hardcore fans since her first appearance in episode 8. A while later, Asuka is chosen as the Second Child and Unit-02's official pilot. Shinji claims he wants to understand Asuka, but she refuses.

Shinji is furious at this rejection, and lashes out by choking her. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. [98][99] In the monthly popularity Animage surveys Asuka also ranked third in August 1996 and seventh in July 1998. I mean, she wants to have friends and she wants to be liked". As a result of this, Asuka loses all will to live and spends episode 23 aimlessly roaming the streets of Tokyo-3. "[120] Theron Martin wrote that Asuka's portrayal in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance is "distinct from the get-go," stating that she is even more anti-social than in the original anime series. [95][96] In 1996 she ranked third among the "most popular female characters of the moment" in the Anime Grand Prix survey by Animage mangazine, behind Rei Ayanami and Hikaru Shido from Magic Knight Rayearth. Shikinami arrives in Tokyo-3 defeating the 7th Angel by herself with ease. [35] She tends to look down on other people[36] and wants to constantly be at the center of attention.

When I act Asuka's part, I try to synchronize myself with her 400%. [3], Character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto explained that he "first designed an Asuka-type girl as the lead character", but felt it might be too similar to previous anime that he and Anno had worked on, such as Gunbuster and Nadia. [67] According to her English voice actresss Tiffany Grant, although Asuka may at first glance appear to be "pushy and loud", spectators can understand her true and profound reasons in the later episodes of the series: "So I think in the end her heart is in the right place but she has a hard time communicating that with her emotions and everything, how she really feels.

[4], As Sadamoto and Anno designed the series, Sadamoto came to believe that Asuka would occupy the position of an "'idol' in the Eva world". ", This page was last edited on 11 October 2020, at 12:49. [25] Though she successfully disables all nine opponents, Unit-02's power runs out and the near infinite power of the mass-produced Evas' S² Engines allow them to eviscerate and dismember Unit-02 using their Lance of Longinus replicas. [129][130] Her action figures were also very successful, contributing significantly to the revenue of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise.