Welcome back to EVERYDAY EVA, the blog series where I aim to cover one episode of Evangelion every single day for Mecha March 2022!
Kisses are swapped and secrets are shared in this otherwise unsuspecting episode.
Episode 15: “Lies and Silence” (it has a longer subtitle, but I find this one more fitting anyway) isn’t one with much action, but it’s still worth watching. Important terms like Marduk Institute and SEELE are tossed around by a covert Kaji, though what matters more to us is finding out more about his divided associations. Misato and Ritsuko share woes about all of their friends and coworkers getting married which I always found relatable, even as a teenager. Trust me, it hurts even harder going into my twenties.
Another standout moment is Shinji and Gendo’s visiting of Yui’s grave. It’s just a stone, no body buried underneath, but as Gendo remarks, “Everything I need I keep in my mind and heart, and that will have to do for now.” With little else to say, they depart, and Shinji returns to Misato’s to play the cello. This is interesting. Not so much that he plays an instrument, but that the reason he never quit was because no one told him to stop. Very Shinji-like indeed, Asuka retorts.
On the adult side, Misato, Ritsuko, and Kaji share their first drinks as a trio in years. “I make it a point not to talk about myself” is what Ritsuko lays down. Misato, however, can only overshare about herself, as seen in her drunk walk home with Kaji. It’s emotional, being forced to watch our beloved captain fold in on herself and confess to all her flaws, but it ends in a kiss so hey. Speaking of kiss, Asuka dares Shinji to pucker up as she lays one on him. Their experience is less than romantic, but Asuka’s reaction to the whole exchange is hilarious.
At the end of this episode, a new curse is cast upon us by NERV’s shadow, Kaji: the secrets of “Adam” are revealed to Misato, though even she is unsure of what to make of NERV’s secret-keeping. Although we return to the battlefield in Episode 16: “Splitting of the Breast,” we certainly will be coming back to the haunting image lurking in Central Dogma’s lowest depths. Thanks for reading, and ‘til then!