MyAnimeList is the largest online anime and manga database in the world!  In the twentieth episode he remembers escaping from the experimental site where his mother died, generating an obsession with "not running away". The film subsequently grossed the equivalent of over 6 billion yen at box office. Megumi Ogata is the Japanese voice of Shinji Ikari in Super Robot Wars Alpha 3. Her singing name is Em Ou (M.O, her initials) to separate herself from her seiyuu career.  Comic Book Resources also criticized Shinji as a stereotypical talented male protagonist with a harem. Shinji has placed highly in popularity polls and has been the subject of scholarly study. His design was created by Sadamoto. In the 1997 Anime Grand Prix, Shinji received about 1,200 votes, more than double those of the second character. He eventually suggested a boy as the main character; his relationship with Asuka, who became another primary character, was modelled after Nadia's relationship with Jean, her love interest (and eventual husband) in the series. At MyAnimeList, you can find out about their voice actors, animeography, pictures and much more! Shinji is voiced by Megumi Ogata in Japanese, and by Spike Spencer and Casey Mongillo in English. It is also because of this that she is sometimes referred as "Aniki" ("Big brother" in Japanese, usually used in gangs) by fans.  With his mother's help, Shinji is symbolically reborn, finding the will to live and regaining his body. , Shinji is an introvert with few friends, unable to communicate with other people and fearful of hurting others or being hurt.  The character has been used for Japan Racing Association advertising campaigns and for a culinary company specializing in miso soups; "Shijimi from Lake Shinji" also attracted tourists to the lake and its soup. Listen to all the actors who have voiced Shinji Ikari and vote for your favorite. " Despite criticizing the third film, a number of reviewers praised Shinji's interactions with Kaworu. But at the same time as we dislike Shinji and what he reminds us of, we understand him entirely. Shinji's relationship with Kaworu (whom he avoids) is difficult; he accuses Kaworu of being cynical and strange, and Kaji is more of a mentor to him. Kaworu is killed by the DSS Choker he took from Shinji to stop the Fourth Impact.  Seeing Shinji as a reflection of Anno, assistant director Kazuya Tsurumaki avoided depicting him as a brave character, since "Anno isn't that much of a hero".  Shinji thus has long dreamlike exchanges with Misato, Rei and Asuka about the pain of reality and his tensions with them. In the last episode, he inserted the line "If something is truly hurtful it's okay to run away", reflecting his belief that "if you don't pick something, that's the same as dying".  The Oedipal triangle is completed by their common interest in Rei Ayanami, a genetic clone of Yui Ikari.  Schopenhauer originally named his concept the "porcupine dilemma"; director Anno chose an alternative translation instead, since he wanted to portray Shinji as a hedgehog (an animal with smaller, blunter spines than a porcupine, suggesting more delicacy for the character).  According to Susan J. Napier, Shinji "still wins the championship for most psychologically complex (or just plain neurotic) male character ever created". , After Shinji is forced to fight Eva-03, controlled by the Angel Bardiel, with classmate Toji Suzahara trapped inside, he decides to quit Nerv. Devastated, Shinji loses the will to live. When he is told to pilot Unit-01, he does so without questioning it, choosing simply to go along with what everyone else says.  Shinji's Oedipus complex eventually resolves in the final episode, which ends with the captions "To my father, thank you" and "To my mother, goodbye" (indicating his entry into adulthood).  Although his relationship with Misato Katsuragi follows Schopenhauer's concept, Cannarsi noted that in the fourth episode ("Hedgehog's Dilemma") the characters get closer without hurting each other. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 4, 1995 to March 27, 1996 and consists of 26 episodes. When Angel Zeruel consumes Rei, Shinji returns and defeats the Angel; his decisions, however, trigger a catastrophic event named Third Impact.  In 2016, he finished thirteenth in an Anime News Network poll of the "strongest pilots" in Japanese animation. Shinji is present, confused and frustrated about what to do since all of his friends have evacuated the city, Asuka is mentally distressed and in a ward, and Reiappears to not remember recent events. That is what makes him a genuine work of art".  His friendships with Toji and Kensuke are more restrained. Main Article: Episode 21 Shinji is the only child of his father Gendo Ikari and mother Yui.He was born in 2001, in the year after Second Impact.His name was chosen by Gendo.  Sadamoto also drew on his own experiences as an adolescent, saying that his characterization was "more like a flunk-out" than Anno's version. Themes and ideas from Aoki Uru were borrowed for the new project, including the concept of "not running away". At first, he tried to create a character "that would tap into the consciousness of today's anime fans". Shinji was also the sixth-most-popular male character in August 1996, and the … Although his complexity was praised and generally considered realistic, he was criticized for his insecurity and weakness. Asuka Langley Sohryu (Japanese: 惣流・アスカ・ラングレー[?  When he was three years old, Yui brought Shinji to the Gehirn research center in Hakone to see Evangelion 01's first activation test. Neon Genesis Evangelion (Japanese: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, Hepburn: Shinseiki Evangerion, lit. Megumi Ogata finished second in the voice-actor rankings for three years. Contact Info: He is the franchise's poster boy and protagonist.  He finished third in October and was the most popular Evangelion male character. , 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. According to Anno, Shinji symbolically "kills" his father "and steals his mother from him". He has also performed voice acting for radio, especially commercials. Megumi Ogata (緒方 恵美 Ogata Megumi, born June 6, 1965) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and singer from the Tokyo Metropolitan area. After Shinji asks him how h… 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". , Hideaki Anno described him as a "cowardly young man" who has convinced himself that "he is a completely unnecessary person". After the series' first run, Shinji ranked second among "most popular male characters of the moment" in an Animage magazine Grand Prix poll. Who's your favorite Shinji Ikari voice? Read more information about the character Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion? He wanted to reflect contemporary teenagers in the character and was influenced by the Gulf War, wondering how a 14-year-old would have behaved on a helicopter.  In the anime's fourth episode, Shinji runs away because he is overwhelmed by responsibility; in the manga, he runs away because he realizes that Misato is spying on him and documenting his every move. He is voiced by Megumi Ogata.  He is also a protagonist in Shinji Ikari Raising Project and Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days, where he is portrayed in a different light than his anime counterpart: happier and more stable. He is known for his roles in ADV Films dubs of Neon Genesis Evangelion as Shinji Ikari, Martian Successor Nadesico as Akito Tenkawa, and Excel Saga as Gojo Shioji. Who do you want to hear next? Shinji Ikari Voice.  In the eighteenth episode, Shinji cries and gasps for a number of seconds during a fight; Ogata felt like her "whole body [was] aching". Became a seiyuu after she was accepted a role -- on the spot -- at an audition for Yu Yu Hakusho voice actors. We’ve all been there.  Examining the differences between Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance film and the original animated series, Jitendar Canth posted on myReviewer.com: "To the relief of many, Shinji isn't as much of a whiner anymore, and he shows that he has a backbone on more than one occasion in this film". After the battle with Angel Bardiel (when his father forced his Unit-01 to critically injure Asuka), Shinji retires from his duties and leaves Nerv. A single, male protagonist with two girls was later considered.  He also avoids choosing his clothes, wearing clothes provided by others. Shinji Ikari is the 14-year-old pilot of Evangelion Unit 01 and the main protagonist of the Evangelion series as a whole. 3. Misato Katsuragi is a minor character in Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion THE ANIMATION. Charles Forrest "Spike" Spencer (born on December 21, 1968 in Houston, Texas) is an American actor best known for dubbing Japanese anime films. Who's your favorite Ryoki Kaji voice?  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.  Unlike a stereotypical hero, particularly of the mecha genre, he is more apathetic than courageous. Megumi Ogata finished second in the voice-actor rankings for three years.  In other games, Eva Unit-01 goes berserk after fighting the fourth angel and he fights Kouji Kabuto and Mazinger Z. Shinji was first drawn with slightly different features, which were changed by the main staff. "It was my intention to create a wistful character who had given up on life", he said. In the fourth episode of the dorama Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu, a character named Shinji (fortmer boyfriend of Mikuri, the female protagonist) appears.  In the last two episodes, he sees the good and bad sides of other people; Anno compared him to a child and his ambivalent relationship with the mother during the oral stage. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, the character designer for Evangelion, objected to a new female protagonist, saying that "a robot should be piloted by a trained person, and if that person just happens to be a girl then that is fine"; however, he did not understand why a young girl "would pilot a robot". Shinji Ikari.  Like other male protagonists in Gainax series, Shinji was conceived with a weak and insecure personality. Satoru Gojo. 7.  A different Instrumentality is presented, with Shinji recognizing the need for human interaction and saving Asuka during her fight against the Mass Production Evangelions.  THEM Anime Reviewers noted the character's constant angst in the television series as a negative trait. Shinji Ikari (Japanese: 碇 シンジ, Hepburn: Ikari Shinji) is a fictional character in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise created by Gainax.  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; he also wonders about why he pilots Eva-01 in the latter part of the series. Began career as a musical actress, but after dissolution of her media troupe applied for training at a voice actor school. After Shinji realizes that he failed to save Rei and the new Rei is a clone, Nagisa convinces him to pilot Eva-13 with him.  When the Angel Ramiel tries to destroy Nerv headquarters, Shinji and fellow pilot Rei Ayanami work together to destroy him.  Oguro described berserk Unit 01 as a "bad breast"; on the other part, he interpreted Yui as a "good breast" that eventually saves Shinji during the battles with the Angels. 6. According to Butterfield, both characters "withdraw from the world", face new experiences and fight against unknown enemies. , 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.  Although Rei sacrifices herself in the battle against the Angel Armisael to save Shinji, she is revived through one of her clones. Incarnations On BTVA: 11 Versions from 11 Titles. He is assigned to be the pilot of Unit-01, and works with Rei to defeat the Angel Ramiel. , Shinji's character has been popular in Japan.  On the other hand, academic Christophe Thouny interpreted Shinji as a messianic figure. Find out more with MyAnimeList, the world's most active online anime and manga community and database. TV Show: Neon Genesis Evangelion It is also because of this that she is sometimes referred as "Aniki" ("Big brother" in Japanese, usually used … Looking for information on the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion? Like other EVA crossover characters, s he only appears in Episode 31. He is the driver of shinkalion 500 TYPE EVA. Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo earned Japan's second-highest weekend box office of 2012 with 1,1 billion yen.  At the end, he is seen leading a normal life in a reformed world; he sees Asuka while waiting for a train, although they only have a faint recollection of one another. At the age of 3, he witnessed his mother's "death" in her Contact Experiment with Eva-01.A year or so later, while still very young, he was abandoned by his father and sent away to live with his teacher. He also meets Asuka Langley Soryu, an Eva pilot from Germany, and they defeat the Angel Gaghiel together in the eighth episode. According to Ōyama, Shū is "a 2011 version of Shinji" but Shinji has a "more passive", pessimistic attitude. He is, however, unable to reach her in time, and when Shinji learns about Asuka's defeat, the Evangelion moves on its own to let him reenter it. 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 decides to attack on his own, and is sucked into a parallel universe by Leliel named Dirac's Sea. , 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". 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. Danganronpa series as Makoto Naegi and Nagito Komadea, Magic Knight Rayearth as Princess Emeraude, Magic Night Rayearth 2nd season as Eagle Vision, Sailor Moon S, Super S, & Sailor Stars as Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus, A selection of other roles played by Megumi Ogata.  Some spin-offs and video games pair Shinji romantically with Asuka Langley Soryu, Rei Ayanami, Kaworu and other characters, including his classmate Hikari Horaki and original characters such as Mana Kirishima, an extrovert transfer student firstly introduced in the Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel videogame, and Mayumi Yamagishi, an introvert girl presented in the Neon Genesis Evangelion: 2nd Impression videogame. 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