If Sgt. Eighteen years since its release and we are still trying to analyze every single aspect of the series and Gainax is still making huge amount of money out of it with its Rebuild of Evangelion project. Even academic scholars have written articles about it, something unimaginable to non-anime viewers. Here, I want to focus on the popularity of one character and her influence in the anime industry: Rei Ayanami. Rei is an anti-heroine, much like all the other characters in the series. She is a beautiful, mysterious fourteen-year-old who shows no emotions and acts more like a robot than a human being most of the time. She is very quiet makes only pithy remarks, if she speaks at all.
Top definition. Rei Ayanami unknown. She is socially withdrawn and rarely interacts with anyone, except for NERV Commander Gendo Ikari , to whom she initially displays some loyalty but with whom she has a generally distant relationship she says in Episode 15 that she "doesn't know what kind of person he is". She lives by herself in a drab, dingy, underfurnished apartment in Tokyo-3, a clutter of books being her only apparent luxury items assuming they are not, in fact, schoolbooks. Toward the end of the series, Shinji Ikari comments that her apartment is very similar to the place where Ritsuko Akagi says she was born.
Girls, women, and female-aligned celestial beings play central roles within the series, threading issues of motherhood, female ambition, and sexuality throughout. More directly, Gendo leaves a trail of women in his wake, using Ritsuko Akagi for her mind and her body the same he did to her mother, Naoko. Rei was created as a tool to help Gendo initiate Third Impact and carry out his version of the Human Instrumentality Project, one which would reunite him with said dead anime wife. The truth is, I have no emotional attachment to her at all.