Neon Genesis Evangelion/Ho Yay

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  • Shinji and Kaworu. The blushing, the showering together, the hand-holding, the sleepover, and the declaration of love, all in one episode.
    • And during the bathing scene, Kaworu places his hand on Shinji's, and rather than hesitate or pull back (as he did in a previous episode, when Misato attempted to touch him), Shinji allows Kaworu's hand to linger on his own. And shortly afterwards Kaworu tells Shinji that he loves him. At the end of the bathing scene, Shinji tells Kaworu that they need to go to bed, to which Kaworu is confused and asks, "Together?" Shinji is quick to decline Kaworu's offer, but he does spend the night at Kaworu's apartment, sleeping on the floor beside Kaworu's bed. Shinji finds it quite easy to talk to Kaworu about his conflicted feelings and Kaworu is shown smiling at Shinji in a fond manner, causing Shinji to blush, and Kaworu tells him "I think I was born just to meet you, Shinji Ikari." Later, Shinji is devastated by his killing Kaworu, and remarks that Kaworu was the only person in his life to tell him that he was loved.
    • In the manga, meanwhile, the Ho Yay is almost completely absent, or at the least one-sided. Shinji outright tells "Evil Manga Kaworu" he doesn't even like him, and rebuffs anything resembling an advance he makes. That still doesn't stop him from rather aggressively interrogating Shinji on the nature of love. Only later in an Inner Monologue does Shinji admit he was 'attracted' to Kaworu.
      • The manga has Kaworu giving Shinji mouth to mouth. Also, in another scene the two boys are in the same shower stall, inches away from each other, facing each other. It even has the kanji for "tension" between them.
    • In the Campus Apocalypse manga, Kaworu says that he's only helping NERV for Shinji's sake and that otherwise he'd be out there enjoying life until all reality fell apart without him as a Cosmic Keystone. Because Shinji was nice to him, true, but...
        • This Troper would also like to point out, in the mouth-to-mouth scene, both of the boys were on Shinji's bed. Shinji was lying on it since he felt feverish, and Kaworu took it upon himself to climb onto the bed and position himself over Shinji's body before administering the little "re-oxygenation."
    • The Shinji/Kaworu Ho Yay is pretty much confirmed by some of the official artwork available through Gainax's Eva merchandise site.
    • In Rebuild 1.0, Kaworu awakens shirtless on the moon to promptly say "I'm looking forward to knowing you, Shinji Ikari." As lampshaded with many lulz by the fansubbing group, the Japanese word used can mean "to know in the biblical sense." And right after that statement, he says he's gonna make Shinji "happy" this time...
    • They have a lot of Ho Yay in Neon Genesis Evangelion Gakuen Datenroku and Ikari Shinji Raising Project too.
    • In the Angelic Days manga, Kaworu obviously has a crush of some sort on Shinji.
    • In the original drafts of Kaworu's appearance, the Ho Yay was meant to be even more blatant.
    • The Other Wiki has placed Shinji into the "Fictional bisexuals" category. While this proves little, it does say a lot.
    • Look where Shinji's staring when he blushes in the shower.
    • And finally, in EOE, Shinji meets Giant-Naked Rei and has a screaming fit of insanity (to be fair, so did many fans) but a second later, she transforms into Giant Naked Kaworu and asks, "Is this better?" Shinji smiles for the first time since meeting Kaworu. Yep.
  • Far less blatant is the open admiration BridgeBunny Maya has towards her superior Ritsuko, though unfortunately for her Ritsuko is far too busy getting banged by Gendo.
    • In End of Evangelion, compared to Shinji's Kaworu, the figure who Maya sees is Ritsuko who types "I need you" on Maya’s laptop with her hands over Maya’s, and then tenderly embraces her, with her knee planted in Maya's groin. Before she's turned into LCL Maya joyfully returns Ritsuko's hug and cries "Sempai! Sempai! Sempai! Sempai!" with a look of ecstasy on her face as tears flow from her eyes.
    • And in Shinji Ikari Raising Project, guess who receives chocolates from Maya for Valentine's day...
    • Ritsuko and Maya get a Crowning Moment of Awesome in episode 13, when they defeat the Eleventh Angel by reprogramming a computer. This being Maya, Ritsuko gets excessively fangirled for her contribution.
  • Let's not forget the onsen bath scene with Misato and Asuka. Through suggestive dialogue and giggling it's hinted that Misato was feeling up her mutually naked charge in some rather provocative ways, under the blanket of being "innocent girlie fun."
  • Some will also say the relationship between Gendou and Kouzou is loaded with subtext/vibes. Amusing as the idea may be, it's not canon, though you can really imagine what you want with Eva...
  • And there's a scene in Rebuild 2.0, Kaji asks Shinji if he wants to go on a date with him. Shinji reminds him that he's a boy and in response Kaji says "No problem. Gender shouldn't get in the way of love" places his hand on Shinji's, gets close to his face, and pretends (?) to try to kiss him and Shinji blushes, letting out an almighty squeal.

Kaji: How about it? Wanna go out for tea?
Shinji: You know, I'm a boy.

    • There's a deleted/alternate scene on the 2.22 DVD where Kaji is introduced in a tram car, which ends with him suddenly saying "I love you" to Shinji before ducking out. So if that had been the final version, Kaworu wouldn't have been the first person to say that to him.
  • There's also some Les Yay played with in regards to Asuka and Rei in the official art, even though they're far from being on friendly terms in the actual series.
    • Foe Yay? (Seriously though, their interactions in "The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still" actually bordered on a bizarre case of Belligerent Sexual Tension, especially since they made temporary peace with each other in the end.)
      • They grow to be on better terms in Rebuild of Evangelion, though.
        • In Rebuild of Evangelion Asuka later volunteers to pilot Unit 03 so that Rei can bring Shinji and his father closer together. She does this for Rei, who in most incarnations she doesn't care for at all.
    • They're on better terms in Angelic Days as well, once even holding hands.
    • Even in the main manga adaptation, Asuka grows more comfortable in Rei's presence over time. When Shinji's in the hospital following his battle with Eva-03, the two of them are together in the waiting lobby (though quite a distance apart due to Rei sitting down while Asuka's standing against the wall) and vocalize their thoughts and concerns about Shinji to one another. The later scenes of Asuka declaring her hatred of Rei for being an emotionless doll never occur, with Kaworu being in Rei's place for one of them, and some of Sadamoto's artwork has Rei positioned as almost the Kaworu to Asuka's Shinji in terms of personal space.
    • In Neon Genesis Evangelion Gakuen Datenroku there's a very Les Yay scene between Asuka (playing the Virgin Mary) and Rei (playing Gabriel) during the Nativity Play. Quite frankly, it's impossible to miss. Either that or Asuka and Rei were sneakily insinuating that Jesus is Mary and Gabriel's lovechild.
      • After Rei reveals her true origins she expects Asuka to hate her, only for Asuka to scream at her that she doesn't care about what Rei is after all they've been through together. Remember that this is Asuka we're talking about, who hated Rei at the beginning.
  • Hikari and Asuka? Hikari is pretty much Asuka's only friend. And after the battle with Arael, Asuka seeks out Hikari and stays with her for an unspecified time. During a late evening they share a bed and a tearful Asuka breaks down and reveals her inner insecurities to Hikari who comforts her, a testament to their friendship.
    • The second film of the Rebuild series has a scene where Hikari approaches Asuka and shyly asks if she can sit with her at lunch. She's even blushing when asking it.
      • And pretty amusingly, when Misato finds Asuka trying to cook, and naturally correctly assumes that she's trying to do something nice for Shinji, for a change, Asuka flusters and tries to insist that it's for a girl. Alas, neither of them seem to think of the implications through.
  • Ikari Shinji Raising Project does this with Asuka/Rei on illustrations and in Shinji's dreams and even in real-life as they become more friendly toward each other late in the series, Maya/Ritsuko, Rei/Misato because Rei obsesses about boobs and can't help touching them, and also Ritsuko/Yui and the terrifying Rei/Yui because Yui has the largest breasts of the whole cast. Also, there is much Shinji/Kaworu to be had and Asuka once jokes about Touji and Shinji having an intimate relationship. Look hard and you can probably see some Mana/Asuka! And of the more No Yay variety, Gendo simply loves his son Shinji so dearly he wants to bear-hug him from behind or take a bath with him.
  • In one of the previews for 3.0 has Misato say that Shinji wakes up next to a mysterious boy.
  • Toji gets this with Kensuke being his best friend, and they later include Shinji in their group. A cut scene from the movie shows that they are happy to have met Shinji.
    • In one episode Kensuke offers Shinji his jacket to wear when they're outside by a fire.