wFeb 12, 2009

Misato Katsuragi

This post was made for halfamoon.

Misato is one of the primary characters in the 1995 anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Evangelion is one of the most famous anime series of all time, having also spawned off at least two manga series, a movie, and is currently in the midst of a 4-movie retelling of the story.

In a post-apocalyptic world on the cusp of another apocalypse, Misato seems to be the sole voice of reason while everyone around her is falling apart (psychologically, although in some cases, literally).

She combats a multi-year episode of mutism, a father complex, and taking control of her life. While always calm and collected at work, she spends her evenings drinking beer and eating instant food from the microwave.

In college, Misato befriends Ritsuko Akagi and Ryoji Kaji, both of whom later work with her at NERV. She breaks up with Kaji while still in college because he feels too much like her father. Still, they rekindle their romance during the course of the series. Misato learns that Kaji is working as a triple agent, trying to uncover the true intentions of SEELE and NERV. Kaji is murdered, but not before giving Misato the information he found. For the rest of the series, she works to learn the truth, developing a healthy skeptism for everyone around her, even Ritsuko. She only cries about Kaji in private, and is still able to maintain her roles as both a Major working for NERV and a mother-figure for Shinji and Asuka.

In the end, Misato dies, but it is not her gender that makes her a target. Everyone dies in Evangelion. No, literally - the entire world dies. At least in Misato's case, she dies saving Shinji.

Misato shoots and kills three men just as they find Shinji cowering under a staircase in NERV headquarters. When they find him, they say, "Nothing personal, kid--" And they are interrupted by gunfire, bullets being shot from Misato, who fires not from under cover, but while running at them straight-on. When killing the last would-be assassin, she grins while placing the mouth of the gun under his throat. "Nothing personal," she says, painting the wall with his blood.

She literally drags Shinji to safety, and pulls him out of his depressive, ineffectual stupor.

She died protecting humanity's only hope, and depending on how you interpret the ending, possibly allowed for Shinji to recreate humanity after the Instrumentality Project was rejected.

Bad-Ass Misato Quotes
MISATO: Giving up halfway is worse than never trying at all. Come on! Get up! MOVE IT!
SHINJI: I want to die. Just leave me here.
MISATO: Stop talking like a stubborn little brat! Like it or not, you're still alive. Get moving and DO something! You can die later!

Only those who have the will to live get to survive.

I’m not going to feel sorry for you. If you don’t like feeling pain, then you can just sit here and let them kill you!

So fucking what if I’m not you?! That doesn’t mean its okay for you to give up! If you do, I’ll NEVER forgive you as long as I live. God knows I’m not perfect either. I’ve made tons of stupid mistakes and later I regretted them. And I’ve done it over and over again, thousands of times. A cycle of hollow joy and vicious self-hatred. But even so, every time I learned something about myself.

Misato icons! I am not skilled in the art of icon-making, but please do credit if you use them.

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scribbled mystickeeper at 10:23 PM

Also, she totally gave Shinji some sugar, which was awful nice of her.

By Blogger pickett, at 7:45 PM, February 13, 2009  

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