Episode 24 Draft [VERSION 2]

Originated from pastebin.com via avocado-slice.tumblr.com (6/1/13)
Translated by /a/non

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NEON GENESIS EVANGELION
EPISODE 24 “THE FINAL ANGEL” (SECOND DRAFT)
INT. NERV HQ – COMMAND CENTER

Misato stands before Ikari and Fuyutsuki.

MISATO
(Looking shocked) The Fifth Child…… really!?

IKARI
Yes, the fifth candidate will be arriving shortly. Overwrite Second’s personal data in Unit 02 with the Fifth’s.

MISATO
But, what about Asuka……?

IKARI
We can’t keep useless items lying around forever. Send her back to Germany when you have an opportunity. That is all.

MISATO
……

IKARI
Do you have something to say to me?

MISATO
No…… Excuse me.

FUYUTSUKI
The Fifth Child. He’s probably a SEELE spy.

IKARI
He’s coming here directly, bypassing the Marduk mechanism.

FUYUTSUKI
They seem to be quite impatient now.

IKARI
Let’s watch and wait for a bit. According to the Dead Sea Scrolls there’s still one Angel left.

 

THE LAST ANGEL

 

A WESTERN-QIN STYLE PAINTING OF A RURAL EUROPEAN LANDSCAPE (ASUKA’S DREAM)

Asuka on her way home from school (age 12), her eyes light up as she runs home.

INT. HOME

Asuka bursts in, a big smile on her face.

ASUKA
Mama! I was chosen! I was chosen as an elite pilot to protect humanity! To protect the world!

She says, placing her bag on the sofa and walking about the house.

ASUKA
It’s a secret. But can tell you Mama! Everyone’s so nice to me. So it won’t be lonely.

But Asuka’s mother doesn’t respond.
We just hear the voices coming from the TV.

ASUKA
(With a slightly anxious expression) So, it doesn’t matter that Papa’s not here. We won’t be lonely.

Asuka’s mother is nowhere to be seen.

ASUKA
Hey, Mama, where are you? Mama! Mama!

Suddenly a THUMP THUMP THUMP! Comes a knock at the door.

MISATO
Asuka! Asuka!
INT. NERV HQ, GEOFRONT, RESIDENTIAL SECTOR ASUKA’s ROOM

The door opens with a BAM! Misato crashes in with emergency medical personnel.

MISATO
Asuka……!

Asuka is curled up in a corner of the room, hugging her knees. Her eyes are blank and sunken, her cheeks are hollow, her lips pale. She barely resembles herself.
A male paramedic checks her eyes and tongue with a pen light.

PARAMEDIC
It doesn’t seem like she’s been eating or drinking. She’s very dehydrated. She needs to be hospitalized immediately.

MISATO
Asuka! Do you want to die or something!?

ASUKA
(Crackely) There’s no reason for me to be here anymore…… There’s no reason for me to go on living……

MISATO
––

A stretcher is brought in and Asuka is put on it.
INT. NERV HQ – HALLWAY

The stretcher with Asuka on it comes out of room #02.
A bit after, Misato follows.
Misato notices Shinji standing in the hall.

SHINJI
What’s wrong?

MISATO
Nothing. Asuka’s just not feeling very well. She’ll be okay.

SHINJI
Oh……

MISATO
Bye––

And Misato leaves, following the stretcher.
INT. CAGE

Unit 01 submerged in coolant.
INT. UNIT 01 – ENTRY PLUG

Shinji appears to be in low spirits.

SHINJI
(MONO) Nothing…… huh. Misato didn’t tell me the truth. I wonder what happened to Asuka. And Ayanami……

Insert –– The Reis in the test tube all look toward us at once.

SHINJI
(Sighing) Mom, what is Dad doing?

Unit 01 doesn’t answer.
INT. SPECIAL SOLITARY CELL

Ritsuko is bound in a small room of iron bars.
She’s bound by several leather straps, her once commanding expression is nowhere to be seen. It’s almost like her soul has left her body.
Thunk, thunk, thunk…… Eventually we hear footsteps coming from the hall.
Ikari’s figure appears in the faint light.

RITSUKO
(Still blankly) My cat died…… The one I left in my grandmother’s care…… I never really took care of it, but…… all of a sudden…… I’ll never see it again.

IKARI
Professor Akagi, why did you destroy the dummy plug?

Ritsuko doesn’t respond, she just looks ahead, with a faint smile on her lips.

IKARI
I’ll ask again. Why?

RITSUKO
Because you’re a shitty lay. Plus, I didn’t destroy the dummy system. I destroyed Rei……

IKARI
What?

RITSUKO
Those things aren’t human. They’re just human shaped objects. So they didn’t die. They were destroyed. Rei is just your plaything. I never could became your plaything though……

IKARI
––

RITSUKO
I wonder, Commander, did you come here because your new toy isn’t working out so well? Since a familiar toy is here. Just do what you will. I’ll do whatever. But, I’m sure I can’t compete with the playful spirit of that doll of yours.

IKARI
You’re a disappointment.

RITSUKO
Disappointment……?

Ritsuko suddenly bursts into raucous laughter.

RITSUKO
You never wanted anything to begin with! You wanted nothing from me! Nothing!

Tears spill out, and her laughter suddenly turns into sobs.
Ikari stands there silently.
Gashann! The door closes and the sound of Ritsuko’s sobs are cut off.
INT. HALL – DREAM

Shinji stands in front of the elevator.
The door opens.
Rei is inside.
Countless Reis are reflected in the stainless steel.
Shinji and Rei’s eyes meet and Shinji is petrified.
INT. SHINJI’S ROOM

Shinji throws himself onto his bed.

SHINJI
……

EXT. AERIAL VIEW OF TOKYO-3

The city is in ruins from Unit 00’s suicide attack during the previous battle.
Shinji wanders about the abandoned city, a strong wind blowing through as he stumbles over the rubble.

EXT. ANOTHER AREA

Shinji is walking about, he hears a piano coming from somewhere.
EXT. SCHOOL

The blast has turned the building to ruins.
INT. SCHOOL – GYMNASIUM

A lone boy innocently plays the piano.
He has a shockingly beautiful face.
The boy notices Shinji’s gaze and stops playing

BOY
Oh, is someone there?

SHINJI
Who are……? You’re not a student of this school are you?

BOY
I’m a transfer student.

SHINJI
Transfer student?

BOY
I brought my transfer papers where the school was supposed to be, but as I suspected, not a soul is here.

SHINJI
Everyone was sent away to Tokyo-2. Both the teachers and students.

BOY
Why are you still here?

SHINJI
I was left behind.

BOY
Haha. Poor thing.

An ominous sound fills the building.

SHINJI
The wind……

BOY
I thought it might have been the sound of spirit voices.

SHINJI
Spirit voices?

BOY
Didn’t you know? In the dead of night in the school gymnasium, you can hear voices making merry.

SHINJI
No.

BOY
They say that the spirits of children who aren’t done playing leave their bodies as they sleep, and gather in these places.

SHINJI
Huh.

BOY
In the Heian period, they called this flitting out of spirits, “akugaru” which has now become the word “akogareru.” {I’m stumped on a good English rendition for this, “akugaru” is like Kaworu says, that whole spirit leaving the body thing, but I guess the fundamental idea here is one’s soul being drawn out by some strong desire. The modern word which allegedly derives from it is “akogareru” or “to yearn for” (or admire, but I think yearning fits most here)}

The ominous sound fills the building again.
Shinji looks up at the ceiling, frightened.
It almost seems like we can hear the voices of those children in the sound.
Shinji comes back to his senses and notices that the boy is gone.

SHINJI
(Looking around) ––Hey! Where’d you go!

But the boy doesn’t respond.

SHINJI
……

INT. GEOFRONT, LOBBY OF THE CEILING BUILDING {天井ビル again, whatever that is}

Rei has been awaiting orders.
Shinji comes a bit later, and stands next to her.

REI
––What?

SHINJI
Uh……

REI
You seem startled. You were looking at me in the elevator.

SHINJI
Not really……

REI
Oh.

And that’s when Misato comes in, with someone else in tow.

MISATO
Alright you two, everyone’s here. Let me introduce you. This is a new pilot candidate, Nagisa Kaworu.

SHINJI
The Fifth Child……?

Shinji is shocked when he sees him.
He’s the boy he saw in the gymnasium playing piano.

MISATO
This is the pilot of Eva Unit 01, Ikari Shinji. And formerly Unit 00’s pilot, Ayanami Rei.

KAWORU
Pleased to meet you. I look forward to working together.

REI
(Expressionlessly) Same here.

MISATO
(To Kaworu) If there’s anything you need to know about living here, just ask Shinji.

KAWORU
(Holding out his hand). Pleased to meet you, Ikari Shinji.

As they shake hands, he looks intently at Shinji’s eyes.
Shinji looks away.
Kaworu smiles when he sees this.

INT. NERV HQ – PLUG TEST ROOM

Three test plugs are submerged in liquid.
Rei, Kaworu and Shinji have their eyes closed.
Slowly and quietly they sink into the interior.
INT. NERV HQ – CONTROL ROOM

The three of them are on the monitors.

IBUKI
#0 is nearing the contamination limit. That’s as far as she can go. #1 and #5 can go a bit further.

MISATO
You mean his harmonics are better than Rei’s?

IBUKI
They’re way beyond Shinji’s numbers from before when that happened.

Kaworu’s wave pattern comes up on the screen.

IBUKI
Take a look at #5’s personal pattern! He shouldn’t be compatible with Unit 02, but they’re so similar.

MISATO
So he can sync with Unit 01!?

IBUKI
It should be impossible.

MISATO
Did you hear that from Ritsuko…… Professor Akagi?

IBUKI
No…… I was informed about the Fifth’s existence though.

MISATO
Estimate his sync rate with Unit 02.

IBUKI
(Calculating) 270%!

MISATO
Could that happen in Unit 02 too……!?

IBUKI
No way, I don’t believe it!

MISATO
But it is true. We’ve gotta accept it, find out the cause.
INT. NERV HQ – TEST SITE

The plug hatches open after the test ends.
After Shinji gets out, he hurries to leave.
Kaworu watches him from behind.
INT. NERV HQ – PUBLIC BATH

Shinji taking a bath.
We hear the door open and close.
Kaworu’s slender figure appears out of the steam.

KAWORU
You always head off before everyone.

Shinji averts his eyes from Kaworu’s naked body.

KAWORU
I wonder, are you avoiding me?

SHINJI
I’m not avoiding you or anything.

KAWORU
You’re such a liar. You totally are.

SHINJI
You should have told me you were the Fifth Child.

KAWORU
That’s my line. I didn’t know you were the Third. ––Are you mad about that?

SHINJI
Not really.

KAWORU
Is it always like this? Like, kinda tense?

SHINJI
Tense?

KAWORU
Both Lieutenant Katsuragi and you.

SHINJI
A lot of stuff has happened. Before you came, Mr. Kaji and Ayanami, they……

KAWORU
What happened to the First?

SHINJI
Uh…… Nevermind.

KAWORU
Tell me.

SHINJI
I don’t want to talk about it.

KAWORU
Oh, so it’s confidential.

SHINJI
……

Kaworu enters the water.

KAWORU
But, it’s made you pretty timid when it comes to human contact.

SHINJI
I’ve always been like this. If I don’t know someone, we can’t betray or hurt each other.

KAWORU
But isn’t that kind of lonesome?

SHINJI
That’s just how it is. I was born this way. I can’t change. I hate that about myself so much. To be honest, I want to scream and run away from myself.

KAWORU
But I always hear you saying that you mustn’t run away.

SHINJI
I figure, if I’ll get reborn as a new person when I die, I don’t mind if I do.

KAWORU
I dunno about that. You seem to be a person who values yourself above all else.

SHINJI
……

KAWORU
(Abruptly) Let me see your hand.

SHINJI
Huh……?

KAWORU
Your left hand.

Kaworu takes Shinji’s left hand and examines his palm.
Shinji is startled when he notices several scars on Kaworu’s wrist.

KAWORU
You have callouses on your finger tips.

SHINJI
It’s from playing cello.

KAWORU
Cello?

SHINJI
I play a little.

KAWORU
How lovely.

Kaworu gripping his left hand.
Skin touching skin……
Badump, badump, Shinji’s heart pounds wildly.

SHINJI
Sorry…… I need to get out……

He says, letting go of Kaworu’s hand and leaving the bath.

Shinji’s heart pounds even harder.
He staggers to his feet.
Shinji faints.

WIPE OUT

INT. NERV HQ, RESIDENTIAL AREA – SHINJI’S ROOM

Shinji realizes he’s lying on his bed.
Kaworu is looking down at him.

KAWORU
You awake?

SHINJI
……

KAWORU
You passed out. You really scared me when you collapsed.

SHINJI
Sorry…… for being such a bother.

KAWORU
You must be tired. I’m sure. So much has happened.

SHINJI
Yeah. A lot has happened……

Kaworu notices the cello in the corner of the room.

KAWORU
Is that yours?

SHINJI
Yeah.

KAWORU
It’s a nice cello.

SHINJI
It was my mother’s.

KAWORU
Oh, I know. We should play together. You on cello, me on piano. I’m sure it’ll calm you down. It must be suffocating being trapped underground, just doing Eva tests all day.

SHINJI
But, I don’t think my cello playing is as good as your piano. I’m embarrassed.

KAWORU
It’ll just be for fun. Plus, what do we have to be embarrassed about at this point?

Shinji remembers his disgraceful behavior, and his pale face turns bright red again.

KAWORU
Is there a piano somewhere around here?

SHINJI
I think there should be one in the lounge.

KAWORU
I have a startup test with Unit 02 tomorrow. Let’s go tomorrow after that. Promise?

SHINJI
Okay.

KAWORU
Well, I should be going.

SHINJI
Good night.

KAWORU
Good night––

Kaworu’s face slides toward Shinji’s.
Kaworu gives Shinji a kiss.
Shinji doesn’t refuse him, he notices how naturally he accepts it.
Feeling strangely calm, he looks up at the ceiling light.

SOMEWHERE IN THE GEOFRONT

Misato confiding in Hyuga.

MISATO
(Looking up from some papers) ––Dead Sea Scrolls!?

HYUGA
Yeah. I tried investigating the Fifth like you said, Ms. Katsuragi, but as I was digging, I found something strange in an unexpected place.

MISATO
So you’re saying the Angels are mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls?

HYUGA
Not just the Angels. But Adam, the Second Impact and the Human Instrumentality Project even.

MISATO
(Scanning over the end of the document) So there’s one Angel left……?

HYUGA
It seems like the higher ups knew already.

MISATO
The commander?

HYUGA
Not just him, but the assistant commander and even Professor Akagi too. Nerv’s predecessor organization, Gehrin seems to have been based on the scenario detailed in these Dead Sea Scrolls.

MISATO
……

HYUGA
Seems like we both got ourselves tangled up in some ridiculous organization, huh?

Hyuga hands Misato some more documents.

HYUGA
Here’s my research on the Fifth Child. There’s nothing suspicious in his history. Before he came, he had some contact with the committee, but there are no traces of it being organized. It seems like a lot has happened in his family life. Well, I guess he’s just a pretty boy who’s experienced much misfortune.

MISATO
Just your type, huh.

HYUGA
Jeez……

Misato flips through the pages of the documents and her face grows dim when she sees something.

HYUGA
What is it?

MISATO
His birthday……

HYUGA
(Looking over at the document) ––?

MISATO
It’s the day of the Second Impact……

INT. NERV HQ – PILOT’S LOCKER ROOM

Kaworu is changing.
He clicks the switch on his wrist and the plugsuit conforms to his body.
Kaworu gazes at his wrist for a bit.
INT. NERV HQ – TEST SITE #7

The voices of the operators come and go over the intercom.
They’re preparing for Unit 02’s activation test.
INT. NERV HQ – HALLWAY

Kaworu heads out having changed.
Rei is waiting for him.

REI
(Handing over a card) Here. It’s a flow chart of today’s startup test. Please look it over, including the times.

KAWORU
Thank you.

Rei and Kaworu’s fingers touch ever so slightly as he takes it from her.
Their expressions change as if they’ve both realized something.

KAWORU
So that’s what Ikari meant……

REI
––

KAWORU
You’re just like me. I think I have a better idea of what I’m supposed to do now.

REI
Just who, are you……?

KAWORU
(Without answering) Well, bye.

And he leaves.

Rei watches him walk off.

INT. UNIT 02 ENTRY PLUG

Kaworu inside.

IBUKI’S VOICE
Commencing Unit 02 activation test.
INT. CONTROL ROOM

Misato, Ibuki and the operators are at their stations.

IBUKI
Initiating first connection phase. All main electric circuits connected.

OPERATOR A
Electric connections complete. Initiating activation system.

OPERATOR B
Operation voltage at critical in 0.5……0.2……breakthrough.

INT. UNIT 02 ENTRY PLUG

OPERATOR A’S VOICE
Initiating connection between pilot and Unit 02.

OPERATOR B’S VOICE
Circuits open.
INT. HALLWAY

Shinji watching the activation test from the window.

ANNOUNCER
Absolute border* in 0.9, 0.7, 0.5, 0.4, 0.3…… {*絶対境界線 – sorry, I don’t remember how most of the technobabble terms translate ‘officially,’ so I’m kinda bullshitting through these parts}
INT. NERV HQ – TEST SITE #7

Unit 02 tears off its restraints and begins to struggle.
INT. CONTROL ROOM

IBUKI
Contact suspended!

OPERATOR C
It’s not working, we can’t control Unit 02!

IBUKI
Isolate all circuits! Cut the power!
INT. NERV HQ – TEST SITE #7

The [umbilical] connector is shot out of the socket.
Unit 02 begins to destroy the walls.
INT. HALLWAY

The ceiling is crumbling.
Shinji hurriedly escapes.
INT. CONTROL ROOM

MISATO
Another berserker!?

IBUKI
No, it’s not berserk. It’s moving according to the pilot’s wishes!
INT. ANNOUNCEMENT AREA {like wherever the PA system mics and shit are I guess}

A warning alarm sounds.

HYUGA
(Into the mic) We’ve detected and AT field from Unit 02 in test site #7!
INT. CONTROL ROOM

MISATO
No way. You mean he’s an Angel!?
INT. HALL

SHINJI
No! That’s a lie!
INT. ANNOUNCEMENT AREA

FUYUTSUKI
A humanoid Angel!

IKARI
So SEELE held the joker themselves.
INT. NERV HQ – TEST SITE #7

Unit 02 has destroyed everything it could [in the area].
And then it breaks through the wall and leaves.
INT. CONTROL ROOM

MISATO
It’s heading for Dogma!
INT. ANNOUNCEMENT AREA

A spot on the screen is flashing to indicate where Unit 02 broke through.

AOBA
Unit 02 is heading for the underground structure.

FUYUTSUKI
You’re going to allow an Angel to enter Dogma again?

IKARI
Sortie Unit 01 immediately. Prevent [the Angel] from entering Terminal Dogma at all costs.

INT. CAGE

Shinji runs along the catwalk.
Rei is standing at the hatch, already in her plugsuit, trying to get into Unit 01’s entry plug.

SHINJI
––Ayanami!

REI
I’ll go.

SHINJI
Why?

REI
Because you have feelings for him. {she uses あこがれる, I only mention this because Kaworu brings up the word earlier}

SHINJI
––

REI
You won’t be able to dispose of him will you?

SHINJI
I’m the pilot of Unit 01……

Shinji pushes Rei aside and opens the hatch.

INT. CENTRAL DOGMA

Unit 02 moving down.
INT. CAGE

Unit 01 sortieing and heading underground.
INT. ANNOUNCEMENT AREA

Misato, Ibuki and the others return.

HYUGA
Unit 01 has departed.

MISATO
Will Shinji make it in time?

HYUGA
It’s 50-50 at this point.

MISATO
(In Hyuga’s ear) If worst comes to worst, we’ll have to destroy everything. We can’t let it affect the rest of the world.

HYUGA
I don’t mind, if it’s with you.

MISATO
Thanks.

Hyuga, calmly as ever, plugs in the key for the self-destruct switch.
INT. CENTRAL DOGMA

Unit 01 is descending at immense speed.
INT. UNIT 01 ENTRY PLUG

SHINJI
(Frantic and angry) Damnittt!
INT. CENTRAL DOGMA

Unit 02 descending.

Finally, Unit 01 catches up.
INT. UNIT 01 ENTRY PLUG

SHINJI
You betrayed me! You betrayed my feelings! You betrayed me just like my father!
INT. CENTRAL DOGMA

Unit 01 pulls out its prog knife.
Unit 02 follows suit, accepting the challenge.
They fight viciously hand to hand with the knives.
The blades cross repeatedly, discharging plasma, sparks fly.
INT. ANNOUNCEMENT AREA

Everyone holds their breath watching the Evas fight.
INT. CENTRAL DOGMA

The two Evas finally reach the bottom.
A wall crumbles, revealing Adam.
INT. UNIT 01 ENTRY PLUG

The crucified upper body of the seven-eyed giant.
The bizarre, objet d’art makes Shinji flinch for a second.
INT. ANNOUNCEMENT AREA

MISATO
Shinji!
INT. CENTRAL DOGMA

Without hesitation, Unit 02 slices Unit 01 with its blade.
Unit 01’s prog knife pops off and falls into the sea of LCL.
INT. UNIT 01 ENTRY PLUG

SHINJI
—!

INT. CENTRAL DOGMA

Unit 01 and Unit 02 do battle in front of Adam.
But, Unit 02 throws away its prog knife.
It vanishes into the sea of LCL.

KAWORU
The Eva series. Born of Adam, a being you should have stayed away from. But you Lilin used it and survived. I don’t understand it.

Unit 02 stops moving.
The entry plug comes out slowly and Kaworu gets out.
INT. UNIT 01 ENTRY PLUG

SHINJI
You tricked me? Were you just using me?

KAWORU
That’s not it at all. I think it was a wonderful thing that I got to meet you. I’ve reached my destination. I have no intent to continue fighting. I never wanted to quarrel with you in the first place.
INT. CENTRAL DOGMA

Kaworu before Adam.

KAWORU
Once I touch this monster, the path of humanity will close.
INT. UNIT 01 ENTRY PLUG

SHINJI
The path of humanity?

KAWORU
Yes, the path of human evolution. But, it really doesn’t matter either way to me. You’re the only one who can end my life. If it’s by your hand, I couldn’t be happier, even if it means my death. I do feel a little regretful that we didn’t have a chance to perform together though.

SHINJI
Let’s go back together. We’ll do it together. I got up early this morning to practice a bit even.
INT. CENTRAL DOGMA

KAWORU
I’m sorry, but I can’t. I can feel something stirring inside me. I think it’s my instinct.
INT. UNIT 01 ENTRY PLUG

SHINJI
……

KAWORU
Hurry!
INT. CENTRAL DOGMA

Kaworu suddenly turns and dives toward Adam.
INT. UNIT 01 ENTRY PLUG

SHINJI
––!
INT. CENTRAL DOGMA

Unit 01 reaches out and grabs the Angel just before it makes contact with Adam.
Crunch.
Blood flows from Unit 01’s hand, trickling down.
Finally, Shinji’s screams fill the huge room.
INT. ANNOUNCEMENT AREA

MISATO
……

Hyuga removes the self-destruct key.

FUYUTSUKI
It’s over.

IKARI
Yes. But, now the real battle begins.
INT. SOMEWHERE – HUMAN INSTRUMENTALITY PROJECT

The committee is gathered.

KEEL
We’ve just confirmed the elimination of the AT Field. Adam’s children, the Angels are all destroyed. The only remaining Angels are us, humanity. The promised time has come, for when we shall entrust our souls to Lilith and purify this filthy world.

MEMBER A
But before that, we should do something about this troublesome pimple on our face. {oh why can’t I remember the English idiom for this}

MEMBER B
Ikari Gendou.

MEMBER C
He’s been using his position as commander to turn Nerv into his personal property.

MEMBER D
We have clear evidence that he’s been diverting from the plan.

KEEL
Gentlemen! I hereby declare Nerv dissolved and the Eva project suspended.

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