The new Evangelion movie, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, has driven fans into a frenzy of speculation with the surprise announcement that Asuka’s name is apparently to change.
The change is revealed by way of some official advertising, in which the cast is listed; fans looking over the names immediately (or possibly after obsessive scrutiny) spotted a mysterious 式波・アスカ・ラングレー / Shikinami Asuka Langley, presumably the same character as the previous 惣流・アスカ・ラングレー / Sohryu Asuka Langley.
Along with the plethora of new terms introduced in the advertising, and with the prior announcement of “Mari”, a brand new character, it seems that the movie may break from the previous iterations of the series in a big way.
Fans are wondering just what all this is about? Could it indeed be looking to “explore new ground”?