Neon Genesis Evangelion Cosplay: Asuka Langley Soryu (Hiromichi) Cosplay 13 AUG 2012

Today’s cosplay entry takes a character from the hugely popular, original run of Neon Genesis Evangelion, in the form of Asuka Langley Soryu, brought to life, plugsuit and all, by the demure Japanese cosplayer, Hiromichi.

Asuka is first introduced into the series in episode 8, with the arrival of Eva Unit 02 and the battle with the Angel Gaghiel. Asuka is shown as maintaining a high synchronization ratio and exceptional skills as an Eva pilot, being very aggressive and confident in battle. After first being defeated in battle by Zeruel, Asuka’s self-confidence (and, correspondingly, her synch ratio and effectiveness as a pilot) begins to dwindle. This comes to a head in episode 22, when Arael appears and Asuka, burdened by increasingly poor results in synchronization tests, is infuriated by being ordered to serve as backup to Rei. She defies orders and tries to attack the Angel alone, but is overwhelmed by a psychological attack by the Angel, forcing her to relive her painful memories and resulting in a mental breakdown.

She becomes incapable of piloting Unit 02, and since piloting Eva is the meaning of her life, Asuka loses the will to live and spends much of the final episodes of the television series in a hospital bed in a catatonic state.

Asuka’s surname comes from the Japanese World War II aircraft carrier Soryu, her German surname from the American World War II aircraft carrier Langley. Her first name comes from Asuka Saki, who is the main character of the Japanese comic, SuperGirl Asuka written by Shinji Wada.

Character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto explained that he “first designed an Asuka-type girl as the lead character” but felt it might be too similar to previous anime that he and Anno had worked on, such as Gunbuster and Nadia. He suggested to Anno that they change the lead character to a boy, which would be more in keeping with the robot genre.

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