Episode 03

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Episode Information
Episode #03
Title 1: 鳴らない、電話
Naranai Denwa
The Phone That Doesn't Ring
Title 2: A Transfer
Episode 03
Written By Akio Satsukawa, Hideaki Anno
Directed By Hiroyuki Ishido
First Aired 10-18-1995
Video Release Date 3-6-1996 (Japan-Video/LD), 5-16-2000 (US-DVD)
Angel Appearances Shamshel
Eva Sorties Eva-01
Episode chronology
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Shinji begins attending his new school in Tokyo-3, and has a difficult time dealing with the fame of being an Evangelion pilot. Toji Suzuhara, who's little sister was injured in Shinji's fight against the Angel, is angry at Shinji. A new Angel appears, and Shinji must once again pilot Eva-01 to defeat it.


Three weeks[1] have passed since Ep. 01. Shinji tries to adjust to his new life in Tokyo-3, but has little enthusiasm for piloting, and his relations with Misato are still distant. As the episode opens he is lethargically going through the motions of training[2]. The next morning he attempts to awaken Misato, while a chirpy female radio announcer talks about scuba diving and tells the audience that the Earth no longer has seasons, but instead has consistent weather year-round[3]. Shinji then departs for school, leaving the trash for pickup.[4] Ritsuko then calls Misato to check on Shinji and is told that Shinji seems to have made no friends at school.

At school, we are introduced to Shinji's classmates Kensuke Aida, Toji Suzuhara, and Hikari Horaki, the class rep[5]. We also meet their sensei, who seems to teach nothing but Second Impact[6]. Rei is there too, her eye and arm still bandaged. Kensuke is a military nut who seems to be the only one enjoying the fact that Earth seems to suddenly be at war. Toji has only just returned to class for the first time since the battle, explaining that he had to care for his sister, who was injured in the battle with Sachiel.[7] Toji notes that quite a few of their classmates seem to be missing, guessing that they probably moved away with their families due to the recent battle. Kensuke, in turn, points out that there is also a new transfer student in the class, indicating Shinji, and noting that he joined the class shortly after the incident, something he finds a rather odd coincidence.

During class, Shinji receives a message on the school intranet, asking him if he is indeed "the pilot of the robot". He answers "yes" to the message, leading to his identity quickly getting outed to the entire classroom. Shinji now finds himself being the reluctant center of attention, as his classmates excitedly gather around him to ask him questions about the Evangelion. Toji, is one of the few who does not, instead silently glowering at Shinji from afar. Later, he accosts Shinji outside the school, revealing that he blames him for his sister getting injured and gives him a beating in retaliation. Shinji's protestations that he was piloting involuntarily only make Toji angrier.

Rei then arrives to tell Shinji that there is an emergency call. Shamshel, the 4th Angel, is attacking Tokyo-3 and Shinji is mobilized in Eva-01 to defend the city. Kensuke, annoyed that the news broadcast is censored once again, convinces Toji to sneak out of the shelter where the class has taken refuge, to watch the battle from nearby. The battle quickly turns out poorly for Nerv; Shinji fires a barrage at the Angel, but it has no effect, and kicks up a dust cloud that distracts Shinji, allowing Shamshel to close the distance between them. Shinji looses his nerve to fight and freezes; Shamshel uses the distraction to attack Eva-01 with tentacles of light, leading Shinji to desperately attempt to both dodge the Angel's attacks and retreating at the same time. Shamshel manages to grab a hold of Eva-01's ankle, and the Eva is tossed into the air, causing it to land on its back, only barely avoiding to crush Toji and Kensuke in the process. This also severs Eva-01's Umbilical Cable, leaving her with just 5 minutes of reserve power.

A Selection of Images from Episode 03

From left to right, starting at the top left:

  • A lonely walk to school
  • Revenge for his sister
  • There's an emergency call
  • Shinji Loses it

Shinji then begins fighting a defensive battle, attempting to protect Toji and Kensuke rather than defeat the Angel[8]. To protect them from the battle, Misato orders Toji and Kensuke to take refuge in the the Evangelion's entry plug, overruling Ritsuko's protests that it could cause problems.[9]. Misato orders to Shinji to retreat, but Shinji remains frozen in place, staring down the Angel, even as Toji pleads with him to listen to Misato. Shinji instead draws the Eva's Progressive Knife and changes the Angel head-on, screaming in anger and frustration. Despite the Angel's attempt to ward off of the Eva, Shinji continues his suicidal charge and attacks the Angel with the knife, cutting into its core. After a brief, but intense tug of war, the Angel finally dies, just as Eva-01's power runs out. Exhausted, Shinji slumps back in his seat and breaks down sobbing uncontrollably. Kensuke and Toji silently look on, in a mix of fear, and pity.

Three days later, Kensuke and a sombre Toji is hanging out in school. Toji sulks, noticing that Shinji has not been back in class since what happened. Kensuke tells him that he should just have apologized to Shinji back then, as it would have spared him anguishing about it for days on end. He gives Toji the number of Shinji's phone, telling him to check up on him and apologize. Toji goes to the school's pay phone and attempts to ring, but stops as he is about to dial in Shinji's number, and the episode ends.


  • The notice board on the wall of the shelter Kensuke and Toji are in translates as "Geo-Shelter 334/Disaster Prevention Department, Tokyo-3/Total Floor Space: 2000 m²/ Maximum Capacity: 250.
  • The notification on the TV screen says "A special state of emergency has now been declared for the entire Kanto-Chubu region surrounding the Tokai district. Further information will be reported as it comes in."
  • At the end of the episode, Kensuke is creating a 3D model on his computer. Some have confused it with Shamshel, but according to the production notes he's actually trying to make a 3D model of the Entry Plug; it's a little inaccurate because it is based on memory from while he was in it.


  • Barely audible background dialogue from NERV technicians remarks that when Eva 01 grabs the Angel's energy-tentacles in its hands, it sustains "seventh-degree burns". There is no such thing as seventh-degree burns: the classification system for burns only goes up to "sixth-degree" burns, which is the point at which the bones themselves are charred, and the damage to Eva 01 is not this severe. They are either using the term in a different context, or of course, just making up technobabble.


  • Shinji Ikari: "Target in the center, pull the switch. Target in the center, pull the switch. Target in the center, pull the switch."
  • Natsuko Shinohara (weather girl): "We have hot days all year now, but Japan once had four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter."
  • Ritsuko Akagi: "Even though a hedgehog may wish to get close to another hedgehog, the closer they get the more they injure each other with their spines."
  • Toji Suzuhara: "My kid sister was crushed beneath a pile of debris. She survived, but she's been in the hospital ever since. Both my pop and gramps work at the lab, and there's no way they can leave their posts right now. So, if I ain't with her, she's all alone at the hospital."
  • Toji Suzuhara: "Sorry, transferee, but I've gotta beat you up! I won't feel right until I've smacked you."
  • Makoto Hyuga: "The last time they gave us a fifteen-year break. This time it's been only 3 weeks."
    Misato: "They never care about our convenience, do they? They're the type we women hate the most."


  1. See Neon Genesis Evangelion Timeline for details.
  2. Here Shinji is shown wearing his Eva pilot Plug suit for the first time; he piloted in his civilian clothes against Sachiel.
  3. The "Weather Girl" who talks on TV in the background during the opening scene in Misato's apartment is named "Natsuko Shinohara" (reporting from Matsuzaki on the Izu peninsula). Apparently, it is a popular activity there to go scuba-diving in the ruins of towns submerged after Second Impact. She says that the forecast temperature is "high of 30 degrees, 2 above the average". That's 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and the "average" temperature would be 82.4 degrees, in the now perpetually-summer weather of Japan.
  4. When Shinji takes out the trash from Misato's apartment to the disposal area, there is no trash left by anyone else (this is pointed out in the production notes). It's possible that few if any other people actually also live in Misato's apartment block, due to many being evacuated or leaving as a result of the renewed Angel attacks.
  5. Hikari Horaki is the "class representative"; this position has no exact equivalent in the U.S. Among the duties are directing the students to stand and bow when the teacher enters, helping to maintain discipline among the students, staying late to record the day's class activities in a logbook, and leading the other students in making a collective decision about class activities.
  6. This is Second Impact's first mention in the show. Shinji's teacher is teaching the cover-up version, stating that it was caused by a meteor strike 15 years earlier in the year 2000 which resulted in the human population of Earth being halved.
  7. Toji says that his father and grandfather are busy with work, so if he didn't visit his sister in the hospital himself, there would be no one to visit her and she would be all alone. He does not mention his mother in this, so it would seem to imply that his mother is dead.
  8. When Eva-01 grabs Shamshel's energy tentacles it burns off the armor on Eva-01's hands, revealing the flesh of the real organic creature beneath; once again demonstrating that Evas are cyborgs, not giant robots.
  9. We learn here that if more than one person is in the Entry Plug of an Evangelion at the same time, it will create "thought noise"; essentially, static interference it affects the link between the Eva pilot's mind and the Eva.

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