Shinji standing in front of the Cage gate as the door opens.
Incisivis: (253~293) Then, of course, Rei arrives. My ideal position on Shinji's strength of character is not to go to extremes, for either “victim” or “bastard”. Shinji may have taken the Eva out of compassion, but such compassion might contain Shinji's self-devaluation at work, automatically considering anyone more worthy than himself, and thus Rei's suffering is less justified than his. Of course, this could also be taken one step further and state that if not for his neurotic self, Shinji might not do anything compassionate at all. But I'm going to keep my Shin-fan cred intact and just go for something more neutral. :)
Reichu: This makes me wonder about the layout of Nerv HQ. Shinji and the others had to cross all that coolant by hovercraft to get to the left side of the Cage, but Rei and her caretakers just have to take an elevator to get to the right.
HeWhoPostsStuff: Maybe they were just keeping the “Port-a-Rei” purposely nearby in case of just such a situation, rather than taking her all the way to the med wing?