Toji Suzuhara

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Toji Suzuhara
Toji Suzuhara
鈴原 トウジ
Rank / Title Fourth Children
Affiliation(s) Nerv
National Heritage Japanese
Relations Sakura Suzuhara (Sister), Father, Grandfather
Age 14
Birthday 12/26/2001
Seiyū Tomokazu Seki [1]
Voice Actor (English)[1]: Brett Weaver, Joe Pisano, Michael O'Connor, Justin Cook, Johnny Yong Bosch (Netflix)
(Italian): Corrado Conforti
(Brazilian): Vagner Fagundes
(French): Olivier Korol
(German): Julien Haggége , Volkmar Leif Gilbert (Netflix)

Toji Suzuhara[2] is Shinji Ikari's classmate and later friend; their mutual friend is Kensuke Aida. Like all potential Children, Toji is kept with the others for his own protection, in the same school classroom. In relation to this fact, his mother is deceased; he is said to live with his sister, father and grandfather.

Character Summary

First Appearances

Main Article: Episode 03, Episode 04

When first appearing, Toji has gotten back from treating his sister, who was was crushed under a pile of debris during Eva-01’s battle with Sachiel. Conversing with Kensuke, he says that since his grandfather and father work in the labs, he was left to take care of her. Angry at the pilot who supposedly caused this, he discovers that Shinji Ikari - the new transfer student - was the pilot. After school, he swings a punch at Shinji, saying he had to work out his own anger. When Shinji replies that he was forced to, Toji storms back, picks him up in further anger, and drops him.

Later, as Tokyo-3 takes shelter from Shamshel, Toji and Kensuke manage to sneak out to catch a glimpse of the battle. When Shinji is shown to be losing the fight, Kensuke remarks to Toji on "badly being beaten up must really messed him up", to which Toji shuts him down. Nearing the end of the battle, Eva-01 is flung across the hillside where the two are standing. Noticing them[3], Captain[4] Misato Katsuragi orders the two to enter the Entry Plug for protection. As the two start to see Shinji in his element, he sprints into action, stabbing the Core of the angel is a blistering scream of determined rage. Once the angel dies, Shinji breaks down in tears, leaving Toji to witness it all.

A while after the battle has ended, Toji - despite denying it - seeks to apologize to Shinji. He gets his phone number from Kensuke. He attempts, but hangs up.

A few days later, Toji and Kensuke visit the apartment of Shinj, who has been absent from school since his fight with Shamshel. Unaware that Shinji has disappeared, the two are greeted by Misato, who tells them that he's been training at HQ. After she closes the door, the two comment on how hot she looked.

Later, once Shinji is brought back by Nerv officials and deciding to go to his old life, Toji and Kensuke arrive to say bye to him before he goes. With a prompt from Kensuke, Toji pleads for Shinji to punch him back, and to not hold back. Shinji agrees and lands one right across his face. With a smile, Toji tells him how he wanted to make up for punching him seeing as how he suffered in the Eva, vowing to defend anyone who mistreats him.

Friends With Shinji

Main Articles: Episode 05 to Episode 17

Once Shinji decides to stay in Tokyo-3, he becomes close to Toji, as well as Kensuke. Throughout most of the action arc, the three are seen joking or teasing each other (Toji and Kensuke making fun of Shinji for supposedly gawking at Rei in her swimsuit) to them joining a special trip[5] to meet the pilot of Unit-02. Toji, along with Kensuke, still retains a crush on Misato, which is shown rather blatantly whenever they're around her.

Later in the series, he and Shinji deliver class printouts to Rei, to which Toji reacts in shock of the messiness of Rei's room. As Shinji starts to clean up (Toji opts out saying it's not "manly" to clean up), Toji comments on how much he's seen Shinji change, saying his perception Shinji was envisioning him as "A jerk," who "didn't seem like [he'd] do something for others."

Later, walking away from Rei's room, Toji comments on how weird Eva pilots are, saying this with Rei's awkward reaction to Shinji cleaning her room still fresh in his mind.

The Fourth Child

Main Articles: Episode 17, Episode 18, Episode 19

With the completion of Eva Unit-03, Toji is chosen to be the fourth child. He accepts on the condition that his sister be transferred to the hospital at Nerv headquarters, and became listless and remote before his test. He is shown to be solemn about this, afraid about what's to come.

Things go horribly wrong during the activation test where it's discovered that the angel Bardiel has infected the unit, and reclassified as angel. Shinji, unaware that Toji's inside the entry plug, refuses to fight. However, forced by the Dummy System, Shinji is forced to completely destroy both the Eva and Entry Plug.

After Eva-03 was infected by Bardiel and destroyed by Eva-01, her Entry Plug was crushed. Toji survived that incident, but lost his leg[6]. He is visited by the class rep Hikari Horaki, and tells her to inform his sister that he's alright

Toji left with the rest of Tokyo-3’s remaining citizens after the city was destroyed by Eva 00’s detonation in Episode 23. His only other appearances after this were as part of Instrumentality in Episode 25 and Episode 26.

In Rebuild of Evangelion

Toji is seen in much the same role in Evangelion 1.0, beating up Shinji for causing his sister's injuries in the Sachiel battle. However, following the battle with Shamshel, Toji allows Shinji to punch him back- and Shinji does so, harder than expected. Toji and Kensuke send Shinji messages of encouragement prior to Operation Yashima at the end of 1.0. By Evangelion 2.0, it is evident that Toji and Kensuke have become close friends with Shinji, and accompany him often. In a major departure from the series, Asuka, not Toji, pilots the infected Eva-03; instead of being the pilot of the doomed Eva, Toji visits his sister on the day of her release from the hospital. In 2.0, Toji is last seen with Kensuke and Pen-Pen while shielding Hikari from missile explosions during the battle with Zeruel. Sometime near the middle of 3.0, Shinji is given a change of shirt that has a name-tag bearing Toji's surname on it. In addition, Toji's sister does not mention her older brother for any of the time that we see her onscreen. It is entirely possible that Toji died during the time between 2.0 and 3.0. If he did, the cause is unknown.

In Other Media

In the Manga

Toji is depicted with light brown hair color in the Manga. In addition, Shinji goes into the Bardiel battle knowing that Toji is the pilot of the infected Eva-03. Unlike his anime counterpart, who survives with the loss of a leg, Toji dies when Eva-01 crushes the Entry Plug.

Notes

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  • In the original Japanese dub, Toji speaks with an Osakan accent, and his ID information displayed in Episode 03 states that he is originally from the Osaka region. English dubs of anime often try to translate an Osakan accent by having a character speak with a different accent than the other characters but familiar to American viewers, usually a "Southern" or "Brooklyn" type. ADV Films chose not to portray Toji this way, but used an informal tone in his subtitles, including words like "ain't" and "'bout". The English dubbing didn't have this.
  • The name "Toji Suzuhara" was taken from Ryu Murakami’s novel Ai to Gensou no Fascism (The Fascism of Love and Fantasy)
  • The coloration of Toji's usual outfit strongly resembles the color scheme of Eva-03, perhaps foreshadowing (along with just about every other hint) that he was the pilot.
  • In Episode 03 Misato brings up Toji's I.D. info on her computer:
    • Toji Suzuhara is originally from Sakai (in Osaka prefecture, explaining his Osakan accent in the original Japanese dub), and his blood type is B+. However, on the screen that is brought up two separate dates are listed as his birthday: December 26th, 2001, and September 28th, 2001.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 In the original Japanese dub, Toji speaks with an Osakan accent, and his ID information displayed in Episode 03 states that he is originally from the Osaka region. English dubs of anime often try to translate an Osakan accent by having a character speak with a different accent than the other characters but familiar to American viewers, usually a "Southern" or "Brooklyn" type. ADV Films chose not to portray Toji this way, but used an informal tone in his subtitles, including words like "ain't" and "'bout". The English dubbing didn't have this.
  2. The name "Toji Suzuhara" was taken from Ryu Murakami’s novel Ai to Gensou no Fascism (The Fascism of Love and Fantasy)
  3. In Episode 03 Misato brings up Toji's I.D. info on her computer: Toji Suzuhara is originally from Sakai (in Osaka prefecture, explaining his Osakan accent in the original Japanese dub), and his blood type is B+. However, on the screen that is brought up two separate dates are listed as his birthday: December 26th, 2001, and September 28th, 2001.
  4. Later promoted to Major in Episode 12.
  5. Toji and Kensuke are actually along as cover, so that no one will know that this is official business. Misato disguises this by telling them they're on a "date" with her.
  6. The loss of his leg is not explicitly stated. [1], it says "in the anime, based upon the storyboard book, Touji lost a leg only, but when he is lying in the hospital in Episode 19, the covers are sunk in where his left leg should be.


Characters
Main characters: Shinji Ikari | Rei Ayanami | Asuka Langley Soryu
Nerv staff: Misato Katsuragi | Gendo Ikari | Ritsuko Akagi | Kozo Fuyutsuki | Ryoji Kaji | Maya Ibuki | Makoto Hyuga | Shigeru Aoba
Classmates: Toji Suzuhara | Kensuke Aida | Hikari Horaki
Other characters: Kaworu Nagisa | Yui Ikari | Naoko Akagi | Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu | Dr. Katsuragi | Keel Lorenz | Pen Pen
Rebuild of Evangelion: Asuka Shikinami Langley | Mari Makinami Illustrious | Sakura Suzuhara
Miscellaneous: Minor Characters | Minor Characters (Rebuild) | Extracanonical Characters
Theory and Analysis: Name Origins (Warships) | Designs | Relationships | Profiles
Resources: 2015: The Last Year of Ryohji Kaji