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Yui Ikari (碇 ユイ, Ikari Yui) is a fictional character from the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. She is Gendo Ikari’s wife and Shinji Ikari’s mother. Her soul is bonded to the Evangelion Unit 01, and it is implied on numerous occasions in the original anime that there is a connection between her and Rei Ayanami.

In episode 21, during Seele’s interrogation of Nerv’s Deputy Commander Kozo Fuyutsuki, he recalls his memories of Yui. She was a student of genetic engineering at Kyoto University, where she met Fuyutsuki, who took an interest in her research and would later become a mentor and trusted friend, as well as her future husband Gendo. Afterwards, she joined the Artificial Evolution Laboratory (which would become Gehirn) in Hakone, Japan, and played an integral role in Project E.

Despite Fuyutsuki’s misgivings, Yui served as the test subject for the Contact Experiment of Unit 01 in 2004, saying thateverything happens as it must.She invited her son Shinji to Gehirn to watch what would be her final moments: Yuidisappearedduring testing — leaving no body behind — and was proclaimed dead that same year after efforts to recover her failed. Although Gehirn considered it an accident, it is arguably clear that what happened was Yui’s intention. Living on as the soul of the Eva, she continues to ensure abright futurefor Shinji and the rest of humanity, seeing to it personally that Seele’s scenario is never entirely fulfilled.

Yui appears briefly in episode 16 as a pair of glowing arms which reach out to Shinji as he slips into unconsciousness in Unit 01’s entry plug; the Eva tears its way out of Leliel’s shadow immediately thereafter. In episode 20, while Shinji is absorbed in Unit 01, we see a static screen of a drawing of Yui breastfeeding Shinji. Yui and Gendo talk, and Yui sees and talks briefly with Shinji then urges him to leave the Eva and return to the world.

Yui’s background is not covered in the series, but according to information provided in the Neon Genesis Evangelion 2 PS2 game, she is the daughter of an influential member of Seele, which explains why she had the backing of this powerful organization. However, the canonocity of this has never been officially stated.

Despite her limited appearances, Yui is one of the most important characters in the series. Gendo’s love for her is his entire motivation for going through with Seele’s Instrumentality Project. He misses her so longingly that he goes through with Seele’s plan in the hopes that, after Third Impact, he would be able to be one with Yui again.

Shinji is equally affected by his mother’s absence, as that and Gendo’s subsequent abandonment of him is a massive trauma that he has carried his entire life and is what has led to his avoidant, non-confrontational nature. At the same time, her maternal protectiveness of Shinji as the soul of Unit 01 is solely responsible for the Eva being the formidable fighter it is.

Although Fuyutsuki was never more than a mentor and friend to Yui, it is strongly implied that he was in love with her to some degree, as he was shocked to learn that she was marrying Gendo (whom he disliked at the time); also, in Το τέλος του Evangelion Lilith/Rei takes the form of Yui to achieve Fuyutsuki’s Instrumentality.

Yui makes a brief audio-only appearance in the first Rebuild of Evangelion film, as a voiceover speaking with Gendo during a dream/memory Shinji has after his first Angel battle. Yui makes a cameo appearance in the 2nd Rebuild film. Rei is eating with Gendo and asks him if she could set up a dinner party where together they could eat with Shinji and his friends. Gendo is cold to the idea at first but then, in his mind’s eye, Rei forms into Yui who asks Gendo to look after their son. After seeing this, Gendo agrees to the idea.

In Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s manga adaptation, Yui’s role is identical to that in the anime, but is expanded slightly. In the aftermath of the fight with the Angel Zeruel, she appears inside Unit 01 and tried to convince Shinji to remain with her. Initially, it seems to be working well: Shinji refuses to come out when attempts are made to retrieve him, forcing the contents of the Entry Plug to spill out. However, Rei mentally calls out to Shinji, and Yui’s face peels away to reveal that it is Unit 01 itself who has disguised itself as Yui to try to trap Shinji inside itself. Upon seeing Unit 01’s true self, a horrified Shinji struggles with the Eva, crying out to Yui. A female form appears behind the disfigured body of Unit 01, and appears to merge with Shinji. Later, Shinji sees a scene from the past: His parents were under a tree, and Yui was breastfeeding an infant Shinji. After a short conversation with Gendo, Yui then notices her grown son and asks him to join her. Surprisingly, Shinji is unable to move, despite his desire to get close to his mother. Yui then convinces Shinji to leave the confines of Unit 01 and go back to the world.

While the manga is in black and white, the cover of volume 8 depicts Yui with reddish-blonde hair and light green eyes, rather than the brown hair and dark green eyes she has in the anime.

In one series, it is revealed early on that Yui is still alive and working at Nerv in an unspecified capacity. She does not play a major role until the fifth volume, which takes place in the past, when both she and Gendo were junior high students attending the same school. As a junior high student, she is the hard-working class representative with many friends. However, she feels concern for Gendo, and attempts to get him to open up to her. In doing so, she and Gendo manage to become close, but this comes at the cost of her other friendships at the school.

In the Ikari series, Yui is the head of research operations within Nerv (taking over Ritsuko Akagi’s place). Here, Rei becomes her distant relative.

She is shown to be a jovial mother and hardworking scientist, although she does not tolerate too much foolishness. (When Gendo shone his torch in a scary fashion during a blackout, Yui gave him a comical smack.) Yui keeping Gendoin lineand smacking him for his antics seems to be a running gag in the series.

“Ikari” isanchorin Japanese. According to series creator Hideaki Anno, the name Yui wasa simple pun on yui 唯 [only one].” Sadamoto’s artbook Der Mond includes concept sketches of several characters; one such sketch for Rei was a dark-haired, green-eyed character named Yui Ichijo.



Kozo Fuyutsuki (冬月 コウゾウ, Fuyutsuki Kōzō) is Nerv’s Deputy Commander and Gendo Ikari’s right hand man. He is voiced by Motomu Kiyokawa in the Japanese series. His English voice actors are Guil Lunde in the series, Michael Ross in the films, and Kent Williams in the Rebuild of Evangelion series. He does not especially like Gendo, but he is the closest thing to a confidant that Gendo has in the series.

Once a professor of meta-biology at Kyoto University, Fuyutsuki became interested in the research and theories undertaken by Yui Ikari, and became her sponsor and mentor. Shortly thereafter, he was directed by his superiors to initiate a similar arrangement with Gendo Rokobungi. Later, after the Second Impact, Fuyutsuki traveled with Gendo to the ruins of Antarctica, and began to suspect that Gendo and his associates in Seele were more powerful and dangerous than he originally realized. In 2003, Fuyutsuki discovered for himself the true nature of the events leading up to Second Impact and Seele’s involvement in initiating that catastrophe. Gendo led him into the GeoFront and Central Dogma, and asked Fuyutsuki to join him increating a new future for mankind.

During a flashback scene in Το τέλος του Evangelion, Fuyutsuki mentions that Seele had threatened to make himdisappear”, implying that his recruitment may have been extortionary. Although Fuyutsuki was never more than a mentor and friend to Yui, it is implied that he was in love with her to some degree, as he was shocked to learn that she was marrying Gendo. In Το τέλος του Evangelion Lilith/Rei takes the form of Yui to achieve Fuyutsuki’s Instrumentality.


Makoto Hyuga (日向 マコト, Hyūga Makoto) is a First Lieutenant at Nerv and one of the three main computer technicians directly serving under Commanders Ikari and Fuyutsuki in the command post of Central Dogma, the others being Aoba and Ibuki. Hyuga at first gives the impression of being something of a nerd, reading manga while on his break time, but is a highly skilled technician. His quick thinking and bravery help save Nerv headquarters from the attack by Matariel, and he acts as a spy for Misato, helping her obtain information regarding Nerv’s machinations. The true extent of his feelings for Misato is shown in Το τέλος του Evangelion as Rei/Lilith takes the form of Misato during Instrumentality and passionately kisses him; his body reverts to LCL. Hiro Yuuki is his Japanese voice actor. His English voice actors are Matt Greenfield in the series, Keith Burgess in the films, and Mike McFarland in the Rebuild of Evangelion series.


Maya Ibuki (伊吹 マヤ, Ibuki Maya) is a First Lieutenant at Nerv and a computer technician who works primarily with Ritsuko Akagi. Her main role during the battles against the Angels is to constantly monitor the Eva pilots’ synchronization ratios and send various emergency commands to the Evas as ordered by Misato or Gendo. In spite of her profession, Maya despises violence of any sort, and is frequently shown becoming nauseated and averting her eyes during battles with the Angels. In Το τέλος του Evangelion, Maya is the only Nerv officer who is shown refusing to fight back against the JSSDF invaders. Maya holds Ritsuko in very high regard, and always refers to her assenpaiin the original anime; Το τέλος του Evangelion heavily implies that Maya is actually in love with Ritsuko. Rei/Lilith penetrates Maya’s AT field by assuming the form of Ritsuko. Maya exclaims “Ritsuko!/Senpai!”, eagerly returns “Ritsuko”‘s embrace, and immediately reduces into LCL. She is voiced by Miki Nagasawa in the Japanese series. Her English voice actress are Kendra Benham during the series, Amy Seeley in the films, Monica Rial in theDirector’s Cutepisodes, and Caitlin Glass in the Rebuild of Evangelion series.


Shigeru Aoba (青葉 シゲル, Aoba Shigeru) is a First Lieutenant at Nerv and a computer technician. At times a stereotypical metalhead, he is a cynical nihilist and plays guitar (he can also sometimes be seen playing air guitar). Of the three technicians seen regularly in Central Dogma, his character is explored the least in the series. In Το τέλος του Evangelion, during Instrumentality, Rei/Lilith appears to him not as any loved one but rather as a bombardment of Reis which forces their way through his AT Field while he cowers and screams in horror under his desk. In the Japanese series he is voiced by Takehito Koyasu. His English voice actors are Jason C. Lee in the series and films, Vic Mignogna during theDirector’s Cutepisodes, and Phil Parsons in the Rebuild of Evangelion series.


Naoko Akagi (赤木 ナオコ, Akagi Naoko) was Ritsuko’s mother. She was the creator of the MAGI system and the former Gehirn head technician. Naoko was involved in a romantic relationship with the recently-widowed Gendo Ikari while working at Gehirn. However, after Rei I called her anold hagand said that Gendo himself called Naoko that frequently, she realized that he had merely been using her affections to ensure her performance for him. In a fit of rage, Naoko strangled Rei to death and then committed suicide. Soon afterward, Gehirn was disbanded and the organization Nerv was formed in its place. In vol. 10 of the manga, Naoko is shown to commit suicide after killing Rei I. Ritsuko witnesses both Rei’s murder and Naoko’s suicide. Her Japanese voice actress is Mika Doi, and her English voice actress is Laura Chapman.


Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu (惣流・キョウコ・ツェッペリン, Sōryū Kyōko Tsepperin), Asuka’s mother, was a key scientist in the German division of Gehirn (what would later become Nerv’s Third Branch) and the development of Unit 02, the first Production Type (the second and third of which were later produced by the two American branches of Nerv). She was the subject of the Contact Experiment with Unit 02, but during the experiment her soul bonded with the EVA, causing severe mental damage to Kyoko. She became mentally unstable, believing that one of Asuka’s dolls was her daughter rather than Asuka. She was admitted to a mental institution shortly after the experiment. Her husband entered an affair with Kyoko’s own doctor, which eventually prompted Kyoko’s suicide in 2005.

In the manga, Kyoko and her husband were unable to conceive a child, and divorced after he had an affair. He re-married and had a daughter, while Kyoko visited a sperm bank and was impregnated. She tried to poison Asuka against her ex-husband’s daughter, referring to her asthat girl,” but after the contact experiment this dissociation was transferred to Asuka’s doll. At one point, Kyoko tried to strangle Asuka. Her Japanese voice actress is Maria Kawamura, and her English voice actress is Kimberly Yates.


Kensuke Aida (相田 ケンスケ, Aida Kensuke) is an otaku, a military buff, Toji’s best friend, and one of theOther Children,” Eva pilot candidates in the same class as Shinji, Ότι, Βασιλιάς, Asuka, and Hikari. His hobbies include camping in the mountains surrounding Tokyo-3 and playing at simulated war reenactingby himself. Kensuke solidifies his friendship with Shinji after Shinji saves him and Toji during the fight against the fourth Angel, Shamshel. Kensuke dreams of becoming an Eva pilot and ceaselessly begs Shinji to pull strings in Nerv so he can be selected as a pilot, despite Shinji telling him that he has no say in the matter. He also seems oblivious to the intense physical and psychological distress endured by Eva pilots. Nevertheless, Kensuke enjoys the privileges of being the friend of an Eva pilot. Like Toji, Kensuke has a crush on Misato Katsuragi. He is rarely seen without his camcorder at hand. In the PS2Battle Orchestragame, Kensuke is the appointed pilot to the EVA Unit 04, wearing a green plugsuit. He is voiced by Tetsuya Iwanaga in Japanese, Kurt Stoll in the English adaptation, and Greg Ayres in the Rebuild of Evangelion series.


Hikari Horaki (洞木 ヒカリ, Horaki Hikari) is the class representative of the class that Shinji and the other Eva pilots attend. She has a by-the-book demeanor and takes her responsibilities asclass repseriously. Although she frequently bickers with Toji, she reveals to Asuka that she has an enormous crush on Toji but is unable to openly express her feelings to him. She also appears to be Asuka’s only friend. Hikari is an accomplished cook who appears to take care of her two sisters. Like presumably every one of Shinji’s classmates, Hikari’s mother is dead. However, no references were ever made as to whether her father is, either. Her given name, and that of her unseen younger sister, Nozomi, and elder sister, Kodama, is also in reference to the names of the trains of the Tokaido Shinkansen line. In a Gainax artwork picture she is shown in an orange plugsuit as the pilot for EVA Unit-05. She is also featured in a live action deleted scene in End Of Evangelion. She is voiced by Junko Iwao in Japanese, by Carol Amerson in the English adaptation, and Leah Clark in the Rebuild of Evangelion series.

*bio is courtesy of the Wiki Eva Portal

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