Part 18 - A Cruel Angel's Phone Etiquette
In the winds of Instrumentality, Shinji Ikari was taken on one hell of a mind-trip, let's just say. And at one point in his experience touching the minds of millions, a phone in a familiar apartment rang. Picking it up, he was met with quite the negative response...s...
Asuka: "You little worm! I hate you! I hate you!"
Toji: "Me too! I hate you too!
Kensuke: "I hate everything about you!"
Hikari: "I'm sorry, but I hate you."
Ritsuko: "I hate you."
Makoto: "I do hate you."
Shigeru: "I hate you."
Maya: "I hate who you are."
Kaji: "I hate the person you are."
Misato: "I just hate you!"
After hearing all those varying levels of vitriol, Shinji paused before he responded. And just how did he respond?
Shinji [teasingly, smirking slightly]: "Who is this?"
There was nothing on the other line at first, but then, all those voices responded in kind.
All [frustrated and dumbfounded]: "SHINJI!"
Shinji winced a bit as he held the phone away, swearing he could even hear a few of the people on the other line even banging their phones against some solid surface. He then shrugged, sighed, and hung the phone back on the receiver.
Shinji [shaking his head as he walks away]: "Hmmm. Testy."
Unfortunately for those who masterminded the Human Instrumentality Project (be it SEELE's or Gendo Ikari's), it turned out Shinji Ikari wasn't as much of a miserable wretch as they imagined. He actually had quite a sense of humor.
END Part 18.
Took me a while, but who knew a short scene from the final episode of the TV series would fit so well with my favorite Seinfeld running gag?