In episodes 7 and 8, Neon Genesis Evangelion hits its low point in your hosts’ shared opinion. At the same time, the series introduces its third lead character, Asuka Langley Soryu, and her mentor Ryoji Kaji, both among the most enduring icons the series has produced. Ian and Joseph take this opportunity to discuss the politics of the show — is it oddly conservative, or hawkish? Maybe! — as well as the first bits of its religious lore. Evangelion’s use of Hebrew and early Christian mythology is also a sticking point for fans; some feel it’s integral to understanding the plot (and the worldview the series expresses) while others feel it’s meaningless set dressing amounting to a red herring. Your hosts look at both sides of the argument.