Reviews for Matters of Faith
COBRASTEVE chapter 17 . 9/30
I really don't like Asuka as you have her portrayed. An ass kisser to Akagi?! Not the Asuka I remember. She was always a snot to everyone...except Darling Kanji! :)
COBRASTEVE chapter 7 . 9/21
I love the detail, the minutia that fills this story out and makes it complete. Great job of filling out Rei and Shinji. I can't wait to continue.
COBRASTEVE chapter 5 . 9/17
I've only just finished CH 5, but God this is really good! Love the Shinji x Rei interaction.
Claytonimor chapter 36 . 9/16
This is beautiful. Just finished marathoning this and I wanted to say that. Keep up the great work your magnificent bastard.
Guest chapter 36 . 9/11
Nice update, but sorry, the story moved way beyond Rei & Shinji romantic hijinx.

Rei is, as of the last 5 chapters or so, an eldrich abdomination walking the earth. She is completely insane and amoral. I can see her coexisting in instrumentality or something, but normal human interactions?

I mean, its disgusting to even thing about her going on a date or something while other members of the hivemind are doing their Mengele impressions elsewhere.
Lordban chapter 36 . 9/11
Honestly, at this point, I don't want to see Shinji be intimate in any manner with Rei. I'll tell you why: at this point, she comes off as some horrid monster, combining a five-year-old's need for attention and self-validation, a young teenager's ability to lie to herself, with Jozef Mengele's ethical approach to science and Heinrich Himmler's capacity for emotion. Your Rei is not just insane, she's so far gone she makes Gendo look like a saint in comparison.
Anon E. Moose chapter 36 . 8/27
Eh, well-written chapter.
Suspense and tension is very well done.

My main stumbling block for this story is, like on many others, Asuka.
It is simply inconceivable to me that she could be the great scientist she is portrayed as here; also her always annoying personality. I think it impossible that she would be suitable for science with her temper, overbearing attitude, and therefore pride, stuppornness and youth.

She is frankly too young to be and it is extremely unlikely that she is: 1) in top physical shape which requires constant training and potential, 2) gifted with amazing intelligence and potential, 3) has the time, talent and inclination on top of that for studying AND succeeds at that too, 4) still somewhat capable of interacting socially with other people AND 5) somehow has the right mindset to be a child soldier in repeated high-pressure situations and not having snapped yet.

I most likely commented that way on other stories and canon/Rebuild but: Having one or two, maybe three, of those things is okay, however as she is frequently portrayed in fanfics, such as here, makes unreal, an unbelievable person.

Ritsuko has the explanation that she is much older and "only" scientiest for her great skills.
Other characters are also all older than Asuka.
So she comes off as far too good with no reason, except that the Author said so, since even if that is maybe possible that she could be that "awe"some all others are, with regards to skill/knowledge per age, much more normal and believable as real people, simply credible.
She is not.

Worse, it is not even necessary to heap all those good things on her to make the story work; also this chapter highlighted againn why I personally dislike that portrayal: No real weaknesses or comeuppances. Easily agitated? Still good science wich needs patience and a methodological approach and will often have failures. Horrible personality with annoying gloating and boasting? No dressing down for her! She simply gets, also in canon, away with too much bad behavior scott-free.

Long rant but that bugs me every time.
Don Pepo chapter 36 . 8/25
This is definitely worth the wait, it is an excellent story after all. Love it.
The-Mrning-Star chapter 36 . 8/26
Absolutely beautiful ... haven't been on fanfiction for a while saw dime alerts. I couldn't help but reread this story. The plot twists truly , truly unique, there is a momentous build up to the eventual pork of this story I well and genuinely look forward to it.

Also a slightly altered and demeted Rei Ayanami with a penchant for SCIENCE is a joy to read

Look forward to the next chapter
Ads.A1 chapter 36 . 8/26
This has been great. I'm glad I've stuck with it. I must have read it a dozen times by now. I'm looking forward to the space mission and what will happen with Rei and Shinji. Can't wait for the next installment.
Doctor Blood chapter 36 . 8/25
"there was a cross-reference to a file type that neither one was able to recognize, called ."
I think this site's overzealous link filter ate part of this sentence.
turbotails23 chapter 36 . 8/25
I have missed this. I've missed you and your writing so much, and YOUR BACK!

Anyways; This chapter was simply fantastic! The only thing I have to offer you is that you have once again made it clear why you are one of my top favorite writers!
Unwanted Empathy chapter 36 . 8/25
Raethor chapter 31 . 8/19
The scene with Lilith was random and broke the flow of the story. It came out of nowhere and not in a good way. One moment they're going about their lives the next Misato is introducing them to one of NERV's greatest secrets, no explanation why. It apparently just happened so that Rei could be angry with Lilith and Asuka could ask her questions, which is not a good reason for it to happen. hh
Galaxy Hunter chapter 1 . 8/6
I absolutely love this story; the pacing, understandable changes from the canon, and SCIENCE!

Oh, and Kaworu seems unusually obsessed with Shinji, and I think I know why. Kaworu was created from ADAM, unlike the other Angels who are of Lilith. However, ADAM is Unit 01 and Shinji. This means Kaworu isn't doing this because he cares about Shinji, technically. He's doing these things so he can reach completion and probably start 3rd Impact by reaching his creator and merging with it. (If this was already pointed out in an author's note, sorry. I skipped most of them since the story was so engrossing I couldn't stop reading)
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