|This is Kaworu's only real "appearance," episode 24
of Neon Genesis Evangelion, originally aired March 13,
1996. Information is included here about a never-released-outside-Japan
extended version with additional Kaworu footage.
Shinji had been having a terrible time, even by his standards.
He had just found out that Rei was actually a clone, had nearly
killed his good friend Touji, and Asuka had lost her ability
to pilot her Eva unit and had disappeared. He stood on the
beach lamenting the fact that he had no friends and no one
to even try to talk to, as both Touji and Kensuke had moved
away from Tokyo-3.
Just then, he heard the sound of someone humming Beethoven's
9th Symphony, "Ode to Joy." He looked up to see a silver-haired
boy, about his age, sitting on a protrusion sticking out of
the water, and staring out across the ocean. The boy, still
facing the ocean, began talking to Shinji about music, and
then turned, looked at Shinji with kind red eyes, and called
Shinji by his full name.
This certainly surprised Shinji, and Shinji asked how he
knew his name. The boy told him that everyone knows Shinji's
name, because of his position as an EVA pilot. Shinji then
asked him who he was. The boy introduced himself as Nagisa
Kaworu, and let Shinji know that he is, like Shinji, one of
the children chosen to pilot the Eva units - the Fifth Child.
Shinji then began to ask him a question, addressing him as
"Nagisa-kun." Kaworu lets him know that it's fine to call
him Kaworu, and Shinji, visibly blushing, tells Kaworu that
he can address him by his first name as well.
We learn a bit more about Kaworu from a conversation between
Misato and Makoto. We find that, like Rei, Kaworu's records
had been erased. However, one piece of information remained:
his birthdate, which was the day of Second Impact - September
13, 2000. Misato and Makoto seemed somewhat suspicious of
Kaworu, as he was sent directly to NERV by the Committee,
and his records were classified.
Kaworu was brought in to replace Asuka in Unit 02. They tested
Kaworu's synch ratio with Unit 02, and he had an amazingly
high ratio (even higher than Rei and Shinji with their Eva
units), even though Unit 02 had not even been configured for
Kaworu's use. It seemed that his synch ratio was so high that
it should not have even been physically possible.
After the synch tests, Kaworu saw Rei in a hall within NERV
headquarters and cryptically told her that she was the "same"
as him. NERV, meanwhile, analyzed the synch test results and
tried to figure out who or what Kaworu was and what his abilities
As Kaworu left one of the central areas of NERV headquarters,
he found Shinji sitting on a bench, listening to "Ode to Joy."
Kaworu asked him if he was waiting for him, and Shinji, blushing
again, stumbled over his words and said that he didn't mean
to. Kaworu asked him what he's doing that day, and Shinji
said that he usually takes a shower and goes home after the
tests, but that he doesn't really like going home these days.
Kaworu told him that it's good to have a home, and that he
wanted to talk more with Shinji, so he asked if he could come
with him. Shinji hesitated, and Kaworu clarified that he was
talking about going to the shower with him, since that's where
Shinji said that he usually goes after the tests. Kaworu,
sensing Shinji's hesitation, asked if he minded him joining
him in the shower. Shinji quickly let Kaworu know that he
didn't mind at all.
They took their shower, and then soaked in a post-shower
bath. Kaworu serenely sat next to Shinji with his eyes closed,
and Shinji, once again blushing, gazed at Kaworu out of the
corner of his eye. In the ensuing discussion, Kaworu quickly
pinpointed the central interpersonal problem that Shinji has
throughout the series: he is afraid to get close to others,
because of the possibility of betrayal and getting hurt, but
he is also extremely lonely in his separation from others.
Kaworu told Shinji that it's possible to forget loneliness
and thereby find the will to live. At this point, Kaworu placed
his hand over Shinji's, making Shinji gasp.
The lights then shut off. Shinji told Kaworu that it was
time for bed, and Kaworu asked him if they were going to bed
together. Shinji managed to stammer out that he thought that
Kaworu had his own room. Kaworu, changing the subject, told
Shinji that, as a human, he always has pain in his heart,
and, as such, he is as fragile as glass.
"I am?" asked Shinji.
"Yes," Kaworu responded, and told Shinji that he loved him.
Shinji, of course, was blushing brighter than ever at this.
Shinji decided to spend that night in Kaworu's room, sleeping
on the floor next to his bed. Kaworu, sensing Shinji's need
to talk to someone, asked him what he wanted to talk about.
Shinji immediately began opening up to Kaworu as he had never
done with anyone else.
Kaworu asked him if he hated people, and Shinji told him
that he didn't, really, but that he did hate his dad. Shinji
silently wondered why he was opening up so much and telling
all of these things to Kaworu. He turned his head to see Kaworu
looking down at him serenely. Shinji gasped and blushed again
as Kaworu told him that he thought that he was born to meet
Things were becoming even more mysterious for Misato as she
found that Kaworu could set his synch ratio at any level that
he wanted. She suspected that Ritsuko knew more, so Misato
went to ask her a few questions. She asked Ritsuko just who
Kaworu was, and Ritsuko responded that he was probably the
"final messenger." Misato was soon to find out just
what Ritsuko meant.
Kaworu entered the room where Unit 02 was stored, and activated
it with his mind. "Come," he said, and began leading
Unit 02 down into Central Dogma. The activation was instantly
detected in the NERV control center, but the readouts were
puzzling - Unit 02 was active, but Asuka was in her bed, and
there was no entry plug in it.
An AT field was detected in Central Dogma, along with a blood
pattern of blue - the sure sign of an Angel. Misato and the
others began to piece together what this meant - Kaworu was
an Angel, and had been sent by Seele to invade Central Dogma
and presumably start Third Impact. They tried shutting off
Terminal Dogma in an attempt to slow Unit 02 down long enough
for Shinji, in Unit 01, to get there and stop it.
When Shinji was informed of the situation, he was filled
with angry disbelief. Kaworu, the person who was closest to
him, couldn't possibly be an Angel. Kaworu had betrayed him,
just like others close to him had done, especially his father.
Shinji, in Unit 01, saw Kaworu descending with Unit 02 down
toward Terminal Dogma, and began grappling with Unit 02. Kaworu
had been expecting him. "Why are you doing this?"
Shinji demanded. Kaworu began to explain his desire to return
to Adam, which all Angels want to do. Shinji then tried to
attack Kaworu, but was stopped by an AT field. Kaworu tried
to explain that everyone has an AT field, but Shinji didn't
understand Kaworu at all.
In the NERV control room, they were making preparations to
blow everything up if Unit 01 was defeated. If Kaworu was
going to make contact with Lilith, it would cause Third Impact.
However, Kaworu's AT field, the strongest one they'd ever
detected, shut out all signals from Terminal Dogma, making
it impossible for them to tell just what was going on.
Kaworu opened Heaven's Door, the entrance to Terminal Dogma,
and prepared to return to Adam, as he was destined to do,
even though it would destroy humanity. However, he sensed
that it was not Adam, but Lilith in Terminal Dogma, and realized
that he had been fooled by Seele into believing he would find
Adam there. With this revelation, he stopped where he was.
Shinji broke into Terminal Dogma and grabbed Kaworu in the
hand of Unit 01. He once again asked Kaworu what he was doing.
Kaworu tried to explain his destiny to return to Adam, even
if it meant destroying humanity, but told Shinji that life
and death were the same to him, so he preferred to die to
allow Shinji and the rest of humankind to live.
Shinji still didn't understand who Kaworu was or why he was
doing what he was doing. Kaworu told him that he wanted Shinji
to kill him, because humanity's destruction would ensue if
Kaworu lived. Kaworu told Shinji that Shinji needed to have
a future, and thanked him for making his life meaningful.
Shinji, devastated, stood there for a long time holding Kaworu.
Finally, though, he did what he knew that he needed to do,
squeezing the hand of Unit 01 closed and killing Kaworu.
Later, sitting on the beach, Shinji told Misato just how
much Kaworu meant to him: "He said that he loved me ...
I loved him, too."
Kaworu's next appearance was in the theatrical feature Death
In the Japanese video release of episode 24, additional Kaworu
footage was added, including a brand-new scene of Kaworu
meeting with Seele. You can find information
about this extended version (with pictures) and a partial
script of this new version at the Evangelion
Otaku Page. For information on where to purchase this
version, check out The
Episode 24 Scripts
Translation (at the Literal
Translation Project Homepage)
AD Vision subtitle
transcription (at Kaoru
Nagisa: The Final Messenger)
AD Vision English
dubbed transcription (at Kaoru
Nagisa: The Final Messenger)