Asuka's story reflected the changes: although she had been introduced in an essentially positive role, her character became increasingly dramatic and introverted, going against the expectations and the of anime fans.
I first saw this series as a teenager myself, and seeing Asuka at her highs and her lows felt extremely validating.
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Hideaki Anno did not explain the plot and setting of the film to her, complicating her work.
If she were standing, I estimate that Asuka would be right about 12 inches 30.