Shinji has sudden-onset asthma! But only for for two chapters.
I believe this is an example what kids these days call ‘tsundere.’
Manga Shinji clearly suffers from a bad case of Harlequin Romancitis. I remember when the raws first came out for this… and then the flame wars broke out over whether they were legit or someone elaborately trolling with yaoi doujinshi.
In other words, yes, this is really the official manga.
^This. except i bought the book in the store and was reading through at home until i came to this scene and was like ‘wtf… is this real? (check the cover to make sure it’s not a yaoi manga i accidentally bought) wait yeah it’s the official manga i bought omfg what is this is this real? really?????’ and just in general kinda in shock for days pfff…
I think i had to immediately lay down in bed in feels. for hours. literally. unable to do anything but look at it for a second, blush and lay down going omfgomfomgomfomfg and hyperventilate on my own because gainax actually ALLOWED this to be canon omfg…