Excerpt from Interview between Ogata Megumi (Shinji in Eva) and Nakata Atsuhiko (Oriental Radio) from Continue Vol. 46.
Nakata: That reminds me, in the old movie version there was a scene where Shinji was masturbating. How was that recorded?
Ogata: Hahaha. It’s obvious but that was my first time doing something like that (laughs). I thought to myself that I can’t get this wrong just because I’m female! So I talked to Tachiki Fumihiko who voices Gendou and said “Dad, this is my first time, I’m not sure if I will be able to do this right. So if I got it wrong, please tell me” (in Shinji voice)
Ogata: After recording ended, we went “How did I do, dad?” “You did well, Shinji” “Yes! I got praised by my dad!”
About the recording for Eva 2.0
Ogata: It was quite difficult. The recording for Eva 2.0 was split up and done over a period of a few days, and the recording on the last day had me basically shouting for the entire time.
Nakata: That much!?
Ogata: In the end I just couldn’t stay standing anymore and collapsed on the studio floor, and while I was sitting on the ground, Director Anno came in and sat on the studio floor with me. While sitting, he said “Thank you very much” and I replied “Thank you, too” and we shook hands (laughs). This was the first time I got praised by Anno.
Nakata: That was the first time!
Ogata: And then he said two things to me which made me really happy. The first was “Thank you, for keeping the character’s feelings unchanged even after 13 years”
Ogata: And second was “On top of that, thank you, for adding 13 years of your own experience to the current Shinji”