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As someone who hated asuka in the original series and was indifferent to all but a handful of the cast I found this take on the characters involved infinitely more enjoyable. Asuka's portrayal in particular was very refreshing. While I didn't hate Mari her inclusion in the film stinks (to me at least) of coupling her with shinji, which wouldn't be too awful if this were the original series but the developing relationship between rei and shinji makes that element unnecessary unless they intend to take the third film into the harem category (please god no).
Hearing what goes on in the third film, it certainly doesn't go there, and Mari apparently isn't quite the same as they have her be in this film.