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Kensuke Aida (相田ケンスケ[?], "Aida Kensuke") is a fictional character from the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series. He is an military otaku, Toji's best friend, and one of students in the same class as Shinji Ikari, Toji Suzuhara, Rei Ayanami, Asuka Shikinami Langley, and Hikari Horaki. Kensuke solidifies his friendship with Shinji after Shinji saves him and Toji during the fight against the Fifth Angel.

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Kensuke Aida in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

In Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Kensuke and Toji escapes from the shelter to see the Evangelion fight. After the battle witth the Fifth Angel He becomes friends with Shinji and later, they encourage him to fight with Sixth Angel, by telling they have faith in him.

In the second film, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, Kensuke goes with Shinji and the others to a Second Impact restoration center, and shows how envious he is of Shinji when he knows that Rei has invited him to dinner. During the final showdown, he is seen with Toji, Hikari, and Pen-Pen, looking at the battle.

In Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, after 14 years, Shinji realizes that his choice of helping Rei has destroyed all of Tokyo-3 and Kensuke is absent from the movie.

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Kensuke returns in Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time as an adult, working as a self-described "jack-of-all-trades" in the survivor's village. He is very friendly to Shinji and supports Asuka as a father figure[1][2]

and she lives in his house when not in the AAA Wunder where she instead shares quarters with Mari. Asuka remains isolated from the community, as she wishes to avoid "the Lilim", when not on the AAA Wunder, calling him by the nickname "Ken-Ken", though he still refers to her only as "Shikinami". Toji mentions how helpful Kensuke, the "survival otaku" has been in keeping their community together. Visually, Kensuke looks very similar to Ryoji Kaji, the elder. After Kensuke leaves on a supply run, Asuka strolls around naked in his house and finds Shinji, who much to her irritation, reacts badly to her DSS Choker, still traumatized by Kaworu's death. Kensuke appears, covers Asuka, and cleans Shinji's vomit. They talk and Asuka expresses irritation at Shinji's inaction, but Kensuke defends him. Later, Kensuke finds out Shinji ran away, but before leaving to retrieve him, thanks her for feeding Shinji, to which Asuka responds: "It's not like I did it for him or anything". 

Kensuke proves a supportive figure for Shinji, not unlike Kaji, telling him about how he overcame his difficulties in life and became a part of the community. He is receptive to Shinji's situation with his father, and tells him of Kaji's death and Ryoji Kaji, named after him. When the Wunder arrives to pick-up Asuka, Kensuke and the others insist on Shinji not going with her, but he insists. Later, in a flashback to Shikinami's childhood during Instrumentality, she laments not having a parent to care for her, and Kensuke tells her it is alright.

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  1. Let’s talk about Ken Ken. First, when I received the script, I noticed Kensuke was written into it. Even though he wasn’t called Ken Ken, there wasn’t that kind of connection in the previous film, Q. In the TV series, he was one of the “three idiots.”<brAsuka will give people nicknames like “baka Shinji” and the like.
    Asuka’s not a human and can’t live with the people in the third village so she freeloads off of Kensuke.
    Asuka was isolated, she couldn’t grow up, only her hair grew.
    Ken Ken is trying to take care of an isolated Asuka.
    Ken Ken took the place of Mr. Kaji.
    Try to think about this everyone. Ken Ken is such a good guy. Do you think such a good guy would try to advance a physical relation with a troubled 14-year-old girl?
    Asuka says to Shinji that she's already become an adult but that doesn't mean sexually.
    Asuka says “I am alone (in the film)”. Asuka was isolated.
    Ken Ken has been watching over Asuka.
    I think Ken Ken is like a father [to Asuka].
    Asuka and Kensuke’s relationship is not a romantic one but rather a parental one.
    When Shinji said “I think I liked Asuka,” it means that at the time he liked Asuka, even though he never came back 14 years ago.
    To be honest, at the time of recording the last scene, Director Anno and Assistant Director Tsurumaki explained it.
    Director Anno told me that Asuka’s ending scene correlates to the idea that Ken Ken is like a father to child Asuka.
    Asuka really wants the father and mother that she's never had and Kenken could see this so his intention was to foster something like that.

    Personally, I really think that “Ken Ken’s not a bastard.”
    I'm not a fan of the "Ken Ken" scene.
    I personally strongly think "no way Ken Ken is acceptable [as Asuka's partner]"
    I think the Original Asuka is not Asuka Soryu.
    My performance instructions were “Please do Soryu and Shikinami differently”
    Asuka Soryu was not a clone.
    When adult Asuka says, “Baka Shinji,” it has a special meaning.
    Ken Ken doesn’t make a move on Asuka.
    Ken Ken would never make a move on 14-year-old Asuka.
    Ken Ken whose affection is deeper than the sea, stands by Asuka's side without laying a finger on her. [Imitating Asuka's voice].
    Miyamura confirms Tsurumaki was in charge of everything Asuka-related, and asks fans to create new fanworks on pixiv for her to see.
    Yuko Miyamura, MIYAMURA YUKO Corp. - Fanicon March 20th 2021, around 37 minute mark.
  2. Shinji's still fourteen both inside and out, and I don't think he could have helped Asuka, a girl fourteen on the outside but twenty-eight on the inside. Kensuke's twenty-eight on the outside and on the inside, so wouldn't he be the person who could do it? In the group for all the EVA voice actors on the LINE messaging app, Miyamura Yuko posted, "If Kensuke's the one who can be there for her, then please be there her." - Tetsuya Iwanaga (Kensuke), 3.0+1.0 booklet interview]
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