>>2905197>Besides, it is a goofy standard to compare a single black plugsuit outfit from a single movie to decades of Rei as anything and everything else.
No, because as you could see earlier, the "new" version of e.g Asuka, with the new design, plugsuit etc... and Shikinami in general is still recent, yet more popular.>Do you have stats to back up your claim? Not that it matters as character popularity is an obsession by the Cult I do not share.
So your "defense" is to play dumb? This is common knowledge. Sample any site. Search pixiv, deviantart, any art site, and the result is the same. Take pixiv:
Since 11/20/2012 there has been made 168 pictures of Rei Q (アヤナミレイ(仮称).
In the same time period, there were 5360 pictures of Rei Ayanami.
The inverse is true for Asuka or other characters, where the new movie design trumps the old. Look here how they are usually represented: >>2905215
in the figure market. Notice how Rei has the ORIGINAL design, whilst Asuka's is a copy of Rei's made for the Rebuilds?
As for figures, just look:http://myfigurecollection.net/search.php?sort=date&order=desc&character=Ayanami+Rei
where there's rarely a Rei Q figure, but even when you search for "Soryu" (free handicap, btw) the majority is STILL Rebuild /Q Asuka.