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|Name Meaning||The Light of God|
|Symbolism||The Angel of Birds|
|First Appearance||Episode 22|
Arael is the 15th Angel. It is one of the most powerful Angels since it has the ability of penetrating the human mind, attacking the psyche of a living organism. It appeared in an almost unreachable place - out of the Earth's atmosphere.
Story EditThe battle initiates by deploying Asuka in Unit-02 as the sniper and Rei in Unit-00 as the backup, both armed with a positron snipers in order to destroy the Angel. After some shots it is proved that it's impossible to hit the Angel and sequentially he counter-attacks Unit-02 by emitting a light beam, directed at the pilot. This beam of light has similar characterists that of an A.T field and Arael starts to search in Asuka's mind, making her remember of her mother's suicide and the her childhood. This causes Asuka to lose total control of the situation. Since it was impossible to send a N² bomb or deploy an Evangelion in a long or short distance combat with the Angel, Commander Gendo ordered Rei to descend to the Terminal Dogma and remove Lance of Longinus from Lilith. She does this and then throws the Spear with inmense strength, the clouds immediately spread away from the lance, which then hits the Angel, killing it and saving Asuka from mind corruption, although it still incapacitates her. The Spear of Longinus drifts in space and lands on the moon.
Arael's appearance is that of a multi-winged creature made of intense light that hovers around Earth. Its Core, which is rather difficult to see due to the Angel's own glow, is held outside its main body by two smaller wings. Its wingspan seems to be several times larger than an Evangelion, based on its size relative to the Spear of Longinus, though Arael and an Eva never physically meet directly. Arael's A.T. Field possesses the unusual characteristic of emitting a beam of light that analyzes the human mind. It is unknown what was Arael's intention after analyzing Asuka's mind and gathering data about the human race.
After Arael is pierced by the Spear of Longinus its body breaks down and swirls into a vortex, finally vanishing in a pinpoint of light. An outburst of red blood is briefly visible upon the Spear's exit.
In Other Media Edit
Gakuen Datenroku Edit
Arael makes no physical appearance within the manga, but is noted as having already been taken by Israfel.
- It is named after the Angel of the Birds 鳥の天使 (Tori no Tenshi).
- In the anime, Asuka suffered no apparent physical aftereffects from the psychic attack, but in the manga she becomes comatose due to mental shock.
- In the anime, Arael's beam attack is accompanied by the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's Messiah.
|Seeds of Life||Adam • Lilith|
|Angels||Sachiel • Shamshel • Ramiel • Gaghiel • Israfel • Sandalphon • Matarael • Sahaquiel • Ireul • Leliel • Bardiel • Zeruel • Arael • Armisael • Tabris • Lilin|
|Introduced in Rebuild||Adams • First Angel • Third Angel • Seventh Angel • Twelfth Angel • Thirteenth Angel|