It should be known that Anno is a fan of prolific shoujo mangaka Taeko Watanabe. It should also be known that Watanabe-sensei herself is a huge Eva fan. She was even mentioned in the infamous 1996 JUNE interview. The interviewer told Anno that she was angry with the ending and wanted to rewrite it herself.
Well it looks like she did indeed rewrite Evangelion with her 1997 one shot
もうひとつの9月 (Another September)
(photo credit mari041605)
I’d recognize that feminine boy anywhere…
And that obligatory Kaworu clone.