Thermal expansion. I have no idea if it really holds true with Asuka’s teasing question to Shinji. But I’m pretty sure Asuka’s bloated suit shouldn’t have fit in the cockpit.
Shinji is also assuming too much this time, thinking he’d be the one chosen again to face an Angel and capture it. Asuka is also feeling competitive when it comes to Rei.
However I’m surprised that something as simple as thermal expansion would apply in defeating an Angel. There’s too much heat around to make a difference. And can you really send a penguin in a box?
Now I do think that leaving decision-making to three supercomputers is a bit too much. Of course, politics is messy, and perhaps in a very unique situation like in Tokyo-3 a more strong type of governance is required. I don’t think everything can be quantified into variables and calculated. And episode 11 demonstrates how reliance on technology is not that good. But there isn’t any other way to survive, unfortunately.
Must be hard for Shinji to have a father like his. On the other hand, Rei the girl scout rules!