For all the shit people give Shinji, you'd think everyone who watches anime must be a huge badass.
He had to deal with situations which are absolute hell and fuck children up. His mother died and his father abandoned him. He's 14 years old and the entire weight of the survival of mankind is thrust upon him?
Can you honestly blame him for trying to run away a few times? Even if you can he matures and overcomes his problems which is better than most of you faggots.