Regarding the Evangelion parallels, no one in WoD is mentally ****ed up enough to be anywhere close to that.
Dawn might seem emotionless in her first mission, but that's during a military operation. I'd call that professional behaviour. Once she's out of the cockpit she does show emotions.
Rei isn't so much the key for saving anyone. She's more the key to killing everyone. For all we know Asuka and Shinji might be the only Humans left alive, with everyone else ending up as orange puddles on the floor.
Justice is very self-assured, adult and mentally stable... so pretty much the polar opposit of Shinji. The only thing they have in common is, that they are both male and good pilots.
Love triangels? Please no... I really hate those, unless it ends the "convenient" way with one of them dying and the survivors, after a period or mourning, living happily ever after. Actually I'd prefer the romance to be completely left out. Light flirting is fine I guess, but please no wanna-be deep and meaningfull romace in WoD.