Key takeaways from Anime Recommendation – Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Neon Genesis Evangelion is a classic anime with a complex plot and deep character development that has influenced the anime industry in many ways.
- The anime follows the story of Shinji and his psychological development as he fights against the Angels using big robots called Evas.
- Evangelion is worth watching for its great plot, amazing characters, and impressive animations and art.
If you’ve been watching anime for any amount of time, you know about this anime. It is one of the all-time classics, one of the best anime to ever be produced. I know a lot of people call Evangelion overrated but the thing is, not everyone will connect to this anime, and hence why they miss the point. But still, love it or hate it, this anime is undoubtedly one of the classics and has influenced the anime industry in many ways.
So welcome back to another edition of our anime recommendation series. Today we are talking about the classic, Neon Genesis Evangelion. This anime is really close to my heart. I had literally studied this thing like I was preparing for an exam back in the day. So let’s talk about it today as there is a lot to say.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is the brainchild of Hideaki Anno. It is made by the awesome Gainax studios. As for the watch order, you watch the original series followed by the End of Evangelion movie. And then you move on to the Rebuild movies which give a final conclusion to the series. Also yes, this is an original anime.
Evangelion starts off simple. Monsters called Angels attack humans and normal weaponry does not work against them since they have a force field around them. So to fight them, we have these big robots called Evas. Soon though things change from simple robot fighting into something much more psychological. The tone of the series completely changes after episode 11.
Look, I won’t even try to explain the deep in and outs of the plot here. Because that’d take way too long. The thing is though, everything in the plot is for Shinji’s development. Every single incident in the series directly or indirectly affects character development. The plot is like a psych test for all the characters. There are plot holes here and there but that is not the point here. They even use the animations in the last episode to bring Shinji’s character development to completion.
I talked a lot about Shinji already in the previous section so I will take about the others here. Evangelion has some amazing side characters. I still remember even the non-important characters of the series just because of how well they are written. Almost everyone, especially Asuka, Rei, and Misato gets their share of character development. It may not be close to Shinji’s but everyone gets their own form of growth.
Animations and Soundtracks
The animations and art are amazing. It is hard to believe that Gainax was running out of money at this point. They are almost completely out of money by the last episode and yet, they use the degrading animation style to showcase the final stage of Shinji’s character development; truly amazing. As for the soundtracks, they are amazing. Everyone knows the iconic opening theme but the fight music is really good too.
Why should you watch Evangelion?
Quick pointers on why you should check out this anime:
- Great plot
- Amazing characters
- Shinji’s character development
- Great animations and art
That is all for now. Evangelion is an easy 10/10 for me. I know a lot of people will disagree but I don’t care. Not everyone can connect with this anime and that is fine. Let me know what you guys think in the comments though. I will take my leave here. See ya!