Neon Genesis Evangelion, Anime Recommendation of the Week!

Article at a glance:

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion’s intricate plot and psychological depth offer immense rewatch value and deepen with each viewing.
  • The anime subverts character stereotypes, providing profound development and interaction among its main and supporting characters.
  • Evangelion features exceptional animation and iconic soundtracks, with creative use of budget constraints enhancing its storytelling.

Yes, yes welcome all today we are here to collect depression. Neon Genesis Evangelion will make you forget about your depression! By giving you even more depression! Fun, right? Chances are, you won’t even understand what you are even depressed about on the first watch of the show! Seriously though, jokes aside, Eva is truly one of the best stories anime has ever told. Yes, it is a little complex to understand but it gets better and better with every rewatch as you notice more stuff.

And the way we build up for the final ending in the Rebuild movies is nothing short of amazing. So welcome back to another edition of our anime recommendation series. This week we are talking about Neon Genesis Evangelion. There is a lot I want to say here so I’ll keep the introduction short. Let’s get into it.

Introduction

Neon Genesis Evangelion or Eva for short is an original anime by Gainax and Hideaki Anno. It was aired from October 1995 to March 1996. The original anime is 26 episodes long, and it is followed by the End of Evangelion movie. And then if you are interested in the trued ending of the series, you’ll want to check out all of the 4 Rebuild movies. So that’s 26 episodes and 5 movies in total. This anime would’ve been very different if a certain someone hadn’t gifted Anno with a psychology book.

Plot

Eva starts as a “usual” mecha anime. 15 years ago, there was this event called the Second Impact and this triggered alien beings called Angels to attack humans. To be specific though, each Angel aims for the city of Tokyo-3 and to combat them, an organization called NERV has developed these massive robots called Evangelions or Evas. Shinji returns to Tokyo-3 because his father, the head of NERV, Gendou Ikari wants him to pilot an Eva. And that’s all I can tell you without going in too deep.

After you are acquainted with the anime, it will immediately throw you a curve ball around episode 11. Then you will learn about the Human Instrumentality project, then you will figure out what the Angels are, and then you get to the ending only it is not the ending, it is just the beginning and it keeps going on and on and on. This anime is a constant bombardment on your psyche, You won’t get what’s going on the first time around but as I said, the anime rewards rewatches. All of this will hit even harder when you finally watch the true ending of the series in the Rebuild movies.

Characters

Evangelion excels in making you think that a character represents a particular stereotype but then throws a wrench in it. It takes its time in introducing and establishing characters and when you’re familiar with them, all hell breaks loose. The character development and interaction of all of the 3 main characters, Asuka, Ayanami, and Shinji is amazing. This is further consolidated by an awesome supporting cast of characters like Gendou, Misato, Ryoji, Kaworu, etc.

And of course, another stand-out character has to be Mari from the Rebuild movies.

Animations and Soundtracks

Evangelion has always had phenomenal production value. They even managed to include budget constraints in the last episode of the original series in a way that made sense. Throughout the episode, the animation slowly worsens till it’s just stick figures. And then in one last gasp, the animation bursts into full quality again for the last scene. Of course, Evagelion’s opening theme, A Cruel Angel’s Thesis is iconic and an all-time classic just like the anime.

Summing Up

Here’s why you should watch Neon Genesis Evangelion:

  • Unique and amazing plot
  • Massive rewatch value
  • Awesome characters
  • Gruesome mech fights
  • Depression

Oh and one last piece of advice, familiarize yourself with End of Evangelion and the original anime before moving on to the Rebuilds. That way you will have fun noticing all the differences between the original and Rebuillds and those differences will pay off. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!

Also, check out my thoughts on The Irregular at Magic High School Season 3 here!

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