Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン Shinseiki Evangerion) is an Japanese mecha anime series produced and made by Gainax and the franchise's creator, Hideaki Anno. It aired from October 4th, 1995 to March 27th, 1996 on TV Tokyo. It was licensed by ADV Films and is one of the most important and influential animes ever created.
Set in the year 2015, the series focuses on a 14-year old boy called Shinji Ikari, who suffers from mental trauma after being abandoned by his father Gendo Ikari. He's recruited by NERV to finally become the pilot of the EVA Unit-01 in order to fight and destroy the monstrous menaces known as "Angels". During the course of the series, Shinji is joined by pilots Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu.
Why It Rocks
- Well-written and interesting story of the EVAs and Angels.
- The concept of organic-like mechas fighting aliens with Judeo-Christian themes is very original and well executed.
- The characters are likable, such as Shinji, Rei, Asuka, Misato, Toji, Kensuke, Hikari and Kaworu.
- "Director's Cut" episodes were released for episodes 21-24 to give more info about the characters past and what they went through to tell why they'd suffered from mental pain.
- As explained before, it deals with serious themes like depression, mental trauma and pain.
- Very well-created and mysterious lore within the series.
- Amazing fight scenes from the EVAs and Angels.
- The animation still looks beautiful to this day.
- Great voice acting in both the original Japanese version and the ADV Films dub.
- The End of Evangelion, the theatrical film that resolves the series' plot, is considered by many to be one of the greatest anime films of all-time.
- A wonderful opening theme that has spawned many internet memes, and the ending theme is a remixed version of "Fly Me To The Moon".
- Aside from its darker plot, it also has some funny moments like the scene where Shinji's privates are censored by a can of beer.
- Due to budget and time constraints, the lore and proper ending of the series had to be resolved in a theatrical film.
- The story can get confusing at times.
- The international Netflix release got flack for removing "Fly Me To The Moon" and bowdlerizing Kaworu's sexuality.
- Shinji can be unlikable at times, especially during The End Of Evangelion.
- While a good character, Asuka can be pretty mean-spirited at times.
- Robin Williams was a huge fan of this anime.