Neon Genesis Evangelion

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"The fate of destruction is also the joy of rebirth."

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.

Plot

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

  1. Well-written and interesting story of the EVAs and Angels.
  2. The concept of organic-like mechas fighting aliens with Judeo-Christian themes is very original and well executed.
  3. The characters are likable, such as Shinji, Rei, Asuka, Misato, Toji, Kensuke, Hikari and Kaworu.
  4. "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.
  5. As explained before, it deals with serious themes like depression, mental trauma and pain.
  6. Very well-created and mysterious lore within the series.
  7. Amazing fight scenes from the EVAs and Angels.
  8. The animation still looks beautiful to this day.
  9. Great voice acting in both the original Japanese version and the ADV Films dub.
  10. 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.
  11. A wonderful opening theme that has spawned many internet memes, and the ending theme is a remixed version of "Fly Me To The Moon".
  12. 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.

Bad Qualities

  1. Due to budget and time constraints, the lore and proper ending of the series had to be resolved in a theatrical film.
  2. The story can get confusing at times.
  3. The international Netflix release got flack for removing "Fly Me To The Moon" and bowdlerizing Kaworu's sexuality.
  4. Shinji can be unlikable at times, especially during The End Of Evangelion.
    • While a good character, Asuka can be pretty mean-spirited at times.


Trivia

  • Robin Williams was a huge fan of this anime.


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Portrock1566

27 months ago
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Well. It's about time!
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Unnamedgoon

27 months ago
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The Tsundere scene was never the same.
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Pinky Malinky

27 months ago
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Imagine if 4Kids did the dub
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Pacsonic9000

21 months ago
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Rockman138

4 months ago
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Has 4kids Entertainment ever took on Neon Genesis?
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AkihitoZero5454

4 months ago
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@Rockman138 No.
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Awildderperappears

20 months ago
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It's only a matter of time before somebody makes a Terrible TV Shows wiki page on the Netflix dub.
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ItMeansNothing

16 months ago
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Best anime ever (no joke)
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Vicious187

16 months ago
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Get into the fucking robot Shinji
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TheInterneto

16 months ago
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Hiroyuki Imaishi must really be thankful of the fact this anime started his career.
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Urotsukidoji-Miraheze

14 months ago
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Urotsukdoji
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JinHazama

9 months ago
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That is a Hentai OVA.
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Urotsukidoji-Miraheze

9 months ago
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I'm into urotsukidoji it was actually good and a guilty pleasure to enjoy it.
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PurFox

7 months ago
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One of my favorite animes in my opinion, in fact, Asuka-chan is pretty c00t.
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ParodiS2021

7 days ago
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Feliz Juevez

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