In the year 2015, the world stands on the brink of destruction. Humanity’s last hope lies in the hands of Nerv, a special agency under the United Nations, and their Evangelions, giant machines capable of defeating the Angels who herald Earth’s ruin. Gendou Ikari, head of the organization, seeks compatible pilots who can synchronize with the Evangelions and realize their true potential. Aiding in this defensive endeavor are talented personnel Misato Katsuragi, Head of Tactical Operations, and Ritsuko Akagi, Chief Scientist.
Face to face with his father for the first time in years, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari’s average life is irreversibly changed when he is whisked away into the depths of Nerv, and into a harrowing new destiny—he must become the pilot of Evangelion Unit-01 with the fate of mankind on his shoulders.
Written by Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a heroic tale of a young boy who will become a legend. But as this psychological drama unfolds, ancient secrets beneath the big picture begin to bubble to the surface… – My Anime List
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Many people have a problem with the last two episodes. Instead of the normal plot, it delves into the psyches of the characters, esp. Shinji. In the end, Shinji conquers his self-doubt and gains a sense of himself. It’s very uplifting and deep, though complex. Hideki Anno, the creator, based Shinji on himself. Apparently at the time, he was suffering from some depression and those episodes, of Shinji overcoming his issues, helped Anno as well. The fans were not satisfied however, because it left many questions still unanswered. This is where the movie comes in. Death and Rebirth, Air, End of Evangelion, were created as another ending to the series. This is more like an end to the series, and it reveals quite a bit. It’s quite violent, and basically everybody dies, but there is a very interesting, highly interpretive ending. Some may hate it some may love it. Like the series, it continues the “deep” themes, so everyone’s interpretation of the ending may be slightly different. I loved it and expected nothing less from the creators at Gainax. A fantastic series of great animation, plot, characters, and even some good music that reminds me for some reason of the 1930’s, this is highly recommended to everyone! There are adult themes, violence, etc., so I’d keep it out of the hands of anyone with a mental maturity of less than age 13-ish. You really need to be older though to fully appreciate all the complexity that went into it, but that’s just my opinion. Eva is one of my favorite series and an ALL-TIME CLASSIC!!!
I could go on for days about the different theories of Evangelion, the mythology therein, the great debate over which conclusion is the true ending, etc. But whether or not you enjoy the anime will largely depend on how you as a viewer perceive the show’s events. To have someone try and tell you the exact science of Evangelion is a fallacy in and of itself – Hideaki Anno explicitly expressed that some aspects of the show are meant to be open-ended and wholly up to the viewers’ interpretation. While this review may be rather vague, it is done as such deliberately. Neon Genesis Evangelion is an incredibly complex anime, and even after the first viewing, I wasn’t convinced I had completely understood everything. Part of me doubts I ever will. As for the acting, the Japanese voice actors do a splendid job in conveying the emotions of their characters, while the English dub is decent enough, but still could have used some fine-tuning. The ending has stirred up a huge amount of controversy among the anime subculture, and I personally prefer the End of Evangelion film ending as opposed to the finale at episodes 25 and 26 of the original series, though I won’t discredit what Anno accomplished with the show’s conclusion. All in all, the series is what you perceive it to be – some people will love it and others will hate it. There is no denying the impact is has had on anime and sci-fi entertainment over the past fifteen years, though, and although I feel there is no such thing as a perfect anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion is about as close as it gets.
Evangelion is groundbreaking in depth and purpose, a true cornerstone of the medium.
I want to finish all this mess of a brainstorm by saying that no matter how much I like Hideaki, by no means do I see him as someone who invented everything from scratch. He just took several bits from various older anime and combined them, while adding a lot of personal touches himself. For example, one would easily see the same relationship Gendo has with Shinji and Rei, to be of direct affiliation with the one in Tetsuwan Atom, where the lead robot seeks love from its father. One would say the demonic looks of the EVA robots are tribute to Mazinger Z’s demonic design, how the ending of the series is influenced by the one in Space Runaway Ideon. Sure, those ideas appeared scattered in the past in other shows. He just gathered them in one place and made his own personal recipe and voila, there you have a show that is still worth nerdraeging 15 years later.
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So this is the legendary Evangelion… I wasn’t too thrilled about it. Different storyline from most other mecha series of its time and definitely took realism into its designs and storyline. I just prefer the Gundam series for some reason… Oh yeah and crappy “easy-way-out” kind of ending no? Make it all a dream why don’t you… Almost incomplete and made all the build-up go nowhere. The “Director’s Edition” Ending was the result of death threats to him by the fans. I will consider the original ending as his true intention always, thus the series loses points for that crappy ending.
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NGE is one of those shows that could have been great. Unfortunately the glaring flaws in the plot, coupled with the lack of develpment amongst the other characters in comparison to Shinji meant that I, at least, only found the show to be mediocre. NGE was a let down for me as I am a big fan of Top wo Nerae, the show that is effectively the older sibling to NGE (and is considered by quite a few people to be the superior show).
NGE has it’s flaws, but, I personally think it’s a masterpiece. From it’s amazing characters, scenes, music, story and how it presents itself is un-canny. The only thing I don’t like about the show is that, a lot of it involves inferring, but.. then again, that also makes you feel more involved with the show. I recommend this show to all!
If you’re looking for an entertaining series full of action, intrigue and “waitaminute!” moments, you’ll probably love Neon Genesis Evangelion. Ten thousand drooling otakus can’t be wrong, right?
Honestly… I think the series is decent. It has its flaws, but what work doesn’t? Some character choices that I wasn’t too fond of? At least they’re thematic choices to an extent. Not necessarily a great storytelling technique, mind you, but at least it isn’t pointless. And the series is widely self-aware too, showing the confidence that it knows what story it wants to tell.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a great anime that has arguably been corrupted by its excessive fan base. You will go from being on the edge of your seat during the mecha battles to being deep in thought throughout everything else. Whether you understand it or not, every anime fan must watch Evangelion at least once… even if it’s only for the fanservice.
It actually wasn’t all that bad, and I’m prepared to give it a qualified recommendation. If you have watched lots of anime and consider yourself something of an expert, you really need to watch this, if only so as to know what the other fans are talking about. If you have only watched a few series you should watch this only if the description below really appeals to you–otherwise there are plenty of other series that you will enjoy more. If you have never watched any anime but you are curious about it, and somebody told you that this is the greatest series ever made, you should stay far away from it. If this is the first anime series that you watch, you will probably never watch another.
Even though there are numerous problems caused by poor handling of budget and the unfortunate cancellation of the series, the first two-thirds of the series still has enough action, drama, mystery, comedy, and horror to justify its popularity.
Impressive for its creativity and spectacle, but pretentious and too out-there for some.