Looking to get into Evangelion
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Posted 12/7/13
The first time I watched Evangelion was 10+ years ago on VHS so I assume it was the first series. I am trying to get back into it but there is a lot of new Evangelion stuff and I am not quite sure where I need to start, whats new, and what is relevant. It feels like a reboot in comic books, there is a lot of new information and the old stuff does not really matter anymore.

So basically I need to know where to start. All I have found so far is Neon Genesis Evangelion and the Evangelion 1.11, 2.22, and 3.33. I would really appreciate some clarification on what is happening with the series. Thank you.
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Simply start at the original anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. It's a series that you'll be able to find in both English, Japanese, Spanish, and French. So....it's rather easy to find. Like most older anime, regular streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, and CR don't typically carry it, but it's rather cheap if you wish to buy it online(I suggest used)

The follow up movies are retitled "Rebuild Evangelion" as a series, but are known simply as Evangelion 1.11/2.22/3.33 with a very(not) type title.

After you've seen the original series, bar the movies, you have the finishing movie "End of Evangelion" and the preview movie "Death & Rebirth"

Death and Rebirth is like a slideshow, totally ignore it.

You see, the last 2 episodes of Evangelion had college student at the end of the month budgeting, and simply have voices over random pictures and footage FOR ABOUT 50 MINUTES. Even the episodes leading up to that have long pauses for no good reason other than to pad for time.

For that reason(And millions of raving fan's who hated the bullshit (Not) real ending, they created End of Evangelion, which is the 25 and 26 episode.

So, start with the basic title, and go up from their. Using Wikipedia's franchise page should help you out as well.
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Well. If you've already seen the series. You could also start with Death and Rebirth, since that is like a recap of the series. Then you can watch the newer movies, since the first movie is basically the original series. The newer movies also introduce more children.

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo - releases in US on February 18, 2014
Evangelion: Final - To be Announced
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Pretty much what Felstalker said. I just finished my Eva run two weeks ago. Phenomenal stuff, really. The last two episodes of the show will probably throw you off, but if you like fairly deep character insight then it shouldn't bother you. I like to think that the TV series ending depicted what was going on in Shinji's head; End of Eva is the real ending. Komm, susser Todd is a pretty horrifying track played in that movie, one of my favorite scenes of all time. So if you haven't seen that, do so.

The Rebuilds are very different. The characters aren't as strong, but the scenes are a lot "cooler", so if you like action and things like that rather than character study and introspection, those will be more your style. The fourth Rebuild is coming out in early 2015 though, so you may prefer to wait until then and watch them all together.

A friend of mine also suggested the NGE manga, but I haven't read it yet so I can't give my own opinions.
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My advice would be, turn on your computer, start the show, then run as fast as you can in the opposite direction!
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Hey there, this is a bit of a personal post/question,
However it looks like you got some nice answers =)
In the future please try to direct these to : http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-10664/the-anime-help-thread
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