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Post Reply What's so special about Neon Genesis Evangelion?
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Posted 4/3/14
Keep it spoiler free please. (Haven't watched it)

Wherever i go on the forums, or anywhere at all, i see the name Neon Genesis Evangelion all over the place. The majority of people seems to make fun of it, while other says it's a masterpiece. It seems like to me that you either hate it or love it, so what am i missing out on?

I really despise meccha, so i'l probably never watch it, but what's so damn special about it? o.O

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Posted 4/3/14 , edited 8/9/14
Nothing is special about it.

I am part of the hate.
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25 / M / BAYSIDE,NY
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that's a good question, its been years since i last watched this so im not sure on what to say but i guess the battles against angels. lol
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It all depends on the mood that your in at the time you are watching it. Some people can relate and some can't. so it's pretty much what you said it's love it or hate it.
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Posted 4/3/14 , edited 8/10/14
Two words: Mind F*%k!
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AnimeKami wrote:

Nothing is special about it.

I am part of the hate.


hear hear.

people always babble about how it's some "important psychological piece about" blah blah blah... but really, it's not. it's a standard "monster of the week" giant robot series until the last few episodes where people turn into goo and they just ask questions about "what would happen if shinji was less of a whiny little bitch?"

I've said this on another site, but this anime is, pure and simple, Gendo Ikari's quest to be reunited with his dead wife by turning the whole of humanity into LCL. it's nothing really smart, clever, or psychological.
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I don't think there's anything particularly "special" about it. I've never had a clue why it gets special treatment in the community. I think when it was released/became popular that it was just in the right place at the right time.

The movies really are pretty awesome though.
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A lot of things. It's the single best-selling full-length TV anime of all time. It's a passion project by a bunch of really talented people. It's Gainax. Varied, well-constructed battles. A difficult-to-interpret narrative. The core strength of Evangelion, though, is the portrayal of its characters. Shinji Ikari cuts monstrously close to the bone, and is so relateable and human that many people don't like what they see.

Those are some of the things that make Evangelion special.
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Without giving much away, it kind of betrays your expectations in regards to some of the characters.

Shinji Ikari, the infamously whiny protagonist, is pretty much the exact opposite of what you'd expect from the protagonist of a giant mecha anime. Where previous protagonists were confident, hot-blooded but well-tempered and heroic, Shinji is none of those. He is severely lacking in confidence and would rather not pilot the giant robot, but when pushed too far he becomes a raging berserker. He's also far more human than most protagonists - he reacts much like a normal person would instead of (again) a confident, badass hero. Most of the other characters have similar quirks and betrayals of expectations.

As to whether or not there's all kinds of religious symbolism and whatnot... can't say, don't really care.
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Posted 4/3/14
I couldn't get pass the first few episodes. I don't hate it, just not my cup of tea.
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My project lately between simulcasts is to watch hyped anime that I previously was never interested in seeing, starting with Evangelion.

I haven't been so disappointed with an anime since Kare Kano. Ironically, that's due to the fact that it's the same studio, and the same issues (they don't know how to manage their financials and thus create something that's pretty good with a spectacularly bad ending because they can't afford to animate any more). It wasn't thought provoking for me, I tuned out too much to care about what was "really" going on, but I understood enough to be pretty bored.

Admittedly it was a pretty fun ride for about 15 episodes, but then it spirals down into complete bullshit. 4/10 I was expecting WAY better since people are always gushing about it and saying that it's better than Gurren Lagann (my favorite mecha).

My next/current project has been to watch the Monogatari series. I'm having a much better time with that.
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Balzack wrote:
people are always gushing about it and saying that it's better than Gurren Lagann.


If Gurren Lagann was the opposite of "fun," then ... sure?

I like to point at it as one of the few cel-based anime that hasn't aged miserably (in visual and audio quality.) This can be attributed to its release not being too long before CG anime was starting to become the norm.
Most others just weren't preserved very well. Even the ultra-popular Dragon Ball's audio and visuals show enough aging that pirated copies that were recorded from the original TV broadcasts sound and look better.
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Posted 4/3/14 , edited 4/3/14

WitlessMean

I think when it was released/became popular that it was just in the right place at the right time.




Mainly this!

You have to understand the period of when it came out which was the mid 90's; anime at this time was still in American eyes basically Voltron and Speed Racer. Eva was huge in japan, which created a wave of crossover interest in the states. It is hard to describe this as the internet is completely different now than what it once was, most of our information was in newsgroups and bulletin boards; Yahoo (which was huge back then) had multiple stories on an exciting animated master piece! I remember buying pirated VHS copies to check it out.

It hit something of a social cord with Americans in their early 20's and became a phenomenon of introspective theory and created an interest in anime overall that wasn't really their before. I am by no means saying Eva saved anime in america but it gave it sturdier legs to stand on in the eyes of those with passing interest and showed ADV they could make money in this business.

Trying to watch Eva now for the first time I do not believe would be fulfilling given all the stories that have been able to be written in modern anime, but is still something I would put on the watch list.

As for current internet reaction, people on the internet hate things because that is how they can gain attention. Very few people who dislike anything will actually discuss why they dislike it in conversation unless they can see a benefit. This goes for most things on the internet, so ask for opinions but do not give them any more weight than a passing curiosity.


Balzack I was expecting WAY better since people are always gushing about it and saying that it's better than Gurren Lagann.


I thought Gurren Lagann was an interesting Japanese interpretation of Hubbards Battlefield Earth; which much like the book fell apart after saving the planet.
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Posted 4/3/14
SHOUNEN.

I actually liked it; sure it's not amazing but at least it's not a bad anime. The first four or so episodes were my favorites just seeing the kind of character Shinji was, then it progressively deteriorates in the quality of the plot.
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It's so cute how Shinji is such a big wuzz, how he whines in every single episode.

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