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Post Reply What's so special about Neon Genesis Evangelion?
Posted 4/3/14 , edited 8/5/16

Balzack wrote:
people are always gushing about it and saying that it's better than Gurren Lagann.


That's because it is better than Gurren Lagann.

Anyway, just watch it for yourself and see why it's probably the greatest anime series to grace this planet.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion has the best characters in any TV show I've ever seen, even better than those in Breaking Bad. The whole show is filled with character development that gives even minor characters a lot of depth. The show is really well animated and looks gorgeous. The story is a rollercoaster with twists and turns that'll sometimes even shock you. The last two episodes really dig into you and make you think about life, what your role in the world is, and are the most daring episodes an anime could do. The whole world has been made so wonderfully that you will realise things that you didn't notice before with every time you watch it. It doesn't even matter if you get it or not, it's all about the journey, not the destination. It's the only thing that has ever made me think about my life, and the lives of those around me.

However, the rebuilds just throw all of that out of the window and go for something closer to Gurren Lagann without the things that made Gurren Lagann so good.
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Posted 4/3/14
Ryuouka, you just opened up a large can of flamebait with this one lol

Here's the short, informative version.

At that point in time, no anime like it had been made, and no anime had done so much to subvert people's expectations of established genre tropes and stereotypes. (The obvious one being, it's not actually a good idea to give a 14 year old a giant robot and tell him to save the world.)
At the same time, it was also written fairly well from a psychological standpoint, and captures teenage angst and depression very well. (Personal experience speaking)
It still is considered a big deal because of how many similar shows were made afterwards, and are still made today. Madoka Magica, Hunter x Hunter, and any other show that takes a darker, psychological spin on its own genre was very likely inspired by Evangelion.

Whether you actually think it's any good or not is up to you. As you can see, opinions vary.
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What's special about it?
First Love - It was the first Japanese language anime I ever watched and introduced me to the world of Japanese anime outside what was airing on CN way back when.
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Posted 4/3/14 , edited 4/3/14
I dunno, you tell me.

But, seriously, as some others have pointed out, it was something different than all the other mecha shows around at the time. Whether you hate it or love it, that's a fact.

Without it, the industry wouldn't be as... diverse(?) as it is now. Look at all the characters that were based off Rei Ayanami's character, for example. There's a ton of them.

Here are some other forum threads/articles that may answer you question:

http://forum.evageeks.org/thread/10104/How-did-Evangelion-impact-the-anime-industry/

http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?t=98676

http://www.popmatters.com/feature/71108-on-evas-and-angels-postmodern-fantasy-devotion-to-neon-genesis-evange/

http://rossdanielweber.hubpages.com/hub/Overrated-Anime-Neon-Genesis-Evangelion
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Posted 4/3/14 , edited 4/3/14
There was a lot to like about it but a shitty ending and a really lame main character dragged it into the good rather than great category for me.
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Posted 4/3/14 , edited 4/3/14

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At that point in time, no anime like it had been made, and no anime had done so much to subvert people's expectations of established genre tropes and stereotypes. (The obvious one being, it's not actually a good idea to give a 14 year old a giant robot and tell him to save the world.)
At the same time, it was also written fairly well from a psychological standpoint, and captures teenage angst and depression very well. (Personal experience speaking)


Um, Mobile Suit Gundam (and perhaps Akira) did the teen angst psychology LONG before Neon Genesis Evangelion; Hell, so did Macross, Plus, and Macross 7!

I'm in the camp of "Hated it" because I kept expecting it be more than what it was. I never even finished the series (and said "F-- that!" to watching any of the OVAs) because the more I watched it, the more disappointed and frustrated I became.

Needless to say, I watched Code Geass immediately afterwards...
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TrueGoober wrote:

At that point in time, no anime like it had been made, and no anime had done so much to subvert people's expectations of established genre tropes and stereotypes. (The obvious one being, it's not actually a good idea to give a 14 year old a giant robot and tell him to save the world.)
At the same time, it was also written fairly well from a psychological standpoint, and captures teenage angst and depression very well. (Personal experience speaking)


Um, Mobile Suit Gundam (and perhaps Akira) did the teen angst psychology LONG before Neon Genesis Evangelion; Hell, so did Macross, Plus, and Macross 7!

I'm in the camp of "Hated it" because I kept expecting it be more than what it was. I never even finished the series (and said "F-- that!" to watching any of the OVAs) because the more I watched it, the more disappointed and frustrated I became.

Needless to say, I watched Code Geass immediately afterwards...


Evangelion, I believe, explored the whole dilemma of teen angst "deeper" than the others. More realisticially, if you will.

I personally think you should finish it. Doesn't matter if you hate it or not.
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If you like to watch a show with a cry baby MC and that has religious symbolism with no real meaning other than trying to make the show look more intriguing than it is, then EVA is for you.
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I dont get what is so good about it either..
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I recommend watching the Evangelion movies over the original anime.
It mostly follows the story of the original anime until a point but you do miss
some enjoyable character development in the original series.

and i prefer the English dubbing over the Jap for some reason!
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I feel like it's the Final Fantasy 7 of anime.

Its confusing and unnecessarily large fan base over-look the gigantic flaws and love it unconditionally because it's what they were first exposed to, even though the same type of thing had been done in the past (albeit differently). They also exaggerate the depth to make something out of it that's more than it is. And it's aesthetically pleasing for it's time, but did not age very well.

Other than the crap ending, it's an alright anime, much like how FF7 is an alright game. But it's not this perfect archetype for everything that's come since that all series must compare themselves to. It just isn't.
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Posted 4/3/14 , edited 4/3/14

Ryuouka wrote:

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



It was to Mecha, what Madoka was to magical girls.

By that I mean it took Mecha anime tropes of the time and turned them on their ear. maybe ran them through a fun house mirror to boot.

It was in the right place at the right time to be not only be a north American gateway anime but the anime that smashed the gates to pieces.

(this is important. Many people had never seen anything like this. but some of the things it did are now tropes in an of themselves. It won't be GROUNDBREAKER to a younger fan. The love for this show is very much matter of place and time)

It propelled ADV from a little shop made on the love of anime that had the same 6 voices for every VHS to the Juggernaut it was before ADV collapsed into Sentei and sold all it's stuff to funimation.

It had obscure philosophical statements Which people could discuss the meaning of, forever... never realising the real meaning was the author giggling to himself on whatever drugs they put you on when you self admit to a mental asylum.

It had a number of attractive females in various modes of dress. but despite promising fan service it has a fraction of what the majority of anime today just show as a matter of course.

It was populated by characters who were not just flawed, they were broken. (I mean seriously I was in nursing school at the time and Imagined doing case studies on Evengelion characters during our mental health module)

It had a pale demure girl who was so repressed she was a rorshach blot that every watcher put his or her own spin on, trying to find her motivations.

It had a scared, lonely boy so full of self hate that he never saw how much people actually cared. a 'wimp' of a main character who is hated I think in part because too many people see bits of themselves in him that they violently reject.

It had an angry girl who's bold blustering face to the world was just the other side of the lonely boy's coin.

It had a hot drunk party girl who was also a bandbox soldier when she wanted to be. and probably the most honest and truly nicest character of the show.


It was probably one of the LAST shows to be a 'BIG PART' of a 'SMALL' fandom as opposed to one of many shows that most of the HUGE fandom never see.

The music was cool and dramatic. Skirling violins and pounding kettle drums.

It had parts the blew people's little minds.

It's so Iconic that anyone didn't fall at least partly in love with it, in true internet hipster form, feels obliged to hate on it.


BTW I'm talking about the original series. I, myself, watched it until I had the soundtrack memorized.

Conversely I haven't watch much of 'Rebuild' take that as you would.

I still have fond memories of the show and still pretty much only own Evangelion merchandise.

Your Mileage May Vary.

hope this helped.
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Posted 4/3/14
It goes back to the 'location location locaiton' thing.

At the time it came out it was like nothing we'd really seen in the US, and it was just when anime fandom was really getting on it's feet.

Beyond that, it was an early proponent of the 'bouncy bouncy' sex appeal, which also gives it a certain amount of brainspace 'specially if you saw it as a teen.
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