Post Reply How to watch Evangelion
vic890 
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Sad to say that I have been an anime fan for many years now, yet I haven't gotten a chance to watch Evangelion. As this is my first time watching it I was wondering which approach I should take in viewing it. Either starting from the original episodic version or the new movies being released by Funimation. Hoping to gain some insight from people who have seen both versions.
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Posted 3/24/16 , edited 3/24/16
I have seen both versions of Evangelion, so if you want to know how to watch Evangelion, then I´ll give you some recommendations. These are just personal advices, so you´re free to follow them or not.

First, start with the original show, it is what made Eva so popular in the first place. Most importantly, you can watch all the way to episode 24, then skip episodes 25 and 26, they are only going to confuse you. Instead of watching those episodes watch the movie End of Evangelion, it will still be very confusing but it will make more sense than the two final episodes. Let´s put it this way, episodes 25 and 26 are just inner monologues that each character has during the events that happen in End of Evangelion, and the show tries to illustrate these monologues by having very abstract animation. Just watch the movie, it shows all the action and the resolution to the story, which is why many people hate episodes 25 and 26

After you watch End of Evangelion, watch the new movies by Funimation. Having seen the original work first will help you appreciate and enjoy the changes they made to the story in the remake movies.
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Posted 3/24/16
I wouldn't say skip 25 and 26, but it is helpful to know going into them what's going on. I remember it being very confusing the first time I watched it. Watch 25 and 26 and then watch End of Evangelion knowing that they take place pretty much in the same time span, one being the real world events and one being the psychological innards of the characters minds, primarily Shinji's.
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Posted 3/26/16 , edited 3/26/16

vic890 wrote:

Either starting from the original episodic version or the new movies being released by Funimation. Hoping to gain some insight from people who have seen both versions.

The Rebuild movies aren't a replacement for the TV series and End of Evangelion, they start off more or less the same but begin diverging significantly as they go along. The Rebuilds are also a bit more adventure/drama rather than depression vivisection. If you want to watch the original better to do that first, all the episodes capped off with EoE.
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Posted 3/27/16
Sweet, thanks for the advice guys. I just wish I could watch the original episodes legally, but ill at least buy the movies off funimation
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