Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Neon Genesis Evangelion

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1 Seasons, 26 Episodes
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Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as NGE, Eva, or Evangelion, is a commercially and critically successful, influential and popular Japanese anime and manga that began in 1995. The anime was created by Gainax, written and directed by Hideaki Anno and co-produced by TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems (NAS). It is an apocalyptic mecha action series, and refers to Judeo-Christian symbols from the book of Genesis and Biblical apocrypha among others. Later episodes shift focus to psychoanalysis of the main characters, who display various emotional problems and mental illnesses; the nature of existence and reality are questioned in a way that lets Evangelion be characterized as "postmodern fantasy" Hideaki Anno, the director of the anime series, had suffered from clinical depression prior to creating the series, and the psychological aspects of the show are based on the director's own experiences with overcoming it.

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by ZaneAppeal

Aug 11, 2017 5:26 AM EDT

Widely considered to be one of the best anime of all time, Evangelion still holds up today. At a glance the show is about 3 teenagers fighting in giant mechas as the earths first, last, and only line of defence against the worst scum in the universe, but really the story and themes go much deeper. The story goes that the creator Hideaki Anno had a mental breakdown while making the show, and managed to capture the essence of his existential crisis and distil it into story magic, like lightning in a bottle. Keep in mind the epilogue takes place in a movie called The End of Evangelion. The series won't make much sense without the movie.

by Chuck_Finley

Jun 19, 2017 3:33 PM EDT

Groundbreaking anime with fanstastic visuals and a good story, gets pretty philosophic towards the end but is definitely worth watching (maybe even a few times)

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