English: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Synonyms: Shinseiki Evangelion
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 1995 to Mar 27, 1996
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.321 (scored by 110229 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
action drama mecha psychological sci-fi
SynopsisIn the year 2015, the Angels, huge, tremendously powerful, alien war machines, appear in Tokyo for the second time. The only hope for Mankind's survival lies in the Evangelion, a humanoid fighting machine developed by NERV, a special United Nations agency. Capable of withstanding anything the Angels can dish out, the Evangelion's one drawback lies in the limited number of people able to pilot them. Only a handful of teenagers, all born fourteen years ago, nine months after the Angels first appeared, are able to interface with the Evangelion. One such teenager is Shinji Ikari, whose father heads the NERV team that developed and maintains the Evangelion. Thrust into a maelstrom of battle and events that he does not understand, Shinji is forced to plumb the depths of his own inner resources for the courage and strength to not only fight, but to survive, or risk losing everything.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Summary: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
Sequel: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
Alternative version: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Evangelion: 4.0
Spin-off: Petit Eva: Evangelion@School
Characters & Voice Actors
Note: This is a spoiler-free review.
There comes a time when one gains knowledge of a certain story or event, in any form, that boggles his or her mind beyond comprehension. You don't know how you feel about it. Do you hate it or love it? It's definitely not just 'average' if it could evoke such uncertainty and conflict within you.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is that story for me. Animated by Gainax and created by Hideaki Anno, it is the tale of Shinji Ikari, a fourteen-year old boy and the unstable world he resides in. His father is the commander of an organisation known as NERV and abandoned Shinji at a very young age, and his mother is a lost memory. In essence, Shinji is purposeless and neglected. When mysterious creatures known as Angels start attacking Tokyo, the young boy is recruited by his father to pilot the fighting machine known as the Evangelion.
The Evangelion requires a certain amount of nerve synchronisation with its pilot, which is why all the pain of damage served to the machine is also inflicted upon the pilot. Thus begins Shinji's fight against obscure enemies known as the Angels. This is how Shinji is thrown into a gruesome reality he is absolutely unwilling to confront.
NGE is often referred to as a classic masterpiece by the average anime viewer for its powerful psychological implications and startling symbolism. The creator himself was a victim of psychological problems, and partially because of this, the ugly realities of the human mind were brought to life in most frightening manners on screen.
While the base of NGE is not entirely unique, its manner of execution more than compensates for that. Everything has been done before, and because of this, uniqueness comes only from presentation, perspective, and execution. NGE is quite possibly one of the best deconstructions of the mecha genre, using the mecha aspect in a way that is not only unique, but thought-provoking and very, very perturbing.
NGE is one of 'those' anime. Yes, 'those' that do not acknowledge the direct translation of the term storytelling. More often than not, it is entirely up to the viewer to disassemble the events taking place on screen, and then reassemble them in a comprehensible manner so as to follow the complexity that is Neon Genesis Evangelion.
The characters of NGE are one of its strongest points, but also one of its major downfalls. In a nutshell, they all suffer from various types of psychological trauma. However, each character has his or her own method of coping with their everyday life (be it effective or not), allowing the viewer the opportunity to both compare and contrast these methods. NGE does not falter in retaining an unyielding and well-established sense of realism in its portrayal of how the events that a character experiences affect his or her mental state of being.
A popular interpretation of Shinji Ikari's character is that of a spineless coward. I cannot disagree more. He is a young boy victim to severe neglect, and as a result, experiences social awkwardness, the curse we call loneliness, and more tragic circumstances that I dare not reveal. For someone already so psychologically perturbed to be flung into such a stressful and nerve-wracking position warrants genuine sympathy and kindness from us viewers. Unlike most young characters in similar settings, Shinji's personality is most faithful to reality.
However, the extent of the psychological tribulations they face are difficult for most regular viewers to relate to. They are extremely 'messed up'- for lack of better term, sometimes having entire episodes dedicated to showcasing their unstable mental states towards the latter half of the series. Most of the main characters are developed to a level that hits so close to home that it's frightening. Contrarily, the side characters receive little to no attention and development, often playing meaningless roles. Towards the end of the series however, this diverse cast starts to feel more distant than realistic, and more confusing than disturbing. This is, perhaps, the fault of the execution.
Gainax distributed its small budget very peculiarly in this series. While the fight scenes between the Evangelions and Angels were animated with incredible fluidity and detail, more dialogue-based scenes and character interactions were an array of still frames with little to no movement. Many a time, the characters even took positions in which their mouths were covered, as if to avoid animating their lip movements. It is understandable to an extent that they had budget issues, but a more balanced distribution could have accounted for more effective execution, most particularly at the very end of NGE.
There is a considerable amount of both visual and direct symbolism in NGE, particularly Christian (take the explosions in the shape of crosses, "Melchior", "Balthasar", "Adam", "Angels", as examples). NGE does not make the effort to conceal these symbols, and for me this was a positive point because referencing the Christian religion inadvertently leads into a deeper, more human context. It isn't excessive to the point of becoming a distraction, but it isn't ignorable either.
There isn't much more to criticise about the animation. A comparison to present day anime would be unreasonable. In its time, it was a spectacular achievement.
MUSIC AND SOUND (8.5/10):
"A Cruel Angel's Thesis" by Yoko Takahashi was the opening song of NGE. It has topped many people's lists as their favourite opening of all time, and with reason. Accompanied by visuals that match the upbeat music, NGE's opening is undeniably one of the more memorable openings. The lyrics to this song were written with Shinji Ikari as its subject, making it extremely fitting. The same cannot be said about the generic ending. Though the music isn't bad, it's too dull to watch every time.
The soundtrack within the series is an excellent and bone-chilling compilation of various battle themes ("Decisive Battle" being one of the more memorable ones) as well as emotional and heart-wrenching music that is employed with commendable attention to tension as well as detail.
Do I personally like Neon Genesis Evangelion? I'm not entirely sure. There are definitely select portions of it that I love dearly, but there exist others that simply leave me staring at the screen with incoherent, muddled feelings. Do I recommend this anime? Absolutely. Every person who calls themselves a fan of anime should watch the original series at least once.
I'm not going to provide an in depth discussion about the ending for two reasons. Firstly, I have mixed feelings about it. It was indeed confusing and out of place, but somehow left me with a sense of completion and satisfaction. Secondly, it is an extremely controversial topic in the anime community, so it all depends on your taste. My first thought after watching it was "a twisted ending to a twisted, but excellent, series".
Neon Genesis Evangelion is an unforgettable experience, one that cannot be appreciated by everyone, but is too influential and important to dismiss. read more
Neon Genesis Evangelion..... There isn't much to say about this title that hasn't been said a billion times already but I'll say it all over again. Neon Genesis Evangelion can be described in many words from controversial to groundbreaking to influential to overrated to iconic etc. Love it or hate it, one thing can never be denied about it, and that is its pivotal importance to Anime in general. Why important you may wonder? Well look at what happened after Neon Genesis Evangelion and in addition when Ghost in the Shell came out. We got far more ambitious Mecha and Sci-Fi titles such as Escaflowne, Gasaraki, Betterman, Serial Experiments Lain, Boogiepop Phantom, etc, etc and we got more ambitious anime in general than ever before which continued well into the 2000's. Not to say that there weren't ambitious anime pre Neon Genesis Evangelion, just not nearly as much as there were post Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Aired between October 3rd, 1995 to March 27th, 1996, the brainchild of Gainax and more importantly Hideaki Anno graced the world. Hideaki Anno in particular went through depression after his directing work in Nadia: Secret of Blue Water for four years before creating Neon Genesis Evangelion. This depression in turn was reflected in the series giving it those very dark, psychological and occult elements. Further more, many elements of Neon Genesis Evangelion reflected the world and society itself in a way no other anime could replicate easily. Now that I've said all that, time to dive into the actual review.
The story of Neon Genesis Evangelion is fairly basic and cliche on the surface. Beings called "Angels" appear in Tokyo for the first time after an apocalyptic event called The Second Impact happened 15 years beforehand. Causing mayhem, destruction and havoc it's up to a secret organization called 'NERV' to fight them off with giant mechas called Evas. To further the cliche, only teenagers are able to pilot the Evas. This is as much as the average viewer will be able to see or understand from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Add to this the monster of the week format and the characters being too 'whiny' and those same average viewers will automatically call it the most overrated and worst anime to date without comprehending a single concept about it. When you actually dig deeper into Neon Genesis Evangelion you will find yourself speculating a million different things about it. That's one of its charms, a speculative, complex and experimental storyline with its major use of symbolisms, allusions, allegories, psychological and occult themes which actually makes the viewers think about the anime more than usual. No other anime was able to do this as much or pull it off nearly as well as Neon Genesis Evangelion did, sorry Serial Experiments Lain and several other brilliant anime. This inadvertently led to it being one of the most renowned anime in the world due to people speculating and making theories about it years after it finished. I can't say that this is best way to tell a story since it will feel incoherent and inconsistent to most as a an overall narrative especially if you are not willing to search or come up with the answers on your own. A double edged sword within itself.
The overall flow of the story was quite alright. Despite the repetitive monster of the week format it was able to center around the characters very well and built up its complicated themes as it progressed in a proper manner with the battles against the Angels using a lot of strategy and actually thought behind them. The dialogues were quite mature and complicated to add to all this. The first half had complexity and maturity when the situation called for it and lightheartedness when it needed to also. It had a perfect blend of both for the most part. The second half however deviated from this and became far more dark and even more complex eliminating the lightheartedness. The overall world setting and elements are well displayed throughout the series playing into the story quite well. The problem with the pacing though of course would have to be the overall duration of the series. It needed to be expanded far more and make things clearer for those not willing enough to figure anything out on their own. This can be excused though due to the budget running low by the end of the series which brings me to the controversial conclusion of the series and the movie 'The End of Evangelion'.
The ending of the series left a sour taste and a lot of outrage with majority of the fans but being the anomaly that I am, I quite liked it, loved it even. Deciding to end off by delving into the characters minds was symbolically representative of Hideaki Anno's psychological state during his depression. I give props to that because it shows how much of a personal work Neon Genesis Evangelion was to him unlike the fan catering bullocks when get by the dozens these days being called 'great' anime's. The End of Evangelion though was built up as being a retelling of the series ending. It was artsy as hell and just as complex as the series ending but managed to satisfy many fans including myself despite its convoluted flavor. When I think about these two endings though, I always see them somehow being connected. One displayed the mind of the characters and one displayed the characters actions. When I connect them like that, it makes Neon Genesis Evangelion feel far more complete and thus more satisfying.
The characters are by far the most hated aspect of Neon Genesis Evangelion. It's understandable to a degree but unwarranted for the most part. They aren't your ideal characters and that was the damn point, they reflected the post-apocalyptic world setting and were immersed into story beautifully. In the beginning they were all very basic archetypical characters. Shinji being your typical whiny teenager with self esteem issues, Rei being the cold unemotional type which started this trend of characters in fact. Asuka is practically a stuck up tsundere. These are the core though, the rest of the cast aren't nearly as archetypical such as Misato, Ritsuko, Gendo etc. What makes all of these characters special and stand out immediately from the archetype counterparts would be how much they redefined their very tropes being the best of their kind. They took what Mobile Suit Gundam had created with angsty teenagers and added far more complexity, depth, psychology and development to them.
Each character had a great basic personalities and presence despite their tropes. Sure Shinji was whiny and Asuka was overly stuck up but both along with Rei had a lot of probing into their past lives and very minds explaining why they act the way they do so it made sense and was credible. Shinji is whiny and has low self esteem because he was abandoned by his very father Gendo as a child, therefore seeks acknowledgement and approval by others. Asuka was not acknowledged by her mother being second best to her by a mere doll, therefore making her fight and show off to be seen as the best and number one choice in everything she does. Rei is emotionally dead because she's merely a clone so her life in turn serves other peoples purposes and not her own. Misato is seen as level head throughout the series being an adult but she also has a dark past resenting her father for both saving and abandoning her as a child. Everyone has something that haunts them from the past, this in turn adds the necessary depth and complexity to their personalities. What this did also is show how fragile people actually are mentally. The way it's done is in the most psychological manner possible to boot too.
The general characterization is well done. The relationships are built around quite well. Each character gradually opens up to one another as the series progressed and show improvements mentally and socially in a very natural manner thus never felt overbearing. Shinji became more open to relationships with people, Asuka became a little less stuck up and Rei actually cracked a smile. This remained so for a bit until later in the series where it became far more dark and psychological with them doing the reverse and becoming more unstable then they initially were eliminating their progress. This causes the development to feel shaky however this purposely happens to constantly remind you that they aren't ideal and that people are fragile beings mentally. The ending of the series would further eclipse this. To put this all into perspective, the characters are some of the most well made in anime to date an integral part and the core of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
The art and animation first and foremost is some of the best for its time. Right behind Ghost in the Shell for 1995 in fact. The general artwork is quite fresh and unique compared to most anime at that time. The character designs were well made, the body shapes especially were slim and well defined especially the Evas which was and still is so unique to most mecha designs in anime. The Angels designs were all interesting and varied from one another keeping things fresh with each Angel. The backgrounds and scenery was atmospheric giving off a very dark and surreal feeling matching the tone of the series perfectly. The visuals and choreography were just brilliant. The Eva battles displayed this quite well. With strategy and cooperation among the pilots needed, it topped off the great story and characters with some well made action scenes. The problem with the animation though is the budget cuts. There would be long drawn out scenes in the most random of moments messing with the overall pacing of the series a bit. This would all fall apart by the end of the series where the budget was at an all time low having episodes 25 & 26 using very minimal animation and visuals. Overall the Art is fantastic even by today's standards. High grade stuff.
By far the most memorable part of Neon Genesis Evangelion is the opening theme song "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" which was sung by Yoko Takahashi. This song is in fact one of my favorite anime theme songs which it is for most that hear it It's not number one me though, but it's up there as one of my favorites and one of the best anime themes around. Speaking more on the song itself, it was very reflective of Neon Genesis Evangelion in general if you read the lyrics carefully. This further cemented it as one of the best anime theme songs for its relevancy to the overall series. The ending theme "Fly Me to the Moon" was quite catchy too. The overall soundtrack of the anime was pretty good also, all the tracks were solid. The battle theme in particular was great every time it played and it was played quite a lot to be frank thus being stuck in my head forever. Never grew tiresome at all though. The voice acting was exceptional, matching the characters quite well with a very mature tone and dialogues. The sound effects were also well done with no real hiccups. The overall Sound of the series is just brilliant. Excellent job done here.
When I first watched Neon Genesis Evangelion it affected me and my thought process a lot whether it be on anime, people, the world or life. It wasn't nearly my favorite yet but with a long overdue rewatch, I fell in love all over again with it. It quickly toppled anime such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Berserk, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood among others secure the #1 spot of all time for me. It'll most likely remain like this for a very very long time. As an anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion will go down as one of the most historical and influential achievements to the medium and a Masterpiece. I hereby certify this illustrious anime Gold. read more
Evangelion is the main source of inspiration for Rahxephon, many consider it a clone. Evangelion tends to be more complex and intelectual, concentrating on philosophy and psychology while Rahxephon tends to be easier and not so inteligent concentrating on a love story with harem like influences all covered up in an artsy smart wannabe story with big, complicated words used that don't have any real meanings behind them (perfect for the new generation of anime fans who love superficial stories who like to seem complex).
NGE created the genre, Rahxephon and Eureka7 are two original creations inside that format, both are great but I prefer the original
both have a very similar story lines and themes
Similar premises, but RahXephon did a lot better job of it.
If You Watch It, You'll See Why. There Are Some Very Interesting Similarities, But The Show Is Still Unique.
Both involve around a teenage boy trying to remember and forget the past at the same time. Everyone that the boy loves has either turned away or no longer able to be there for him. Full of action, A Mecha is what the boy uses in battle to combat with the organization he has joined. Which is use primarily for battle.
Can't explain in one sentence. You just have to see it.
The mechas are similar,but they are made of "Clay",the story is kinda oriented into the same genre,but Evangelion's story is deeper moved into the religious sector,while RahXephon's is oriented about time.
Using gamer terminology, these series have the same setting: huge anthropomorphic robots save the world (or try to destroy it, according to the point of view) with a little help of brave teenagers. The formula is completed by a mere alien per episode and a big boss in the end. As a set-off against Eva, RahXephon has a great love story. By all means, those who were excited about one series will enjoy watching the other.
Rahxephon is basically neon genesis done correctly!! Where Eva failed Rahxephon succeeded.
Both have giant mechas used by the main characters, and during various episodes like to play with your head some.
They're both intriguing psychological dramas amongst countless of other similarities.
Both implement mecha robots as well as some form of religious belief to progress each respective plot. Also both have main characters with social problems. Need I say more???
DUH? RahXephon is a direct copy of NGE but not as messed up. It is the NGE for amateurs and newbies to anime. But RahXephon has its own appeal b/c it is referenced in other shows such as Ouran High school host club. However, i have to say that i like RahXephon more b/c i can sleep at night after watching it and b/c of Quon and "Ra Ra what is it Ollin?" Who wouldn't fall in love with that?
Both are great mecha shows that deal with other underlying psychological/emotional themes, although NGE has a little more of the psychoanalytical "stuff". In the end, RahXephon is really more of a love story, but doesn't slack on the action or introspection. If you are an anime fan, you owe it to yourself to watch both of these shows, even if you don't like mecha.
RahXephon - although good - is more or less a rip off of Evangelion (and so is the Bible lol). It has so many subtle similarities in characters and story, but none the less it is still a good anime. Evagelion is one of the GREATEST animes and is amazing to watch and even more complex the RahXephon. If you enjoy philosophical thinking - both are good, but Eva is better.
Both series are mechas with dramatic, psychological themes. Both are really high quality for their times and have amazing plots and characters.
You can almost call this a copy of NGE, aside from the fact that Rah Xephon tends not to mess with your mind, is not as depressing. The Story is just as epic though, the trials are just as challenging and the story is detailed enough that you do need to follow the story to know whats going on.
They have a similar plot and episode scheme, but RahXephon incorporates music as its main theme. Even though it's a watered-down version of Evangelion, RahXephon is probably its best clone.
The similarities are endless and there is also definitely some major differences biggest one of which being that the main theme of RahXephon is music and its power to change the world (tune the world). I think of RahXephon as being very similar to NGE (at least there seems to be slightly more similarities than differences) with a much less emo male lead and a watchable ending (more than watchable actually, compared to NGE's completely unwatchable and horrific last two episodes).
RahXephon is what Evangelion should have been like. NGE has a lot more fans than RahXephon, although i can't possibly comprehend why aside from the fact that NGE came first.
They share a ridiculous number of specific and general similarities. Essentially, RahXephon is a much lighter and brighter version of Evangelion. Evangelion has significantly more psychological and philosophical elements than RahXephon, but RahXephon sounds and looks far better (also is less screwy, if you're not a fan of mind screw). Either way, if you like Evangelion, you'll definitely like RahXephon.
Neon Genesis has a very complicated and detailed plot, and many consider RahXephon to be a rip-off of it. However, I found that I enjoyed RahXephon much more than Evangelion. Both deal with Mechas, politics, religion, a boy struggling to come to terms with his life and what everyone expects of him. I just felt RahXephon was executed better.
They are pretty much the same anime.
RahXephon is newer.
RahXephon has a better main character.
Evangelion has better supporting characters.
You will not want to punch a baby in the face after watching the main character wimp out. (Evangelion)
The set-up of both are strikingly similar, so close that RahXephon can be called a rip-off, but it has a more easy to follow story and wraps up the show with one of the best ending episodes you will ever see.
A case of the so-called imitation being a superior show to the original. EVA had some very bright spots, but it fizzled out near the end in horrible ways due to budget problems and Hideaki Anno rapidly spiraling back into depression. RahXephon, on the other hand, starts fairly strong and just keeps getting deeper and more entertaining all the way through. It's much more optimistic in tone, never stops the plot to lecture you about worldviews like EVA does, is slightly easier to understand, and features an incredibly likable lead protagonist as opposed to the complete blockhead featured in EVA. If you liked EVA but want something similar that won't make you want to jump off a bridge, watch RahXephon. If you didn't like EVA's execution, watch RahXephon.
While the similaraties between RahXephon and Evangelion are tremendously uncanny, RahXephon at least implements it's philosophic nature in the beginning unlike Evangelion which throws a curveball halfway through the series. Also, RahXephon keeps in check what's real and what's an illusion making the audience still in the loop of what exactly is going while still providing thought-provoking imagery.
While I do wonder why Gainax never filed for lawsuit on the creators of RahXephon, it's not an exact clone of Evangelion and in some aspects is (DEBATABLY) superior.
Also they're both dubbed by ADV.
Both are intelligently written and character driven mecha anime series. RahXephon may look like an Eva clone, but it is not. RahXephon and Evangelion aim for different intentions in message. While Evangelion is more focused on how people can never truly understand each other and are hurt by each others' companionship and lack of understanding, even though we as humans strive towards obtaining both, RahXephon is about human spiritual transcendence of the soul (especially through the musical theme), the external tragedies that separate us from each other, and how we can work together to overcome it. So basically, RahXephon does not create Depression after watching it and will uplift your soul due to the fact that it does not constantly remind you of what an emotional wreck you used to be when you were 14, and the realization that now, five or ten or twenty years later, things haven't really improved that much. Also, both series were created by extremely well read and intelligent people, with RahXephon using Western Literature while Evangelion uses Religious texts as Inspirations for the plot. Also, both series use Religious Myths and beliefs in the overall plot, with RahXephon using Mayan creation philosophy and Evangelion using Biblical Prophecy to tell the story. If anything else, these two anime series are companion pieces to each other and if you saw one, you should watch the other.
From the surface as well as in general, these two series shares quite a lot in common.
They both deal with the aspect of mecha and science fiction warfare against forces of the unknown in a similar setting. There's the main male protagonist who has to make decisions even if he has to make them alone.
They have intelligent stories for viewers more interested into fictional work beyond the typical mecha fights. They involve some exploration of relationships (although in essence, they're not entirely the same with different philosophies and concepts of their respective series)
There is that air of mysterious atmosphere that invites questions to viewers as well as origins regarding some of the characters. It is recommended that if you like one of the other, you should watch it and vice versa.
Shinji=Ayato, Rei=Reika, Misato=Haruka, Asuka=Hiroko, PenPen=Cat, both show has a similar story & character........
Many will claim that Rahxephon is an imitation of Evangelion but this is not true, however both have various similarities that give me enough power to say that if you liked one you should like the other
RahXephon is basically NGE with a better story, art, cast, etc.
The ending might not be great, but it's a lot better than NGE (and yes, better than EoE)
Eureka Seven takes many MANY things from Evangelion, such as characters (i.e: Rei Ayanami = Eureka), use of mecha, some things from the plot, etc. Sometimes when I was watching Eureka 7 I felt i was wachting eva, altough Eureka is not as sad or phsicological as Evangelion.
Eureka Seven is very similar to Eva. They both have mysterious mechs. The main male characters think alike and go through a lot of change, there is a lot of character development.
Both are sci-fi, both of them have a main character who follows his evolution, and a lot of good action and sci-fi scenes :-)
Eureka7 was clearly influenced by NGE
Both have strange, simillar mechas, some psychological problems and mystery. However NGE is more .. mature (?).
Characters' style in the beginnig of the story.
Both main characters are boys. Both go through things that make them go through developement. Theres plenty of Mecha battles and drama in both of them and both can get psychological at times. Also, in both NGE and E7 the mechs make up a lot of the mysteries in the plots.
The LFOs in Eureka are similar to the Evas in NGE.
Few anime series can compare to the masterpiece that is Evangelion, but if you are looking for something similar then Eureka Seven is more than likely a series you'll enjoy. Both stories' central focus is around a young male and his search for belonging, as he's thrown into the midst of a giant conflict. Giant mechs, young love, and large casts to boot, these two series are both quite similar to each other in a number of ways. Spoilers and synopses aren't my type, so ultimately I'll leave it for you to decide. Eureka Seven certainly isn't as timeless as Eva, but it's one of the better series one could compare it to and it still does a great job of keeping its audience captivated up until the final curtain falls.
Giant robots. Strange creatures to fight against. Protagonists with f***'d up lives. What more could you ask for? It's all right here in these two great anime series. Check them out!
Annoying main characters + angst x32847928374 + babes + mean older dudes
Another anime heavily-influenced by Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both have protagonists who feel out of place and have to save the world from a mysterious and deadly enemy.
well they're both similar because of the whole child growing to an adult thing. if you like mecha then you'll love these
Both are about young boys that live in the shadow of a great catastrophe caused by their father. As such, they have "daddy issues" but both boys get a father figure mid-series that helps them grow. Both have humanoid biological robots, both have a kuudere blue haired girl pilot that's around before the protagonist shows up and has a special connection with her robot. She serves as the main's love interest. Both series also have another pilot girl who is a little crazy, but really just had a terrible upbringing and doesn't know how to love. Both have a theme of the villain wanting to connect the consciousness of all humanity, both have an Earth that's undergone drastic climatic changes, both have the protagonist's robot upgrading to become more humanlike. Both even have controversial "retelling" movies!
Both robot have similar design.
Both have amazing plot but with different approach
Both include romance, action, and mystery.
Mysterious female characters and the one's that fall for them. Plus the disasterous plot of the world ending, fighting with machinery/robots.
Cute relationship that starts to form between main characters, and how they try to save the world.
Both question human nature, and humanity.
Eureka 7 borrows some elements from Evangelion. Eureka is clearly a tribute/copy of Rei and the Nivash and TheEnd both have "souls" much like the Evangelions.
Mecha anime with existential and psychological themes.
I think everyone sees this. I was certain watching the first episode that Renton was a parody of Shinji. I think he's more of a reconstruction-taking all the things that make Shinji bad and using them to give the hero Renton becomes some powerful meaning. Themes of isolation, conflict with other species and nature, poor communication, and broken families, plus uncomfortable undertones of sexual exploitation as a marker of humanity's innate problems, are shared here. There's also the shared theme of madness, but hey, this is anime.
The concept and theme are somewhat similar. Nirvash = Eva
Both are story driven, though Eureka Seven is not as psychological as Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both are appealing even if you're not into mecha anime. Both have a bit of a love story though Eureka Seven is driven by the love story.
Most importantly, these are gems that should not be missed.
The mystery, mecha, and action are hard to deny in both series. Not to mention, romance as well. Both series also have emotional awkward children piloting giant mechs and creating their destiny. Their destiny are what leads to them to become what they eventually strive to achieve.
A classic mecha series for any fans who is interested.
Both show has biological robot and and main character from both show has a strong bong with their robot.....
Eureka Seven = Evangelion reskinned + Rainbows
Both anime are about a young and wimpy teenage boy piloting an over-powered mecha to save the world.
During a conference in 2010, Dai Satō (writer of Eureka Seven) claimed that a lot of fans dismissed Eureka Seven as a clone of Neon Genesis Evangelion without even watching it.
It's true that both anime involve mostly psychological introspection of the characters and mecha fights, but there's so much more to Eureka Seven that people don't often talk about, and it's definitely worth discovering. Great soundtrack, natural design, touching themes (among which, true love) and mesmerizing plot are just a little taste of the whole world that Eureka Seven has to offer the spectator.
I'm only making this comparison simply because 1: They are pretty much staple to watch if you're first getting around to watching anime in general, and 2: watching E7 right after Evangelion won't leave you feeling destitute, since Eva is very diverse from everything else I've watched so far.
Opening Theme"Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis (残酷な天使のテーゼ, A Cruel Angel's Thesis)" by Yoko Takahashi
Ending Theme#01: "Fly Me to the Moon" by Claire
#02: "Fly Me to the Moon (Rei #5 Version)" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 5)
#03: "Fly Me to the Moon (Rei #6 Version)" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 6)
#04: "Fly Me to the Moon -4 Beat Version-" by Yoko Takahashi (eps 7,12)
#05: "Fly Me to the Moon (Aya Bossa Techno Version)" by Aya (eps 8,22)
#06: "Fly Me to the Moon (Yoko Takahashi Acid Bossa Version)" by Yoko Takahashi (eps 9,13)more
#07: "Fly Me to the Moon (Yoko Takahashi Version)" by Yoko Takahashi (eps 10,14,21)
#08: "Fly Me to the Moon -4 Beat Version (Off-Vocal)-" by [Instrumental] (ep 15)
#09: "Fly Me to the Moon (Off-Vocal Version)" by [Instrumental] (eps 16,24)
#10: "Fly Me to the Moon (Aki Jungle Version)" by Aki (ep 17)
#11: "Fly Me to the Moon -B22 (A-Type)-" by [Instrumental] (ep 20)
#12: "Fly Me to the Moon (Rei #23 Version)" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 23)
#13: "Fly Me to the Moon (Rei #25 Version)" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 25)
#14: "Fly Me to the Moon (Rei #26 Version)" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 26)
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