English: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Synonyms: Shinseiki Evangelion
Oct 4, 1995 to Mar 27, 1996
Wednesdays at 18:30 (JST)
24 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisIn the year 2015, the world stands on the brink of destruction. Humanity's last hope lies in the hands of Nerv, a special agency under the United Nations, and their Evangelions, giant machines capable of defeating the Angels who herald Earth's ruin. Gendou Ikari, head of the organization, seeks compatible pilots who can synchronize with the Evangelions and realize their true potential. Aiding in this defensive endeavor are talented personnel Misato Katsuragi, Head of Tactical Operations, and Ritsuko Akagi, Chief Scientist.
Face to face with his father for the first time in years, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari's average life is irreversibly changed when he is whisked away into the depths of Nerv, and into a harrowing new destiny—he must become the pilot of Evangelion Unit-01 with the fate of mankind on his shoulders.
Written by Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a heroic tale of a young boy who will become a legend. But as this psychological drama unfolds, ancient secrets beneath the big picture begin to bubble to the surface...
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Characters & Voice Actors
Shito, Shuurai (使徒、襲来)
|Oct 4, 1995
Mishiranu, Tenjou (見知らぬ、天井)
|Oct 11, 1995
Naranai, Denwa (鳴らない、電話)
|Oct 18, 1995
Ame, Nigedashita Ato (雨、逃げ出した後)
|Oct 25, 1995
Rei, Kokoro no Mukou ni (レイ、心のむこうに)
|Nov 1, 1995
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)
#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)more
#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)
Since so many people have requested this over the years and as there's a new system in place I'm adding my 2009 review for this series which was originally posted on my blog here on MAL. The 2007 one was written in response to the obtuse fans that were here at the time, and it will remain after the review as removing it completely would serve no purpose.
It's also a reminder to me of something important.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most debated animes in history. Some would argue that there are numerous hidden messages in the show, while others argue that it simply plays up to a certain puerile idealogy of the world. Whatever the case may be, NGE established itself as the hot topic in anime for well over a decade.
NGE first saw the light of day as a manga by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, and was published in Shonen Ace magazine from February 1994. It's purpose was to raise awareness and public interest in the anime version that was to be released in October of the following year.
The anime was directed by the famous Hideaki Anno, and is hailed by many fans as his masterpiece (although there are numerous people who disagree with this point of view).
The animation in NGE is actually very well done considering the time it was made (and the fact that Gainax was running out of cash). The colour palette used for the show was decidely bright in many ways, and at the time it contrasted well with the serious tone of the story.
The characters were well designed for the most part, but the real breakthrough in terms of design were the EVA units and the Angels. NGE pushed the boundaries of mecha design in anime to a new level, something which no other show of the time could achieve. It also wasn't afraid to show an enemy who had no visible relation to humans - something that was a rarity in those days (although Anno had used a similar technique in Top wo Nerae).
The animation in the show is generally very fluid, and although there are some notable flaws, they don't actually impede on the enjoyment of the show.
The sound in NGE is very good in general. The VAs in the japanese version are very good, and are able to deliver a greater depth of emotion than their american counterparts. The effects used are also quite good but never really stood out as much, partly because of the overwhelming visuals, and partly because they were generally stock effects. The music is generally good throughout the show, with a mixture of classical and other styles scattered here and there.
One of the most memorable things about the music in NGE is the theme tune. Anno had originally wanted to use Borodin's Polovetsian Dances as the theme music for each episode, but was overruled by TV Tokyo, who felt that this would confuse and alienate the audience. Instead he settled on what has become one of the most played anime theme tunes in history - A Cruel Angel's Thesis, which was performed by Takahashi Yoko.
This is the area where NGE failed as an anime. Prior to making NGE, Hideaki Anno had suffered from depression for a while, and the characters in NGE were created in such a manner as to reflect his struggle against mental illness. Each of the characters is flawed in different ways, something that was unusual in anime at the time. Given Anno's talent as a director, this should have led to some interesting, and highly original, character development. Unfortunately the show failed in this area because of one key factor - Ikari Shinji.
For many people like myself, the main issue we have with the show isn't the story, or the animation, or the sound. It's the characters, and in particular, Ikari Shinji. In creating him, Anno and the rest of the production team lost focus on the other characters. Shinji is not your typical hero in that he isn't, courageous, or handsome, or intelligent. In fact, Shinji consider's himself to be worthless. The issue I have is that the show focuses far too much on Shinji, almost to the extent where the other characters were simply plot devices for his devlopment, and not enough on the characters around him.
That's not to say Shinji is a bad character. He's not. The problem is that one can only stomach so much unjustified self pity (which unfortunately most of it was in his case), before wanting to slap some sense into the person in question. It's been pointed out to me that Shinji wanted to kill himself because he thought he was worthless, and that he should be pitied because of the bad hand he was dealt. I'm sorry but that argument doesn't wash with me. If someone truly wants to kill themselves then they will, so Shinji didn't really want to die. In addition to that, I know quite a few people who have been dealt the worst hands possible, yet they do not whine and complain about it (and many of these people did consider themselves to be useless/worthless at one time or another - yet they suffered in silence for the most part). What Shinji wanted was for people to pity him and tell him he wasn't worthless, and while this is not necessarily a bad thing, it was over-used in NGE (to the point where I wanted to put him out of his misery - and not because I pitied him). The fact that Shinji's character has a tendency to ram his sense of worthlessness into the faces of the other characters is what put me off, as that type of behaviour is usually for attention rather than a cry for help, and because of the show's focus on Shinji, you can imagine how much I wanted to hit him afterwards. It wasn't that I didn't understand, it was just that they failed to depict him as an object of pity, and instead he came across as a whining, self pitying, attention seeking, and generally loathesome person.
As for the other characters, in particular Rei and Asuka, they did get a certain amount of development throughout the series. Unfortunately though, their characters, as well as the rest of the cast, were overshadowed by the mammoth amount of development given to Shinji.
I actually quite enjoyed the concept behind NGE, as it made a nice change of pace. I did, however, have some issues with the convenient deus ex machina of Unit 01, as well as a number of other "coincidences" that were scattered throughout the series.
The story itself isn't all that original, and it has clearly borrowed elements from other sci-fi stories. What made the story seem to be original was the inclusion of psuedo-religious and psuedo-philosophical concepts, as well as the inclusion of "Fruedian" psychology. These formed core elements of the story, so what would have been a standard "save the earth" scenario became a dive into the psyche of the characters. The basic plot is borrowed directly from Space Battleship Yamamoto, and the idea of "young" people protecting the earth was used by Anno himself in Top wo Nerae.
Unfortunately the story breaks down in several places. Anno tried to make a show that merged all perspectives into one single view, and while he managed to achieve this in some measure, he failed because he focused too much on Shinji, to the extent that no other options were ever considered.
Here's what I mean. NERV is a quasi militaristic outfit, and as such, would generally have backup options available to them. The convenient deus ex machina I mentioned earlier effectively removes all chance for anyone else to come to the fore - except for Shinji that is. If the viewer is to believe that an organisation such as NERV was supposed to protect the earth, then they would at the very least, look for other options, especially considering Shinji's character flaws. This would effectively mean that they would have at least some combat veterans or trained soldiers who could handle the EVA units. The use of teenagers as the leads in the show was simply so that it would appeal to the teenage audience.
Another area where the story breaks down is in it's use of religious symbology. Many fans believe that what is shown in NGE is taken directly from religious beliefs, in particular Kabbalism, Judaism and Christianity. While the names used in the show may be true to those religions though, in many cases the manner in which the reference is used is actually based on Anno's own definition, rather than the religious viewpoint (something for which Anno has been heavily criticised).
In truth, The religious symbology used in the show was only really used to give the series an edge over other "giant robot" anime (i.e. Macross, Gundam, etc), and all of the various interpretations since have been ascribed to it by the viewers rather than the creators (something which is very well documented).
One big plot hole that I noticed, and one that should have been obvious to most people as well, was Shinji's isolationist attitude, and Gendou's reaction to it. It's obvious to any who've watched the series that Gendou feels little sympathy towards Shinji, however due to that convenient plot device using Unit 01 I mentioned earlier, Gendou needs Shinji to pilot the EVA unit. So, what you effectively have is the leader of a militaristic organisation who feels little for others, and a teenager with supposed mental instabilities. This being the case, why wasn't Gendou forcibly dosing Shinji with meds to make him more compliant? If your purpose is to protect the earth and it's people from attack by extremely powerful beings, and you're basically a selfish person with your own agenda, then conscience or paternal instincts don't come into it, you simply do what's necessary, no matter what anyone else says.
It's interesting that the whole "psychology" angle is only really supposed to apply to Shinji, isn't it? Characters like Gendou have been "toned down" because their actions would have drawn too much attention to themselves, another convenient plot device.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a tough show to rate. According to Anno, if you're a normal, well rounded person then you won't learn anything from the show. While this may be true in some cases, the things that one can learn from the show are juvenile at best. Many of the older fans of NGE have a tendency to view the show through the rose tinted lenses of nostalgia, and while this is not a bad thing, it inhibits the ability to view the show objectively. Many of the younger fans, on the other hand, are fiercely loyal to the show, and have a tendency to react harshly to any criticism of the show. The unfortunate side effect of this is that the show has gained a certain notoriety that it could have done without, and many people who watch the show for the first time, do so with certain preconceived notions already embedded in their heads.
NGE is one of those shows that could have been great. Unfortunately the glaring flaws in the plot, coupled with the lack of develpment amongst the other characters in comparison to Shinji meant that I, at least, only found the show to be mediocre. NGE was a let down for me as I am a big fan of Top wo Nerae, the show that is effectively the older sibling to NGE (and is considered by quite a few people to be the superior show).
I'm not going to suggest anyone watches the show, as that is a decision you should make for yourself. Likewise the choice of whether you love it or hate it is something that only you can decide. The only thing I can say about the show is that, when watching it, be as objective as you can.
NGE is no Top wo Nerae by any measure, but it is a classic. Unfortunately, it really isn't Anno's best work, and the rebuild is making the same errors all over again.
And here's the review that originally graced this page. It's a bit bilious and lowbrow, but it served it's purpose - which contrary to what you may think wasn't to simply to upset the "hardcore" fans.
Okay, I'm REALLY going to upset a lot of you out there with this review.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most mediocre animes I have EVER seen.
I watched this when it first came out, and I wasn't overly impressed with it to say the least.
The story is okay. The idea of earth being assaulted by unknown, quasi-supernatural/technological beings is one that has been handed down through the years, the most famous example being The War of the Worlds (which wins hands down by the way).
The animation was actually one of the few plus points for this anime. The art style and use of colour made this attractive to many when it was first released. The sound was also of a high standard, and the catchy J-pop intro jingle was forcibly lodged into many peoples craniums.
Now we get to the good part - the characters.
Ayanami Rei was okay as a character, but what on earth possesses everyone to raise Ikari Shinji to almost godlike status? The guy is biggest loser in anime (with the exception of Makoto for School Days - Nice Boat), and one of the biggest losers I have even seen in ANY story since Thomas Covenant. I honestly found myself wishing he was a real person so I could smack some sense into him. I've heard it mentioned that he is the most realistic character in the anime, and I have to wonder what planet the people who say such things were born on. I mean honestly.
Okay, rant over, here's why this character is THE MAIN REASON why this anime was mediocre. NERV is a military organisation whose SOLE objective is the protection of the planet, by whatever means. This being the case, WHY THE HELL is Ikari Shinji the main focus of the story? He doesn't want to pilot an EVA, and doesn't want to fight. Any self respecting organisation WOULD HAVE FOUND SOMEONE MORE WILLING AND MORE ABLE to do the job. There's such a fuss over how special Shinji is, but surely with 6 billion people on the planet there would be someone better equipped for the job.
But I understand the anime only had so much budget so they couldn't really conduct a global search.
The most believable character is Asuka Langley Soryu, as her reaction to Shinji's ineptitude and cowardice is similar to that of any reasonable person.
I'm not going to mention enjoyment as I've already made it clear that this was mediocre at best.
This wasn't Hideaki Anno's best work by far. Top wo Nerae (Gunbuster), was a far superior sci-fi anime, and the characters were MUCH more believable. The story for Top wo Nerae beats Neon Genesis Evangelion hands down.
As for his other works, watch Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (KareKano or His & Her Circumstances). Hideaki Anno proved his talent with this anime, and Top wo Nerae, so I can only assume he was suffering from dementia when Evangelion was written.
A suggestion if I may, to end this rant. If you want emotion, trauma, passion, a great story, and all the rest, then watch some of the following animes:
Flanders no Inu (movie)
Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid
NHK ni Youkoso!
Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou
Top wo Nerae
Grave of the Fireflies
There's a lot more that fit the bill. Watch them, then re-watch evangelion and see if it has the same feeling it did before (I would advise removal of the fluffy pink clouds of nostalgia in your head before rewatching).
Some of you are probably wondering why I wrote this review if I dislike the show so much. The reason is simple. I'm sick to death of seeing the show aired on the various channels that show anime, and I'm even more fed up with the fact that newcomers to anime are indoctrinated by magazines and other people into liking this piece of tripe, especially when there are far superior animes out there that rarely get mentioned anywhere.
I'm going to end this review here. I'm not going to tell you all not to watch this. I just hope that this review makes you consider what actually IS good in anime.
I hope I haven't upset you all too much. read more
Note: this review is spoiler free.
Hugely experimental and wonderfully unique, Evangelion is a roaring success.
The basic, initial, plot goes thus: a 14-year-old boy named Shinji is called to NERV (an organization charged with defending mankind from extinction, no less) by his estranged, seemingly cold and calculating father. There, his fathers' first words are an order to pilot an immense robotic machine, the titular Evangelion, and fight against the monster that's attacking Tokyo-3, the city under which NERV has it's headquarters. These illusory 'monsters' are called Angels and are seemingly invincible - traditional weaponry, even in the year 2015, has minimal effect upon them. Only the Eva 'biomechs', which can be piloted solely by certain selected 14-year-olds can stop them. This [i]is[/i] merely the basic, initial premise of the series. As it goes on, everything gets a lot more complicated; There's a metric ton of mystery, suspense, twists and turns in Evangelion's plot, all routinely thought-provoking and intensely interesting.
The characters are excellent. This is an important point as the series is more about them than about the Angels or NERV. Shinji Ikari is one the most believable and genuinely sympathetic character ever conceived in anime. Though some would complain that Shinji is overtly emotional and annoyingly so. But, really, no one wants Shinji to become the 'Hollywood hero' and save the day with a smile on his face - no such human could ever really exist, and studio Gainax understand this and apply it perfectly to the series. Shinji's mental struggle is dealt with effectively by Hideki Anno, through the use of complex monologues and largely successful experimental cinematic techniques. Asuka and Rei, the other chosen children, are both polar opposites and ingenious characters. Both develop a great deal in a very interesting way throughout the series, and this character exploration and growth is at the heart of Evangelion.
The design aspects are wonderfully unique - the Evas themselves are strikingly colourful and the Angels are attention grabbing and memorable with many towering over Tokyo-3's skyscraper. The Angels appear in many different forms (one Angel takes the form of a gargantuan, blue diamond while another is too small to be seen with the naked eye and acts as an organic virus, crippling NERV's computer system) which helps Eva avoid the repetitve "Monster of the Week" format and keeps the action aspect of the series consistently fresh and enjoyable. Judeo-Christian references are famous (or rather, infamous) in Evangelion and despite widespread condemnation, I am of the firm belief that the symbolism is never obnoxious, and always evocative and visually shocking. It must be noted these references are usually fairly shallow, but they make you sit up and take notice of the deeper meaning in the series as a whole. Animation is crisp and clear for the platinum re-mastering that I watched, and I hasten to add that this re-mastering is only version of Eva worth buying. Visuals are regularly stunning and scenes from this series will surely stay with you forever. The regular provocative imagery is often times shocking and sometimes awe-inspiring. The image of a crippled Rei, bleeding and covered in bandages in the first episode provides the first real shock of the series. Such imagery contrasts with the visual gags present throughout - a toothpick container obscuring Shinji's nether regions in episode 2 being one of the most memorable.
The music is, much like the rest of Eva, superbly memorable. It excels at setting the right mood and tone, using inspirational trumpets to highlight Asuka and Shinji's success in battle, and nuanced reflective tunes to convey the character of Rei. The OP is among my favourites of all time and you'll not tire of hearing it throughout the 26 episodes of the series.
The final two episodes are controversial (more controversial than the rest of the series at least!) because they are both the peak of experimental Eva. While I certainly wouldn't call them "bad", they are frustratingly unsatisfying as an ending. Thankfully, the subsequent movie release titled 'End of Evangelion' rectifies this with bombastic aplomb. EoE - which essentially tells the story of what happens in eps. 25 and 26, but this time outside of Shinji's mind - is truly magnificent, and definitely lives up to the sky high standards set in the series, and perhaps even exceeds them. As well as being one of the greatest anime movies ever made, EoE gives the series an extraordinary conclusion.
I haven't even mentioned the dub, the pacing or the sound effects, but rest assured that they are all of a fantastic standard. Overall, I think this series deserves it's iconic status - it's easily one of the absolute best TV series (anime or otherwise) that I've ever seen. Every single episode is nothing less than a masterpiece and an utter joy to watch. I whole heartedly recommend Neon Genesis Evangelion. It is imperative that you watch this anime!
People have been fighting over the merits of Neon Genesis Evangelion since its conception, engaging in an endless bloody war to decide whether or not the series is a masterpiece or overly-pretentious filth. Writing a review for Evangelion is pretty much just adding fuel to the fire, giving one side or another some extra ammo with which to demolish the opinions of the opposition. For that reason, I've decided to do something different with my Evangelion review. I'm actually going to write two reviews, one heralding Evangelion as a masterpiece and the other condemning it as mediocre bilge. I've put my full effort into both of them, trying to make each compelling. I believe that both reviews get down to the essence of why people either love or hate the show, and the goal is to let anyone pondering whether they should pick up this giant of the medium to really understand what they're getting into and whether or not it sounds appealing to them.
Without further ado, I present Neon Genesis Evangelion: Critic & Fanboy.
**The following review will explain why Neon Genesis Evangelion is overrated garbage.**
Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most popular anime of all time. It's shaped the entire medium for decades, inspiring countless other shows through its characters, story, and ideas. Many people have called it the "greatest anime ever made" and a "triumph". Its protagonist, Shiji Ikari, has been on the top of many character lists, and its ending is infamous. Most times when someone starts criticizing Evangelion they are promptly told that they just "don't understand what it's trying to achieve". Well, let me begin by saying this: I understand exactly what Evangelion was trying to achieve, I just think that it executes this attempt very poorly. Evangelion is a mecha show, yes, but it's really about the internal struggles of the characters: most noticeably depression, fear of rejection, and sense of self. It's attempting to criticize the anime crowd by telling them that they're filling their lives with hollow escapism as a substitute for meaningful human interaction, but it's also just trying to tell people in general that they have value as an individual and whatnot. But before we get into how it fails in this regard, let's talk about the more superficial stuff. Let's talk about the plot.
See, Evangelion seems to have the idea that if it's "meaningful" enough it doesn't matter if it doesn't have a well put-together story. If it discusses important ideas, its story can be a mess. Well, half of this is true: the story IS a mess. The premise assumes that only 14-year-old children can pilot giant robots. Why? Never touched on. Okay, so any 14-year-old in the world will do, right? Nope, it has to be the guy who's spearheading the whole project's son, who is also conveniently unwilling to do it. Why not find someone more willing and trained? Well, because his synchronization rates are off the charts, of course. Sounds like an awful lot of insanely contrived nonsense to me. To top it off, Shinji's dad hates him to make sure he has issues with opening up, although this is never explained either. It seems like if the fate of the world was going to be entrusted to my son, I would want to, you know, make sure he was emotionally stable even if I didn't like him. After setting off this ridiculous premise the show devolves into bland monster-of-the-week with minimal development for about half of its run, throws in some totally meaningless religious symbolism, bends the world around Shinji's problems more than SAO bends around Kirito, and then proceeds to turn all of its characters into tools for its single-minded purpose before ending with a slideshow of photographs of lamps and concept art with dialogue over top.
See, here's the thing. If I wanted someone to explain to me the philosophy behind the hedgehog's dilemma or to tell me that I needed to open up to other human beings, I could just consult wikepedia or go see a therapist. The reason I'm watching a TV show instead is because by using a story with elements that get me invested and characters that I can relate to it allows me to understand what I could have learned at face-value anywhere. I learn because I care. Evangelion, however, forgets this. It seems to think that if it just spews enough philosophy at the viewer that that will do the trick. Why should I care what the show is telling me? Because here's the thing: the ending isn't gibberish. It does mean something, it means something very specific. But it still fails completely because it fails to convey that in a way that engages the audience or demonstrates it through the use of a story. It abandons the story and gets all up in your face instead, and this ruins the impact and renders everything its saying unimportant.
Well then, what does the show accomplish? Sure, it has some nice action sequences, but these come at the expense of a lack of budget later in the show. The soundtrack is pretty standard, with some of the pieces even being pretty blatant ripoffs from other places (one person once showed me how one of the battle themes is nigh identical to a 007 song), and all we're really left with to convey what the show is trying to convey is the characters.
The characters from Evangelion get a lot of praise. Many consider them to be the greatest cast of all time. Shinji Ikari, wonder boy, has been tugged around as the epitome of male protagonists, and others like Asuka and Rei laid down the foundations for their archetypes. Let's talk about all three, one at a time.
Rei - Rei is a failed experiment. She was originally created by Anno (the director) as a way to demonstrate to the Otaku fanbase that their best girls and waifus were actually just emotionless unresponsive dolls that would never provide them with anything real. The sentiment is one thing, but the fact of the matter is it doesn't matter what Anno wanted to convey, what matters is the result of what he created. Rei actually became the very thing she was created to destroy, and was one of the most popular waifus ever made. She reinforced the idea she was meant to take down. Rei is an absolute disaster.
Asuka - Asuka is very nearly the origin of the tsundere. The trope may have existed before her, but she defined it and made it popular. The problem is, Asuka really isn't that well-written. It doesn't matter what ideas she was used to expressed, the fact of the matter is that the consistency of her character is weak and by the end she, along with many other characters, has been converted into a tool to be used by Anno to make his points. She ceases to feel like a person of her own, and exists only to reinforce the ideas conveyed by Shinji.
Shinji - The man himself, attacking Shinji's character is considered pretty taboo. However, in truth, Shinji is simply pretty mediocre. His character exists to repeat the same few ideas over and over ad naseum, and he receives very little characterization outside of this. By the end of the show almost everything we know about Shinji can be boiled down to "he's afraid of rejection", "he has daddy issues" and "he struggles with self-value and sense of self". While this is great and all, there's more to people than just their deep-seated issues and Shinji fails to display that.
So with all this in mind, what on earth sets Evangelion apart? What has kept the fanbase so alive and vocal for these twenty years while nearly everything else made around the same time has fallen into obscurity? I believe the answer is pretty simple: intensity. The ideas in Evangelion aren't unique. They're in plenty of other anime, portrayed in more well-developed and creative ways, but Evangelion drowns all of those out by being really goddamn loud about what it's saying. Its characters are screaming, crazed people. Its production is a wildly fluctuating mess. Its emotional intensity is unmatched, and it uses this to grab peoples attention and cause them to feel as if it is "raw" or "real" when really it's just very noisy. Neon Genesis Evangelion may be one of a kind, but that doesn't mean that it's some sort of incomprehensible masterpiece. It just means that its a broken, twisted thing that takes some pretty straightforward ideas and yells them until people pay attention, rarely managing to convey them in any powerful way. It's preachy, poorly-constructed, and will hopefully gradually fade into obscurity so that people stop having to feel as though they're obliged to watch it only to be told that they don't "get" it.
**And on the flip side, the following will explain why Neon Genesis Evangelion is an inspirational masterpiece, worthy of standing the test of time.**
Neon Genesis Evangelion: the words that can spark conflict amongst anime fans almost instantaneously, like pouring water on sodium. Many people believe that this medium giant is overrated, outdated, or simply not a very good show. Some people even deeply loathe it, frustrated with its convoluted presentation and rabid fanbase. Personally, however, the show is one of my favorites. I believe it continues to be relevant for a reason. I believe that Neon Genesis Evangelion has achieved what no show before or after it has managed, and perhaps what no visual medium has ever accomplished.
Neon Genesis Evangelion manages to truly capture the feelings of doubt, isolation, existential dread, and desire for human connection that come with being alive. It manages to express them in a way that is powerful enough to replicate the monumental weight that these matters place on us, and it manages to provide a simply, bittersweet yet beautiful answer to them.
The first thing you should know about Evangelion is that at face-value it isn't perfect. It has pacing issues, budget issues, and cracks in its plot that plague it all throughout its run. It seems to change moods quickly in its first half, and it doesn't always seem to care about all of the threads of its creation. However, I firmly believe that a polished version of the show would not be as effective. It's because it's so messy that it manages to draw you in. That messiness is relatable. The world is a confusing, difficult place, and so is Evangelion. Likewise, as it progresses into its second half and the internal struggles of its beautifully-crafted characters begin to swell up inside them and consume them, the show shifts its focus to accommodate this because that's what it feels like to the characters. The internal battles they are fighting are all-consuming things, far more important than what is happening at NERV headquarters, and the show demonstrates this by allowing the inner workings of their minds to consume the show itself and show you first-hand how much this matters to them.
The entire show manages this, actually. It takes such simple internal yet universal conundrums and inflates the scale of them, making them feel larger than life in the forms of giant, gruesome robots and bizarre alien beings. The plot becomes insane and messy, with schemes and scale intensifying constantly to keep up with the messiness of the character's minds. Evangelion takes these all-important ideas and it shows that, using its rather cliched premise to demonstrate that it understands just how huge these issues feel to people. It does this in a way that nothing else does, drilling down to the cores of its characters and its audience and digging up the things that seep poison into their hearts. Evangelion lays people bare, it strips them down, it shows them that it understands them and then it tells them what they can do.
By people, of course, I mean both the audience and the characters, but since I can't give you an analysis of the audience allow me to take a moment to talk about the characters. There are three central characters that make up the cast, playing off each other perfectly: Rei Ayanami, Asuka Langely, and Shinji Ikari. Each of them serves a distinct purpose in the narrative and I want to take some time to talk about each of them.
Rei - Rei is the doll character, a stoic figure lacking emotions that has been repeated over and over again since her conception in all manner of shows. In Evangelion, however, she serves a very specific purpose. Rei demonstrates to Shinji what he is. Because she's a doll, she responds in whatever way she is treated, and showing her kindness will elicit kindness in return. Essentially, she is a mold-able personality, a person that will be whatever you want them to be for you. Through Shinji's interactions with her she demonstrates both that the concept of such a being (oftentimes taking the form of a significant other from a TV show in our world) is disgusting, and that Shinji will not be able to find the sense of acceptance and connection that he desires from her. She's not accepting Shinji because of who he is, she's accepting him because she'll accept anyone.
Asuka - Asuka is practically the origin of the modern tsundere archetype, with the unfortunately truth being that it's an archetype that was mastered at its conception and has not been challenged since. Asuka provides two very important facets to the series: firstly, she's a character to foil Shinji and reject him. She's a very distinct personality of her own, and her coldness towards Shinji stems from who he is. Shinji is forced to confront the harsh reality that if he opens up to her she will likely hurt him, and has to decide whether that is worth it regardless. On the other hand, Asuka is an amazing character in her own right. She struggles with many of the central themes of the series herself, loathing herself for not being good enough and trying to discover who she is when the aspects that she decided defined her come crumbling down.
Shinji - I've already mentioned him a hundred times in this review, but here he is: Shinji Ikari, the naked heart of the human race. Shinji pretty much is Evangelion, and most if not all of the show's messages are conveyed through him. Over the course of the show he becomes more and more withdrawn into his own mind, struggling to come out of his closely-guarded heart and actually express himself to the world. He wants to be wanted for who he is, not because he's useful, or because he's any person. He wants to be cared for because he's himself, because he's an individual, because of what makes him him. It's something that every human on this planet desires, and no one demonstrates it better than Shinji Ikari.
As the show culminates into a surreal journey into the minds of the characters, some people complain about the convoluted nature of the execution or that the ending of the show is only pretending to be meaningful. I assure you this is not the case. It may be jarring, yes, but if you pay attention you'll find that you're observing the most important decision in the world being made. All of the literal world falls away, because in comparison to what is going on inside the minds of our protagonists such a world is unimportant. That is the world through which one can express one's self, but Evangelion is more concerned with what is one's self. Evangelion is concerned with what makes you you and me me, and why the two of us talking and conveying our thoughts and becoming closer is the most important thing in the world, not in spite of the fact that we can never truly know each other but because of it. It's an infinitely important idea, and Neon Genesis Evangelion takes it on like no other.
If you haven't seen this masterpiece yet, I can only urge you to watch it. After all, you are a person, and Evangelion is about people. It knows them. It understands them on a level that nothing else does. It draws you in with its gritty, alluring story full of mysteries and its utterly unique mecha designs, it captivates you with its constantly creative enemies and lucrative fighting techniques, and then it shows you what it means to be human. It's one of a kind, and I can't encourage you enough to give it a try. read more
Time to travel back to the mid 1990s and evaluate one of the most influential anime of the last quarter century! Evangelion was once hailed as the deepest anime to ever exist. The random references to Gnostic Christianity, Jungian psychology, cross shaped explosions, and inclusion of classical music was seen as the very zenith of intelligence in anime. Eventually this caused a massive backlash and much like its fellow 90s hit, American beauty, internet critics attempted to push it off the pedestal and into the mud. It became all the rage to bash Eva for being pretentious and even the writer/director, Hideaki Anno, said that most of the symbolism was totally pointless. Anno stated that he "hated most of the fandom, and that Eva had become the most overrated anime in history." Of course Anno does suffer from clinical depression and tends to be extemely self depreciating much like his protagonist Shinji. Although it doesn't have quite the critical acclaim it once did, the bashing has calmed down and Eva is currently going through a positive reassessment by the anime viewing public.
The story and its characters:
The story of Eva is simple on the surface at least. Aliens come to Earth and kids must pilot giant robots in order to stop them. We have seen this in countless anime and sentai shows right? What Eva did was rather brilliantly deconstruct this concept and show why emotionally fragile teenagers being given giant robots and told to save humanity would be a TERRIBLE idea. Eva is known for its many plot twists and ambiguity that leaves itself open to viewer interpretation. This is especially true for End of Evangelion and its ending, but it applies to the original ending as well. One problem many had with the original series and a reason for the many reboots was the highly limited animation budget during the second half of the series. It is a true story that Studio Gainax actually blew almost the entire budget on the first half, so that resulted in later episode scenes such as the infamous 10 minute escalator scene. The ending 2 episodes had so little budget left over that they are basically like watching a powerpoint presentation for an intro to philosophy class at your local community college! I'm not joking, that's exactly what it is! One thing Eva did well that can't be denied was that Anno really bared his soul with us and showed us the depths of his depression and his angst. Anno claims he created the series to cope with the death of his mother. This was massively ambitious for a 1995 shounen. Eva pushed the boundaries in shounen and allowed psychological drama in anime to become more main stream. Before Eva, most shounen protagonists were plucky and happy go lucky like Goku from DBZ. By making Shinji a whiny kid with Freudian issues, Anno was reinventing the Shonen hero. This actually turned out to be a brilliant move because lonely and awkward Otaku could identify with Shinji and empathize in a way that they couldn't with the invincible Kenshiro or Goku. This empathy that viewers felt, made him an original and moving protagonist for the then rather stagnant Shounen genre. In one interview a kid famously asked Anno what Rei was like because we see so little of her personality. Anno being... Anno responded that she doesn't have a personality because she is a poorly written character by a terrible author. However, Rei's extremely mysterious nature and good looks made her one of the most beloved anime heroines of all time. In Japan she was known as "the premium girl" because figurines of her sold so well (despite the fact that this disgusted Anno). Asuka is a bundle of teenage hormones and anger with as many psychological abandonment issues as Shinji. She is brash, loud, and incredibly obnoxious, but the audience still cares about her because the show does such a great job inspiring empathy for her character. Almost all of Eva's characters are psychological basket cases, whose very dysfunctionality makes them that much more interesting.
art, music, and technical stuff:
The opening theme is ranked among the greatest in anime history and the rest of the soundtrack is quite good as well. It really fits the atmosphere and amplifies the drama. This is especially true for the rather brilliant use of classical music, which had been done before in anime like Legend of the Galactic Heroes, but wasn't common or main stream in 1995. The art and animation in the first half of the series was spectacular and put Studio Gainax on the map. Eva is a very well made show from a technical view and still quite impressive in its art and animation even 20 years later.
my final thoughts:
If you are reading this and somehow haven't seen Eva yet, I suggest you go forward knowing that it is flawed, but that it also has a lot of things it does well. It was a series that dared to be different, and had some real ambition. Yes, at times it could be pretentious, superficial, and just plain silly, but that doesn't erase the contributions that Eva made to anime as a genre and shonen in particular. I award Eva with a 7/10.
PS. If you like psychologically damaged characters fighting aliens with giant robots and TONS of religious and philosophy allusions check out Xenogears for PS1 and the Xenosaga trilogy for the PS2. It is basically Eva...only better. Just be aware that these games can get EXTREMELY pricey especially Xenogears and Xenosage Episode 3: Also Sprach Zarathustra. read more
Young people fight battles against powerful beings they don't understand, for reasons they don't understand. suffering steadily increases as the story progresses. Surreal landscapes are experienced.
They both masterfully deconstruct some of the most popular tropes for their respective genre and have a lot of other things in common as well, such as the mindfuck factor. Both have easily become cult, blockbuster anime of iconic value for the whole industry. Perhaps if you liked Eva, chances are very high that you're going to like Puella Magi too, unless you absolutely hate moe/mahou shoujo.
Similarities between these two are simply innumerable. Symbolism, violence, growing tension, aim for the utter genre deconstruction — that's just the top of an iceberg. A close look at the storyline and character personalities suggests that Madoka creators were deliberately (and more than successfully) making a «mahou shoujo Evangelion». UPD. Well, looks like they didn't content themselves with just yet another NGE. There's MUCH more to MSMM than that…
Both are deconstruction of its genre with apocalyptic story line. All character has psychological depth and struggles, and develops as story goes on.
And, both does have dreams. But, there is no hope.
Both NGE and Madoka★Magica are dark, thought-provoking deconstructions of their respective genres ("mecha" for NGE and "mahou shoujo" for Madoka). Both involve deep character and story analyses that concentrate on elements in their respective genres and evolve past the prerequisite stereotypes into something groundbreaking. All-in-all, both of these shows will change the way one views anime in the future~
Both have 14 years adolescents which leave their normal life to enter in some supernatural fight which claims to threaten the world. They are the only hope for the humanity now.
Both characters are unique and their feelings are well expressed in both animes.
Both animes surpass all of the same main genre in a more adult, complex, more emotive and human form.
Seems that Madoka got some inspiration in NGE too since the end and some death scenes feels similar. NGE is more philosophical and have 'gorer' scenes although.
The action scenes of both are great and both have great soundtrack behind.
Even if you aren't a great fan of both main genres (Magic and Mecha) you may appreciate them, like I did.
-Features an insecure character
-Both are deconstructions of their respective genre (MSMM magical girl, Evangelion mecha)
-Story keeps getting more and more darker as the series progresses
Both are very good anime that deal with the deconstruction of a popular genre. While Evangelion first seems like a typical mecha anime and Madoka seems like a typical Mahou Shoujo, they end up being quite different from what the viewer expects. They both take a very depressing turn early on and contain plenty of symbolism. Each deals with young children who are forced to fight to protect the world and how they deal with this responsibility.
They are both about a main character who is very reluctant to push forward, or do anything for that matter.
As each show progresses, the main character is pushed towards something neither wants to do. The outer influences on the characters play more into their suffering rather than convincing to do their roles. So if you like a hesitant main character, do watch Madoka.
There is more to them than meets the eye.
While Neon Genesis Evangelion may seem like boring mecha "monster of the week" show, Madoka Magica may appear as fluffy and naive mahou shoujo. Well, if you think that, you have been trolled successfully. Evangelion and Madoka are both stories that focus on characters' psyche and the way they (can't) handle problems that would have been extremely difficult even for adults... And they are kids.
Madoka and Shinji are quite similar protagonists, mainly in thei desire to be recognized and useful.
Even supporting characters in both anime are really well fleshed out.
All in all, if you want to watch good anime that stretches borders of it's own genre, watch Madoka or Evangelion. In my opinion, you should see both.
If you're looking for amazing shows that deconstruct and utterly subvert the mecha and mahou shoujo genres, look no further than NGE and MSMM. Because it doesn't get any better than these. Under the guise of ostensibly happy-go-lucky settings, both shows take a dramatic serious turn as they explore the psyches of children who are thrust into life-threatening situations, and why they are unsuited for being there. Very dark themes are prevalent and developed very thoroughly in both. And suffice it to say, the directors for both these series have the balls to execute a truly unorthodox, wonderful ending (in the case of Evangelion, I'm referring to the movie). Both are absolutely must watch.
A deeper look at the character's psyche is present in both shows and both are also subversions of their respective genres (Eva for mecha, Madoka for magical girl).
Both are dark genre deconstructions that make it perfectly clear that children are not suited to risking their lives in battle.
To be honest, I thought no one has noticed the odd similarity between the two, to my surprise there are a TON who have.
Both shows are frequently cited as top-notch deconstructions of their respective genres. They directly deal with psychological concepts (NGE does this to a broader extent while Madoka is more laid back) and they thematically and characteristically parallel each other.
On the surface, they use self-deprecating protagonists who inexplicably happen to be vessels of massive change, but a deeper look reveals more subtleties and nuances to both series.
NGE chooses to convey its numerous themes/references expressed in recurrent dialectics while Madoka prefers to do it in a more subtle way.
A huge part of both series heavily rely on viewer interpretation, especially in the case of NGE.
Both anime are dark deconstructions of popular genres. Evangelion deconstructs the mecha genre and takes a hard, psychological look at what it means for children to fight in a war. Madoka similarly takes on the magical girl genre, with each episode becoming more and more disturbing as the charming scenario is slowly revealed to be far more dark than anyone realized.
- They are both dark deconstructions of anime genres that are typically aimed at a younger audience (magical girl for Madoka and mecha for Evangelion)
- There is occasional surrealism (though in the case of Evangelion, it's not so much 'surrealism' as it is 'mind screw')
- They are both hugely popular cult classics among anime fans
- Both contain heavy psychological themes
Just as Eva is a deconstruction of the giant robot genre, Madoka is a deconstruction of the magical girl genre. Both are anime that are intentionally made to appear innocent and cliche on the surface to draw in unsuspecting viewers. Once they have your attention, however, they show their true colors.
I thought I would never see anything as mindbendingly, horrifyingly wonderful as The End of Evangelion... and then along came Madoka. If you enjoyed Evangelion for its psychological themes and brutal, thought-provoking ending, do yourself a favor and watch Madoka Magica.
Madoka Magica is commonly called 'the Evangelion of mahou shoujo', and reasonably so. Both are dark deconstructions of their respective genres that deal heavily with psychology, and human nature. Both feature haunting, beautiful musical scores that are highly expressive. They also both contain much symbolism, much of which is based on religious (mostly Christian) backgrounds, though there's much more in Evangelion. They also both have beautiful and sometimes blood-curdling artwork.
The lead characters (Madoka and Shinji) share some similarities as well.
*Both are highly recommended.
Both of which have a very dark plot and teens who are sent to deal with supernatural creatures.
Both are much darker deconstructions of typical anime genres (Mecha/Magical Girl) and focus around messed up kids going insane.
Being a magical girl and using your powers to fight evil. Or piloting a giant mecha and protecting the Earth from an alien onslaught. Doesn't it sound like fun? Well, it's not really all that fun for the kids in these series.
Shouldering a very heavy responsibility - the fate of the world - and the emotional trauma that can come from that. Being different from the other children, and not necessarily in a good way; and how their newfound powers can affect the people around them. These are some of the themes explored in both works. Moreover, they also explore the fundementals of human nature and whether humanity and dreams are worth sacrifice.
Both series are dark, thought-provoking deconstructions of their respective genres. Completely redefining their genre, they have set the norm for what other shows aspire to become - revolutionary masterpieces.
Apart from what everyone said about the way both are deconstructions of their respective genres, what really made me compare Madoka to Evangelion was how the protagonists are being tricked by more powerful forces (NERV and Kyuubey) and when they discover the real purposes of what they're doing their minds can't take it. The approach of NERV and Kyuubey is pretty similar. Plus, I couldn't help but compare Rei to Homura and Asuka to Kyouko.
Not at all similar to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica in terms of plot or animation style, but does share strong similarities in the sense of both series being "deconstruction" anime, to an extent.
Both are deconstructions of popular genres and troupes exhibiting characters fighting against entities they don't truly understand but carry on doing so and emphasise on the psychological factor heavily. Suffering, psychological turmoil and the characters' emotional turbulence are cleverly depicted throughout the series and gradually builds up.
Both have the same "everything is a lie" kind of story.
"With great power comes great responsibility".
Like Evangelion, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica examines the psychological nature of being granted power at an early time in life. Like Evangelion, Madoka offers thought provoking dialogue and superb characterization.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is to Magical Girls as
Evangelion is to Mecha
Both series redo their genre. Eva added psychological aspects to the mecha genre, took chliche's away and made it something unique.
Madoka did the same with magical girl genre. It added more dark vibe to it, and it's of course more serious than other shows similar to it.
These are two heavily psychological & philosophical genre deconstructions filled with controversial & polarizing characters and storylines, despair, death, etc., moreso than is typical for the mecha and mahou shoujo genres. Madoka Magica was clearly influenced by Evangelion - there are even individual scenes parallel each other. The protagonists for each series have a few similar personality traits. People who are sick of typical mahou shoujo and mecha tropes will probably enjoy these shows.
Both series beautifully deconstruct their respective genres and gives the audience an extreme dosage of mindfuck.
Both shows are a deconstruction of the genre they're part of (Madoka deconstructs the magical girl genre while Evangelion deconstructs the mecha genre). Both shows are really dark and have a lot of philosophical elements to them.
Madoka Magica is to magical girl anime what NGE was to super robot anime, a sometimes cruel and fascinating deconstruction of their respective genres.
Both of the series are major influences of the anime industry, as they both deconstructed their specific genre. Madoka Magica deconstructed the Magical Girl genre while Neon Genesis Evangelion deconstructed the Mecha genre. They both completely changed the aspects of their specific genre and re-shaped many cliches. We can consider Madoka Magica as the "The Evangelion of the Magical Girls" as they both focus on the main characters' fighting against something that they do not know of, in order to protect others, while dealing with their psychological emotions. Both series presents a light and calm atmosphere in the beginning before they descend into an atmosphere of struggles and darkeness. I strongly recommend these two animes, as they are both masterpieces!
Both are excellent and relentless deconstructions on anime. Mecha and shonen for EVA and magic girls for MSMM. Both get progressively weirder and both have strong developed casts.
Much like Evangelion did to the mecha genre, Madoka Magica takes the magical girl genre and deconstructs it brutally complete with depressed heroes and morally ambiguous leaders.
Both animes do a stunning job of completely turning their respective genres (mecha & magical girl) completely on their heads. The characters also have a similar crisis: They must fight against something they do not understand for unknown reasons and they all suffer greatly. They are both very psychological.
Besides being strongly psychological ones (with emphasis on adolescence period), both are based on philosophy: Evangelion - individualism vs. collectivism; Madoka - yin-yang/balance of the World. The two are about growing up of ~14 year old brats, only with different gender.
like neon genesis evangelion, puella magi madoka magica is also a deconstruction of a very popular genre, the magical girl genre they both also have excellent plots with plenty of twists and they both have main characters that react realistically to stressful situation.
Controversial Plot, Religious References, dark universe.... The two share many characterisitcs and and have the same level of quality. That is, both are masterpieces.
While one is mecha and one has magical girls, both have characters who seek help from powerful forces they do not comprehend, to fight against forces they do not understand, and for reasons they do not know. Both become darker and darker as hopelessness begins to fester.
In short, both these series take a staple genre of anime that many people grew up on and turn that genre on its head and inside-out in dark and convoluted ways.
Sad and atmospheric, MM and Eva seem to tackle similar themes (loneliness, friendship, religion) while sharing the same sense of 'weight' to everything that happens on screen. While premises are as distant as they come, Madoka's pacing and narrative structure remind me a lot of Eva.
Deep characterization, very peculiar use of framing and lighting to convey emotions and relationships, interesting symbolism that warrants rewatch value for both. What's not to love?
Both are psychological shows with a great storyline and both feature teenagers fighting giant monsters.
Let's put it like this:
Neon Genesis Evangelion is equal to dividing by zero
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is equal to infinty^i (i=Imaginary number)
Dont underestimate these shows. Either way, your brain is going to be oozing out of your skull-fucked face holes
These two anime are similar in the sense that they break down stereotypes and bring something refreshing to the viewer.
Both have some unexpected plot twists and very sad moments.
Characters face dreaded circumstances and go through emotional pain.
Evangelion is the main source of inspiration for Rahxephon, many consider it a clone. Evangelion tends to be more complex and intellectual, concentrating on philosophy and psychology while Rahxephon tends to be easier and not so intelligent concentrating on a love story with harem like influences.
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
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.
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.
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.
Considering that RahXephon is made a few years after Eva, it could be considered a rip-off of Evangelion, with similar mecha designs and plot device. Both anime contain mecha action sequences, and heavy focus on psychological, dimentia of the mecha pilots.
The main differences are that rahXephon's MC is not a pussy, and RX focuses way more on romance.
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
Both start off following the monster of the week formula before switching to moving towards a character study route.Both series pull this off quite well in my opinion especially RahXephon.
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)
Gives a very similar feel for most of the series.
Very similar to Rahxephon but has more stuff going on and you actually care about the charcters
While many dismiss RahXephon as being an NGE clone at first glance, if you actually watch the show, you'll note that there's a lot of things in RahXephon that aren't in NGE (and vice-versa). Plus, before Gurren Lagann, RahXephon was the closest thing that the giant mech genre had to a second NGE.
I do believe that NGE did need to happen in order for RahXephon to be created (at least in the form it's in), but there are enough differences between the 2 shows for me to say that RahXephon isn't an NGE clone/rip-off. It's best if you watch one after you complete the other, however (especially since you need to watch the End of Evangelion to get the full story, whereas you don't need to watch the RahXephon movie to get the full story).
Also, whereas NGE focuses more on psychological aspects, RahXephon has a greater focus on music and romance.
An anime inspired on Neon Genesis Evangelion , but unlike it, way better explained, with new and fresh ideas but with the same seriousness, philosophical complexity, social intrigue and critic to politic and religious elements. Overall and in my opinion the ONLY anime able to surpass Evangelion.
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 (?).
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
+ Dark mecha series which give off similar feelings (though NGE is much more consistently dramatic)
+ The mechs are not very normal and are more like humans in some ways even to the point where they bleed and react to human emotions
+ The characters are very similar (Renton, Eureka, Anemone, Talho, and Holland in Eureka 7 are similar to Shinji, Rei, Asuka, Misato, and Gendo in NGE respectively)
+ Characters have psychological breakdowns and the main character has to decide whether to leave or stay
Both anime have very similar characters and similar events in the plot. I actually think Eureka was based off of Rei, they are both teenage girls with blue hair and rarely express emotion in the beginning. Of course, both shows feature mechs that the main characters have to pilot.
Rei and Eureka are very similar characters. They also both use a lot of psychological elements in their story. However, I feel like Eva presents it better.
Eureka 7 is almost literally Evangelion on surfboards. Don't get me wrong, a lot of things are pre-established tropes, especially within the mecha genre, but with E7 it's almost always Eva. Stuff like the alien/robot girl, the living mech, that's normal. But E7 crosses the line with this shit.
>Occasionally, an LFO will be headshot; this will be viewed from the side, with the LFO's black silhouette against a white background. Half a measure will pass, and blood will begin to cartoonishly spray out, a la UNIT01 in her fight with Zeruel.
>In one episode, Renton faces something dark that he had been putting off for a long time. When first confronted with it, however, the cockpit shot zooms in on Renton's face, where his hands are grasping, pulling the skin back. For dramatic effect, Renton's face is viewed through a fish-eye lens, and is highly detailed. He also screams as the camera cuts away, but that always happens, Eva or not. This scene's cockpit perspective almost looks like a shot-for-shot redraw of the beginning of Third Impact in End of Evangelion.
>The series features a light supernatural overtone with heavy sci-fi influence: There's magic, but it's special when it happens. Most things can be explained by science (internally, at least), but there is an ominous feeling of the supernatural even when everything "makes sense."
>Renton is an unlikable bitch that was just like you at 14. Okay, that one doesn't count, that's way too common.
>The villain's primary goal is achieved through the protagonists, but it ends up being a good thing because whatever who cares. Unlike in NGE, where the shadowy goals of SEELE are ambiguous and unclear (with Instrumentality being morally questiobable), Dewey's plans of destroying reality end up being a unanimously agreed good thing. Third Impact involves a giant red orb in both cases. Lewd ensues.
I know that's only three points, but as you watch there's a certain feeling that begins to overtake you as you watch, and it gets painful to continue in parts. If you haven't seen Evangelion, watch E7 first.
Think of NGE as the angst ridden older sibling of E7. They are both mecha anime involving a somewhat pessimistic and introverted protagonist (Shinji more so than Renton), biological mecha and a girl with seemingly no emotions. However, Eureka Seven has a relatively upbeat tone and likeable characters as well as a sweet and happy ending, Neon Genesis is very dark in tone with disturbed and emotionally broken characters as well as a confusing and depressing ending. I would highly recommend both shows
Both are mecha shows that start very plain with the stories only to grow into very complex shows.
With a highly diverse cast that is both well rounded and lovable and a story line that continues to expand and evolve. The classic Evangelion is worth you time if you appreciated the story telling that Gainax can do so well and aren't afraid to think a little.
Same animation studio, similar spontaneous kinds of moments. Both are based around mecha and have out-of-this-world enemies. Just, Gurren Lagann has drills and that lovely yellow moped.
Imagine Evangelion if Shinji finally stops being reluctant, mans up, and kicks the **** out of every thing in his way, and a lot less mindf***ery. That's Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. It is an Incredibly awesome Kick-reason-to-the-curb anime that leaves you so full of energy that you feel like yelling for 2 hours after watching the final battle. Yeah, it's that awesome.
They're both mecha series from Gainax, and that's where the similarities end, but that's really the point. Evangelion is a deconstruction of mecha anime, basically saying, "You know how all those other mecha series made piloting a giant robot look fun? Well I'll show you how miserable it can really be." Gurren Lagann is a reconstruction; a decade later, saying, "You know how those mecha deconstruction series made piloting a giant robot look really awful? Well I'll show you how AWESOME it can really be!" The persistent despair of the former and unshakable optimism of the latter make excellent counterpoints and contrast beautifully.
Both are seminal must-watch mecha series from Gainax. But they are not similar--rather they should be watched because they contrast so well. Whereas TTGL boasts over-the-top action and is an all-around fun show, NGE goes down to the nitty gritty of piloting mechas, and is ultimately psychological and somewhat depressive. Both shows are also complemented by very nicely developed characters.
Evangelion is known for its artistic command of scale and its ability to express a sense of enormity, contrasted with physical and psychological isolation, has yet to be surpassed in all Art. Only Gurren Lagann has transcended the physical sense of scale of Eva. The iconic climax of End of Evangelion may have been influenced by the animation of Macross Plus.
NGE is in many ways the "evil twin" of TTGL. Made by the same production company (Gainax) back in the 1990's, it starts out as a somewhat-normal super-robot show. However, it eventually becomes a brutal deconstruction of the entire super-robot genre. Featuring a pathologically-passive protagonist, his eternally distant father, and a whole cast of other very flawed characters, NGE is just as much a psychological character study as it is an action show. Overall, it is very dark, a total mindscrew, and likely will leave you with a lot of questions and a somewhat uneasy feeling.
I'd recommend watching NGE BEFORE you watch TTGL, because the latter will provide the catharsis you will desperately need after watching the former. Where NGE deconstructs the genre, TTGL REconstructs it gloriously. They should be watched in that order, and not the other way around.
First of all, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is kind of like a parody of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both Series have a protagonist with similar personalities (Simon/Shinji), and both shows have similar looking Mechas (Lazengann/EVA 01).They are both made by Studio Gainax.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is "darker", more serious compared to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. I recommend watching Neon Genesis Evangelion first, then Gurren Lagann.
Both are Gainex mecha anime in which a young teenager must step up to pilot a giant mecha and use it to fight enemies on a colossal scale to save humanity.
Both protagonists are self-conscious boys that fight for their lives in mech battles. One has a role model to reassure him when his self-loathing gets the best of him while the other does not.
It's like Neon Genesis Evangelion but with Shinji actually GETTING IN THE ROBOT most of the time and undergoing hardcore character development into one of the most badass characters EVER. OH AND DRILLS.
GURREN LAGANN IS THE OPPOSITE OF NEON GENESIS.
Ok, you might be confused, as they are opposite there are some similarities, both follow a wimpy push over gifted with a powerful machine and must save the world, but that's where they diverge. While Neon Genesis is a mecha that's very depressing and serious; rooted in heavy themes. TTGL takes a more light hearted and energetic approach to mecha world. Its interesting to see how the series mirror each other, especially since they are both produced by the same company.
Gurren Lagann is a whole different kind of mecha. If you like evangelion but are looking for slightly more modern art and in my opinion a better plot, then Lagann is for you.
I recommend this anime because all their episodes are good, do not have a boring episode is action from beginning to end, is must watch it.
This is how NGE would end up if Shinji had a role model or someone who was with him to guide him while growing up. Definetly better to watch this after Evangelion as you can truly see both paths bad and good in persons development in adolescence.
Both from gainax.
Both involve mechas controlled by humans with purpose to defeat ayyliens.
In both the MC is male that grows his character.
I don't know why, but these series are very similar, at least for me. Main charater is similar to other one. If you watched Neon Genesis Evangelion and liked it, go ahead and watch Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann too.
Both Gainax mecha shows are similar in the sense that they are not similar,let me explain.You see Gurren Lagann is the Cruel Angel's ANTIthesis, it 'undoes' NGE. While NGE is a "subversion" of it's genre and about people who are reluctant, introverted, anxiously, held back by their angst and their inability to live up to their own and everyone else's expectations and mostly fail to actualize themselves, TTGL feels more like a parody of it's genre(not to say it's bad,quite the contrary) and about characters that stare down their anxiety, put their fear behind them, rise up to challenge the stars, and overcome everyone's expectations to pierce the heavens with the power of awesome.
Both are from gainax and have mechas.
Plus, Simon and Shinji are actually similar in a few aspects.
At first glance, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann have very little in common. Yes, both are highly regarded mecha shows, and yes, both were created by studio Gainax. That, however, is pretty much where the similarities end.
Evangelion takes an unforgiving, almost cynical look at the common and widespread premise of many mecha shows - various circumstances forcing teenagers to pilot giant robots in deadly battles. While this wasn't exactly unique at the time, the show deservedly became a classic with its masterful direction and great depth, when exploring the psychology of its cast.
12 years later, TTGL came out, and it was nothing like it. In fact, it was more similiar to Diebuster, another mecha show by Gainax, in its use of over-the-top action and a likeable set of characters. From the beginning, it feels like an antithesis to everything NGE stands for and as it progresses, it executes on this feeling perfectly.
So, have you watched NGE and feel the void after one of the most iconic endings of anime? Do you love it when Gainax goes crazy and brings us a show that exceeds all expectations? Then look no further. Watch Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. You will not regret it.
Many have linked Attack on Titan to Evangelion since long before AoT's anime came to be, for highly spoilerific (NOT MECHA) reasons. To be slightly less vague, Eva deconstructed the feel good / manly / heroic mecha genre with a combination of depression and tragedy. And, to a lesser extent, AoT went against the flow of shounen fighting cliches/tropes enough to make it stand out in the same way. So, both series' differences from the norm makes them comparable, in essence.
Unlike in its manga, near the end (ep24) AoT's anime had Eren act very much like Shinji from Eva: needing a peptalk and FULL EPISODE of agonizing to... do what was required. And - also anime only - then came ep25 with the most obvious Eva reference I've seen: a character standing watching a battle of gigantic proportions, an arm flying off towards him and blood splattering; his reaction being the same non-reaction as Gendo's in Eva.
Whether the AoT anime team did these things well aware of the Eva similarities in order to add more meat to the Eva-AoT argument, I know not. But it isn't the first time a popular anime was referenced: a character does her very best Kira impression in ep23--the director of both Death Note and AoT being one and the same.
Both series revolve around Humanity trying to fight powerful enemies they don't quite understand, and young people are forced to take up the fight. Tragic events are common occurrences. giant humanoids are used to fight. Shingeki likely was heavily inspired by Evangelion.
The humanity is trying to survive an attack of almighty titans, after episode 8 there are more similarities...
Mankind is in the brink of elimination as mysterious creatures suddenly come from unknown origins to end their existence.
The only hope for man is in the hands of a young boy who has the ability to control a power equal to these mysterious creatures.
This power is not easily controlled however as the boy at times allows this ability to go berserk as he encounters emotionally driven situations.
Epic battles occur as the boy controls this power to combat these enormous titans amongst a ruined city.
The question is, am I describing Shingeki no Kyojin or Evangelion?
However, as in my case, if you absolutely love one, you most definitely will love the other. While watching, my mouth was usually down in utter shock throughout each episode with both of these works of art.
Humanity unites against monstrosities. Shingeki feels like Medieval Evangelion sometimes. Evangelion has more depression, Shingeki has more despair.
Both deal with earth being under attack by monsters (titans and angels), both have young people who are tasked with protecting it, the main characters both have difficult relationships with their fathers.
Some unknown origin creatures invaded humanity, both are constantly fighting a losing battle while human trying to survive.
Both series deal with ambiguous creatures that threaten all of humanity, a young protagonist with a connection to said creatures, and have a more of a realistic take on their respective genres.
This seems to already be a popular recommendation, so I"ll be brief:
-giant monsters that have almost wiped out all of humanity.
-organizations set to wipe out those said monsters.
-a lot of plot twists that (more so in SnK's case) leave you hanging in a cruel way.
-utterly messed up and convoluted stories and characters.
They are both anime that have messed up my brain in a good way, and I love Evangelion and Kyojin for that.
Humanity is in despair and they are fighting with the very things they want to kill.
I would go far as to say the Shingeki no Kyojin does have it far share of similarites to Neon Genesis Evangelion. Behind all the window dressing, the to show are quite similar if you think about.
Both stories take place in a post post apocalyptic world meaning the apocalyspe had already has prior to the series start and that the world is slowing rebuilding from said apocalypse and have devise ways against their oppression since. Humanity is own falling legs in spite of oppressive and enigmatic enemy. In Neon Genesis Evangelion the oppressive force is the Angels. In Attack on Titan its the titular Titans.
The main character learns he is the only able to pilot a giant robot. In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji pilots the Eva Unit 01. In Attack on Titan, Eren is able to turn into the Rogue Titan. The Rogue Titan is even introduced very similar to Eva Unit 01 in almost every way. It even goes berserk several times in the story.
Both weapon on the key to turning the tides of the war in their favor.
The two show also have very similar atmosphere being both dark and brooding.
In both series, mankind is in fear of its enemy knowing little to nothing about them. The enemy is numerous and only get stronger after each encounter.
In both series, the character are severely flawed and are by no means ideal.
In both series, the humanity's enemy is not whom they are fighting against but it is themselves.
I say if you like one you are bound to find to something to like in the other.
Both have the same genres
Both have pilots
Both have great osts
Both will make you want more
Both will make you really think
Both are really good
fight for survival of human race, very hard to kill enemies, lost of psychology what do you want more lol
Attack on titan focuses on fighting with superior (Titans) beings and retaking the walls. Neon Genesis focuses by defending their city by superior (Angels) beings from causing 3rd Impatct (end of the world), while neon genesis does character development very well with everyone being depressed, Attack on Titans tries to by brining male tears.
SNK and NGE may have a very different fanbases, but when it comes down to it, there are many things that are similar about these two series.
SNK and NGE are series that both revolve around a young both trying to save his city/town/world from giant monsters. Even though the devices used to destroy these monsters are different (three dimensional maneuver devices in SNK, giant human-operated machines in NGE)
There are also three teenage characters who are pressured to do a lot of risky work in order to save their city/town/world. Although the I believe that that Shinji, Misato, and Rei and better written characters with more complexity and depth to their stories, both series feature strong leads that are (at least in my opinion) the stand out quality of these series and are part of what makes them unique.
The three main characters in each show are very similar. Both main characters have fathers who abandoned them at a young age, and their mother also died when they were young. Both have a group of "monsters" (Titans and Angels) that humans have to fight against in order to survive as a species. Both of these shows are also very dark and psychological.
Both are set in a post-apocalyptic world with enemy's that are far superior in strength to our protagonists with a teenage boy as the lead protagonist. Both anime have strong sets of female characters in it's cast, and the main protagonist's father in both anime shows no interest in their son's lives.
Both of these shows have similar setup where humanity is in danger because of strong enemy that's trying to push humans to extinction. There is mystery behind those attacks.
Action in both shows is exciting and well executed.
Eva and Bokurano deconstruct the mecha genre by adding layers of extremely dark psychological content. Both are highly visceral, the action being centered around children who are forced into a conflict of literally cosmic proportions. In these series the nature of the enemy is ambiguous to the extreme, which makes the whole experience all the more poignant. Eva's latter episodes focus heavily on existential topics, which are replaced in Bokurano with a more psychological approach. The limitless situations the casts are subjected to and the depth of characterization makes these anime masterpieces, with an appeal that goes beyond the giant robot niche.
I think its obiviously..In both some kids must save the world, with a giant robot..But many problems apear in their way.
Both have Mecha's, children's problems are very similar, run a similar issue, they seem to be complement
Fourteen-year-olds with loads of emotional baggage piloting giant robots to protect a world full of people and things that sometimes seem like they might not be worth protecting. They both work the psychological angle nicely and are great if you want to kick your mood down a few notches.
Bokurano is very similar to Evangelion:
- they both have mechas, piloted by teenagers who are, little by little, shown to make extreme actions and decisions
- the protagonists are forced to fight those "sort of unknown" enemies in order to protect/save the Earth, and all of them will pass through a very hard path
Among all this, there's this very strong dark atmosphere over all the serie that will slowly bring both stories towards important and psychological ends similar to eachother.
If you liked one of them, I highly recommend you to watch the another as well, as you might probably like them both.
Several identical points: kids piloting giants robots, with hard and dismal plot; both are psychological too.
Both has robots, epic fights, teen ages fighting for their lives to protect the earth.
Mecha, saving world, people problems
They are both deconstructions of the mecha genre except Bokurano is much darker. Bokurano deals with touchy subjects it is much more realistic in the portrayal of its characters.
Giant mechas fighting giant mechas, depressing atmosphere.
Both series discuss the implications of using child soldiers to protect the world from terrifying, otherworldly beings attacking for an unknown purpose. It doesn't end well for the kids in either case...
They both deconstruct the mecha genre and in both cases places the plot around humanity struggles for survival against a far my sinister being.
Both seem like generic mecha shows at first but turn out to focus on their characters more than the actual mech-battles which adds a psychological aspect to both of them. They're also filled with despair and tragedy.
These two shows have similarities both in themes and setting. They each revolve around troubled youths forced to pilot mechs and defeat enemies for the sake of their world. Both contain psychological and nihilistic themes uncommon to the shounen genre, and both have endings which require immense observation skills to understand and appreciate. Evangelion is more impressive in terms of sound and visuals, despite its age, though if you enjoy one, the other will probably suit your tastes as well.
both are mech deconstructions and very good pschylogical stories
Better version of Evangelion without the generic Dere-types. Bokurano is what NGE wants to be. The psychological aspect in this series is implemented much better than in NGE.
A really well-written and not-forced Drama. Only critic points are the pacing at the beginning and the shitty-looking Mecha fights.
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