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Neon Genesis Evangelion

Alternative Titles

English: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Synonyms: Shinseiki Evangelion
Japanese: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 1995 to Mar 27, 1996
Premiered: Fall 1995
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 18:30 (JST)
Licensors: ADV Films
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.321 (scored by 366,190 users)
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Ranked: #2232
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Popularity: #48
Members: 646,124
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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. 
report Recommended by MangaPancakes
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. 
report Recommended by Polaris
If you like complex thinking, you should watch this. Very psychological. 
report Recommended by PandaPuff
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. 
report Recommended by edwarx
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  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
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. 
report Recommended by bobide
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.  
report Recommended by Nocturnal
When watching revolutionary girl utena, it somehow made me feel like "This is kinda like NGE but for girls" Both have in-depth character analysis implemented somewhere inside the series, and the style of them is similar. Both have metaphors and symbolism, and some parts/things that make you think a bit. However, NGE's Angel fights have been replaced by sword fighting in utena, and there are some other differences aswell, but they have the same feeling when watching, at least near Utena's end. 
report Recommended by Korru
I'm amazed that no one has actually made this recommendation yet. Top wo Nerae is the Onee-chan of NGE by a good seven years. Both are works by Hideaki Anno, but NGE gets all the glory for being more recent (which is a shame in my opinion). Top wo Nerae is a truly groundbreaking, character driven, Sci-Fi anime that is better NGE in many respects. If Top wo Nerae did not exist, then NGE may never have been made... 
report Recommended by Archaeon
Both are in essence intellectual series, exploring the main character's existential conflicts in interesting ways and generally providing an entertaining experience. 
report Recommended by shirai
both have mecha both are deep in different ways and surpass the standard mecha anime  
report Recommended by foreverzerov1
Both have themes about loneliness and are great psychological dramas. If that's what your looking for you should definitely watch NGE. That's only one of many reasons though. 
report Recommended by Strife91
Basically the same coming of age story as evangelion.  
report Recommended by OrangeBLAHBLAH52
in Neon and Guilty Crown the robot and user are really connected, as in when the robot get damage, the user will feel the pain, but in Neon the user will receive the damage that robot has. it's really bloody too 
report Recommended by pakin
VERY similar to Elfen Lied. In fact, one of the only animes I've found to be comparable to the quality of Elfen Lied. Both have very deep psychological roots, both can be dark, and both may take more that one watch to completely understand. 
report Recommended by MaxTehNoob
Hideaki Anno admits that Devilman and Mazinger Z were his biggest influences for Neon Genesis Evangelion. The main protagonist in both anime must fight against evil monsters that are trying to destroy humanity. They both have similar religious and philosophical themes. They are also both action-packed anime as well. If you like one, you may like the other.  
report Recommended by Hellspawn28
Apart from the downright similarities between the characters of these two series, the world buildup has striking resemblance. Humanity is constantly being under attack by an eldritch abomination, and to defeat them, kids are trained to pilot giant mecha structures. The protagonist has some sort of issue that prevents him from piloting once such robot. There is a female lead who wears bright red clothes, and plays a big part with the mental turmoil of our protagonist. Mental depression plays a big part in the protagonist's case, and while Evangelion has a constantly lingering dark aura to it, Darling in the FranXX is a lot brighter  read more 
report Recommended by TahZin
They both deal with mysterious beings trying to destroy humanity, focus more on character development than mech battles, and are somewhat dark in nature. 
report Recommended by An_Idea
The humans are the real invaders of Earth!! That's why a mysterious enemy has come to free the planet from them BUT!!! It's up to our high school student alas Main character to use the ultimate human weapon to save the world even thought he is really weak, a crybaby and his father forced him into it. So it's up to the cast of girls to help him find the courage and fight to save his beloved home! If you like this kind of story these shows are perfect for you don't miss them!!! 
report Recommended by EdenRage
Both Evangelion and Fafner employ mechas and monstrous creatures to develop the characters of the pilots and their inner conflicts. In addition, both series have a penchant for the philosophical: Eva tends to be darker and perhaps more confusing while Fafner is more straightforward and optimistic.  
report Recommended by Nocturnal
If you like surreal shows about giant robots in a dreary, post-apocalyptic setting, ho boy, have I got the show for you. 
report Recommended by Masterminded
Both shows deal with teenagers and their psychology, both have supernatural elements that are used symbolically, both have further and constant symbolism throughout each episode, both address philosophical issues while still having some comedy elements,(and both have a penguin sidekick.) 
report Recommended by Anelis
While it wouldn't seem they have much in common i felt both were amazingly deep and both kept me interested all the way through and made me have this feeling like "This is awesome." 
report Recommended by foreverzerov1
Both series feature Japan being invaded by a group of extraterrestrial creatures and a group of teenagers that are employed to fight them using creatures similar to them by a clandestine government organization that is using the alien invasion to further their own hidden agenda. 
report Recommended by MykeJinX89
How do you compare a mecha and a school romance? It's quite easy to do when they both have the same director ;) . I always viewed "Kare Kano" as a companion piece to "Neon Genesis Evangelion", and I'm sure there are many who agree with me. Both should be watched to really get into the head of one of the best anime directors of our era, Hideaki Anno. While "Neon Genesis Evangelion" slowly and steadily broke down and finally destroyed it's characters, "Kare Kano" starts with some broken and empty people, and truly brings them up. It slowly raises up these oh so  read more 
report Recommended by Prede
Evangelion and Nadia share the same director (Anno), character designer (Sadamoto), composer (Sagisu) AND animation studio (Gainax). As well as numerous other staff. So, expect MANY thematic and aesthetic similarities! Nadia's character was very much a prototype for Asuka: THE tsundere that made tsunderes both common and popular. Watching Nadia be naturally bitchy towards Jean and give him a hard time over very little instantly made me remember Asuka's "Anta Baka?" self. Both Shinji in Eva and Jean in Nadia are easily dominated by strong-willed female love interests (often in comical fashion), so the similarities between their relationships are obvious. I STRONGLY recommend Nadia to ANYONE interested  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Both tackles the issue existentialism though in different ways. Both feature characters questioning their very own existance and self~worth. Both were the pinnacle of animation in their respective times. Eva has bio~mecha, Akira has a motorcycle. 
report Recommended by Banchou
They are both sci-fi mecha with an emo protagonist who doesn't want to fight, but has to in order to protect. The storylines and themes are different, but is packed with action and suspense.  
report Recommended by mistress_reebi
Both have VERY similiar protagonists, in that they are unwilling to do what they're meant to do, even though they have great potential. Both are great looking series produced with amazing 2D animation. Emotional, touching, and psychological. NGE has mecha, has a more layered and completed plot, has a symbolic ending, and is more mainstream and popular Alien Nine only tells half the story, has a more honest approach with it's cast, subtly creepier, and is cuter. 
report Recommended by Otaking09
Large, fearsome monsters regularly appear to destroy the world, only for a group of teenagers to fight back. Since NGE came first, most of Freezing’s story can be thought of as an imitation or tribute. Freezing’s Nova appear like NGE’s Angels, coming in numbered waves (Eighth Nova Clash vs. The 13th Angel). While NGE’s Angels take on different forms, the ones in Freezing generally look about the same as robotic figures, however, with each wave, they introduce new attacks. The Freezing field is similar to that of the AT field in NGE where it has to be penetrated or overridden in order to get in  read more 
report Recommended by Angus
Crazy psychological horror about young boys (Yukiteru/Shinji) that are forced to fight despite the fact that they desperately don't want to.  
report Recommended by BreezeElric
Although in story, style, and presentation these series have nothing similar, the psychological approach to both is quite similar: the depth of humanity, understanding of the self and questioning the existence of humanity itself. Both series travel completely different ways to express their ideas, but that doesn't mean that one of them is wrong, at the contrary, show how the same idea can be expressed beautifully in completely different manners . If you liked one due to the ideas it expressed, you, unavoidably, will like the other.  
report Recommended by shadowspiral
Well the psychological themes are very similiar. Also, the final enemies in Digimon Tamers, the D-Reapers are VERY-VERY similiar to Angels in Evangelion. The last D-Reaper even has a mask like Lilith did and it's face evolved to a human's one just like Lilith's .. While Digimon Tamers isn't that sad, psychological and fucked up and is targeted more at kids than Evangelion then it's still clearly influenced by it. Also, in both series there is a company that is related to the D-Reapers/Angels. And some of the digimons in this series are based off the Evangelion mechas. (one of them even had that big  read more 
report Recommended by RyuRobin
The general outline of the plot is similar in that there are "Angels" attacking earth and mechas (called Evas) piloted by certain young people (in this case, teens). Neon Genesis Evangelion is different in that it focuses on psychological themes more than Aquarion, and there is more emphasis on the mystery behind what the Evas and Angels really are. 
report Recommended by xpressemu
Both concern the dehumanization of children. Throughout either show, one witnesses the characters' psychological, and in some cases moral, disintegration, caused by a surfeit of episodic challenges. That being said, however, one may argue that Gunslinger Girls presents a stronger exhibition of a human's nature to do good, while Neon Genesis Evangelion is more an example of the cynical, distrusting constitution.  
report Recommended by Devaraja
Although as a genre, they are different but deconstruct them they are truly very similar. Both supposedly anime that are aimed for boys, both transcend their genre by providing plot narratives that tackle universal issues that slowly become personal as the both series progress. 
report Recommended by stephenalbertv
The same character design, and the same mood, too: disilluded, thoughtful, nostalgic and melancholic. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
While Eva is famous as a deconstruction of Super Robot shows, its protagonist also resembles that of Mobile Suit Gundam's. Both MCs are "whiny", hate their fathers, and are forced to accept their responsibilities as mech pilots. Also, their early fighting is clumsy but they start pulling off awesome moments. 
report Recommended by 1231415333
Both are swimming in psychological issues leading towards the ultimate decision for mankind. Both Gilgamesh and and Evangelion have a focus on characters deep emotional distress and there personal development. Both children and parents play a roll in how the story plays out in each. Though one deals with mecha's and the other with psychic powers both of these series share many similarities and I recommend both, to anyone whom enjoys these plot types.  
report Recommended by xxRin
Let me make this connection. On the surface, it is tempting to recommend to a watcher of Yuuki Yuuna, a certain other magical girl anime. To me, however... I would like to skip the seemingly obvious and make the recommending connection to Neon Genesis Evangelion instead. When you boil away genre specifics, there is really a lot that YYwYdA and NGE have in common. Most obvious is the format - we have teenagers risking their lives, compelled to regularly defend a particular point in the city from attack by gigantic alien invaders. You have the Taisha and NERV serving as command & control, respectively. The  read more 
report Recommended by SayakaMagica
Dual! Is obviously a parody of Eva (among other series it seems to referance). If you have seen Eva, you can truely enjoy this series.  
report Recommended by Aarana
They are both extremely dark anime. They're both futuristic (in different ways) and both are disturbing in their own ways. 
report Recommended by Phill-z
Both anime have a relatable, plain protagonist whose life becomes a tragic mess and doesn't deserve any of it. 
report Recommended by Gabii-Tachibana
Both series are set in the future and are very heavy. Both require you to really think about what is going, watch carefully, and will have you thinking about them long after you've finished them. If you are looking for something serious and mind boggling to watch I would definitely recommend you either of these! 
report Recommended by EpicRemy
Both incorporate very dark themes about humans such as the individual instinct for survival but at the same time give appreciation for the simple and ordinary things in life . Requiem expresses via mafia style while Evangelion displays the classic mecha sci-fi style. The characters themselves in both Animes are oddly similar to each other. 
report Recommended by SkiesOfBlue
These two series are very similar as to how the story is portrayed. Both are phycological and twisted in the same ways, you never know what's going on and the story keeps building up and putting things together. FMA is full of humor and it can even pop up in the middle of a serious moment. Evangelion has ecchi humor that appears in its own time. And they both are considered one of the best anime.  
report Recommended by DarkRoseOtaku
A loner main character with no ego or spine whatsoever and a cast of females are psychologically manipulated into fighting for the sake of the ego-maniacal head of a shadowy corporation seeking to play god. Mental molestation ensues.  
report Recommended by picastro
While the plots are very different, and the genres of the Anime as well, I found very similar the two MCs (Shinj and Subaru). Both go under stress, anxiety and dangerous moment in which they will risk their lives. Both MCs experience mental breakdowns throughout the show because of "someone forcing" them to do something. There are many deaths. 
report Recommended by Xenocrisi
Both will leave you in a jaw-dropped, head-scratching frustrated (but awe-struck) state, by the end but only in NGE can you hope to find the answers to the ever-lingering questions 
report Recommended by ramimanify
Both very similar series not the the extent that it's extremely noticable, but EVA is much more heavy in emotion. 
report Recommended by RazzleDazzle
A huge monster attacks the city and the most unqualified people to protect it are forced to do so using mechs. Both shows also contain fanservice and artificial humans. 
report Recommended by RandomPerson4
Nadesico can be considered a parody of Evangelion. Both are 26 episodes-long mecha series with young pilots who fight against something that invades the planet (Angels in Evangelion, Jovian Lizards in Nadesico). Some Nadesico characters are clearly inspired by the Evangelion ones (Shinji=Akito, Rei=Ruri, etc). Even the opening themes are quite similar. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Evangelion is a deconstruction of the mecha genre while School Days is a deconstruction of the harem genre. 
report Recommended by NeoRinTinTin
Both have plots about little kids taking control of powerful mechs (eva) or dragons (narutaru), and with all their psychological problems, a lot of things go wrong. The main characters of each are both cowards who never want to fight, and their allies are a depressed suicidal girl and a manic murderous girl. Comes complete with "Psychological" label. 
report Recommended by Romanticism
On the surface these animes are actually nothing alike, but they both have the ability to screw with your mind a great deal. So, my thinking is if you're the type that enjoys a good mind-fcuk... well, Perfect Blue and Eva are probably two animes you should check out =) 
report Recommended by aokagacoffeelife
DW is not that psychological as Eva, but still contains lot of self-digging. Also childhood traumas, characters trying to escape their past. In both series main character is forsed to fight.  
report Recommended by twy
I haven't felt anything similar in Haibane Renmei as to NGE. Though it may seem like an odd comparison, the if you understand they psychology behind it, it begins to make sense. They both give me hope. It reminds you why you need to survive and struggle -- why it's worth it. It reminds you that to be the very definition of human we need freewill to make our own mistakes and learn and grow from it, or it will inevitably eat you alive. It means a lot to me to explore such "simple" concepts of how we interact and see ourselves. We choose  read more 
report Recommended by Lycan
What M3 does Neon Genesis Evangelion did before it and better. That being said, M3 has more characters and group dynamics, which is a worthy addition, while NGE was about loneliness, abandonment, and how they shape people and their choices. On the other hand, while NGE's characterization is better and there are proportionally more adults, there are few "likeable" characters; M3 is a more typical genre anime with a larger cast with plenty of cliches which makes it easier to find someone to like. If this is an essential element for enjoying anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion might not be a rec for you. 
report Recommended by Shinigami
Dark, serious and strange. Both have lots of intense character development that delve deeply into who these people are and what drives them to do what they do. Both have themes of depression and insecurity. Seems like a lot of people don't like Aku no Hana. I love it personally, and if you're a fan of that show too you'll probably also like Evangelion. You've probably already seen it too if you're into psychological anime enough to have found Aku no Hana, so I don't even know why I'm writing this. 
report Recommended by simonephone
Both animes have a weak main character at the beginning and evolves during the story. The two characters (Shinji / Shirou) have no motivation and do not really know why they are fighting. Both MC are surrounded by strong female characters: Saber and Rin in Unlimited Blade Works, and Ayanami Souryuu in NGE sympathize and support the hero afterwards. The main difference is that the universe is oriented fantasy, magic in Unlimited Blade Works then Evangelion is a post-apocalyptic universe with mecha. NGE is more psychological than Unlimited Blade Works, however, the main character (Shinji / Shirou) an introspection in his past that will be decisive for its future.  read more 
report Recommended by TuyNOM
NGE: Mysterious aliens attack earth one by one and can only be defeated by emo kids in giant robots. Strike Witches: Mysterious aliens attack earth one by one and can only be defeated by half-naked magical lolis. 
report Recommended by JuicyBuddha
Pilots, wars, aliens, physical and psychological action. While NGE is a mecha anime, in Yukikaze a fighter-jet is being operated. Stories that are a bit more complex than it would initially seem. 
report Recommended by Vaniljakebab
If you liked Isekai, see where its creator Kajishima Masaki got his mecha ideas from. Although the stories are totally different, the similarities in mecha design down to how they are powered and controlled are clearly exact(even to how the mecha's for the main leads roar)... 
report Recommended by TensaiShonen
Both anime deal with a powerful life form attacking humanity and the main protagonist must use a powerful mecha to save humanity from danger. They are also both action-packed anime with similar atmosphere and a similar vibe. Biggest difference between the two is that Demon of Steel is older and is only a one shot OVA that is 56 minutes long while Nenon Genesis Evangelion is a TV series and was released 8 years later. If you like one, you should enjoy the other.  
report Recommended by Hellspawn28
Both are mature shows with complex thinking 
report Recommended by themiguelps2
Although far more lighthearted, there are several echoes of Neon Genesis Evangelion throughout Captain Earth, this is probably a result of Yoji Enokido working on both series. In terms of plot; both series are about an organization vowed to defend the Earth; NERV fights Angels and Globe fights the Klltgang. However, both of them have overseeing organizations pulling the strings; SEELE and Salty Dog respectively. In terms of characters; The protagonists; Daichi, Akari, Teppei and Hana parallel Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Mari, respectively, they all share a house together under the guidance of Commander Nishikubo just as the protagonists of Neon Genesis Evangelion live with Misato. Daichi is  read more 
report Recommended by Fortress_Maximus
Think about character development, story, action, emotions, psychology, music, own art. Now think in two animes that have the maximum of each, where this characteristics complete each other, the animes you are looking are NGE and Berserk. Evangelion have a very depressive side which not all do like, while Berserk is more action oriented. This is the main difference (besides story etc). Both are anime that don't simply pass from memories with the time (in a good way), masterpieces in my opinion. 
report Recommended by Meados
same fan service and same way love and Main characters have a psychological  
report Recommended by akalia21
Both involve fighting off supernatural beings in Giant Mecha, and it does have some elements of dark psychological moments. Scenario is the same since it is set on a similar timeline as well as having a post-apocalyptic environment. 
report Recommended by IchiroEX
These two titles share not only some psychological themes (identity complex, definition of humanity, communication and relationships, courage/fear, self-realization/suppression etc.), but I also find the art style quite similar. I can even find some resemblance of characters, where as Key alias Tokiko Mima shares the same behavioral archetype as Rei and Sakura Kuriyagawa reminds me of Misato. 
report Recommended by Tinme
Both are mech animes with deeper, intricate plots that also have a lot of psychological warfare. Not to mention, quite a few similar characters 
report Recommended by RedBardIsCool
While it may be a bit of a stretch to compare Noein to the likes of Eva, I think this obscure little sci-fi gem really needs to be brought into the limelight; despite its slow beginning and unusual art, Noein manages to tell a story both compelling and thought-provoking about alternate dimensions, the truth of the universe, and the pain suffered by an ordinary group of children. Sound familiar, Evangelion fans? 
report Recommended by _eternal
Teenagers protecting the world from mecha creatures that aim to attack the earth, while piloting mechas themselves. 
report Recommended by Numi
Both have one boy and multiple girls piloting mechs and both are incredibly deep with symbolism only few will understand.. 
report Recommended by oijgahkrthnkndc
Technically the "religion" expressed in both shows are vastly different, and the technology and history isn't similar either, but as for a better exploration/combination of religious allegory, more realistic technology, somewhat better developed characters and a show that the budget didn't get blow away so the animation degrades near the end, and add a little brain tripping and great mecha combat, and you have Gasaraki (produced by Sunrise, which means Bandai) 
report Recommended by rayyhum777
Aside from the similarity in their narratives, where we see lots of religious symbolism strewn throughout a post-apocalyptic world, Evangelion and Lustrous share a love of evocative and atmospheric visual direction, especially in regards to the backgrounds, and they both regularly highlight emotional character notes throughout the series through this type of direction. Phos also shares a lot of similarities with Shinji, including issues with self-worth, depression, loneliness, and resentment. In regards to other characters, both shows feature a large cast of well-developed and generally broken characters who all get explored on some level. Fans of existential entertainment, character studies, and great visual direction should  read more 
report Recommended by relyat08
Similar: *Alien - targeting a certain destination and have a similar appearance. *Organization - holding many secrets, using weapons created by alien parts or aliens themselves to fight back. If you like one of them you will maybe like the other one as both are very similar to each other. But Argento Soma do not contain much of the psychological content. 
report Recommended by XzaR
"Neon Genesis Evangelion" and "De:vadasy" are mature and violent sci-fi anime that surround young people who are recruited to pilot mechs and eventually develop psychological trauma alongside becoming sexually repressed. As the chosen one, the protagonist of the two respective anime, each a young boy, must forgo his formerly ordinary life for his new one working under the government. In both anime, Earth and humanity are threatened by powerful monstrosities from the unknown and only the male protagonist with special capabilities can save the world as a mech pilot. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
Not sure why this isn't recommended more, but both are dark and depressing mecha. Both devolve into a weird psychological theme centered around the nature of humanity. Blue Gender doesn't get nearly as surreal as NGE, and BG is more focused on the effects of war/battles. For every similarity, there's a difference, but there are a lot of similarities, and both are excellent. 
report Recommended by Rade66
both are roller coaster ride of emotion and drama  
report Recommended by badlander_vtg
Both are mecha anime, which try to deconstruct their genre. In both anime, the main protagonist is a teenager, who becomes a mecha pilot, this becoming a child soldier in a devastating war. Both anime show the impact of war on these children, as they are forced to kill enemies and cope with the loss of their comrades. Also, in both shows, the main protagonists have a similar attitude and often refuse to participate in combat. Overall, both anime have a similar grim atmosphere and deal with similar themes. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
One more Evangelion-influenced show depicting teens, religious imagery and incoherent story-telling. 
report Recommended by insoo
Everyone is forgetting the similarities between Neon Genesis Evangelion and Outlaw Star. Both animes was release upon about the same century and era, both have meccas, both the storyline and plot pretty much takes place in space. What more can you ask for? These 2 animes reminded me of each other when I saw anime for the first time when I was little. 
report Recommended by MysticStrider
Okay, seriously? How is it that nobody made this connection but me? Just about everything that is in Dai-Guard is heavily influenced by Neon Genesis Evangelion. I swear that Dai-Guard is an Eva parody, but I can't find anything on it. Am I insane or is this some big joke that I was not let in on? 
report Recommended by Emily_AFX
Both are mecha anime, which try to deconstruct their genre. In both anime, the main protagonist is a teenager, who becomes a mecha pilot, this becoming a child soldier in a devastating war. Both anime show the impact of war on these children, as they are forced to kill enemies and cope with the loss of their comrades. Also, in both shows, the main protagonists have a similar attitude and often refuse to participate in combat. Overall, both anime have a similar grim atmosphere and deal with similar themes. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Aliens coming from the space for mysterious reasons. Both have Slice of Life moments, and Action-Mecha fights as well. The only difference is that Kuromukoro doesn't have any psychological side. 
report Recommended by Xenocrisi
Psychological, very deep. Turns you into a philosophic mode and make you think of life. If you like anime with deeper meaning than you will like both. Ef has no mecha or fights, but much better art and faster action. 
report Recommended by Frisco
Both are super robot anime with a dark tone about a boy forced to become the pilot of a giant robot, as well as a conflict between a clandestine government agency and a secret society. 
report Recommended by Spacenumber1
Both anime deconstruct their respective genres, with Utena being a deconstruction of magical girl anime, and Evangelion being a deconstruction of mecha anime. Both have a teenage protagonist is placed in a new, unknown situation, and who holds the power to change the fate of the world. Both anime have a lot of metaphors and symbolism, as well as surreal imagery, which might confuse some watchers. Also, both have a similar tone and mood. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
both features a 14 years old protagonist who lost their mother and poeple force him to do something which is out of reach 
report Recommended by ghoullovesharem
Both series are deconstructions of something - GX is a deconstruction of the Yugioh anime, whereas NGE is a deconstruction of the mecha genre. Both series have the main character undergo a very emotional struggle - additionally, the main love interests for the main characters in both series share first names (if you're watching the sub of GX). 
report Recommended by RoarkTenjouin
Both start with a "heavy" atmosphere. Both have lots of twists. Both get darker the more the anime goes. Both have unanswered questions. 
report Recommended by Xenocrisi
Although Neon Genesis Evangelion is a mecha anime and Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS is a mahou shoujo, I actually found many similarities between the two shows. For starters, both anime take place in a futuristic city, and the main characters are involved with a Sci-Fi military base. Many scenes are dedicated to training/testing and life around the military base, but throughout each series there are times where the characters must use high-tech equipment to complete a mission. Also, both shows are very "talky": we can see characters in high positions discuss plans and relay information, but also all of the characters are seen chatting about everyday  read more 
report Recommended by Noodle070
Monster/Angels are approaching a City. I think the plot of the fights are quite similar, but the fate of the protagonists don't resemble at all! And i think the Monster look somehow similar. If you like unique monsters with it own power, than Blood-C and NGE are a good option - well to be honest i recommend NGE. 
report Recommended by shinomonogatari
Both are series that deliver unorthodox treatment of a classical genre (Mahou-shoujo/Mecha). Both starts while looking like a common representative of these genres, but few plot twists later, you´ll find yourself enjoying the show even if you dislike mahou-shoujo or mecha genre. Both have amazingly well made conclusion. Both have old style of animation.  
report Recommended by abystoma2
In both, the main hero(es) must use some kind of machine to fight monster that are invading them. Both are action, mecha and sci-fi and both have somehow dark atmosphere. 
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Although both anime have different genres (NGE is a mecha action anime, while Koe no Katachi is a slice of life drama) both have a male protagonist who is always suffering, and has a traumatic, mentally scarring plot and premise, although NGE has more blood, gore, and violence. 
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-Both anime are about young people fighting for their lives in a hellish atmosphere -Both are seemingly lighthearted at first (though NGE is less so) but it turns darker and more traumatizing towards the end -Both are about survival, the difference is that Gakkou Gurashi is more on zombies while NGE is more on mecha -Both have a bit of religious symbolism 
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Imagine somebody comes up with an idea to create Evangelion without robots or angels set in school? Not impressed? Ok, now add a deeper psychological and phylosophycal layer? Ok, how about that: make a deeper investigation of sublime emotional relationship between Shinji and Rei? Of course one can't simply put Shinji or Rei in their work, so... here we go. Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu is exactly that sort of masterpiece. 
report Recommended by Mizukami999
Symphogear is MUCH lighter, but they share some similarities: - Top secret organization defending mankind - HQ deep underground - HQ hosting something valuable that the enemy is pursuing - Mechasuits (sort of) that only some people can synchronize with - International conflicts - Religious/Bible related themes - A girl who's the strong, silent type who refuses to work with the main character at first, and who've been doing their duty for a longer time and been hurt alot (Tsubasa vs Rei) - A scientist obsessed with getting someone to notice them - A mysterious threat which no conventional weapons can affect 
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There's ALOT of Evangelion references in Symphogear, both in this seasom and the previous. Like the mecha suits that only some people can synchronize with, the mysterious threat only said weapons stand a chnce against, somewhat mad scientists. They also share the religious references, Nephilim, "berserker" mode and so on. Plus in the first season they also have an equivalent of Central Dogma, hosting an artifact that the enemy is after deep underground. I'd say this show is magical girls with a touch of NGE. It's nowhere near as philosophical and deep, but it's definitely very disturbing at times and Symphogear deals with moral questions  read more 
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Althrough different in genres (fantasy/sci-fi), both have main characters who is somehow depressed/angry at others. In both anime, question "What is happines?" is discussed. Both main characters are shown the world inside them/inside their head. Both anime have angels. Both have old style animation. 
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Both of these shows have some pretty messed up imagery and themes. Also many of the character types from Eva were used in Danganronpa. Kirigiri and Rei are both similar characters in the way that they are both quiet and have a mysterious past.  
report Recommended by kaz_77
Both of these are mecha anime which feature a secret organization battling strange creatures. Both also take time to get in the heads of the protagonists and both can be really unsettling at times. 
report Recommended by ThatRazorGuy
Masterforce: A show about the power of the human spirit. Essentially a super robot show. Evangelion: Also a super robot show, but the total opposite tone in terms of story, plot, personalities, etc. 
report Recommended by Damolisher
If you love NGE you'll really get a kick out of the Schick x Evangelion advertisements. They're hilarious and stupid but as a long time Eva fan it had me laughing so hard I was in tears 
report Recommended by Yanderekiss
Both are character driven shows that deal with the themes of human interaction. The characters of Hachiko and Nana are similar to Shinji and Misato respectively.  
report Recommended by ThatRazorGuy
If you enjoyed Evangelion, then you must appreciate beautiful things. Bakemonogatari is one of those beautiful things. It's remarkably unique in its presentation. The art is superb, the characters are quirky and the vibes are just amazing. 
report Recommended by dublbeastex
Each are a battle between mankind an unknown entity who wishes to destroy mankind. To battle these invaders they equip teenagers with the best technology and weapons possible.  
report Recommended by zperson5
Fate/Zero and NGE have whats in common: -People fighting monsters until the plot gets to the climax -Female characters whose role aren't human but serves something greater but too suspicious -Drama is crazy -Couple of character similarities (Difficult decisions, overcoming fear and anxiety, and dealing with the loss of humanity for the greater good) -ancient conspiracy -Action -Dark and mature tone -Not just adults but younger characters have some screen time What's different is that: -Mechas and Angels play a pivotal role in Third Impact whereas seven magicians and seven servants play a role in the success of the the Holy Grail War -The Impacts and the Holy Grail Wars are alike since they occurred  read more 
report Recommended by SlaughterDagger
Both series are fundamentally about coming to terms with every part of one's personality. The socially acceptable and the socially unacceptable. The ego vs. the super-ego. Although the way they explore this differ; NGE uses a mecha context and is definitely the darker of the two in terms of characterisation and plot, P4 on the other hand manages to remain more or less a light-hearted mystery/card-battle in spite of all the murders. - Pop-psyche references - Heavy religious references (Shinto in P4 and Judeo-Christian in NGE) - Explores creation myths - Trope subversions (more prominent in NGE) - Quirky designs re: Angels and Personas - 'The Importance of Interpersonal Communication despite  read more 
report Recommended by Lemon
Date A Live is pretty much a dating sim version of NGE. You've got the powerful angels/girls from another world, and only one person can save the planet. He must do so by dating/fighting them. The town is also outfitted with defense/date mechanisms. 
report Recommended by gullej
If you liked the harrowing coming-of-age madness from Evangelion, War in the Pocket (written by Gainax co-founder Hiroyuki Yamaga) is another story you'll probably love. It doesn't require much knowledge of any other material, and at six episodes it's not too long either. Gundam is always known for its personal look at the horrors of war, but this one is probably its most emotional effort. 
report Recommended by Thedude3445
Both anime are about high school kids fighting off aliens in near identical mech suits to keep the world from ending. Both focus on an entire cast of people involved and the psychological turmoil they go through from being in such a situation. Two of the main characters are near identical in both series and go through a very similar character arc together. Gunparade is clearly inspired by Evangelion and attempting to make a similar experience.  
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If you dislike the ending to the original series; 'End of Evangelion' attempts to fix this by ignoring the final two episodes, and giving the series the proper send off it deserved. Though, if you looking for a more in depth explanation and understanding to everything, your still shit out of luck. 
report Recommended by Aann
If you liked the deep themes of the first Pokémon movie but you want to go far, you should definitely try Neon Genesis Evangelion. In my opinion the first Pokémon movie took inspiration from this anime, they both share themes like clonation, recreation of life, biological issues... I really wished all the recent Pokémon films were inspired by this great anime era and had some meaningful story inside them like the earlier ones. 
report Recommended by Hypeantonio
Neon Genesis Evangelion and Metal Skin Panic are old sci-fi mecha anime. They both contain berserk robots and people piloting them (Most notably the main character being forced to). The government is involved in both anime, though they are not exactly the protagonists. 
report Recommended by Third-Impact
Neon Genesis Evangelion is near defined by its rich story and fully realized characters (at least, setting aside the legendary direction from Hideaki Anno and how freaking insane it is) making it an unforgettable experience for anyone who is willing to take on a series that's a little bit more "deep" than your average show. In this regard, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is quite similar to NGE, not to mention that they are both true directional masterpieces. While Rakugo will not brutalize your emotions to quite the extent of Evangelion, there are several clever and shocking twists in the plot paired with such exceptional composition that  read more 
report Recommended by birdiverse
Its quite easy to see where Shinkalion got its inspiration from, just look at the names "Shinkalion" and "Evangelion". In both you will find a story where children with high compatibility are put into giant mecha's by a certain organisation (that the protagonists father is apart of) to combat against mysterious apposing forces. The only major difference is that Shinkalion uses Evangelion's story formula for a children's show. So you will find that its more about the bonds of family and friendship, unlike Evangelion particularly dark story. So if you'd like to see Evangelion's basic story formula used for a children's show, I recommend that you  read more 
report Recommended by Akoram
Both filled with great symbolism, have got a lot of character development and their plots have details which are left to the viewers' interpretation 
report Recommended by RemovedPixel
Reluctance and grief of the heroes are the biggest themes. Nagisa is a female proto-Shinji.  
report Recommended by syncrogazer
Toradora is a romantic comedy, so is not similar to Evangelion in plot, but both of them are not foccused in the plot. Toradora masters the character development as Evangelion, being his younger brother, just because is more lighthearted and less depressive. 
report Recommended by Lax_Caux
Perfect Day and Neon Genesis Evangelion have the overarching theme of loneliness within their respective anime. They are both sci-fi, and have lots of train and hand symbolism. 
report Recommended by Third-Impact
Well they both have these half-mech half-living beings that they control from the inside, a tsundere character with a Napoleon complex who feels outdone by the protagonist and a protagonist with personal issues which (s)he will resolve by being a pilot.  
report Recommended by virina_fratino
They look nothing alike but both are tied as the worst piece of shit I've ever watched and have some of the worst fanbases. NGE fans lie that they understood the plot (since there is nothing to be understood here) and Gintama fans lie that they get every joke and reference within the show. 
report Recommended by LatoGun
Similar premise in terms of World Building. Post apocalyptic world filled with alien like beings of mass destruction fought by human like creatures piloted by human children/ re-animated using the souls of human children. Both are also dark and gritty.  
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- Humans are utterly dwarfed in size and power by a lovecraftian surrounding - The protagonists are enlisted in an organization that specializes in dealing with the lovecraftian threat - Their parent is a competent and famous top member of the organization who has neglected their child to focus on their profession - Both feature a highly driven scientist who significantly advances humanity at the expense of minors - It gets dark; shit hits the fan - the protagonists are strongly impacted by severe hardship - It's a masterpiece 
report Recommended by SekaiDarkness
Humanity is attacked by giant creatures of unknown origin. 
report Recommended by ThyagoSpindola
Both heavily stylized according to the era they came from. Both have rather complex plots that come to a close by the final episode. Little to no subplots are present in either. Very similar pacing.  
report Recommended by rdeyoung8
Both animes have same voice. In persona 3, Akira Ishida as Makoto Yuki. Neon genesis Evangelion, Akira Ishida as Kawaru Nagisa. 
report Recommended by Kong38
The pinnacle of the Mecha genre, Robo-Tech is a true work of art. If you liked Evangelion, you'll sure love this, even if you don't watch Mecha. 
report Recommended by Nimbusan
Both have great plots with complex characters and potential for theories 
report Recommended by ArturoSenpai
Both are masterpieces of their respective time with some low production values but with a lot of heart and passion in them. 
report Recommended by ArsbyFer
There is a lot of mythological and biblical references in both shows that deal teenagers against powerful entities in an episodic format and has issues that deal with dark aspects of adults. 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
Both are mecha anime, which try to deconstruct their genre. In both anime, the main protagonist is a teenager, who becomes a mecha pilot, this becoming a child soldier in a devastating war. Both anime show the impact of war on these children, as they are forced to kill enemies and cope with the loss of their comrades. Also, in both shows, the main protagonists have a similar attitude and often refuse to participate in combat. Overall, both anime have a similar grim atmosphere and deal with similar themes. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both anime are mecha series with a dark mood and an empthasis on the characters piloting the mechs. Unlike NGE however zegapain does suffer from fairly poor visuals and visual direction for it's time. Zegalain does feature one of the most compelling stories you can experience in sci-fi television or film which I would hate to spoil. 
report Recommended by nebula_lp
#DankRecs Both has: -A character who initially don't want to do their job -Monster of the week trope -The characters work on team, one of the teammates seems to hate the protagonist at the first time -The hardships of fighting the enemies -Yaoi/Yuri undertones -fanservice 
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Both MC's are faced with a sudden setting change that forces them into a position of power where they are faced with the burden and obligation of fulfilling others' expectations. Both MC's also aren't your typical, incredibly competent and heroic, young people eager to make the most of their sudden "power" or so to speak. They are istead more relatable faces of youth who experience social anxiety as well as depression and loneliness. Both series are also masterfully directed and showcase some brilliant background art as well as cinematography. "Get in the fucking robot" >>> "Use the fucking sword" 
report Recommended by KingKatsura
Both anime are deconstructions of shows from their respective genres, with Madoka★Magica being a deconstruction of magical girl anime, and Evangelion being a deconstruction of mecha anime. Both have main characters with similar characteristics and who develop in similar ways, especially Madoka and Shinji, who often wallow in self-pity and act mostly when they have to save others. These anime also have similar concepts, as they both focus on children who have to fight against monsters, and they both have apocalyptic elements. They also have surreal imagery, and overall create a similar mood and atmosphere.  
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both anime are produced by Gainax and share several staff members. Both are mecha anime which pay homage to old-school series and contain many references. Story-wise, both focus on main characters who are thrown in a battle against powerful enemies for the sake of humanity. The main characters, Shinji and Simon, also have similar personalities. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both are mecha anime, which try to deconstruct their genre. In both anime, the main protagonist is a teenager, who becomes a mecha pilot, this becoming a child soldier in a devastating war. Both anime show the impact of war on these children, as they are forced to kill enemies and cope with the loss of their comrades. Also, in both shows, the main protagonists have a similar attitude. Overall, both anime have a similar grim atmosphere and deal with similar themes. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Space Runaway Ideon is one of the anime that inspired Hideaki Anno's Evangelion, since they both deal with similar themes. Both are dark and gritty science fiction anime, featuring destructive mecha that display their own will. Both also have apocalyptic elements.  
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Space Runaway Ideon is one of the anime that inspired Hideaki Anno's Evangelion, since they both deal with similar themes. Both are dark and gritty science fiction anime, featuring destructive mecha that display their own will. Both also have apocalyptic elements.  
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both involve people crazy enough to execute a plan for earth destruction.  
report Recommended by Niveen_Sleem
Both are sci-fi shows in which a whiny MC is forced to fight aliens against his/her will in order to save the world. Both are sort of mecha but not exactly. There is romance in both, depicting not only the positive aspects but also the negative. Neon Genesis Evangelion excels at exploring character depth, while Figure 17 focuses on character growth. Figure 17 has a much more predominant slice of life component, while Neon Genesis Evangelion is much more psychological. Both deal with characters who feel isolated, which is a central theme in both shows. 
report Recommended by ccorn
After hearing so much about Chimera Ant Arc being the deconstruction of the shonen verse, I decided to put up a recommendation because NGE as well is a deconstruction except in Mecha. -Both main protag have daddy issues and emotional struggles to deal with (I find Gon more likeable than Bitchass Shinji) -The story involves in multiple cast (except in H X H it is ridiculously huge) and the main char are pretty comparable if not exact if you notice (Gon-Shinji Killua-Kaworu Kurapika-Rei Leorio-Asuka) -Blue and Orange Morality issue is explored due to the conflict between humans and an outside force who are sentient beings -Light and Dark  read more 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
Both series are deconstructions of something - Arc-V like GX is a deconstruction of the Yugioh anime, whereas NGE is a deconstruction of the mecha genre. Both series have the main character undergo a very emotional struggle and has daddy issues - additionally, there is also reconstruction followed up by deconstruction.  
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
NGE and Gundam IBO take place in a post apocalyptic world with deconstructive themes on their perspective genre-mecha. Only difference is that NGE focuses on human psychology and development whereas IBO focuses on politics and corruption. One thing they have both in common is the child soldier concept. 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
I feel like X is another Evangelion induced imagination as if Shinji got reimagined as Kamui and Kaworu as Fuuma. Regardless, Christianity and Post Apocalyptic are huge in both shows in terms of imagery and themes. 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
When I started watching Patlabor the movie, I didn't know it was produced in 1989, so I thought Patlabor plagiarized Evangelion too much. Now that I know it's just the opposite, the value of this work by Mamoru Oshi only gets higher. Patlabor is the predecessor and the main inspiration of Evangelion. It posesses great value for those interested in history, both of Japan, of Anime, of society.  
report Recommended by Mizukami999
Both anime are set in 2015 Tokyo and they both show robots fighting each other, even though the ones in Gatchaman are insects compared to them. Both anime have interesting backstories for all the secondary characters and they're pretty interesting to follow and the main character is a school student in the both series 
report Recommended by MicAPic
Both Shinji and Osamu start off very weak. Both Tokyo-3 and Mikado City have people living that daily life's while being attacked by Angels but in World Trigger case Neighbors. Both have a lot of Strategy and Tactics elements but Evangelion has psychological and dementia elements.  
report Recommended by KurataLordStage
Both series have cult characters that have become symbols in the anime industry. Also, both series are difficult to understand and they require special attention from the viewer. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Evangelion are milestones in the history of anime, they at least deserve attention. 
report Recommended by Kns-
Both are mecha anime, which try to deconstruct their genre. In both anime, the main protagonist is a teenager, who becomes a mecha pilot, this becoming a child soldier in a devastating war. Both anime show the impact of war on these children, as they are forced to kill enemies and cope with the loss of their comrades. Also, in both shows, the main protagonists have a similar attitude and often refuse to participate in combat. Overall, both anime have a similar grim atmosphere and deal with similar themes. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Arjuna is a magical girl anime but its buddihism its reminiscent of Evangelion and so are the angels  
report Recommended by pinkarray
Epic series using christian mythology and symbols without restraint for what they're so famous 
report Recommended by Rychu_lubicz
Hideaki Anno admits that Devilman and Mazinger Z were his biggest influences for Neon Genesis Evangelion. The main protagonist in both anime must pilot a giant robot to fight against evil giant monsters. They both have similar themes of transcending our humanity, conquering self-doubt and perseverance. They are also both action-packed anime as well. If you like one, you may like the other.  
report Recommended by Hellspawn28
Both anime have giant monsters from the unknown trying to destroy humanity and humans must use mecha in order to survive. They are also both action-packed anime as well. If you like one, you may like the other.  
report Recommended by Hellspawn28
If you want Psychology,philosophy and morality try this one also. 
report Recommended by ezaya
The obvious: 90's era, similar feeling of the art -> somewhat depressing story that progressively Gets Worse as it goes on -> Bad Futures/humanity is half gone -> there clearly are no therapists left for these messed up characters. +mecha? Well, NT, HT has robots but I don't know if they'd count as mecha -> +epic mood whiplash from the in-series nightmare fuel in the form of "Fly Me To the Moon" and "Lullaby..." 
report Recommended by SoneAnna
Both have a Hero/Heroin who wants to save the world using giant robots controlled by their own hands  
report Recommended by xKaorux
Both are smart drama series that explore the psyches and mental states of their characters. 
report Recommended by TVC15
The intelligent, psychological series of Monogatari and its special scenes resembles long static scenes from Evangelion. The main action is inside of heads of characters, but there's some action on the outside too. 
report Recommended by hory-portier
Though the storylines in these animes are not similar the charaacters have some similarities. In both animes the main characters' fathers do not appear to care for their sons and often put their lives in danger. 
report Recommended by faiii
Awesome fight scenes with extraterrestrials - Strike Witches 2 is like EVA without the religious overtones and mecha! 
report Recommended by Detective
Both have large secret government organisations as the protagonists trying to defend the world against strange beings. Both are tragic as many things go wrong and each look at the main characters inner flaws and subsequent conquering (Yomi’s inner resentment of Kagura and shinji’s cowerdice). Both of these are extremely well made stories with a great mix of action and plot. 
report Recommended by Malcavic
Both are mind blowers,if you want to change your perception of the world watch steins gate. 
report Recommended by animescavenger
Insane giant robot battles, characters with mental problems, and lots of bloody stylistic action. (with yuri! and with nudity!) Developed by Anno's protege Kazuya Tsurumaki, Top wo Nerae 2 (also known as Diebuster) is reconstruction of the super robot genre. It's an amazing, award winning triumph of story boarding and storytelling, with big battles and bigger emotions. Heartbreaking and thought provoking, its exactly what you need to get back that amazing Evangelion feeling. Made by the same guy who did FLCL and is doing the Evangelion Rebuilds.  
report Recommended by Vespers
The main male protagonists feels kinda similar (Shinji and Albert), like in childish. We can also see many similarities in The Count of Monte Cristo and Gendou, both have an objective which surpasses everything and for which one decided still living. Both are set in a futuristic future, both have mecha battles (but in Gankutsuou is only 1 episode or 2). Both have great character development and complex stories. Gankutsuou is less action oriented although and the pass is more slow.  
report Recommended by Meados
Both are set in post apocolyptic times, however a bit different 
report Recommended by Anna0_o
Whilst differing in plot and situation, both explore the motives and structure of each character. This includes their goals, the way they perceive themselves and those around them. Hachimaki and Tanabe differ from Shinji and Asuka, but the way they interact and their dynamics are very much alike. Hachimaki's self-doubt is also comparable to Shinji. 
report Recommended by TheMightyShin
Aside form charactersdesign similarities. Burst Angel is alot like evangelion. Sei is like Misato, Tachibana like shinji ( just not as emotional). Has mechas, action, searches for a deep understanding of oneself. Instead of angels you have searches for glowing brains. First episode are similar in the way both come to a new agency and experience action right away  
report Recommended by gerry_dgk
At least in the first half of Aoi Bungaku (famous Japanese literary works in animated form), "No Longer Human", the main character has serious psychological problems as well, which involves trouble dealing with his own monstrous nature and with society. The second half deviates from that theme, but overall its not bad. 
report Recommended by joshspeagle
Both have a Hero/Heroin who wants to save the world using giant robots controlled by their own hands  
report Recommended by xKaorux
Both concern teens that have to pilot a war machine for the good of the Earth. 
report Recommended by xKaorux
Sky girls always reminded me of Eva from the start. From the suits(especially the things on their head) to the story. Except sky girls is more loli and more upbeat. 
report Recommended by othic
I think it's very comparable to Macross Frontier since both; 1) Involves the war between mankind and intraresterial beings 2) Love traingle between characters 3) Don't need to be a fan of Mecha/sci-fic anime to like Evangelion 4) Beautiful soundtracks After watching Macross Frontier, it reminded me of the days that I'd being watching evangelion.  
report Recommended by jaxu3878
Both anime are produced by Gainax and have a psychological story mixed with a bit of love. ...a little bit at least!  
report Recommended by Gewaltgoere
Both Pale Cocoon and Evangelion are post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime. Throughout both (although Pale Cocoon is a mere one episode in comparison) the lead struggles with identity and purpose while becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the world around him. Both have unique endings as well that shed a somewhat positive light on what would otherwise be very negative. 
report Recommended by Cren
they are both similars psycologic and dark futurist animes =P 
report Recommended by tetsuma
If not for the Break Blade movie series breaking up the content into six parts, I would've made this recommendation far sooner. What links these series is the main characters and the unglorified manner in which they deal with the 'mecha' (technically, neither are mecha shows, with rock/quartz manipulation instead of mechanical control in Break; Rygart aside) genre. Neither lead wants to be a pilot in a 'robot'. In other shows you'd have a young boy that dreamed of piloting a giant war machine, with maybe some harsh lessons learned along the way, but you'd still describe them as heroic. In stark contrast, both Shinji in  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Fafner-Right of Left and Neon Genesis Evangelion offer a very character driven approach to the mecha genre. In both cases it is the human conflict of children who must fight that takes the spotlight. With this said, Right of Left is considerably more conventional in its heart wrenching tale while Evangelion eventually becomes a highly complex exercise in deconstruction and emotional dysfunction.  
report Recommended by Nocturnal
Different theme but there are some similarity. However when I watched them I felt Shinji and Ryo's action where similar also their fathers in some ways. The ending in Maou Dante is almost same as NGE: The End of Evangelion. Some of the romance may be same too. As NGE use mechas/Angels, Maou Dante also have some kind of huge alien/monsters or "Demons". 
report Recommended by XzaR
Both of these are similar in the fact that both are dealing with outside and non-human lifeforms that want to destroy the human race. In both world because of this, the oceans have risen to swallow up most of the earth. 
report Recommended by Dodecahedron-O24
Goddess remided me very much of NGE due to the facts tha A: there are choosen pilots for robots(or whatever they are -.-') B: The synchronisation with these robots and finally C: the fight against some kind of aliens that want to destroy the earth. it also gives the same feeling of mystyirous that Evangelion does. 
report Recommended by night-hawk01
Both of Them is very philosophical and make the plot's as puzzle which you must solve for yourself. Don't expect the anime will tell you everything, because the director's want you do it for yourself. 
report Recommended by fertygo
Both have robots though iDOLM@STER has cuter characters. It's also about saving the world. Just a different story plot. Both animes are fun to watch. IDOLM@STER though is not as good as Evangelion imo. ^^ 
report Recommended by LaineSimone
Neon Genesis and Bubblegum had more in common then any other anime I've seen except bubblegum wasn't quite as dark or physiological. Both have robots/mechs that are created by humans that go crazy and the humans fight back using the very machines they created that went crazy. Check Neon Genesis if you're craving a darker and deeper bubblegum 
report Recommended by 32bits
Believe it or not, Neon Genesis Evangelion is basically the predecessor to all the meccha animes ever made in history that pretty much influenced the whole concept of Mecchas . Watching Neon Genesis: Evangelion is a must if your going to watch this anime. So don't hesitate, Both are a remarkable series that has great characters, great storyline, and the whole concept of mecchas.  
report Recommended by MysticStrider
Both anime's have 'chosen ones' fighting in a big ass robot saving the 'world'  
report Recommended by Sheiya
Despite both being '90s mecha anime, they're not exactly similar -- and that's the point. Evangelion is well-known for having deconstructed the tropes of the mecha genre as they had been traditionally presented to that point, and doing so with unrestrained brutality. GaoGaiGar came about in the immediate aftermath in part as a reaction to this, consciously reconstructing the genre tropes and traditions to show that, even with their potential shortcomings having been highlighted, they can still be assembled into a fine series. 
report Recommended by lithiumflower
NGE and Chrome both have their theme as fighting monsters in a futuristic setting. NGE sets in post modern-post apocalyptic japan and Chrome also sets in a post modern-post apocalyptic but in moving cities. NGE focuses mecha vs. angels while Chrome focuses human with kei (chi-internal superhuman powers) vs. filth monsters. Angel and filth monsters, tell u the truth look a lot alike. The main character in both anime have the hidden potential of being great as well. 
report Recommended by edwardyyu9f
They're both rather experimental in terms of anime productions something that's not seen too often  
report Recommended by pseudo_persona
Mecha genres with similar pain transceiver that sends pulse signal to the pilot, both of them have symbolism about heaven and reliant in battling the extraterrestrial in order for the story to progress, only thing is that Daimos is a bit similar to Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet and focused on Drama and Romance, while NGEs resolution is about a certain project in order for humans consciousness to progress. 
report Recommended by Azraniel
-> People that is used like "weapon" -> Apocalyptic background. -> "romance" involved. -> End of the world involved. -> War, future japan involved. Obviously, Neon Genesis evangelion is pretty more deep than Saikano, and saikano has a lots of sex scenes (but evangelion not...) 
report Recommended by KPBouvier
Both anime are centralised on the mecha genre, and both achieve their renditions quite uniquely: Evangelion in a classic fashion, dependent on an interesting plot and a good character cast; Kakumeiki in a modern way, aided with contemporary animation and an intriguing early storyline. I am also reminded of Evangelion's main character Shinji Ikari when watching Kakumeiki's main, Haruto Tokishima, in that both have personal struggles and both of course pilot a robotic machine. 
report Recommended by tatarus
Protagonists that are extremely self-conscious and weak that have to grow up and fight. 
report Recommended by NeoRinTinTin
Same kind of premise of "secret organization using special weapons to eradicate dangerous, other-wordly life forms". Follows a lot of the same kinda cliches and formulas that Eva does.  
report Recommended by OpenDoorLeia
Both take place in the somewhat near future, in dystopian societies where the world is being destroyed by creatures (Aragami in God Eater, Shito/Angels in Evangelion) and weapons created from those creatures are used to fight against them.  
report Recommended by Nezumi-Chibi
Gundam AGE is just like NGE, but much better. The mechas are better and it doesn't run out of money at the end. The protagonist knows what he must do to save the world. 
report Recommended by oblivionds
Both are about a young boy who feels he has no purpose in life, who ultimately learns to love himself, and that life is worth living. 
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Same dark atmosphere. 
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Young protagonists start with early development, mysterious girl whose role is meant later, organizations fending off world destruction, mysterious force behind the scenes seeking something far greater, and mecha action as well. 
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Both have mission basis style, character development, mythology, fighting monsters, action packed fights, twists, post apocalyptic, comedy, dark tone, drama, revelation, organizations with ambitions plot something far greater as the series progresses. The only difference is that Naruto deals with jutsu and hand in hand combat whereas in Neon Genesis, they deal with mecha and weaponry but mostly firearms. 
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Both are mecha,Scifi, and Pyschological Both have plot twists Both are intense Both make you really think Both have a Gainax Ending Both are mind screws Both have great ost  
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They both have psychological and religious themes. They both have drama,action,and are both depressing. They both have kuderes and characters who want to rule the world and both question their existence and purpose in life. They both have really good art styles and osts. They both are amazing and are both worth a watch. 
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Rikka and Rei are very much alike considering the fact that they both wear eye patches and are kuderes . They both had some psychological themes and drama. There are references to Evangelion as well. Yutta and Shinji can't make up their minds of what they want in life. They both have amazing art styles,character development,action scenes,and amazing osts. They both are really amazing anime and I think Chuunibyou is like Evangelion in some way  
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In both series, a dysfunctional cast has "giant killing", but also poor communication and self-esteem. The monsters inside of the heroes must be dealt with as much as the ones outside (Giant Killing has rival football teams, while Eva has the Angels.) 
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Both have a lot of action, as well as deep psychological themes (the fights are important to the development of the main characters). The main characters of both shows are anything but Hollywood heroes. Although they wouldn't save the world with a smile on their faces, they can really scrap evil monsters. However, Tekkaman Blade avoids using monsters of the week altogether. 
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A lot of drama, suspense, and action involved as well as revelations. Christian references is used in both shows as well. Emiya and Shinji are in a quest which involves similar conclusions as well as bloodshed which will impact their lives forever.  
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It is highly recommended to watch Gundam Wing before Eva, since both have a lot of action and inner problems being dealt with, though there are more fight scenes in Gundam Wing. 
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Both focus on a deep character development, especially in the way the main character deals with people around him. Is our life just ours? How much are we responsible for the people around us who love us? The main characters in both of these anime deal with such problems, thinking about their lives and deciding whether it's worth even trying to change something or not. Does it matter if I die like this? Am I able to actually do anything good in this state I am right now? If you liked this psychological aspect in NGE, you'll definitely love Rakugo. 
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The story or main topic is not similar at all (mechas and historical kingdom doesn't come together) but what both of them have in common is the character development! Yona and Shinji are characters that really changed during the anime, both somehow realized what's important and what's not and both threw away their old self that lived a peaceful life with no big worries in order to become someone who can protect the others. And it was a painful way for both of them. 
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Both, at a first glance, are about people fighting against huge alien-like creatures in a mechanical suit/robot type thing. But if you take a deeper look at both, both animes are about people who have dark background and dysfunctional family that develop psychologically as story progresses. 
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Both of the animes have giant robots, and some colossal battles, but when we talk about stories, evangelion is more, much more deep, and longer of course, it´s a complete anime, and orgun, it´s an OVA, and the story is way softer. I recomend these two, like an alternative for each anime, if you saw evangelion, try it out the detonator orgun, or ir you see orgun first, see evangelion. They are both cool  
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Both names that come up when people mention must-see anime classics. Compelling post-apocalyptic sci-fi settings that blend episodic plots with brilliant character development. In the whole, they form a story about human connection and the importance of embracing the world that you live in. 
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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. 
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In both is a post-apocalyptic world brought about by some otherworldly threat. A teenage boy fights against this threat, but becomes increasingly more emotionally unstable. Communication with others is also a major theme in both. Kono Danshi is ultimately more optimistic then Evangelion though. 
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A scientist builds a giant humanoid robot to protect Earth from alien invaders. The child of the scientist refuses to pilot it. The robot belongs to the secret government organization and have a features of the woman the scientist once loved. And there are many other similarities. 
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The battles in both series just feel so similar.  
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Okay, these series are polar opposites when it comes to tone and presentation, admittedly. However, they both share a common theme of dealing with loneliness. If you related to Shinji's struggle to feel loved and accepted, then you will probably feel for Natsume, too. Both protagonists have trouble relating to other people, and struggle with self-worth. So if you liked the existential musing more than the giant robot fights in Evangelion, I would definitely recommend Natsume Yuujinchou.  
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Texhnolyze is the only anime I've yet seen that even compares to NGE in terms of artistic depth. It's also the only one since NGE to make me feel like I'd REALLY been through something by the end. The story takes a while to unfold, but it reminds me of NGE in that around 3/4 of the way through it REALLY picks up. And even though the pace never reaches a boiling point, it remains measured and intense throughout. There are many episodes where not much happens and the episode just serves to slowly advance the story. The characters are perhaps less likable in  read more 
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Both shows take a look at the human psyche with a basis in psychology and religion. It focuses on what humans are, and the nature of existence itself. 
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Both has the same main plot: Main character launched into drive mechas and has a lot of hability for that. 
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Both has same things: - Many perspective to story - Complex plot - Psychological definitions and mind setting - a lot of character development - Questions and Answers to be found and asked - Characters own past story - Shivering music and emotions 
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I realized just after watching this fifth film how similar it is to NGE. Not talking about the plot or world but about the deepness. NGE was for a long time my favorite anime because of the deep thoughts, now I guess I have two on the first place. 
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it is mostly the feel of the story, especially the psychological part (even though NGE is more confusing than MoO) the story plot is similar in the sense that the good guys, Meros Warriors (MoO) and Evangelion (NGE), and the bad guys, Monsters (MoO) and Angels (NGE), battle what seemed to be a very long battle.. both endings are about the same where they are left hanging, and left for the viewers to imagine. 
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The mechs in these shows initially seem little more than a means to an end, but it slowly becomes apparent that they are far more sinister than th