Neon Genesis Evangelion

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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, GKIDS, Netflix
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, Avant GardeAvant Garde, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.331 (scored by 812358812,358 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2042
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #49
Members: 1,407,758
Favorites: 81,027

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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
If you like complex thinking, you should watch this. Very psychological. 
report Recommended by PandaPuff
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Basically the same coming of age story as evangelion.  
report Recommended by OrangeBLAHBLAH52
both have mecha both are deep in different ways and surpass the standard mecha anime  
report Recommended by foreverzerov1
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Altought both animes are extremely different to each other, the MC of Wonder Egg and Neon Genesis are 14 years old persons who have several psychological traumas that affect clearly their relationships with other people. Not only that, they share that there are two settings, the real world and the onirical world. They follow for the earlier part the monster-of-the-week structure with the monsters (Angels in Evangelion) being quite different and some of them are pretty psychedelic. In the battles, the MCs of Wonder Egg Priority and Neon Genesis Evangelion struggle mightly against their own minds, while most of the time cruise in beating the monsters. In  read more 
report Recommended by tlato_but
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
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
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
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 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. 
report Recommended by BoyHime732
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Similar themes of loneliness, isolation and escapism. Evangelion is also quite heavily inspired by Ultra series and tokusatsu in general. Gridman's directorial style is also quite reminiscent of Anno's in a lot of situations. 
report Recommended by Naratt
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
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
The same character design, and the same mood, too: disilluded, thoughtful, nostalgic and melancholic. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Cheating
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
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
Both anime focus on the idea of child soldiers piloting mecha and the toll these battles take on their psyche. Both anime share a similar vibe, featuring drama and tons of great mecha action, with Evangelion having a higher focus on psychology, and Gundam IBO having a higher focus on politics. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
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 gained in the mecha genre very high praise and attention and more so popularity in the west till today , and soon: 25TH ANNIVERSARY BLOWOUT i can,t wait 
report Recommended by Shura-shurato
both defying anime in their respective genres, hard to ignore and iconic characters  
report Recommended by christred
Evangelion is a deconstruction of the mecha genre while School Days is a deconstruction of the harem genre. 
report Recommended by NeoRinTinTin
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 Chromephone
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 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
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 jenreifu
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
You can sense the influence of Neon Genesis Evangelion into Zegapain. Both animes are not just about an ongoing war against a higher being, and are heavily focused on the psychological state of the protagonist. Zega suffers from the early digital animation era but its direction and scene compositions give the anime a mysterious and introspective vibe just like Eva. 
report Recommended by IgorSiemann
Both are mind blowers,if you want to change your perception of the world watch steins gate. 
report Recommended by animescavenger
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
1. Both shows use superficial elements (mecha fights and shogi games) to emmmask a complex and deep psychological drama. 2. Teenage and antisocial protagonist who has suffered a terrible family misfortune. 3. Love-hate relationship between the protagonist and a grumpy red-haired girl. 4. The protagonist's special relationship with a boy (adult in Sangatsu) with white hair and "angelic" appearance. 
report Recommended by Chillida
• Both animes are deconstructions of the mecha genre. • Both animes follow a protagonist struggling to survive in uncomfortable situations, however Tony Stark from Iron Man is clearly the stronger of the two, while Shinji cries and falls down when things get rough, Stark never gives up. • Both animes were made on tight budgets but still deliver wonderful narratives, intriguing themes, incredible animation, beautiful characterisations and marvellous openings that you'll undoubtedly never skip. • Both animes have a setting in Japan • Both animes are in Japanese with an English dub option, making it accessible for anyone • Both animes are considered cult classics and have had  read more 
report Recommended by SPAZI0
same fan service and same way love and Main characters have a psychological  
report Recommended by akalia21
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 Arisukiss
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
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 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. 
report Recommended by LittleCaesars
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 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 
report Recommended by Mixxu
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
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
Both have one boy and multiple girls piloting mechs and both are incredibly deep with symbolism only few will understand.. 
report Recommended by oijgahkrthnkndc
Evengelion and Re:Zero are very similar and unique for be Psychodrama genre with a showy background scenario, so flashy that make most of audience be distracted about what is the real focus of series. - In Evangelion people get atracted by Sci-fi, Mystery and Action, althought for the author what really matters is the disturbed mind of Shinji-kun. - In Re:Zero people get atracted Fantasy, Isekai, Time Loops and CGDCT, althought for the author what really matters is the disturbed mind of Subaru-kun. And the disturbed events of both series are built in order to interfere in the psychological of the main character. 
report Recommended by Rob7
"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
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
both are roller coaster ride of emotion and drama  
report Recommended by badlander_vtg
Teenagers protecting the world from mecha creatures that aim to attack the earth, while piloting mechas themselves. 
report Recommended by Numi
Rebuild makes the art much better, basically the first 6 episodes. The other rebuild movies lack the developments made in the TV series. 
report Recommended by Recited
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
Both are smart drama series that explore the psyches and mental states of their characters. 
report Recommended by TVC15
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 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
if you're looking for badass looking robots and an totally missed up world than 86 would be the second best choice. Evangelion is better tho 
report Recommended by TheUncleSaber
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
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 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 LoveLikeBlood
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 classic anime with good depictions of characters and the study of them. Both of these feel like they are not anime because of their themes and forms, granted that eva is much more of an anime than logh but still, these two have more aspirations than a modern animation. Logh has more classic character analysis that you would find in a book rather than the mostly psychological concepts used in Nge. If you like to think about the characters, the way they do things and why they do things (sometimes logically, sometimes emotionally) then nge is a show which lets you do that.  read more 
report Recommended by El_dios_Jabbar
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 DblBeast
One more Evangelion-influenced show depicting teens, religious imagery and incoherent story-telling. 
report Recommended by insoo
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
Both are mecha shows that include creepy and horror elements. While having the usual format of secret organization fighting monsters and could be said to have monster of the week episodes, they also take time to explore psychology too. Betterman could be said to be lighter, less crazy Evangelion. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
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
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
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
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 Dawnrazor
- 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 SekaiDied
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
Futuristic sci-fies (that may go over people's head) about a boy fighting against enemies and getting in a relationship with a violent tsundere, and a blue-haired kuudere, both series are plot-heavy masterpieces but GTA is obviously superior for not featuring BL undertones near its ending. 
report Recommended by Kazu-chan-san
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
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 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 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 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
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 are Mecha Virus occasionally has a psychological feel to it alike that in Evangelion (sometimes even has the images that flash up) At some points, the artstyle in Virus looks similar to Evangelion 
report Recommended by 7kaneki7
Eva tackles some similar themes to Sarazanmai, albeit with a much different tone. There's a pretty heavy amount of focus put on dysfunctional relationships, need for human connection, and the difference between caring about someone and using them for self validation.  
report Recommended by domecity
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
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 involve people crazy enough to execute a plan for earth destruction.  
report Recommended by Niveen_Sleem
Themes in both of these shows include isolation/loneliness, depression/despair, connecting with other people, and finding a reason to live. They both are emotional and will probably make you think about their messages long after you finish them. 
report Recommended by SAniyoukoso
Both have very well-developed characters and psychological themes. Both also present themselves as a type of genre but turn out to be something else deeper. 
report Recommended by Inudrew
Both have a similar plot about human connections. If your there for that kind of plot that is. Although evangelion does it in a more metaphorical way, kizna does it in an easier to understand way, physically showing the connections 
report Recommended by skyzer14
#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 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
- Philosophical in nature, lots of question abt ourselves - Chilly (horror) mystery vibes but not exactly a ghost story. - Computers + programming. Though Subete ga F ni Naru is not a mecha series unlike Eva. 
report Recommended by varcharTV
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 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 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
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 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.  
report Recommended by gfsdfgsdgsdfgs
Being a magical girl, transforming and using your powers to fight evil. Or pilot a giant mecha, 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. Both shows portray these genres in a much darker way than usual. Shouldering a very heavy responsibility, 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 that are explored in these works.  read more 
report Recommended by Zonecommander26
Existential themes set in an apocalyptic-like environment and atmosphere, as well in being a unique experience.  
report Recommended by Wxku_shi
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.  
report Recommended by Stan_Cipher
both have a similar narrative structure, the first half is very episodic, but from the second half onwards it focuses 100% on the story 
report Recommended by Juaum_Dodoi
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
Humanity is attacked by giant creatures of unknown origin. 
report Recommended by ThyagoSpindola
Evangelion and Granbelm both envolve young characters where they have to pilot a robot and fight, while resolve their personal conflicts. Both of their main characters have a inner conflict with themselves about they own persona. 
report Recommended by DragonSlayerMlp
Both have great plots with complex characters and potential for theories 
report Recommended by ArtyrAlmeida
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 INeedAnAlias
Both shows feature excessive amount of symbolism, hidden meaning behind every character interaction, intensive philosphy, giant robots, banging soundtracks and most important of all: quality waifus. 
report Recommended by Doiben
both have innocent protagonists who out of nowhere get involved with great powers and strange people. Both have a brilliant psychological work accomplished. Both are revolutionaries in the field of animation well done. 
report Recommended by Yozo999
Mahoromatic borrows a lot of elements from Neon Genesis Evangelion, both being made at studio Gainax, and they ended up sharing a lot of similarities. Both are about a war between humans and alien beings, called angels and saints, they have an organization working from the shadows, with a council that involves monoliths, and have overall a similar aesthetic, with good character designs and animation. 
report Recommended by Kiwii_121
Teenagers fighting without no say in the matter for one ultimate goal. The main protagonist, Shirou Emiya also suffers from a form of trauma, though its mostly oblivious unless you read thr visual novel. Various other aspects are borrowed from Evangelion like Rin's personality being somewhat similar to Asuka, how both Saber and Rei have a hard time expressing happiness and how Shirou lacks a father figure. 
report Recommended by EmperorMiyamoto
Neon Genesis Evangelion, like Texhnolyze, explores human nature. Where Texhnolyze focuses on society, the places individuals find themselves within it, and the circumstances behind why they are where they are; Evangelion focuses more so on interpersonal relationships and intimate personal struggles which go unspoken. 
report Recommended by you-tell-me
Though the plots and settings are super different, they both incorporate "outer-worldly" enemies the main characters have to fight against. Also, they both have a similar plot twist to which there is "more than meets the eye" with their enemies and their origin. 
report Recommended by BladeKnight97
-Visually similar -Weird psychological ending involving space, and emotions, and humanity -Surreal style and imagery -Still don't understand what they mean  
report Recommended by male_humanoid
Nazo to Kanojo X and Neon Genesis Evangelion are like two siblings: both have something unique, but you can always tell that they are, indeed, siblings. Nazo to Kanojo X tells a story of a boy and a girl who learn how to love each other and how to be loved. Through their struggle, they learn how to treat each other with respect and care, how to make sure that their relationship is the one that will not die. Now, how is this similar to Neon Genesis Evangelion, you'll ask? The visual style of both anime is of the same style, the characters do feel familiar,  read more 
report Recommended by ShonenLove
If you liked the latter parts of EVA, you'll enjoy Boogiepop, and vice versa. Both series focus intensely on the psychological problems of their characters. These characters, likewise, are quite similar in the two shows: generally lost and hopeless and often half insane, but they are made understandable and even sympathetic through either their pasts or their struggles. Those who enjoyed Boogiepop mainly for its mode of storytelling may find some earlier parts of EVA quite dull... 
report Recommended by requimcompany123
Though the plot and structure of each show is completely different from the other, both succeed is conveying one specific point: scale. The enemies are gigantic monsters that are constantly putting the world and the lives of the characters in danger, and victory is never achieved easily, usually happening at the last minute after the characters have exhausted all of their resources.