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Show: Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996)  
Review by: Animetique
This summary/review is provided by animetique.com and used under the Creative Commons License.
Story:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

Neon Genesis Evangelion... everyone has heard of it. Everyone has an opinion. Most watch the final two episodes are come away with a "what the hell was that?" feeling, like nothing was actually resolved & at the same time wondering if there was any point to those last episodes other than to f*ck with your head.

Emotionally, the series climaxes and systematically breaks the viewer down in attempt to show how each individual must believe in himself -there are elements of Sartre's self vs. other existentialism mixed with Zen Buddhist overtones that it will be ok once this is realized - you will have peace... if it is ever realized. It's a violent ending, and you have to watch the entire series from start to finish to really appreciate it, not for plot, but for character development. If you want to know how the plot works out, watch the movie, End of Evangelion (after the series, of course). And then you can go play Xenogears...

So a quick overview of the story is a follows. It's 2015, 15 years after the "Second Impact" that killed 75% of the world's population and covered most of the world with water. While the details of what actually happened are a blur, there are rumors that some type of divine being - an "angel" - cursed man for finding it by bringing about an apocalypse. 15 years later, the survivors have rebuilt the world (around Tokyo-3) and go about their lives until the "Angels" reappear.

The story revolves around a boy named Shinji Ikari whose mother is dead and his father abandoned him. Shinji has real issues and his social skills are not up to par with his peers. One day, he receives a note from his father to join him, so Shiji heads to Tokyo-3. There, he learns that his father runs a cult-like military group called NERV, and that he is to become the pilot for the Evangelion - the only weapon humans have that can stand up to the Angels. Shinji has immediate issues from the start and doesn't want to pilot the Eva or do his father's bidding. He also doesn't believe in himself, nor does he get along with his peers or other Eva pilots, Asuka Soryu Langley and Rei Ayanami.

The first half of the series builds the characters and revolves around the Eva/Angel battles in an almost classic mech format. Shinji and co must pilot the Evas to save mankind from the evil Angels. The series then takes a turn inward where Shinji's character and issues are explored deeply (hence my intro paragraph), and he and the rest of the characters must come to terms with the ensuing apocalypse.

Animation:

My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

I'll leave this blank until I see the Platinum version.

Music:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

Mainly orchestral to add to the intensity, the music really drives the emotional impact of the ongoing apocalypse. There's nothing quite like watching an epic battle between Eva and Angel with classical music in the background.

Character Design:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

Eva really shines in its character development. While your main characters are 14, they have more psychological issues than you can possibly imagine. And the anime takes it upon itself to explore each, particularly Shinji's, in great detail.

Admittedly, I watched the English dub, so I can only comment on that, but Shinji comes off as extremely whiney in that "why does this always have to happen to me? i just want everyone to leave me alone" mentality.

Asuka, the 2nd Child, grew up in foster care and is very competitive (and self centered). Her personality is extremely overbearing, and she is constantly yelling at Shinji about someone or other.

And then there's mild mannered Rei, the 1st Child, who rarely talks or shows emotion, but seems to think of Shinji's dad as a father figure.
Last Updated: 1/25/2007
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