100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 30

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Anime you wish never ended and continued (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Technically, Evangelion hasn’t ended (the next movie is coming this year). However, I separate the movies from the main series. So for this challenge, I’m focusing on Evangelion-only season.

When I first started watching Evangelion, I was a child (maybe I shouldn’t have been watching the series at that age); I was too young to comprehend the complexity and symbolism within the series. I just thought that it was a cool violent mecha anime. However, once I got older and more mature, I could appreciate the series more. I even wrote a college English paper on the series.

They have credited Evangelion with “revolutionized the giant-robot genre “. The series was so successful that it has earned billions. For those who don’t know, Evangelion focuses on a futuristic Tokyo more than a decade after a “worldwide cataclysm “. The story centers on protagonist Shinji, a teenage boy who is recruited by his father for an organization called NERV to pilot an Evangelion.

Using the Evangelion, Shinji along with fellow pilots Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu, combat enemies known as Angels. The series focuses on deep psychological effects that the pilots experience as they attempt to prevent another catastrophe. It features heavy religious symbolism “from Kabbalah, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Shinto“. Overall, Neon Genesis Evangelion combines themes centered on philosophy, religion, and psychoanalysis with amazing mecha battles. I highly recommend this series and wish it didn’t end.

8 thoughts on “100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 30

  1. I can’t think of a single series that I wish wouldn’t have ended. I feel that every series should come to their logical conclusions(in fact; I can already name 1 series that wish had ended a little bit earlier), but I can’t name anything that I feel should just go on forever and ever.

  2. Agreed so much. In fact after I finished both Evangelion and the subsequent film I remember I would binge-watch playthroughs of people playing the “Girlfriend Of Steel” video games based on the franchise. It was one heck of an entertaining flick, I tell ya!

      1. Same – that is, if it ever comes out. 😂 I’m hoping they can tie all loose ends in the final film because I sure was disappointed by the previous film and what happened. Like… how did a show that reveled in human psyche, religious symbolism and stuff as part of its identity turn into a cheap Gundam knockoff in one swing? 😣

      2. One of the biggest issues with Evangelion is the gap between movies. COVID didn’t help and I think the creator had health issues. Hopefully, it will be released this year.

  3. I’d go with Madoka Magica. It only got 1 season not counting the spinoff but I think there were enough plotlines going on where it definitely could have used another few seasons to really flesh things out. It’s a shame that we didn’t get more content there

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