The classic anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion will be streamed on Netflix this June. Evangelion is considered to be one of the greatest anime series of all time. Debuting in 1995, the series is a complex story that follows high school students as they try to save humanity using giant robots. Netflix will stream all 26 episodes of the series and two films, Evangelion: Death True and The End of Evangelion. Check out the trailer:
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Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most successful and influential anime series ever. The main protagonists in this series is Shinji Ikari. He’s the young son of Gendo Ikari, the commander of NERV. Gendo is a terrible father and is abusive towards well everyone. He abandons Shiji at one point.
This is important only because it explains why Shinji is so messed up. Shinji is described by the director of Evangelion as “as a boy who shrinks from human contact, and has “convinced himself that he is a completely unnecessary person, so much so that he cannot even commit suicide.” Simply put, he’s pathetic and he becomes grating. He has a “libido-destrudo conflict,” and several complexes.
Mainly he’s has a Oedipus complex which refer’s to a “child’s unconscious sexual desire for the opposite-sex parent and hatred for the same-sex parent.” He also suffers from what is called the “Hedgehog’s dilemma,” which is “is a metaphor about the challenges of human intimacy.”
I understand that Shinji is one of the most complex characters in anime, his father is an amoral human being, but I couldn’t help tire of his personality. I often found his voice to be annoying and wanted him to just shut up. Ultimately, the series was too good to be ruined by him and he does become less annoying as the series goes on.
Evangelion: 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone is the first of four movies in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy. Hideaki Anno was unsatisfied with the original series from the 90’s, aiming to recreate Evangelion. Evangelion: 1.0 retells the first six episodes of the original series, with mild changes to the plot and characters to create greater clarity. Any fan of the original series may have been confused by it’s complicated plot and complex themes. The story is condensed removing a lot of the unnecessary plot points. The often dreary tone of the series is alter, as the sadness characters experience is limited.
Evangelion: 1.0 quickly gets past the introduction, greatly improving on the pace, while still successfully conveying the main plot. However, for the most part the story is presented as the original series. Shinji is a teenage pilot, tasked with saving humanity. He pilots a bio mechanical hybrid mecha called an Evangelion. The battles between these EVA’s and the monsters called Angels are still brutal and intense. The most visible change in the film is the noticeable improvement in the animation. Shinji as a character is also improved, as he was extremely neurotic and simply annoying to viewers.
The biggest issue regarding Evangelion: 1.0, is the consequence of condensing and editing several episodes into one movie. The story is feels rushed at times, that said, the remake of the first six episodes is well worth viewing. Evangelion: 1.0 accomplishes what Anno set out to do, retelling the original Neon Genesis Evangelion, while enhancing the animation, making the characters, and plot more understandable. It’s still not for the faint of heart as the brutal violence is still represented. With the first film in the tetralogy being so well received, the next three in the series should be even better.
Chief Director: Hideaki Anno, Director: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Screenplay: Hideaki Anno, Storyboard: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Tomoki Kyoda, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Unit Director: Hiroshi Haraguchi, Music: Shiro Sagisu, Original creator: Hideaki Anno, Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Art Director: Hiroshi Kato, Tatsuya Kushida, Chief Animation Director: Shunji Suzuki, Animation Director: Kazuchika Kise, Hidenori Matsubara, Yuji Moriyama, Atsushi Okuda, Mechanical design: Ikuto Yamashita, Cgi Director: Hiroyasu Kobayashi, Co-Director: Kobun Shizuno, Director of Photography: Toru Fukushi, Executive producer: Toshimichi Ootsuki.
Anime you wish never ended and continued on
Neon Genesis Evangelion
When I first started watching Evangelion I was a child (maybe I shouldn’t have been watching the series at that age), I was obviously 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 was able to appreciate the series as a whole. I even wrote a college English paper on the series.
Evangelion has been credited 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 the 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 manages to combine themes centered around philosophy, religion and psychoanalysis with an amazing mecha battles. I highly recommend this series, and wish it didn’t end.
30 Day Anime Challenge
Anime with the best animation (Rebuild of Evangelion)
I don’t think I going to be able to correctly answer this one. The main issue is the fact that many anime have amazing animation, some have different styles. If you factor in the fact that some of the animators work on more than one series it can get even more tricky. However, in order to comply with the challenge I will have to choose one.
After debating with myself I decided that “Rebuild of Evangelion” was the best. Rebuild of Evangelion is a series of four movies. Together these movies retelling of the original TV series. “Rebuild of Evangelion” is a separate continuity from the original TV series and movies, Death and Rebirth and The End of Evangelion. The Rebuild movie series is “intended accessible and understandable” to those who weren’t fans of the original series, but still be satisfying to those who were (like myself).
So far three of the four movies have been released to great success (in Japan at least). Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone was released in 2007, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance was released in 2009 and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo was released last year. The four and final movie “Evangelion: Final” is expected to bet released in a few years.
30 Day Anime Challenge
Favorite Mech Anime
This one was easy. Neon Genesis Evangelion was created by Gainax. Hideaki Anno wrote and directed the series. Evangelion is an apocalyptic anime that focuses on a teenage boy named Shinji Ikari. He is given the opportunity to save the world using a mecha called an “Eva” to defeat enemies called Angels. It’s considered one of the most successful anime of all time, grossing over 150 Billion yen. I think Evangelion is one of the most impressive, intellectual and though provoking anime ever created. Evangelion has tremendous action sequences. They can be rather violent so caution should be taken if your easily offended. You can miss the underlining symbolism that Evangelion features so it’s probably would recommend re watching the series several times. Evangelion has complicated themes based off of religion and philosophy.