One of the most imported things i ever seen growing up (I'm including The End of Evangelion with this statement as well), it unlocked a chamber of my mind that no other artistic manifestation would of been able to gain entry to within the confines of this medium. In other words-the same way the work of Kurosawa, Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Welles, Bergman, Lynch, Scorsese, Coppla, Melville, Ray & Tarantino has affected me.
Twenty-two years after its creation, Neon Genesis Evangelion remains the best animated series ever made. Not just an adventure but something much more powerful: an exploration of the human mind. Psychoanalysis, religious mythology, eastern philosophy and occultism are some of the themes present in this deceptively adult work. Shinji Ikari is a unforgettable character and Rei Ayanami was part of my sexual awakening.
NGE had a brutal effect on me and on the way I now conceptualize relationships, escapism, resilience and a lot more. We devalue others, or they means of escaping, and yet we do the same. We turn to music, films, pornography, to any mean that allows us to cope with our failures or delusional wishes. Escapism allows us to rationalize the difference between the idealized idea of ourselves and how we really are.
This is honestly one of the most intense and well paced animes ever made, it starts out slow but it's worth it for latter half of the episodes of the anime. Throw in a brilliant soundtrack, a well thought out story that's both personal and epic. The symbolism here is also used in a very interesting and original way(back in those days of course)
kills me more and more every time i watch it. one of the biggest jokes ever played on the anime industry. sadly, it went on to become a joke itself but things are good if you ignore everything evangelion after 1997. some of the depth in the series is really meaningful and some is just for fun. i love it all.