Neon Genesis Evangelion anime; The latest human endeavor to prevent extinction

  • Japanese title: 新 世紀 エ ヴ ァ ン ゲ リ ン ン
  • Writer and Director: Hideaki Anno
  • Genre: Apocalypse, Mecca, Psychological Drama, Sci-Fi and Action
  • Product of Gainax and Tatsunoko Production studios
  • Number of episodes: 26 episodes plus 6 movies
  • Time of broadcasting of the series: from 1995 to 2021 AD
  • Playback Status: On the verge of ending with a cinematic anime


Many, many years after the destruction of half of the humans, they are waiting for the third and final attack of the angels in 2015; Creatures that sometimes look like giant, scary monsters, and sometimes look like advanced giant robots, seemingly with no purpose other than to destroy terrestrial life. Humans, who normally had no chance to fight them, finally succeeded in creating a powerful mechanical weapon that looks like a giant robot from the outside and must be controlled from the inside by special people; By 14-year-olds and sometimes untrained teenagers, it seems that only a limited number of them can communicate properly with these monsters created to destroy angels.

One of these 14-year-olds is an uninformed boy named Shinji Ikari, who suddenly has to join NERV in an underground city on his father’s orders; A cold father who has not been noticed for years. But Shinji is not alone in this and joins people like Rey Ayanami. He slowly goes from being immature to controlling the Angels (Eva / giant robots created to fight angels) and intends to become a high-ranking fighter.

Among all these mysteries, there are other unknown characters who, like the unanswered riddles of the story in the opening episodes, engage Shinji’s mind with various questions. What is the real purpose of NERV as an international organization built to deal with angels? What are the angels themselves? Why did Shinji have to take this scary path, and more importantly, why do some of the people around him look so strange?

Neon Genesis Evangelion (Original Series)

Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series with 26 episodes, produced in 1995 and 1996
Reviving the story of Onglion (complete ending of the original series with some changes)

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth, 1997
The End of Evangelion, a 1997 animated feature film
Recreating Evangelion (narrating a different version of the story of the collection independently)

The best serial anime in history – Part I

Evangelion animated movie: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, produced in 2007
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, 2009
Evangelion movie anime: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, produced in 2012
Evangelion movie anime: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, produced in 2021
“Neon Genesis Evanglion” can be considered one of the largest collections of Japanese anime in the world, which has attracted the attention of many viewers over the years. The total revenue of this valuable sci-fi world is so high in major and minor productions, including manga and lightnight, that both Hidaki Ano still has the budget to make the latest film in the series, and various companies have fought for the rights to the film.

The Netflix Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series may have been met with a backlash from old-fashioned fans due to the new English dubbing and some changes to the songs and soundtrack, but it certainly brought a lot of new fans to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. . As it should be admitted now, the cinematic anime Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is introduced not only in Japan but also in many other parts of the world as one of the most anticipated films of 2021. Because it has hard-line fans and at the same time belongs to different generations.

But perhaps the presence of a serial anime and six cinematic anime in the series makes some people easily afraid to watch it and feel that they can not step into such a complex series. But if you watch the mentioned works in the order written above or in the same order as the broadcast, you will not have any problems and you can enjoy them. Of course, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First of all, when watching the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, know that episodes 21 to 24 of the series have a version called “Director’s Cut”. As a result, when watching episodes 21 to 24, try to watch the same version of the director. Then, when it comes to the two Evangelion anime films of the 1990s, which actually end the series in a better way, keep in mind that Hidaki Anu in these two works has practically changed some parts of the story told in the series. The problem is that the ending of the series was not to the liking of a percentage of fans for several reasons, and Anu wanted to improve the story with these two films. Because he was facing a serious lack of budget and some other pressures in making the series, he was not able to draw a complete picture of his vision.

Over the course of more than two decades, studios, co-directors and sometimes other writers may have helped Ano create various works of the Evangelion world, but he has always been the original creator and never abandoned Neon Genesis Evangelion. Even Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is written and directed by Hidaki Ano; Until he finally finishes the series in 2021 in an ideal way. As a result, when the ending with two anime films from the 90’s and even the “director’s version of episodes 21 to 24 of the series” were more in line with his wishes, the audience should welcome them without a guard.

After watching the serial anime and two anime movies released in the 90’s, you will probably want to go to the new movie quartet “Onglion”. But keep in mind that this is where Hidaki Anu starts the story from the beginning, takes it in a new direction and practically builds new versions of his work. As a result, even if you have not seen the serial anime and two anime movies of the 90’s, you can go to these four new cinematic animes and fall in love with them without any problems. To put it more clearly, there are two stories of “Evangelion” to date; The first version, which began with a 26-episode series and ended with two films in 1997, and the second version, which consists of four cinematic anime, began airing in 2007 and will end in 2021.

Does the second version, consisting of four cinematic anime, exactly reconstruct the story told in the main series and the two anime films broadcast alongside it? No. The second version (4 cinematic anime in the 21st century) The story of Evanglion may have a lot in common with the first version (series and two anime films of the 90’s), especially in the initial parts. But there are several differences. Therefore, if you ask me, it is better to remember all these points, to see all the works mentioned in the order written above, in order to enjoy both versions of the story of Neon Genesis Unglion, the work of Hideaki Ano. After all, Hideaki Ano is one of the greatest anime makers in history, and Neon Genesis Evangelion is his most influential work. So no one wastes their time by making the most of both versions of his great sci-fi story!

Before addressing the form and content of the work and its overview, another point should be seriously mentioned. Zomji usually does not give a specific explanation about age in the beginning of his new anime-oriented articles, which are a kind of guide to watching the work. Because the works in question usually have a certain age level, mentioning it at the beginning of the text simply indicates to the audience that the work in question was made, for example, for an audience over 13 years (PG-13) or adults (+ R).

But Neon Genesis Evangelion does not easily fall into one of these categories. Not only has the anime received contradictory age ratings in different countries, but sometimes its different episodes and movies have been really different age ratings. In Australia, for example, some episodes of the original series are suitable for everyone, and some of them are introduced as adult works.

The fact is that the work in question does not necessarily follow well-defined limits during its various episodes and films. For example, the director version of episodes 21 to 24 of the main series is older than the regular version of these episodes. Also, since children and teenagers can enjoy and interact with many and many parts of this series, some people mistakenly did not pay attention to the true age of the most adult sequences when distributing the work to others.

Most viewers are preoccupied with thinking about the minutes of a product when it comes to age. As a result, at the end of this four-paragraph explanation, and before I get to the main introduction of Onglion, I would like to introduce the neon Genesis Evangelion Hideaki Ano anime series, which is basically suitable for an adult audience.

Perhaps today’s tough audience will notice a dichotomy in the storytelling of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. This is because the series is sometimes really a full-fledged show and is just a battle of robots and giant creatures, and sometimes it goes to its complex sequences and composes philosophy for a few minutes in a row.

At the same time, there is no denying that some of the adult sequences of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime were created without the need for 100% storytelling and solely for the purpose of capturing the momentary attention of the general audience. These facts are undeniable and show that the mentioned product is sometimes only concerned with entertaining the maximum audience and financial profitability. No wonder. Hideoaki Anu was created with a limited budget and financial problems, and because it was too strange in the eyes of the producers of the 90’s, it was constantly in danger. So we would probably find it childish to judge such a flaw in the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime if we were to judge each work by the right standards.

If we want to read about the period of severe decline of the viewer’s attention to anime and the serious endangerment of this industry and then its salvation and its resurgence, we come across the name of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, the glorious and important work of Hidaki Anu.

In other words, with this brilliant product, Hidayaki Anu revolutionized the way studios look at Mecha-style anime (with big robots and science-fiction storytelling focused on high-tech). At that time, there was not a significant amount of human emotion in such anime, and people did not think that in the minutes of a popular TV anime they could encounter such things as the filmmaker’s profound views on the sayings of great philosophers and metaphors taken from Christianity, Judaism and even Gentiles. Be.

As a result, perhaps for today’s audience, which is merely preparing to see the Neon Genesis Evangelion, the Hideaki Ano anime is a profound work that is deliberately filled with some absurd and entertaining moments to get more viewers. But in the real world, the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime was created at a time when everyone expected it to be absolutely fun and popular without the slightest thought or meaning. As a result, Hideaki Ano introduced philosophical discourse, valuable concepts, and shocking messages into a popular work; Not the other way around! Great storytellers sometimes succeed in creating a flow only by bringing new discussions to popular works.

It should not be forgotten that all popular Neon Genesis Evangelion anime sequences work well in their place. When the anime depicts a battle between a huge angel and a charming robot, the audience can not turn a blind eye to the war. The series does not feel old in these moments and shows exciting images. So when we look at it with a complete intellectual background, we can better understand why Neon Genesis Evangelion anime is important; A product that can be introduced to many adult viewers interested in the world of anime, and as much as it can be for some a pure entertainment with a few ups and downs, for some it becomes a food for thought for a long time.

One of the key strengths of Ano’s work is that during all these sequences, he moves forward with the focus on characters that we can understand; Whether they are struggling or enjoying life a little or suffering alone. The Neon Genesis Evangelion anime is getting strangely more emotional and human. Because it explains its point of view to the audience in every way.

The issue is not just about characterization and increasing the depth and appeal of the main and supporting characters to the audience. The problem is not only that in the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion we are often confronted with the revelation of facts belonging to the past that completely change our knowledge of a character. Rather, the point is that even the fantasy and sci-fi elements of the work find far more emotional meaning than many expect.

For a work so full of weird events and technologies, the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime often seems incredibly believable. Not because we can believe what is happening in the story inside our world. Rather, it is because the series really takes its narrative logic seriously and elaborates on it. The Neon Genesis Evangelion anime creates such an interesting narrative framework that when presenting a plausible explanation in the same context, the audience can get a bit of a sense of realism from the storytelling. When the work has an interesting narrative logic, matching an explanation with the same narrative logic makes the whole work more believable and even more realistic for the audience.

Hideaki Ano puts human issues behind most of the sequences in his work that can exist in any work with any genre. Loneliness and sorrow, fear of not achieving great success in the glittering modern world, misdiagnosis of love and the physical needs of the body, distance from each other, cooperation, human internal warfare to forget or not forget the past, need To receive the admiration and praise of certain people and many other moral and tangible discussions. The Neon Genesis Evangelion anime works on different levels because it can almost always have a say in what it looks like.

So one can understand why those relatively limited anime sequences, which really consist of metaphors, symbolism, and elaborate semantics from beginning to end, did not appeal to many fans. Because although Hideaki Ano challenges human thoughts and beliefs from many angles in many of those moments, the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion is too obvious during such seconds.

It seems that he can read this multi-layered work completely and understand exactly what message he wants to achieve. As a result, it is natural that these sequences are not very successful in attracting the attention of all fans, unlike the sequences that have an attractive and inwardly filled meaning of each other. It may not sound like the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, but unfortunately it must be admitted that the creators, especially in the original series, could have made much more useful use of the soundtrack.

This means that if you want to scrutinize each and every part of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, especially by today’s standards, you can certainly address a few issues that, if addressed, would have had a better effect. But if looking at a lasting work of art in this way makes you avoid watching it and miss every single memorable frame and dialogue and sometimes the uniqueness of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, then it’s better to look at this strict view at all. (Maybe pessimistic) Do not go. Because Hidaki Anu’s work is in the group of important art products that have had a direct impact on its medium greatness (here, TV anime).

Such products definitely deserve to be judged by their best seconds after years. Because when we go through the experience provided by them, after a while we only think about our feelings while following the story; How beautiful the filmmaker made us think and enjoy. Understand more and be more afraid; Perhaps we will better understand and embrace ourselves today as we hear the story unfold in a future where the seas are full of blood.

The Neon Genesis Evangelion anime has a strange poetic twist on dealing with teenagers who, for different reasons and with different roots, step into mysterious organizations, become controllers of giant robots, and fight to maintain their true identities and save the earth. Because it speaks both of the necessity of loneliness and of the necessity of holding hands. It speaks both to the need to curse the past and to step into the future, and to the need to remember every single step that has already been taken and what has happened. Both the need to preserve the most valuable creators of the soul, intellect and man, and the need to accept some of the simplest attractions in the world.

Here, instead of the strong and unchanging views of an artist, you are confronted with flexible characters and worlds who dared to challenge the audience’s definition of “hero” in such stories. Few audiences can be found who have exactly the same conceptual impressions from each of the minutes of the neon Genesis Evangelion anime, and this one shows beautifully why this entertaining work deserves to be watched and even reviewed.

Ghost in the Shell anime

The Ghost in the Shell movie anime may not have a direct resemblance to the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, but it sometimes deals with concepts similar to the current talk. Also, just like the Neon Genesis Evangelion, which has been developed with different effects, the Ghost in the Shell anime delivered more and more stories to the audience in various forms; To show the destructive world, destructive betrayals from within the system and seemingly attractive but in fact disgusting technologies. These advanced tools can sometimes completely obliterate human beings and take their reins in a savage world. In the meantime, keep in mind that both works listed at the end of this article as valuable and engaging Japanese works for those interested in the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime are, in the eyes of many critics, more valuable, influential, and important than the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime itself.

Also in the Ghost in the Shell anime, like most parts of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, we see the director’s minimal use of similar music, and we see most of the pure images, which may be several times too empty, but in the most important sequences with the most detail. They look at the audience. In these great animes, the images play an important role in accompanying the viewer with the storytelling, and since Ghost in the Shell, unlike the neon Genesis Evangelion, did not face a serious problem of lack of budget, it never disappoints the viewer in this regard.

By the way, if you are looking to watch more TV anime, you can check out the FLCL anime and the Cowboy Bebop anime, both of which are unique and bizarre science fiction that leave a lasting impression on memorable illustrations.

Anime Akira

Of all the works that can be considered in some ways similar to the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, perhaps the masterpiece of Katsuhiro Otomo, the anime Akira, is the best. Because this epoch-making film, which literally influenced the development of post-apocalyptic science-fiction storytelling, is a classroom of using teen character-related stories to address important and broad concepts.

Not only do both of these works offer a very meaningful ending to the audience, but the Akira anime shines like the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime in creating a unique world. In such a way that we are repeatedly confronted with films that are directly or indirectly influenced by the atmosphere of such enduring animes. In the meantime, it should not be forgotten that Neon Genesis Evanglion may be full of creativity in many ways, but this great ideological creation, certainly created as a sci-fi created in the post-Akira era, breathes somewhat under the shadow of that shocking anime; Whether it is when some teenagers are suddenly caught up in the craziest stories or when it shows the inner filth of a corrupt government in a highly developed city.

Audiences who want to see the anime in the best possible quality can enjoy the 4K version of Akira Remaster, which fortunately has finally reached everyone. Such a work should be seen with the best possible quality. Because Akira anime is as famous for its unique illustrations as it is for its powerful storytelling.