Title: Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV series)
Genre: mecha, sci-fi, drama
Released date: October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996
Director: Hideaki Anno
Animated by: Gainax
Comment: The larger part of the series was typical crowd pleasers such as a teenage boy, Ikari Shinji, who was involuntarily chosen to pilot the Eva01, the invading monsters (angels) with various exotic powers and many exciting action sequences. But beneath these typical things was an incredibly dark and adult theme including internal conflicts, extreme violence, death, sex and many mentally disturbing events. The minds of the characters were the most distinctive component of the show. The best example was Ikari Shinji, the main protagonist, who suffered from depression, feeling of worthlessness, lack of self confidence and fear of making friends which made it impossible to call him the hero of the series. The other characters like Asuka Langley, Ayanami Rei, Ikari Gendo, Misato or Ritsuko were also mentally sick or had some personality disorder or had been through traumatic events in the past. The psychological (e.g. the hedgehog’s dilemma, mother is the first other) and religious concepts (e.g. Adam and Eve, Lance of Longinus, Lilith, the Tree of Life) were also very interesting and induced the viewers to interpret the anime further. The animation was topnotch and the soundtrack was great partly due to the extensive use of classical music. Conclusion: Neon Genesis Evangelion was a brilliant and intriguing anime whether you take it seriously or just want to be entertained.