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yuri1313's Neon Genesis Evangelion Tv Review

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion tv Review

Shinji Ikari's father is the head of a company called NERV. This company uses giant mecha (called EVAs) to fight against an opposing threat to Earth: Angels.

Throughout the 26 episodes and two movies, Shinji teams up with other 14-year-olds his age: Rei Ayanami, the quiet blue-haired girl who pilots Eva 00; Asuka Langley Soryu, the fiery red-headed girl who pilots Eva 02; Kaworu Nagisa, the boy who pilots Eva 03; and Toji Suzuhara, who pilots Eva 04. They all fight to save the world day after day in an epic story with twists and turns throughout the series.

Story & Characters

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a hard anime to review. It contains many religious symbolisms and themes, and has a plot that's hard to wrap your head around. However, I think I have found a fair enough way to rate it. So hear is my review on Neon Genesis Evangelion.

In Neon Genesis Evangelion, we follow the path of Ikari Shinji, a weak boy that doesn't really stand out and has a great destiny. Shinji's personality is far from likeable, but you end up feeling for him anyway, despite his numerous weaknesses. That's the great think about NGE. It allows you to care about the characters and want to support them and cry for them. It's one of the nice touches that NGE has.

The three "children" (Shinji, Asuka, and Rei) all have personalities that you wouldn't like normally. Shinji is weak and humble, Asuka is stubborn and snobby, and Rei is quiet and a bit rude in the beginning. However, it's their past experiences that make you want to just help them and be there for them so they don't have to endure their suffering alone. This anime really delivers when it comes to character development.

Neon Genesis Evangelion has tons of religious allegories and themes, making for a very interesting plot. You'll probably find yourself going on Wikipedia to find info about Angels and instrumentality constantly. The plot is very hard to understand. Just because a story is complicated, doesn't make it good. Comprehension is just as important as character and plot development in any kind of storytelling. Comprehension is just what lowers the story rating from a 10 to an 8. Even after all the research I did the whole thing still didn't make complete sense, and I am usually able to understand concepts such as the ones brought forth in this anime. I'm not saying nobody would be able to understand it, I'm just saying that some won't and that the research you did to understand it probably wouldn't really be worth it. The story is good when it all finally "clicks", but it can be a bit of a chore for some.

Rating: 8

Art

This is an older anime, being aired in 1996. It doesn't have all the fluid animation and CGI that we've come to expect in a lot of animes of the same genre today. However, for its time, NGE has very good animation. The fight scenes are animated well enough and are fun to watch. The design of the Angels is amazing ranging from beautiful, to very surreal and eerie. Their appearance leaves an impact on you and it's fun guessing what the next one will look like. I look forward to watching the redone version of this show in "Rebuild of Evangelion" to see what the animation and artwork will be like.

Rating: 8

Sound

The music of Neon Genesis Evangelion is fantastic. The opening theme "The Cruel Angel's Thesis" is absolutely great and extremely catchy. You'll find yourself singing the song all day after watching an episode of this anime. The backround music is exciting and thrilling, really getting you in the mood. I have not watched the Japanese version, so I cannot comment on that. The English dubbing is...alright. The voices fit for most of the characters, but it's really the quality of the audio that bothers me. However, the sound of this anime is very good and is one of the high points of this anime.

Rating: 9

Presentation

Neon Genesis Evangelion isn't for everyone. If you like a good story that is challenging to comprehend, then I recommend you check this one out. But if you like things in black and white, this isn't going to be your cup of tea. It's a good anime, but if it had been a bit easier to understand, it could have been even more succesful than it already is. Thanks for reading and enjoy (or don't) you viewing of Neon Genesis Evangelion!

Rating: 8

Final Verdict

8.17 (good)

Reviewed by yuri1313, Apr 03, 2009

Comments

  1. Dioma Apr 03, 2009

    A pretty good review. I like how described the 3 main characters: few words but keywords. Also, good going on mentioning the good and bad points of plot development since not everyone likes it complicated.

  2. ilharae Apr 03, 2009

    It was hard to comprehend the first time around, but the second time it wasn't too bad. Good review, and its true if you are not up on religion(s) you might be on wiki alot, esp for the tree-thing that they show often (and in the op). Just dont really watch the thing in one sitting. Your brain might fry a bit.. (joking of course, but still @_@)

  3. yuri1313 Apr 03, 2009

    haha. thanks for the comment. i absolutely love studying religion, but i hadn't heard about a lot of the concepts, so i went wiki-crazy. and yeah, it will fry your brain, just a bit. haha

  4. nanakonkonakona Apr 05, 2009

    i would say that neon genesis evangelion is one of the best anime ever. That 1996 picture can make me feels touced and amazed. I would give 9,5 for this masterpiece.

  5. HikaruKage Apr 08, 2009

    it makes your head hurt the first time you watched it. the monologues and conversations are good in depicting depression (because the director was depressed then, and so was i, while watching it). it's somewhat messy, but very human. good review

  6. chumbariwap123 Apr 23, 2009

    great review, i agree to it

  7. arifffahdlanbinamin Apr 24, 2009

    this anime is rocks!

  8. rukasu04 Mute Member May 03, 2009

    Nice review

  9. Kaji666 May 03, 2009

    Great review. I agree it is a hard series to review

  10. Kearin May 14, 2009

    Good review, not sure I appreciate the bad points of view but you're right, it's definitely not for everyone.

  11. yuyuppi Jun 07, 2009

    lov asuka..so hot chick
    ho..ho..

  12. pappo1 Jun 09, 2009

    very good. review

  13. pmgbapm Jun 23, 2009

    Quite brilliant review

  14. yuri1313 Jun 24, 2009

    thanks for all the positive comments you guys! ^^

  15. Fanatik007 Jul 02, 2009

    Fantastic anime I ever saw

  16. Jamie1318 Jul 17, 2009

    very good review. I like how you mentioned the references to Angels, as well as the absurdly complicated plot.

  17. lordryo Jul 21, 2009

    This is a good review, I've only recently gotten into this show and I like it so far!

  18. flukekung Jul 21, 2009

    nice review

  19. yuyuppi Jul 23, 2009

    mecha time

  20. beryl0402 Jul 25, 2009

    thanks for the great review :D

  21. Onlyrockman Aug 01, 2009

    I saw a few scenes when the boy does something violent, he even tries to choke the girl?!? I must watch this to find out! Thx 4 reviewing!

  22. SchRita Aug 23, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  23. ShadowNeo Aug 26, 2009

    Very good. Thanks for the review!

  24. beryl0402 Aug 29, 2009

    thanks for the review!

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