Neon Genesis Evangelion is an 1995-1996 anime that tells us about the future. The setting takes place in 2015 (back then, 2015 is the future while actually it’s a year ago), where the world is pictured as in the brink of destruction because of the existence of unknown creature called the Angels. The only hope to defeat angels are large machines called Evangelions, made by NERV, a special agents of the UN and can be piloted only by teenagers who are around 14 years old.
The story revolves around Ikari Shinji, a 14-year-old boy who is the son of the head of NERV. All of a sudden he has to pilot one of the Evangelions and fight the Angels along with other children, Ayanami Rei and Souryuu Asuka Langley. However, there are more than defeating the Angels because there are some people who don’t like NERV while NERV also has its own internal conflict.
I personally think that this is an old but gold anime because aside from the actions, the story is really deep. There are so many conflicts it’s not the type that will make your head explode. NGE talked a lot about human’s psychological condition through its characters. However, of course I won’t say NGE is perfect. While Ikari Shinji is not your typical hero, it could have been a great story to see him developing through each episode. Yet, until the end, he is still that desperate young boy who wants to be pitied while the others keep on pushing him to move forward. I also thought that the other children would be on the focus too. But the story is just too much focused on Shinji and left the others as “side characters”.
If you watch this anime now, then of course you won’t be amazed by the graphic. But remembering that this one was made more than a decade ago, the graphic is actually pretty cool. I also very like the design of EVA unit 01. The music and BGMs are pretty good and even now the opening song “Zankoku na Tenshi no Tensei” is still in my playlist. Overall, if you are looking at NGE on its era, then it is a very good anime and I believe that most anime lovers have watched it. But if you compare it to many anime nowadays, there are a lot of anime that have better score in everything including the story. That is why some people can like it a lot while the other will think of this anime as a complete fail.
MyAnimeList rating: 8.32
Personal rating: 8.00