Neon Genesis Evangelion isn’t my first tango with Studio Gainax. Anyone who’s familiar with this blog knows that one of the first anime I reviewed was Toppa Tengen Gurren Lagann. It was only after watching Gurren Lagann, specifically when I was doing a bit of research on it for my final review, that I discovered that it was itself a response to the more dramatic somberness of its elder sibling, Evangelion. I put Evangelion on my ever expanding list of shows to watch for that reason but then subsequently forgot all about it until I recently had to decide what show to cover next.
I’m not going to be covering a full episode today. Instead, the idea was for this post to be an introduction. I’ll cover what I know and expect of the show going in and then we’ll see how totally off I was in a bit. I am also happy to announce that I’m no longer doing episode-by-episode reviews. Instead, I’ll cover a handful of episodes at once and then tackle them all at once. The reason for this is simple – it’s virtually impossible for me to discipline myself enough to only watch one episode a week, especially when I have the whole series downloaded and waiting for me. I managed to do it for Fate/Zero and the other shows I’ve covered in the past but now, with less time than ever on my hands, I just don’t want to spend another 6 months on a single show. Also, it’s pretty disruptive to momentum too – you start forgetting what happened in the early episodes and basically, it’s hard to keep the focus going that long. So, long story short, the first post is going to cover episodes 1 through 5, though I may cover more or less depending how much I have to say.
I won’t lie, I have really high expectations of Neon Genesis Evangelion and not just because I’ve heard so much about it. The last Studio Gainax show I watched was amazing – Gurren Lagann had what I felt was the perfect balance between emotion, humour and dramatic tension. It had a charming, goofy and lovable cast of characters and was able to deliver some really hard hitting moments despite never taking itself too seriously. To be clear though, I’m definitely not expecting Evangelion to be exactly like Gurren Lagann. I already know that it’s going to be darker, more dramatic, more ‘serious’ but I expect it to be just as good on the whole. I mentioned to a friend a while back that I’m probably going to be covering Evangelion for this blog (the results of the poll were pretty clear from rather early on) and he told me that it is considered one of the most influential anime series ever created. Even after discounting for bias, that is high praise.
That’s pretty much all I have for today, but we’ll jump into Evangelion proper this week. In the meanwhile, I would love some input on view order. From what I understand, there is the series itself and then there is a reboot/remake movie? If anyone has any thoughts on this please let me know.
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