One of the most imported things i ever seen growing up (I'm including The End of Evangelion with this statement as well), it unlocked a chamber of my mind that no other artistic manifestation would of been able to gain entry to within the confines of this medium. In other words-the same way the work of Kurosawa, Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Welles, Bergman, Lynch, Scorsese, Coppla, Melville, Ray & Tarantino has affected me.
Twenty-two years after its creation, Neon Genesis Evangelion remains the best animated series ever made. Not just an adventure but something much more powerful: an exploration of the human mind. Psychoanalysis, religious mythology, eastern philosophy and occultism are some of the themes present in this deceptively adult work. Shinji Ikari is a unforgettable character and Rei Ayanami was part of my sexual awakening.
An excellent series of articles on this site has been unpacking just how monumental an achievement this series was. Its raw, original form is still an incredible experience today and definitely the place to start (vis-à-vis alternative versions). Luscious in all of its idiosyncrasies, lean into this one and it’s sublime.
NGE had a brutal effect on me and on the way I now conceptualize relationships, escapism, resilience and a lot more. We devalue others, or they means of escaping, and yet we do the same. We turn to music, films, pornography, to any mean that allows us to cope with our failures or delusional wishes. Escapism allows us to rationalize the difference between the idealized idea of ourselves and how we really are.