History YMMV / NeonGenesisEvangelion

20th Apr '17 8:01:33 AM Anddrix
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* HellIsThatNoise: The [[FanNickname Helltrain]], and the sound inside the entry plugs. Also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_253Mjna7_s&feature=related "Fragile Ego Boundary"]], the music that plays during [[spoiler:Asuka's mind-rape]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6swG7GU5oLk "Separation Anxiety"]], which heralds a MindScrew moment whenever it shows up.
** The hum of the Entry Plugs also gravitates from soothing to disturbing over the course of the series, as the events associated with being inside the Eva become progressively more nightmarish.
19th Apr '17 5:19:07 PM lalaTKG
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* {{Anvilicious}}: Did you know that people are full of ugly fears and impulses? Also, did you know that modern technologies are a mixed blessing? Or that science don't have the answer to everything?

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* {{Anvilicious}}: Did you know that people are full of ugly fears and impulses? Also, did you know that modern technologies are a mixed blessing? Or that science don't doesn't have the answer to everything?
12th Apr '17 7:37:01 PM YasminPerry
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* ValuesDissonance: Asuka & Rei, two ''fourteen''-year-olds, are heavily sexualised - more so in the merchandise than in the actual show, but still. (This seems to be a thing with Creator/StudioGainax in general, given the creepy sexual content involving Naota and Eri in ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', who are ''twelve'', and Yoko in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', who is ''insanely'' sexualised despite being a fourteen-year-old as well.) [[/folder]]
11th Apr '17 7:05:57 PM Tehrannotaur
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* EightDeadlyWords: Detractors of the series frequently point this out as a problem. With a bleak story and ineffectual heroes in comparison to the villains, [[spoiler:who pretty much succeed in their plans]], it's pretty easy to stop caring about the characters.
26th Mar '17 12:26:17 AM Knightofbalance
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* MemeticLoser: Shinji was meant to be a {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion of a typical anime action hero, a guy who really wasn't cut out for fighting horrifying monsters and who suffered extreme emotional problems because of it. He also lacks a backbone when dealing with the other characters, and almost never stands up for himself. Some viewers expected he would [[TookALevelInBadass come into his own]] like [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon the Digger]], but the angst fest the series became means he only got more and more screwed up. It's a topic of heavy debate whether he was an effective examination of his character type, or if he was just too whiny [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic to be sympathetic]]. Pretty much every spin off (including the manga and ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies) writes Shinji to be more confident, which makes it seem like it wasn't just the casual viewers who had a problem with his portrayal. [[note]]"I musn't run away, I musn't run away". Let's analyze this, where the fuck would I ''go''?[[/note]]

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* MemeticLoser: Shinji was meant to be a {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion of a typical anime action hero, a guy who really wasn't cut out for fighting horrifying monsters and who suffered extreme emotional problems because of it. He also lacks a backbone when dealing with the other characters, and almost never stands up for himself. Some viewers expected he would [[TookALevelInBadass come into his own]] like [[Anime/GunBuster Noriko Tayaka]] [[note]] Not helping his case is that his successor [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon the Digger]], Simon]] not only came into his own like Noriko but actually stepped out of her shadow. [[/note]], but the angst fest the series became means he only got more and more screwed up. It's a topic of heavy debate whether he was an effective examination of his character type, or if he was just too whiny [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic to be sympathetic]]. Pretty much every spin off (including the manga and ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies) writes Shinji to be more confident, which makes it seem like it wasn't just the casual viewers who had a problem with his portrayal. [[note]]"I musn't run away, I musn't run away". Let's analyze this, where the fuck would I ''go''?[[/note]]
8th Mar '17 4:42:22 PM nombretomado
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* JustHereForGodzilla: Because Rei and Asuka are so [[BreakoutCharacter iconic]] in the anime sphere and well-known even to non-fans for being BadassAdorable archetype-definers, they in themselves help draw a lot of people to the series. For Asuka in particular, some fans only really pick up interest starting with her debut in Episode 8 (or for ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', the second movie). This happens a lot with fans of the various expies that they spawned, such as [[LightNovel/TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya Yuki Nagato]] and [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko Sakura]] respectively. This is one reason why Shinji is a BaseBreakingCharacter, since some people would rather follow the two girls than his constant, {{wangst}}y internal conflicts.

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* JustHereForGodzilla: Because Rei and Asuka are so [[BreakoutCharacter iconic]] in the anime sphere and well-known even to non-fans for being BadassAdorable archetype-definers, they in themselves help draw a lot of people to the series. For Asuka in particular, some fans only really pick up interest starting with her debut in Episode 8 (or for ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', the second movie). This happens a lot with fans of the various expies that they spawned, such as [[LightNovel/TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Yuki Nagato]] and [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko Sakura]] respectively. This is one reason why Shinji is a BaseBreakingCharacter, since some people would rather follow the two girls than his constant, {{wangst}}y internal conflicts.
2nd Mar '17 10:25:37 AM mlsmithca
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* SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome: For all the [[BrokenBase fracturing within the fandom]], ''Evangelion'' is one of the most unique and influential anime series ever made, to the point that it has a reputation as TrueArt. [[http://ca.ign.com/top/animated-tv-series/10.html IGN ranked it as the 10th best animated series of all time]] (making it the highest-ranking anime on the list), [[http://ca.ign.com/articles/top-25-greatest-anime-characters?page=5 and Shinji Ikari as the greatest anime character of all time]] (with Rei and Asuka also in the Top 15).
9th Feb '17 3:58:32 AM Ominae
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* HilariousInHindsight: Spike Spencer (Shinji) was once married to Kendra Benham (Maya) when the two started their voice acting careers. In fanfiction, Shinji is sometimes paired with Maya.



* PlayingAgainstType
** Rei's voice actresses all invoke this. Her Japanese VA, Music/MegumiHayashibara, is famous for her roles as [[{{LightNovel/Slayers}} Lina Inverse]] and [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf the female Ranma]]. Her original English VA, Creator/AmandaWinnLee, is well-known for her roles as [[Anime/BurnUp Rio Kinezono]] and [[Anime/ReadOrDie Miss Deep]]. Finally, her English VA for the Rebuild series, Creator/BrinaPalencia, made her mark in anime as [[Anime/GenesisOfAquarion Silvia de Alicia]] and [[Anime/RomeoXJuliet Juliet Capulet]].
** The Mexican Spanish dub pull this out, albeit in lesser degree: Victor Ugarte (Shinji's Mexican VA) was previously associated with voicing hotblooded kids like [[Manga/KishinDoujiZenki young Zenki]] or jerkasses like [[Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne Dilandau]], and after EVA, he's sometimes typecasted with voicing wimps like [[WesternAnimation/CampLazlo Raj]], [[Anime/{{Hamtaro}} Oxnard]] and others. Circe Luna (Rei's Mexican VA) is normallly typecasted with voicing [[GenkiGirl hyperactive]] or sweet girls like [[Anime/DragonBallGT Pan]] or [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy]].
31st Jan '17 11:01:56 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** In ''The End of Evangelion''. [[spoiler:Almost all of humanity has [[AssimilationPlot become one]]. They have the power to go back to their individual selves, if they have the will to live and find happiness, but apparently... most chose not to.]] Subverted if you read Eva as a prequel to ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.

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** In ''The End of Evangelion''. [[spoiler:Almost all of humanity has [[AssimilationPlot become one]]. They have the power to go back to their individual selves, if they have the will to live and find happiness, but apparently... most chose not to.]] Subverted if you read Eva as a prequel to ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.]]
31st Jan '17 10:06:02 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** The manga ending might be quite happy on the surface, but elements of it carries some rather disturbing underlying implications. [[spoiler:Shinji might be a more stable and optimistic person and the world seems a happier place, but by all appearances that is only because his and everyone else's memories appears to has been removed as an effect of Instrumentality. The ending seems, at least unintentionally, to argue that literally forgetting your problems completely is the real answer if you are struggling with feelings of depression, which clashes against the series' main message about facing up to your problems as running away from them will only make them worse, and comes across as somewhat of a BrokenAesop.]]

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** The manga ending might be quite happy on the surface, but elements of it carries some rather disturbing underlying implications. [[spoiler:Shinji might be a more stable and optimistic person and the world seems a happier place, but by all appearances that is only because his and everyone else's memories appears to has been removed as an effect of Instrumentality. The ending seems, at least unintentionally, to argue that ignorance truly is bliss and that literally forgetting your problems completely is the real answer if you are struggling with feelings of depression, which clashes against the series' main message about facing up to your problems as running away from them will only make them worse, and comes across as somewhat of a BrokenAesop.]]
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