YMMV / Petit Eva

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The show's concept can be roughly described as "Evangelion Babies",note  which sounds more like an over-the-top oxymoronic parody a la "Watchmen Babies" than an actual show. This caused quite a bit of backlash from fans of the highly dark and cerebral Evangelion franchise before its release, Petit Eva material still hasn't been localized in English-speaking countries, presumably for that very reason. The series' lack of Self-Parody material compared to similar spinoffs and reliance on crude humor (much of which involves bodily functions) pushes it further into this territory for many fans.
  • Base-Breaking Character: EVA Unit-01, also known as "Evancho". Some people like the cute and funny spin on the "character", while others just find it bizarre and unfitting and possibly even crossing over into Dude, Not Funny! territory given the backstory of the EVA units in the main series.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Kaworu’s Pet the Dog moment and the ending to episode 15.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: EVA Unit-01 is portrayed as male in this spinoff. In the -ANIMA- light novels, EVA-01 becomes Super Evangelion, which is technically male because it contains Shinji's own soul rather than Yui's.
  • Tear Jerker: Episode 15, in which Shinji gets in trouble with Gendo at school. After school, Shinji tells Yui (who’s apparently still alive) about what happened, Gendo tells him to take a bath and go to bed. Afterward he goes to bed. He then has a dream (or maybe a flashback) of him, Yui and a young Shinji having a picnic together. The episode ends with a shot of Shinji and Gendo’s hands all but clasped together when Gendo passes an onigiri to Shinji. Awwww...
  • Uncertain Audience: Fans seem undecided whether Petit Eva was intended for kids or for the franchise's usual adult-skewing shonen audience, or both.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Very much so, when compared to the original series.