To a lot of fans this show pretty much is a religion or they watch it religiously. Just as religions can have zealous and outspoken fans low and behold so does this series. The show has nothing in modesty. It varies so much that it can really throw you off. But ultimately is the pay off worth frustrations? Should something so frustrating be considered that good? Onto characters, the main character Shinji; is an inconsiderate, self-centered, low on self esteem, pampered, weak willed, stupid, shallow jerk nearly all the time. It seems heaps of characters are nice to this dude and he takes no notice. That makes no sense. Loners exist because they willingly remove themselves from society or they are shunned. Shinji is neither. Everyone has very repetitive problems of mother and father issues aside from Gendo and Rei. But Gendo isn't much of a villain at all as he just sits there behind a desk like a pencil pusher with his hand folded and his glasses on full eyebeams whilst some professor gives him the daily report. Rei repeats her monotonous ponderings on existentialism which rather than feeling deep becomes mute as she never even tries to properly answer it. The plot involves shipping through the Christianity, Judaism and kabala crafting some half asked plot and not giving a damn. Anno is sure respectful to a religion with over a billion followers also using Abrahamic themes, so nearly half of the globe. An old cabal of power exists who sit around ominously speaking of their distrust of Gendo every time only for him to easily hoodwink them. Exactly what was stopping them from just putting him in a smaller role or replacing him? The animation is bland and kept lengthy for all but the fight scenes which is understandable. But the incessant sound bites of insects really grate on the nerves and silence would have been preferred. Virtually everyone is worse than they started and none more so than Asuka. This show gives no answers to any of the over exaggerated problems it proposes. It is a frugal waste of time which cannot even be edited or skipped in order to fully understand it. Where Zen philosophy encourages self thought this show can't even provide foundations for an answer. It lazily expect you work it all because it can't be asked. It seeks $$$ not to educate; failing even to entertain.
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