Over-hyped and underwhelming
I wanted to like EVA. I really did. Unfortunately, the EVA the Internet portrayed and the EVA that I actually watched were two completely different entities.
The first problem is the characters. Now, I tended to see Shinji’s actions as relatively justified (The end of episode 21 and certain other events notwithstanding), but I still had very little sympathy for him, or for any other character for that matter. They didn’t feel human, because there was little to their personality outside of their various issues and neuroses, and little to no character development at all outside of “they get worse”. Because of this, there was nothing that made me consider them remotely relatable. I just didn’t care.
Secondly, the supposed “nightmare fuel” the series is famous for was suspiciously absent, though I blame this mostly on Internet osmosis. (I have not seen Eo E
, however.) The Angels quickly lost any horrifying eldritch qualities they might have had when they became monsters-of-the-week, and even the infamous mind rape scene came across less as “this is horrible” and more “Oh, the Angel’s trying to communicate. Hello, Angel!”
Third is that fact that the series is simply boring. Outside the fights against the Third and Fourteenth Angels, there’s little dramatic tension, and there are long periods where characters will talk and talk and still accomplish nothing. Right when there seems to be a plot building up (Around episode 20 or so), the show peters off into more talking, post-modern psychological review, and shallow symbolism, none of which makes sense, and not in the way that FLCL made no sense. This cuts the viewer off from caring in the slightest about what’s left of the plot.
Fourth and final are the massive logic problems present in the series, which there is no room to explain here. Unlike a certain other Gainax show, these are not justified by Rule of Cool, and manage to derail anything the series was aiming for when looked at objectively.
For its flaws, Neon Genesis Evangelion is not actually a bad
series. It is a passable, if somewhat mediocre and sorely over-hyped deconstruction of a mecha anime, and worth a watch for people who have time to kill and a high tolerance for boredom. For those who prefer the Gurren Lagann style of things, go watch that again instead. You’ll be glad you did.
You reviewed the series WITHOUT WATCHING EOE?
27th Aug 10
30th Aug 10
Strangely enough, with some more exposure (and reading Nobody Dies), I've come to the conclusion that EVA is actually incredibly solid in concept. It's just the implementation of the show that messed up things. Maybe I'll get around to watching Rebuild sometime.
6th Sep 10
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26th Sep 10
The way I seez it, you're just complaining that the series wasn't upbeat or flashy enough for you.
27th Nov 10
2nd Jan 11
People need to stop harping on how much of a "deconstruction" Eva is. Find me one quote from Anno that mentions any such motivation in Eva's development and I'll eat my hat. And, LOL @ your Gurren Lagann recommendation. That series is utter trash.
29th Jan 11
(edited by: iheartmountains)
Lots of series are utter trash. They are also usually the series with the largest fanbases.
5th Feb 11
Gurren Lagann being trash is debatable. A lot of love and care was put into it, even though the series says "Fuck you!" to logic and sense.
10th Jul 11
Love and care does not always make something good.
11th Jul 11
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13th Jul 11
24th Sep 11
I agree with what Quirk said about the characters needing to OVERCOME there inner demons. which is why Is a problem I have with a lot of NGE fan fiction, is that, rather than letting the characters overcome there demons, they fix it so that those problems never existed in the first place.
23rd Oct 11
I dislike that you're saying that apparently one cannot like Eva if they prefer the TTGL style of getting things done. Gurren Lagann is my favorite anime—and Evangelion and Utena come in as close seconds. I think of Eva and TTGL as a set of twins—practically the same premise but with different outcomes. I also don't think you understand just how much this series influenced the world of anime, either. You may dislike it, but saying it's just not good is different from saying you personally didn't think it was good.
28th Dec 11
29th Dec 11
Regarding Episode 21, I had the opposite reaction. After seeing Shinji looking helplessly at Misato, unable to say or do anything for her, I started to realize that I could not have done any better in that situation, as I would have been unable to say or think of anything that would be truly meaningful for Misato. At that point, he went from a sympathetic but largely pitiful character to someone I could identify with. Shinji and Misato's relationship has a tragic element- they care for each other but they can't necessarily provide the help that the other needs, and this is a running theme in Evangelion's commentary on human relationships.
9th Jan 13
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