I have literally, as I type this, just finished watching the series "Neon Genesis Evangelion" for the first time. Introduced to it properly by this very wiki's "What Do You Mean Its For Kids" page, I became fascinated with it and decided to give it a watch. I was already aware of the show from a video by the infamous You Tube Poop artist Walrus Guy called "Arthur's Massive, Throbbing Hit" which features clips from Episode 18 (and references Episode 19), but I had never felt a want to watch it until I took the time to read about it, and now I have, I think it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever watched. Evangelion is not just your average Humongous Mecha anime; it's a work of art. From the designs of the Evangelions themselves to the Angels, this series shows aesthetic beauty as well as less "physical" beauty. Each character is well-defined and tragic in their own right, each with their own burden and fear. Emotionless Girl Rei struck me the most, as she is perhaps one of the saddest characters on the show. Byronic Hero Asuka also struck me quite a lot, as she comes off at first as your average bully, tsundere, and general bitch, until you learn about her dark past, which really does make you feel sorry for her, and ascends her away from Scrappy status. The bloody violence was not as bad as I expected, thankfully. Asuka's Mind Rape was one of the darkest things I have ever watched. Her horrible shriek of "NO!" as the Angel Arael shuffles through her memories and tortures her is not something that will be leaving me any time soon. The controversial ending, due to the terrible budget problems GAINAX had at the time, and which resulted in the creation of The End Of Evangelion, did not particularly strike me as confusing; it just seems to be a bit "deep". One can only suppose fans of the show wanted more fighting and less thinking, which, in retrospect, totally went against the show's purpose. One can only assume the fans of the show totally misinterpreted what the show meant. Overall, this show has changed my perspective of the world and ideas, and has inspired me. I feel that everyone must see this, if only one episode, regardless of whether they love it or hate it. This is a must-see for anyone looking for thrills and brain food at the same time.
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