The best anime that I've seen
I am able to honestly say that Evangelion is the best anime that I have seen because I don't really watch anime. Not that I have anything against it, I just don't really watch it, save the heavily westernized ones such as Pokemon. Neon Genesis Evangelion is the first anime that I have actually seen all the way through, so I have no real standard of comparison. That being said, I loved the show. It...well, it mangaed to reach me emotionally. Seeing Rei smile at Shinji for the first time, hearing Gendo pay his son a compliment, possibly the only time that he did so, and even watching the whole cast gather around Shinji at the end and congratulate him on realizing that he has worth as a human being. It really moved my heart, and I even started to get a little misty-eyed, which came as a suprise to me since I don't usually cry about anything. Not that the show's all sentimental, though. I also enjoyed the tense fights, such as the one with Ramiel (the trapezoid angel). I will admit that watching the same scene for two minutes with no changes or dialogue and knowing that it was to save budget was a little frustrating, but it only really bothered me 2 or 3 times. In short, I laughed, I cried, and I was on the edge of my seat. That said, I don't know if I can recommend Evangelion because it is a very polarizing show and many people don't like it for various reasons, but give it a try at least. It couldn't hurt.
(Oh and may I add that the soundtrack of Evangelion is absolutely excellent. In fact the music is what first drew me toward the show)