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"This is a giant robot saga the same way Twin Peaks was a cop show."
Comic Buyer's Guide

"It's strange that Evangelion has become such a hit — all the characters are so sick!"

"The lesson for fans: be careful what you ask for, especially when you're asking an artist whose emotional Happy Meal is missing a few fries."
DVD Verdict's Bryan Byun on The End of Evangelion

Taliesin Jaffe: This film is meticulous in its ability to be completely incomprehensible.
Amanda Winn-Lee: (laughs) It delights in disturbing and confusing its viewers!
Taliesin Jaffe: Violence, on the other hand, we can all understand.
The End of Evangelion DVD Commentary

"Yes, it is a creative, spiritual, and artistic masterpiece unrivalled in the anime world, an evolving, personal, and complex expression of insecurity and anxiety, but let's be honest here. It never made a lick of sense, not ever. Still, it's okay to love it."

Maya Ibuki: Unit 01 and the Angel have entered into a loving relationship based on mutual respect and clear communication!
Ritsuko Akagi: IMPOSSIBLE!

>2#. Before you read this: _NEVER_ eat a salami-tuna-mushroom-extra-hot
Pizza while watching End of Evangelion and having the flu.:
Jeez, why didn't you take a few hits of acid while you were at it?
Blob and Polychrome, Eyrie Productions Unlimited Website, 11/2/01

"Attempting to harness the engine of our own destruction... only humans are so foolish."
Misato Katsuragi

"One of the complaints most frequently made about [my work] can be summed up as follows: "After all, these people are so spineless, how are you going to make heroes out of them?" This objection almost makes me laugh, for it assumes that people are born heroes. That's what people really want to think. If you're born cowardly, you may set your mind perfectly at rest; there's nothing you can do about it; you'll be cowardly all your life, whatever you may do. If you're born a hero, you may set your mind just as much at rest; you'll be a hero all your life; you'll drink like a hero and eat like a hero. What the existentialist says is that the coward makes himself cowardly, that the hero makes himself heroic. There's always a possibility for the coward not to be cowardly any more and for the hero to stop being heroic."
Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism Is A Humanism

"Evangelion is the greatest invention of mankind! It's these really big robots with extension cords which run around and blow up evil Angels."
Kensuke Aida, Cruel Lina's Thesis

"Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away."
Jean-Paul Sartre

"Evangelion is my life, and I have put everything I know into this work. This is my entire life. My life itself."

The entire cast, minus Shinji and Kaworu in the televised ending.

Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.'
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake.

[Beat]"...Evangelion..." [montage of batshit insane scenes from the series and movie while "Ode to Joy" plays] "Fuuuuucckkkk..."
Bennett the Sage, the standard reaction

"Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Final Boss of anime."
Bennett the Sage on End of Evangelion

"I hate myself.
But, I might be able to love myself.
I might be allowed to stay here.
Yes. I am nothing but I.
I am I. I wish to be I.
I want to stay here!
I can stay here!"
Shinji Ikari, Episode 26

"I still don't know where to find happiness...
But I'll continue to think about whether it's good to be here... whether it was good to have been born.
But in the end, it's just realizing the obvious over and over again.
Because I am myself."
Shinji Ikari, End of Evangelion

"I think it's better to show repugnant things just as they are. If we succeed to transmit the emotion that atrocious things are atrocious, its mission succeeded. When someone tells me "It's too horrible, too violent", that pleases me, because it's a healthy and normal reaction. When they tell me "I cannot watch, it's too much", I say "Okay!"
Hideaki Anno, Interview with Go Nagai

"[Justified pessimism] arises from an objective recognition of the wickedness and folly of men in general, it does not fall on individuals, though individuals may give the first impetus; it concerns all, and each individual is merely looked on as an example."
Arthur Schopenhauer

"I feel that otaku have already become common to all countries. In Europe, in Korea, in Taiwan, in Hong Kong, in America, otaku really do not change. I think that this is amazing. I say critical things towards otaku, but I don't reject them. I only say that we should take a step back and be self-conscious about these things. I think it's perfectly fine so long as you act with an awareness of what you are doing, self-conscious and cognizant of the current situation. I'm just not sure it's a good thing to reach the point where you cut yourself off from society. I don't understand the greatness of society, either. So I have no intention of going so far as to call for people to give up otaku-like things and become more suited to society. Only, I think there are many other interesting things in the world, and we don't have to reject them.

However, I take offense when otaku are criticized by non-otaku. Stupid idiots, I think, [criticizing] though you don't understand anything (laughs). There are truly many people who don't seem to really understand. I know these things without being lectured to by these people. It's like, why now? But saying those things is still better. There are many who completely missed the mark. When people don't even try to understand speak about otaku as though they were far above them, I think: what stupid people."
Hideaki Anno

"People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that's bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they're afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they're wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It's all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain."
Jim Morrison

Shinji: No one understands me.
Rei: You never understood anything.
Shinji: I thought this was supposed to be a world without pain, and without uncertainty.
Rei: That's because you thought everyone else felt the same as you did.
Shinji: You betrayed me! You betrayed my feelings!
Rei: You misunderstood from the beginning — you simply believed what you wanted to believe.
Shinji: Nobody wants me. So they can all just die.
Rei: Then what is your hand for?
Shinji: Nobody cares whether I live or die. Nothing will change. So they can all just die.
Rei: Then what is your heart for?
Shinji: It would be better if I never existed. I should just die too.
Rei: Then why are you here?
Shinji: ... Is it okay for me to be here?
The End of Evangelion


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